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The division covers San Diego and Imperial Counties.

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Meeting Information

The division meets from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. (No meeting July and August). See details below.


EATON - San Diego Sales Office
4863 Shawline Street, Suite E

San Diego, CA  92111
(916) 849-9803

(Across from Wal-Mart, park and enter at West side of the building)


Time: Program starts at 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP to Fred Paul at
Refreshments provided courtesy of the IAEI Border County Division. 

November 8, 2018 

Education Presentation:  NRTL Field Evaluations: Requirements, labels and listings.

                                           Representative from UL moderated by Scott Humphrey

Moderator/Presenter:  Scott Humphrey, City of Chula Vista Electrical Inspector

Scott is presently a combination building inspector for the City of Chula Vista performing all aspects of construction inspection. Scott has been involved in the renewable energy sector since 2004, certified as an electrician since 1986 and served four years in the US Army. He has an extensive background in reviewing and approving 3rd party field evaluations for unlisted, non-labeled, or uncertified electrical equipment.

Scott possesses 18 ICC and/or IAEI certifications for building inspections, is a certified Journeyman Electrician in the states of California and Washington, and a voting member on several UL STP projects. Heis also GE Six Sigma certified.

NRTL Representatives:

Chris Spicker is currently a Staff Engineer for UL, working as a full time Field Evaluation Engineer since September 2003. Prior to that, he worked as a UL manager in Seattle and also in Los Angeles from January 1993 through August 2003. He started his career with UL in September 1988 as an engineer performing product evaluations. He then moved on to performing field evaluations starting in 1990. 

Chris has a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toledo, and he was also an officer in the US Marine Corps from 1984 to 1988.

David Drewes has been an Electrical Engineer (PE) with UL since 1996. He has worked in many roles, including engineer for printed wiring boards, pool and spa equipment, decorative lighting strings, magnet wire, materials, engine generators and receptacles.

In 1999, he became a Listing Engineer of, and also performed field evaluations for, information technology equipment, medical dental, test and measurement equipment, industrial control panels, power distribution and lighting categories. He was promoted to Manager for Information Technology Equipment, Medical and Test and Measurement Engineering Group in UL Brea in 2007, and became site manager for the Information Technology Equipment Group for UL San Diego LES.

In 2014, David transitioned to UL Field Evaluations Southern California, where he obtained competencies in medium voltage, ICPs, factory automation, medical/dental, information technology equipment, signs, power distribution and engine generators, and recently began performing hazardous locations jobs as he works to obtain his competencies in this area of expertise.

December 13, 2018


Education Presentation:  What You Didn’t Know About Dry Type Distribution Transformers (DTDT)…and the Code

  • Types of DTDTs – Encapsulated versus Ventilated
  • Selection Criteria for DTDTs
  • DTDT Construction and Manufacturing
  • Basic Theory and Winding Configuration Principles
  • Insulation System versus Temp Rise
  • Brief History of Efficiency Standards
  • Product and Code FAQs

Presenter:  Fred Paul – EATON, Senior Application Engineer

Fred has been in the Electrical industry for over 41 years and the last 21 years as a Senior Application Engineer with EATON. He is a member of IAEI, NFPA, IEEE, and NEMA/WEERAC (EUSERC).

January 10, 2019


Education Presentation:  Counterfeit Products

  • Examples of Counterfeit products plaguing the market
  • Sources of Counterfeit products
  • How to identify
  • Proper Labeling – what does it
  • What to do and where to report

Presenter:  Rich Berman - UL Sr. Regulatory Engineer

Rich Berman works for UL LLC as a Senior Regulatory Engineer for the past 40 years. Rich has been a member of NEC CMP-8 for over 20 years and also serves on the Canadian Electrical Code Part 1 Committee. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and has been a long time member of the IAEI Southern CA Chapter.

February 14, 2019

Education Presentation:  Elevator Electrical Standards and their enforcement – PART 3

This area will review electrical requirements and regulations as they pertain to the elevator industry with a comparison where applicable to other industries found in building and structures in any jurisdiction. 

  • NFPA 70-2017 National Electric Code
  • CSA B44.1-14/ASME A17.5-2014 Elevator & Escalator Electrical Equipment
  • NFPA 70E-2018 Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
  • 29 CFR 1926
  • 29 CFR 1910
Presenter:   R. Scott Hultstrom - National Coordinator, Elevator Industry Work Preservation Fund

Scott started his career with the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) Local 4 Boston, Massachusetts in 1988 where he was hired by Otis Elevator Company as a construction helper installing Hydraulic and Traction elevators. 


In 1994, after completing the National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP), he then passed the Mechanics exam, continuing to perform the installation, service and repair of elevators. From 1999 to 2007,  he worked in Southeastern Massachusetts for ThyssenKrupp and Associated companies as a Local Representative and Mechanic providing maintenance and repairs. During this period Scott was a continuing education instructor providing state mandated classes for elevator mechanic licensing in Massachusetts. Since 2007, he has lived and worked in IUEC Local 140 Arizona for both Otis Elevator Company and ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company. 

Scott is a Certified Elevator Inspector (CEI) meeting the requirements of the ASME QEI-1 Standard. He also sits on the board of several active committees, including the ASME Inspections, Hydraulic, A18 Standards, US TAG to ISO/TC 178, QEI, Editorial, New Technology and Wind Turbine Elevator Committees. Since 2013 he has been providing instruction for QEI certification to the inspection community. Additionally, he is the Code Committee Liaison supporting others in their participation on code committees. 

Scott is a graduate of Ivy Tech Community College where he earned an “Associate Degree of Applied Science in Apprenticeship Technology:

Elevator Constructors”. 
Scott is also an Authorized OSHA Outreach Instructor, Confined Space & Disaster Site Worker Trainer.

March 14, 2019

Education Presentation:  PoE – Power over Ethernet 

The presentation will cover changes to the 2017 NEC relating to Power-Over-Ethernet (POE) by providing a definition of POE, a brief description of the Fact Finding Study that provided back ground testing to support the application of new Section 725.144 and Table 725.144. 

There are two different installation applications that can be used to deal with any loads powered with POE and the output of servers that may require bundling of POE circuits. A new type of insulation for a POE cable called LP as an optional cable marking to deal with the high temperature that occurs by limited current through the bundled cables. 

Presenter:   Mark Ode, Lead Engineering Instructor at the Underwriters Laboratories Inc. in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

Mark C. Ode, Lead Engineering Instructor at the Underwriters Laboratories Inc. in the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina UL University and Knowledge Services for five years and was a member of UL’s Regulatory Services Department for ten years.

He has written monthly NEC articles for Electrical Contractor Magazine from January 1, 2000 through present. He was co-Author of the Stallcup 2008 NEC Changes Book, Co-Author of the Stallcup 2008 Journeyman Electrician’s Study Guide, Co-Author of the Stallcup’ 2008 Master Electrician’s Study Guide, and Co-Author of Cengage-Delmar’s Electrical Raceways and Other Wiring Methods—Sixth Edition. He was a Senior Electrical Specialist for the National Fire Protection Association. He was the staff liaison and secretary to the NFPA Electrical Equipment in Chemical Atmospheres Committee. He was the Executive Secretary for the NFPA Electrical Section and editor of the Electrical Section news bulletin, Current Flashes. 

Prior to joining NFPA, Mr. Ode worked for over 27 years as a licensed electrician and a licensed electrical contractor. He was a licensed electrician in the State of Massachusetts. He has taught the National Electrical Code throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He also taught the NEC for 10 years at Maricopa County Community College in Phoenix, Arizona. 

He is certified for electrical inspection for one and two family dwellings, general electrical installations, and for electrical plan review by the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI), and is certified as a general electrical inspector by the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO). He was Vice-President of Field Operations for an engineering firm for two years and was President of Ode Electric for 15 years. 

He has been an electrical code columnist for Electrical Contractor magazine since January of 2000. He was a principle member of NEC Panel 20 for the 1990 NEC. He was an alternate member of NEC Panel 3 for the 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014, as well as for the 2017 NEC and now the 2020 NEC and was principle member of Panel 4 for the 2002, 2005, 2008 NEC. He was a principle member of Panel 13 for the 2011, the 2014, and the 2017 NEC. He is an alternate member of Panel 7. He was an alternate on the NEC Technical Correlating Committee for the 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014, and the 2017 NEC. 

He has been a member of IAEI since September 15, 1975. He is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at UL and a recipient of the UL Mark of Excellence Award for 2016.

April 11, 2019

Education Presentation:  Medium Voltage Equipment & Power Transformer Classifications, Standards and Applications

Define terms and show application examples for:

  • Metal Clad Switchgear
  • Metal Enclosed Switchgear
    • Accessories for both types:  VTs, CTs, CPTs, Protective Relays, Surge Arrestors
  • Power Transformers:
  • Dry Type versus Oil Filled – When to use what type and where
  • Oil Filled:
    • Types of Oil: Oil Filled: Mineral Oil versus “High Fire Point” Biodegradable
  • Definitions:
    • Primary Substation type
    • Padmount Utility type
  • Dry Type: VPI, VPE, Cast Coil
  • Temperature Rise versus insulation rating
  • Multiple kVA Ratings achieved through Various Cooling methods and/or Temperature rise ratings
  • Substation Configurations:
    • Standard 3-Piece Designs
    • UPS – Unitized Power Centers
    • IUS – Integrated Unit Substations

Presenter:   Keith Johnson, PE - Square D by Schneider Electric, Consulting Engineer Specialist

Keith Johnson is a Consulting Engineer Specialist with Square D/Schneider-Electric and his current role is to support facility engineers and consulting design engineers with the application of electrical distribution equipment. Keith has over 30 years of experience with low voltage and medium voltage electrical distribution equipment starting with his role as Application Engineer in the Square D Assembly Plant. He has held positions in engineering design, marketing, sales and project management – all in the Southern California area. 

Keith is a California Licensed Electrical Engineer and is actively involved in several industry organizations: International Assoc. of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI), IEEE Industry Applications Society, Association of Consulting Electrical Engineers (ACEE) and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA).

May 9, 2019

Education Presentation:  Medium Voltage Equipment Installation, Test & Commissioning


  • Storage
  • Pre-installation checks
  • Handling
  • Anchoring


  • Acceptance vs. Startup
  • Factory recommended component testing

Pre-Energization & Commissioning

  • Relay & Controls
  • Is commissioning necessary?

Standards that will be referenced and reviewed: NEMA, UL, ANSI, IEEE, NFPA, NETA, Factory.

Presenters:   Nick Jackson, PE – EATON Engineering Services           

Nick Jackson is currently the San Diego/Las Vegas/Hawaii District Manager for Eaton’s Electrical Engineering Services Division. He has been with Eaton for 15 years in various roles as a Product Design Engineer, Field Service Engineer, and Power Systems Engineer.

He is a registered Professional Engineer in California and Missouri.

June 13, 2019

Education Presentation:  Medium Voltage Terminations

Presenters:   TBD

July 11, 2019 - DARK (Board Meeting Only)

August 8, 2019 - DARK (Board Meeting Only)

August 2019 – SPECIAL EVENT

IAEI Southwest Section Meeting

September 12, 2019

Education Presentation:  Review of the 2019 IAEI Southwestern Sectional 

Presenters:   TBD




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9601 Ridgehaven Ct., Ste 220
San Diego, CA 92123

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