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Chuck Mello

Chuck Mello is the field evaluation program manager with Underwriters Laboratories. Chuck holds a BS electrical engineering degree with a co-major in naval science from Oregon State University; and he has spent most of his career in field engineering type positions. First with Electro-Test Inc, and now with Underwriters Laboratories, he has over 30 years experience in the testing, commissioning, maintenance testing, and conformity assessment of low, medium and high voltage power distribution equipment in a wide array of installation applications. Chuck has been a member of IAEI since 1984 and presently serves as the Oregon Chapter Education chair and also as the 3rd vice president on the International Board representing the NW Section. Chuck has made many presentations to various groups in the electrical industry on medium voltage equipment, grounding and bonding, field evaluations and electrical safety. He is a principal member on CMP-5 having served on this panel since 1996. Chuck is also a member of NFPA and IEEE.


Chuck Mello: 2011 International President

As we begin this next year, it is a good time to reflect on the association in general, and most of this article will be some of my reflections and future goals, long range and for 2011 specifically. As I look back on my twenty-seven years as an IAEI member (as both an associate and inspector member), and the last eleven years on the International Board, this has been an unbelievable experience. I am deeply honored and humbled by your support and trust that have been placed in me. My most important goal is to serve and to represent you in the best way that I can.

Old Traditions / New Beginnings — A Year in Review

There is an old saying, "How time flies when you are having fun.” All I can say is that these past twelve months have gone by at light speed. Even though the time has gone by so fast, as I reflect back on this year, a lot got done; and, yes, overall I enjoyed my time as the International President along with all the work. I do want to again thank each of the sections for the kind hospitality shown to me and my wife as we were able to visit and participate in these annual meetings.

Separately Derived Systems

The topic of grounding and bonding as it relates to the National Electrical Code (NEC) and proper installations still seems to be a mystery to many electricians, engineers and inspectors.

Field Evaluation of Uncertified or Modified Products

Section 110.2 of the National Electrical Code (NEC) establishes the requirement for installations and equipment to be approved and by definition, this means "acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction.” The Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) has a more general requirement for approval when dealing with electrical products.

Medium Voltage Systems and Products

Based on the response to recent seminars, the topic of medium voltage equipment and installations is one of high interest. This article will provide a brief history of the evolution, as seen by the author, of the industry and give a high-level overview of a few key areas from the product standpoint and terminology.

NEC-2011, Call for Proposals

The NEC-2008 has been complete for only a few short months, six since the adoption by NFPA, and four since the very first printing. The CD version just came out and the handbook is due sometime in late January or early February.

The NEC and Installations Over 600 Volts

The March/April issue of the IAEI News had an article on high voltage Equipment that discussed the new areas of application. The article discussed how these systems have evolved into some non-traditional areas along with some of the safety concerns for those working around this equipment. Codes and standards were discussed in general along with some issues that come about when over 600-volt equipment is installed. This article will focus on some of the National Electrical Code requirements and common problems being experienced in the field today.

"High Voltage” Systems and Safety

Most people in the non-utility side of the electrical industry are very familiar with the design, installation and inspection of electrical systems rated 600 volts or less; primarily because these systems are numerous, and these people work with them daily. The one exception is the sign industry where higher voltages are used primarily for neon signs. As the use of power has evolved, industry personnel now need to learn about power systems that operate over 600 volts as they are becoming more common in many types of occupancies.