Aug

22-26

Northwest Electric Meter School (Aug 22-26)

Quality technical training spanning the basics of metering theory, AMI and high-end meter applications offering students the opportunity to network and learn from leading experts in the field of metering by developing skills, to exchange ideas, resolve problems and learn through hands-on labs. With over 66 years of operation, the school curriculum addresses the need for quality technical training with six tracks available: Single Phase Metering, Polyphase Metering, Solid State Metering, Advanced Metering + Communications, Hot Topic Roundtable/Supervisory and Substation/Generation Metering while also integrating fresh technological trends and perspectives.

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General Details

Program Chair
James Miller, Meter Journeyman, Snohomish County PUD

Program Location
North Seattle College
9600 College Way North
Seattle, WA 98103

Who Should Attend
• Metering apprentices
• Metering supervisors
• Experienced metering professionals
• Journeymen
• Utility workers who want experience in the meter industry
• New hires in the utility industry
• Engineers Electricians
• Electrical Union Training Program participants
• High school or college students interested in technical education

Registration Options
Member: $499 USD
Regular: $549 USD

Registration prices increase $50 after August 1, 2022. Registration includes lectures, all course materials, hands-on laboratory training, Vendor Display show, light morning refreshments, lunch Monday – Thursday, and a BBQ on Tuesday evening. Guest tickets are available for $25 and allow a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event. Guest registration includes all meals and receptions.

General Cancellation Policy
Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.

Participation Policy
Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public. Recording is not permitted for any portion of the event.

For more information contact Traci Pepper, Program Manager at (971) 303-1004.

Agenda

Monday, August 22, 2022

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Continuing Educational Credits (CEUs)
If you wish to receive Continuing Education credits (CEUs) for your participation in this course, add this item to your cart. Receiving CEUs is optional, and costs $15.00. Requires completion of the form with instructors’ approval submitted onsite to WEI staff to process with North Seattle College.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Pre-Registration for optional Metering Math class
Registration for students signed up for the Optional Math Essentials only.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Meter School Math Essentials
Track A is required to attend this class and others that would like to brush up on their math may sign up. This pass will include course material.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Registration

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch
Lunch is sponsored by:

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Instruction
Track A
Track B
Track C
Track D
Track E
Track F

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Instruction
Track A
Track B
Track C
Track D
Track E
Track F

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Lunch
Lunchtime will be one hour for each track and times will be offset according to each track’s schedule. Lunch is sponsored by:

4:45 PM – 6:30 PM
Dinner/BBQ
The BBQ dinner is sponsored by:

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Instruction
Track A
Track B
Track C
Track D
Track E
Track F

11:30 AM – 1:45 PM
Lunch
Lunchtime will be one hour for each track and times will be offset according to each track’s schedule. Lunch is sponsored by:

Thursday, August 25, 2022

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Instruction
Track A
Track B
Track C
Track D
Track E
Track F

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Lunch
Lunchtime will be one hour for each track and times will be offset according to each track’s schedule. Lunch is sponsored by:

Friday, August 26, 2022

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast

8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Instruction
Track A
Track B
Track C
Track D
Track E
Track F

Hotel + Travel

Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle/Northgate
9550 1st Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Phone: (206) 522-6991

Reservation Instructions
Make your reservations online or by calling the hotel directly at (206) 522-6991. Identify yourself as being with the Western Energy Institute Northwest Electric Meter School to receive a special rate of $199 per night plus state and local taxes. This rate is guaranteed until August 1, 2022 or until the WEI room block is full. Hampton Inn offers a free shuttle service available to and from NSC upon request.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle North/Lynnwood
20610 44th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Phone: (425) 775-2500

Reservation Instructions
Make your reservations online or by calling the hotel directly at (425) 775-2500. Identify yourself as being with the Western Energy Institute (WEI) Northwest Electric Meter School to receive a special rate of $149 per night plus state and local taxes. This rate is guaranteed until August 7, 2022 or until the WEI room block is full.

Hotel Nexus
2140 North Northgate Way
Seattle, WA 98133
Phone: (206) 365-0700

Reservation Instructions
Make your reservations by calling the hotel directly at (206) 365-0700. Identify yourself as being with the Western Energy Institute Northwest Electric Meter School to receive a special rate of $140 per night plus state and local taxes. This rate is guaranteed until August 7, 2022 or until the WEI room block is full.

Vendor Displays

Registration Options
Member Attendee + Vendor Display Table: $648 USD
Regular Attendee + Vendor Display Table: $748 USD
Member Vendor Display Table Only: $199 USD
Regular Vendor Display Table Only: $299 USD

Registration prices for Attendee + Vendor Display Tables increase $50 after August 1, 2022. Registration includes lectures, all course materials, hands-on laboratory training, Vendor Display show, light morning refreshments, lunch Monday – Thursday, and a BBQ on Tuesday evening as a student. Plus display booth, WiFi, two chairs, and a six-foot (minimum size) display table.

Registration prices for Vendor Display Tables Only increase $25 after August 1, 2022. Vendor registration fee includes booth, Wi-Fi, two chairs, a six-foot (minimum size) display table, refreshments, lunch and evening BBQ.

Vendor assistant passes are available for $50 each once the main vendor registration is complete and include participation during vendor displays, refreshments, lunch and evening BBQ. Vendors are limited to two (2) assistants per vendor table.

For more information contact Kris Taylor at 971.930.2033.

Shipping Information
North Seattle College
WEI Meter School Event
9600 College Way North
Seattle, WA 98103-3599

Vendors are responsible for all shipping costs. North Seattle College will not accept COD freight. Electricity can be provided but vendors must bring their own extension cords and plugging strips.

Vendor Display Schedule

Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Overall Schedule
Set Up + Check-In: 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Open Display Times: 11:30 AM – 3:15 PM
Tear Down: 3:15 PM – 4:45 PM
Additional (BBQ): 4:45 PM – 6:15 PM

Class Schedule:
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Track E – Hot Topic Roundtable
12:30 PM – 1:15 PM: Track D – Advanced Metering + Communications
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM: Track B – Polyphase Metering
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Track A – Single Phase Metering
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM: Track C – Solid State Metering

Track Information

TRACK A: Single Phase Metering
Attending your first school? Register for this track unless many years of experience warrant an exemption. This track requires knowledge of basic trig and algebra. (Student max: 60)

Required Materials: All students to bring a calculator, stopwatch, pens and pencils. An electronic tablet may be substituted for these items.

TRACK B: Polyphase Metering
Graduates of Track A or those with knowledge of single phase metering should register for this track. (Student max: 60)

Required Materials: All students to bring a calculator, stopwatch, pens and pencils. An electronic tablet may be substituted for these items.

TRACK C: Solid State Metering
Introduction and intermediate functions in electronic metering, field analysis and programming. Bring your laptop computer, optical probe, AC adapter and strong meter magnet. Attendees must download lab-specific software during onsite registration, Monday 10 am –12 pm, or online prior to school. Laptop computers will be utilized on Thursday all day for this track. It is imperative that all laptops have administrative rights to install software. (Student max: 50)

Required Materials other than laptop: Students are required to download their track’s presentations prior to the school or to bring a company approved (encrypted) thumb drive for copying electronic presentations at the school during registration. Students will receive an email two weeks prior to the school that will allow them or their IT department to access and download presentations.

All students are to bring a calculator, stopwatch, pens and pencils. An electronic tablet may be substituted for the calculator, stopwatch, pens and pencils.

TRACK D: Advanced Metering + Communications
In-depth discussion of electronic metering theory and high end meter applications. Students must have high-level understanding of solid state metering and communication applications. (Student max: 50)

Required Materials: Students are required to download their track’s presentations prior to the school or to bring a company approved (encrypted) thumb drive for copying electronic presentations at the school during registration. Students will receive an email two weeks prior to the school that will allow them or their IT department to access and download presentations.

All students are to bring a calculator, stopwatch, pens and pencils. An electronic tablet may be substituted for the calculator, stopwatch, pens and pencils.

TRACK E: Hot Topic Roundtable
High level theory discussion. Students will participate in daily roundtable conversation and select classes from tracks A-D, a la carte. Students who have completed at least three years at meter school or have four years or more of field experience are eligible to attend. (Student max: 50)

Required Materials: Students are required to download their track’s presentations prior to the school or to bring a company approved (encrypted) thumb drive for copying electronic presentations at the school during registration. Students will receive an email two weeks prior to the school that will allow them or their IT department to access and download presentations.

All students are to bring a calculator, stopwatch, pens and pencils. An electronic tablet may be substituted for the calculator, stopwatch, pens and pencils.

Track F: Substation/Generation Metering
The Substation/Generation track consists of various topics associated with equipment used in the operation and protection of these facilities. Substation and Generation facilities depend on devices that collectively provide the instantaneous values transmitted and displayed by both revenue and protection systems. Generation revenue results from a system composed of revenue-grade current and voltage transformers whose primaries thread the primary levels and secondaries provide a fractional sample to the meter. System protection also depends and is connected in high voltage environments, with high voltage instrument transformers sending values to a meter or transducer. Additional points exposed include communications with metering equipment, testing in high voltage environments, and Cal-ISO/ Western EIM overview and requirements.

Onsite Safety + Health Info

Effective August 18, 2022, proof of vaccination status or results of a negative COVID-19 test will not be required for admittance into most WEI-hosted programs.

WEI continues to monitor all federal level CDC, Canadian government and public health agency recommendations, as well as local ordinances, as a policy baseline for in-person programs. We encourage all attendees to review the current guidelines related to isolation and precautions prior to traveling to a WEI event, as well as guidance for traveling to and from Canada, which may differ from guidance for traveling to or from the United States.

Some WEI-hosted programs may require proof of vaccination status, if essential for participation, in which case WEI will communicate this requirement in advance of the program start date.

Please refer to WEI’s Safety + Health Code of Conduct for other important considerations.

Meet The Speakers

Andrew Misoda

Seattle City Light

Meter Electrician

Ryan Alkire

General Electric

Lead Sales Specialist - Technical Sales

Scott Anderson

Puget Sound Energy

Journeyman Meterman

Matt Anthony

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Meter Tech, Grid Assets

Lee Backholm

Snohomish County PUD

Meter Apprentice

Jeff Barlow

Honeywell

Solution Architect

Esteban Cano

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

Application Engineer - Communications

Chris Clark

Landis+Gyr

Area Sales Manager

Matt Dougherty

Snohomish County PUD

Sr. AMI Systems Analyst

Tim Durand

Snohomish County PUD

Safety Specialist

Will Elliott

Aclara

Meter Systems Engineer

Arlen Everist

Puget Sound Energy

Meter Operations 1 Journeyman Meterman

Mike Gagnon

Aclara

Senior Sales Application Engineer

Terry Gaiser

Xylem Inc.

Manager of Technical solutions

Vishwa Gosai

Southern California Edison

T&D Field Technical Training

Ken Grant

Radian Research, Inc.

Regional Sales Manager

Justin Jeter

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

Application Engineer II – Protection

Cole Knappen

Stephens, McCarthy, Lancaster LLC

Territory Manager - Oregon & SW Washington

Paul Kristensen

PacifiCorp

Electrical Engineer, T&D System Operations – Relay Support

Chris Lindsay-Smith

McAvoy & Markham Engineering & Sales Co.

Sales Engineer

Chuck Matsen

Seattle City Light

Meter Electrician

Pat McCarthy

AES Corporation

Substation SCADA & Metering Project Engineer

Jim Miller

Snohomish County PUD

Meter Journeyman

Steve Mills

Cascadia McLaren Inc

President & Tecnical Sales

Matt Monroe

Landis+Gyr

Solutions Director

Dan Moulton

Snohomish County PUD

Meter Journeyman

Jake Myers

AZZ Electrical Systems

Sales Engineer - Switchgear Systems

Adam Peretti

Snohomish County PUD

Manager, AMI Technologies

Byron Poirier

Puget Sound Energy

Meter Tech

Octavio Reza

Honeywell

Sales Director, Electric Metering

Myles Roberts

Snohomish County PUD

Meter Journeyman

Aaron Rockey

Avista Utilities

Journeyman Meterman

John Schwelm

General Pacific, Inc.

Sales/VP of Business Development

Greg Sharpes

Avista Utilities

Protection Control Meter Shop Foreman

Robert Shull

Southern California Edison

Metering Trainer

Mark Sieben

Itron, Inc.

Account Executive

Joe Stauffer

Puget Sound Energy

Journeyman

Eric Tachell

Idaho Power Company

Senior AMI Systems Administrator

John Town

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

Application Engineer III – Protection

Brad Van Pelt

Stephens, McCarthy, Lancaster LLC

Partner

James White

Chelan County PUD

Journeyman Electrician

Kevin Williams

Grant County PUD

Meter/Relay Technician IV

Bob Yelland

Avista Utilities

Electric Meter Shop A-Foreman

Michail Youngquist

Puget Sound Energy

Journeyman

Chris Zaphiris

Ritz Instrument Transformers

Director Sales and Marketing

Daniel Marshall

Puget Sound Energy

Journeyman

Troy McCabe

Carlson Sales, Inc.

Technical Sales Consultant

Paul Eastman

Avista Utilities

Journeyman Meterman