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Employee Spotlight: Jim Rafferty

Our team of professionals is what makes Hewitt Young Electric not only a fun and exciting place to work, but they create the fabric of our well-knit family atmosphere, who are dedicated to providing you with exceptional electrical services.

This month we are featuring our very own: Jim Rafferty

  • What is your role at HY?

Project Manager

  • What prompted you to start a career in electrical construction?

I started my career as an electrician back in 2001 when I joined the USCG,  my main job was as an EM3 (Electricians Mate).  I didn’t realize it was going to be my career at that point but that’s where it all started.

  • How long have you been in the electrical field?

18 years.

  • Tell us about your journey.

Like I said initially,  it started back in 2001 while I was in the USCG.  I got out of the CG in 2005 and got away from the trade for a while.  I went to school, whilst holding down various jobs consisting of a landscaper, bus boy, Chase Pitkin, telemarketer & bouncer.  I then took a sales job for a few years before joining the electrical union in 06’.

  • How long have you been with HY?

7 months

  • What do you like most about your job?

The challenge and ever changing atmosphere,  it’s impossible to get bored when there’s 1000 things flying at you every day.

  • What do you like most about working here?

The people

  • Why do you think customers do business with us?

The attention and focus on customer needs.

  • How do you define success?

Being contempt.  Just being happy with the way things are.

  • What motivates you?

Challenge,  I love being challenged and learning new things. 

  • What is your favorite past-time?

I used to love comics as a kid.

  • What has been your favorite project at HY?

West Webster Fire Department!

  • What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with HY?

I’d love to see the company grow and myself with it.

  • What is your favorite line from any movie?

“We forgot Kevin!”

  • If you had one meal to eat for the rest of your life what would it be?


  • Who is your inspiration?

My Grandfather.  He was an depression era survivor,  farm boy at a young age, became an electrician, then started his own business and eventually became town judge.  He valued family and hard work over everything.  

  • What makes you, you?

My wife, two boys and my dogs.  I think we are shaped by those we surround ourselves with and my family has molded me more than anything.