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Bruce Reynolds

Bruce Reynolds is the electrical plan reviewer and inspector training coordinator for the city of Tacoma (Tacoma Power) inspection program. Reynolds was formerly employed by the state of Washington as a field inspector, plans examiner, and supervisor of the electrical plan review program. He holds a state of Washington master wireman license and is journeyman wireman in IBEW local 76. He also holds all IAEI certifications. He is one of the trainers for the Puget Sound Chapter of IAEI for CEU classes.


Is Electrical Plan Review Really Needed?

This is a question many inspection departments ask as budgets for governmental agencies are scrutinized and cut back. It is the field inspector that has the visibility to the customer, so this is where the priority also seems to be set. Just recently I was at a meeting with other inspection jurisdictions in the area and one is having some personnel changes and where do they cut at this time? Plan review. The state rules in my area require electrical plan review only for health care, education, and prisons. It leaves the entire inspection process to the field inspector for large commercial and industrial projects.