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I have been in the electrical fields since 1972. I have always had a concern for the safety of electrical workers from the start. A fellow worker was killed with a year of me starting to work as an apprentice. I am always amazed at the chances electricians take and how little people know of Arc Flash Protection.


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Location: Westminster, MD
I am John Mayan.
I graduated from RIT in '82 with a BSEE. Got my PE in '87, and a Master's Electrician license in '97.
Worked for DuPont for two years, then Scott Paper for 15 years. They were bought by K-C, and our plant got sold to P&G. Jeez..
The last ten years have been in the EE consulting world, doing critical power systems for the past 5 years.
I bought my first SKM package in '92 and have been specializing in Studies ever since, either as Mayan Electrical Engineering Services (hence mayanees)
or with an employer. I'll do them 'til I die because I enjoy the hell out of that work.

Congrats to the 2 guys from earlier posts who passed their PE test... especially since you did it later in your careers.

I've also experienced the fun of having Jim Phillips (brainfiller) as a trainer for an Arc-Flash class that I organized at my last employer. Great guy, excellent trainer.

John M


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I've been in the electrical field for 18 years after doing a stint in the USAF, been a journeyman since 2001 working for different contactors here. Now I'm in a job where I pretty much am and run the electrical department. I found out about 70e from reading another forum where Zog resides from time to time and found out how dumb I'd been all those years. Now not as dumb but still learning. :cool:


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:27 am 
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Location: Michigan
I work in an industrial plant that primarily does automotive manufacturing. I hired in as a production worker when I was 19 and after two years applied for the electrical apprenticeship program. I have been in the trade now for 10 years and am currently a licensed master electrician in the state of MI and am slowly working on a B.A.S. in Industrial Technology & Management.

In addition to equipment breakdowns and electrical installations as a member of our Electrical Safety Committee I've worked closely with both the Training and Safety departments. I've created and taught classes for both qualified and non-qualified electrical workers based on OSHA and the NFPA-70E at our company. I'm currently responsible for implementing our arc flash hazard program; data collection, creation of one-lines and labeling. This site has been a great source of information!


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:05 pm 

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I am the newbie here. I am an EHS director, and have been for the last 8 years. I originally came from the mining and construction industries and have found myself in the general industry field. My new job deals a lot with the NFPA 70E regs and I am here to hopefully learn from you folks. My strong suits have Always been fall protection, excavations, confined spaces, crane safety, and the usual for construction. I am a certified crane operator and have operated most pieces of heavy equipment. I find myself out of my comfort zone with the arc flash stuff. I am certainly not capable of training it, and I am being ask to do just that. I think I will reach out to someone thAt is more versed in the topic. Although 1910 and 1926 aren't all the dissimilar, there are things like arc flash that I will be spending lots of time learning. I graduated from colgate university in 98 and have been doing safety, for the most part, since then. I am drinking from the fire hose right now, so please feel free to share your knowledge as I reach out for help. I apologize for the sloppy grammer, I am posting from my iPhone. Great site BTW! I look forward to chatting with you all soon.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 11:30 am 

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I'm an engineer, started with Ontario Hydro Research (became Kinectrics) in 1991 performing insulation diagnostic testing, later moved on to general high voltage and high current testing. In '99 I completed my Masters, and my thesis was about arcing faults in single-phase services (how to get the impedance parameters, what sustains arcs etc -- one interesting finding there was that the two sides of a single phase distribution transformer can have vastly different impedance, and you can't tell that from the nameplate...).

While I was never directly involved with the arc flash testing at Kinectrics, I had a clue what was going on, and I did a bunch of other high voltage and high current stuff involving arcs (and had many yummy cafeteria lunches with Hugh Hoagland).

In 2007 I needed a change of scenery from for-profit testing and moved into my current position as an internal consultant to Station Maintenance at Hydro One, the transmission part of the former Ontario Hydro. I quickly discovered that while FR clothing is available, very little of the high energy stuff we were testing in the lab was being used here, and I was getting a lot of curious questions about arc flash from the field.

I'm now right in the thick of writing the arc flash guidelines for the electricians. I'm quite surprised and how little useful guidance is provided by the industry standards. (I shouldn't be, because I've done a fair bit of standards committee work).

So I'm particularly interested in what other utilities are doing and why. I'll happily swap arc flash policy/guidance material with anyone, particluarly if you've done something other than simply throw NFPA70E/CSAZ462 at the problem.

Jody Levine


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Location: Jonesboro, AR
Went right from HS to College. Graduated with a Bachelor's in Engineering in 1998 from Arkansas Tech University. Was hired by Tyson Foods Corporate in Springdale to be a programmer/analyst after I met the IT person at the plant I was working (Helped him program e-proms for old video games... Pac Man, Burger Time, Centipede, etc. via the Electrical Lab)

Spent 5 years as a programmer/analyst, then as Tyson expanded I filled an opening in the Electrical Controls Department starting 2003. I've been doing PLC/HMI programming, panel installation, drive control, site surveys, electrical scopes and prints on various levels for the last 7 years. Recently I have taken a positon as "Electrical Controls Engineer" for Crane Composites in Jonesboro, AR. Upon being here the first week the EH&S/HR director informed me I was responsible for the Electrical Safety Training for this location and that NFPA 70E was the standard that the company training was based on. Also pretty much have the role of Plant Electrical Engineer, as most things that don't involve much in the way of control being tossed my direction.

I found this site referenced by other site that Zog also haunts. Found alot of good information and alot of help from others asking similar questions.

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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 6:19 pm 
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Graduated BSEE from Michigan Tech back in '78. PE in '85. MBA in '89. For the past 5 yrs, +70% of work has involved arc flash studies.


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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 12:14 pm 

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BSEE way back in 1974 from Valparaiso. 1/3 of career as relay tech in mdiwest coal plants and substations. 1/3 of career in engineering staff at a nuclear plant (Wolf Creek Nuclear, Kansas) and latest 1/3 career in steel and graphite plants. I just found out my Indiana EIT is still good and am toying with going back for my PE next spring. We'll see.


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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 12:09 pm 

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Good afternoon,
I started my electrical career in 1986 as an apprentice in the IBEW. After recieving my JW ticket, I continued to work with my tools for the next 18 years in the industrial and commercial fields. In the last two years, I have made the jump to safety working as a engineering tech (I know fancy name for data collector) and have gained vast amounts of technical knowledge in the field. I knew about the big bang,that was lerking behind that cover but I had no real understanding of the 70e. I am glad I made the jump, and that I have found this site! Thank you for your time and for sharing your knowledge.

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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 11:39 am 

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Location: Charlotte, NC
I'm a supplier of FRC and PPE. I've been in the business for about 9 years nows. Before that I was in the Air Force. I joined the site not only so I could further educate myself but to pass along that information to my customers. There are too many suppliers out there trying to "scare" people into PPE rather then just educating them about it.

A big thanks to all of you for your help!


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 4:31 pm 

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Location: Kansas city
How long?

Not too long.
I have a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering, Masters in Electrical Engineering and Professional Engineering in (no surprise) in Electrical Engineering. Age? 25 years.

Arc Flash experience? Not a lot but dealt with AF studies for medium to large commercial facilities. Also a member of 1584 group although not sure how long I can sustain being one. I am currently building my expertise in protection and control of substations.

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Aleen


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Please look me up at our next 1584 meeting, and introduce yourself.

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I was in the USAF from 1976 to 1981 working on aircraft instrumentation and automatic flight control systems. I worked as an electrician and journeyman instrument technician after I got out of the service until I started working in industrial controls in 1985. Since then I have worked in all aspects of industrial controls from component-level repair of DC drives and inverters to control system design. I am currently a Product Support Engineer. I have been working the past few months on writing manuals for a Solar Inverter Enclosure.


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Seems to be I am around very experienced folks, well I graduated in 2011 from electrical engineering degree and currently working in consulting firm, focusing on MV, LV studies.


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>We all bring different perspectives to the forum and sometimes it's helpful to know a little bit about this perspective. So I'm kicking off >a "What's your Job and How Long Have You Done It thread. You don't have to reveal much, just generalities. But I think it might be useful to >understand the perspective everyone brings to the discussions.

Updated info in profile. Basically began as electrical draftsman circa 1960. ASET.


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Started out wiring a Dairy Queen and did my first two years doing commercial jobs, then moved to industrial/oilfield construction in Western Canada... Ran jobs, but got tired of all the politics, alot of the workers that are just there for a cheque, who want to do the least amount of work and claim to know everything and want to listen to nothing.. Doing maintenance now and pretty much stress free..


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