For over 30 years, Jim Phillips has been helping tens of thousands of people around the world understand electrical power system design, analysis and safety. Having taught over 2000 seminars during his career to people from all seven continents (Yes Antarctica is included!), he has developed a reputation for being one of the best trainers and public speakers in the electric power industry.
Jim began teaching in the early 1980's while working at Square D Company in the Power System Analysis Department. In 1987, He began his training company which is now known as Brainfiller.com. He has developed over 25 different training programs ranging from protective relaying to various power system analysis topics, grounding, arc flash studies, NEC®, NFPA 70E® and more. He also created the internationally known website: ArcFlashForum.com.
Jim is very active in the development of many U.S. and international standards such as:
Jim literally wrote the book about arc flash studies with his book: Complete Guide to Arc Flash Calculation Studies. For almost two decades, he has been an author of numerous technical magazine articles about electrical power systems and has a regular column about arc flash and electrical safety for Electrical Contractor Magazine. He has also written several articles that have been published in Europe which raised the awareness of the arc flash hazard and electrical throughout Europe.
Forensics and Accident Investigation
Because of his wide range of expertise, he is frequently contacted for investigations of electrical accidents, equipment and system failures. These investigations have included anything from equipment failures and mis-operation to personal injury and death.
He earned a BSEE Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Ohio State University. His career began with Square D Company’s Power System Analysis Group where he was responsible for power system studies, software development and training at their engineering training programs - where his love of teaching all began.
Later, Jim was with Ohio Edison Company where he performed transmission planning studies and then headed up the short circuit studies group. He was also an adjunct faculty member for Stark State College where he taught classes on electrical power systems.
Jim is a Registered Professional Engineer and his experience that includes everything from planning transmission systems, to design and analysis of industrial, commercial and utility power systems, cogeneration plant design, expert witness and forensic analysis.
Jim continues to travel the globe typically flying over 150,000 miles a year to work with various U.S. and international standards organizations and speak at many conferences and training events.
He and his wife of over 30 years live in Scottsdale, Arizona and have two children and one grandson.