Jim Phillips, P.E.

Jim Phillips PhotoFor four decades, Jim has been helping tens of thousands of people around the world understand electrical power system design, analysis and safety. Having taught over 2500 training programs 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.


Standards Development

Jim is very active in the development and holds leadership roles of many U.S. and international standards such as:

  • Vice Chair – IEEE 1584 IEEE Guide for Performing Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations
  • International Chair – Geneva, Switzerland based International Electrotechnical Commission IEC TC78 – Live Working
  • Technical Committee Member – NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace 
  • Steering Committee – IEEE/NFPA Arc Flash Collaborative Research Project.
  • Past Head of U.S. Delegation to IEC TC78 Committee – Live Working
  • Vice-Chairman – IEEE 1584.1 , Guide for the Specification of Scope and Deliverable Requirements for an Arc-Flash Hazard Calculation Study in Accordance with IEEE 1584
  • Liaison for both IEEE 1584 and IEC TC78 Working Group 15 (Global Arc Flash Standards)
  • IEEE 1683 Guide for Motor Control Centers Rated up to and Including 600 V AC or 1000 V DC with Recommendations Intended to Help Reduce Electrical Hazards
  • ASTM F18 Electrical Protective Equipment for Workers
  • IEC 61482-1-1 Determination of the Arc Rating of Clothing Materials and Evaluation of Protective Clothing Performance Using a Symmetrical Arc
  • IEC 61482-1-2 Determination of Arc Protection Class of Material and Clothing by Using a Constrained and Directed Arc (box test)
  • IEC 901: IEC Technical Report for Correlating the Results of Arc Test Methods to Electrotechnical Applications in Order to Select the Proper Electric arc Protective Equipment

Professional Background

  • Founder: President: Brainfiller.com
  • Founder: ArcFlashForum.com
  • Associate Director: Electrical Safety UK, Ltd. – Rotherham, United Kingdom
  • Contributing Editor – Award Winning NECA Magazine – Electrical Contractor

He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) 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 formed the engineering company Phillips Engineers + Consultants which provided electrical and mechanical design services, power system studies and power quality analysis.  Today his focus is primarily on electrical power training and arc flash training, standards development and forensic analysis.

Jim is a Registered Professional Engineer and his experience includes everything from planning transmission systems, to design and analysis of industrial, commercial and utility power systems, co-generation plant design, expert witness and forensic analysis.

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Awards and Recognition

  • 2020 Electrical Safety Excellence Award for: “Outstanding dedication and contributions to advance and accelerate the dispersion of information and knowledge impacting electrical safety through activities within the PCIC.”
  • Best Paper Award for the technical paper: Introduction to IEEE Standard 1584 – IEEE 1584 Guide for Performing Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations – 2018 Edition.  Jim had the privilege of authoring this with three great friends and also presenting at the 2019 PCIC Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • IEEE Senior Member – 2011
  • IEEE Regional Professional Leadership Award 1993


Arc Flash Training Jim PhillipsJim 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.



Arc Flash Book

Jim literally wrote the book about arc flash studies with his book: Complete Guide to Arc Flash Calculation Studies. For most of his four decade career, he has been author of well over 100 articles and technical papers for numerous technical publications and professional organizations.  He is a Contributing Editor on the subject of Arc Flash and Electrical Safety for Electrical Contractor Magazine. He has also written several articles that have been published in Europe and Australia and was involved with the development of the commercially available European Arc Flash Guide which raised the awareness of the arc flash hazard and electrical throughout Europe.

Expert Witness and Forensic InvestigationsCB Arc Flash

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.  More about Expert Witness/Forensic Investigations

International Expert

Jim is the International Chairman of Geneva, Switzerland based International Electro-Technical Commission’s TC 78 for Live Working which includes protective equipment, tools and arc flash protection.  He 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.

Jim and his wife of  four decades live in Scottsdale, Arizona and have two children and one grandson.