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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.

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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Chrysler, Mark A.
9601 Ridgehaven Ct., Ste 220
San Diego, CA 92123

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