Aug

24-28

Northwest Electric Meter School (Aug 24-28)

Operating in its 66th year, the school curriculum emphasizes the need for quality technical training as it relates to metering, while also integrating fresh technological trends and perspectives. This course is designed to serve metering apprentices and journeymen in the electric utility industry by developing skills through expert lectures and hands-on laboratory training spanning the basics of metering theory, AMI and high-end meter applications. Students should select their preferred track according to their level of experience: Single Phase Metering; Polyphase Metering; Solid State Metering; Advanced Metering and Communications; and Hot Topic Roundtable. The school accommodates 260 students and is co-sponsored by Western Energy Institute and North Seattle College. CEU credits available. Vendors encouraged to display.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • 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: $449 USD
    Regular: $499 USD

    Registration prices increase $50 after August 10, 2020. 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 BBQ event only.

  • 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.
  • For more information contact Diana Zoren, Director of Strategic Initiatives at (971) 255-4965.

Agenda

Monday, August 24, 2020

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 are optional, and cost $15.00. Requires completion of 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 classes

Registration for Track A, B and other students signed up for the Optional Math Essentials only.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Meter School Math Essentials Track A

This class is an additional class for Track A students and those wishing for math review.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Meter School Math Essentials Track B

This class is an additional class for Track B students and those wishing to review higher level of math review.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Registration

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Instruction

Track A
Track B
Track C
Track D
Track E

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Instruction

Track A
Track B
Track C
Track D
Track E

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Lunch

Lunch time will be one hour for each track and times will be offset according to each track's schedule.

4:45 PM - 6:30 PM

Dinner / BBQ

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Instruction

Track A
Track B
Track C
Track D
Track E

11:30 AM - 1:45 PM

Lunch

Lunch time will be one hour for each track and times will be offset according to each track's schedule.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Instruction

Track A
Track B
Track C
Track D
Track E

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Lunch

Lunch time will be one hour for each track and times will be offset according to each track's schedule.

Friday, August 28, 2020

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Instruction

Track A
Track B
Track C
Track D
Track E

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 $187 per night plus state and local taxes. This rate is guaranteed until August 10, 2020, 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, Northwest Electric Meter School to receive a special rate of $147 per night plus state and local taxes. This rate is guaranteed until August 10, 2020, 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 10, 2020, or until the WEI room block is full. Hotel Nexus offers a free shuttle service available to and from NSC.

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 conversations 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: 25)

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.

Vendor Displays

Registration Options
Vendor Display Table: $199 USD
+ Vendor Display Assistant: $50 USD

Vendor registration prices increase $50 after August 10, 2020. Registration includes Tuesday Booth, WiFi, two chairs, six-foot (minimum size) display table, refreshments, lunch and evening BBQ. Vendor Display Assistant tickets are available for $50 and allow participation during vendor displays, refreshments, lunch and evening BBQ.

For more information contact Kris Taylor at 971.255.4969.

Shipping Information
North Seattle College
C/O WEI – Vendor Display
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 25, 2020
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

Vendor Display Map