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Power Quality School (Jul 29-Aug 02)

The complexity of the system that moves electric energy from the point of production to the point of consumption, combined with variations in weather, generation, demand and changing customer loads; provide many opportunities for the quality of the power supply to be compromised. This course provides students with the fundamental skills to facilitate, quantify, investigate, monitor and solve electrical system problems. Content is taught through a combination of presentations, exercises and unique hands-on labs. Building these skills allow utilities and their customers to save money in avoided equipment outages and damage, costly improper solutions, damage claims and lost production. CEU credits available.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Jay Wicks, Owner, Black Marble Electrical Solutions

    • Program Location
    • Willsonville Training Center
    • 29353 S.W. Town Center Loop E
      Wilsonville, OR 97070
    • Who Should Attend
    • Electrical engineers, PQ engineers, meter techs, technicians, service techs and troubleshooters in the utility sector. PQ engineers, facility engineers, facility electricians, process/plant managers in the private sector.

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $1,499 USD
    Regular: $1,899 USD

    Registration prices increase $200 after July 1, 2019. Registration includes binder and flash drive with class content. Breakfast and lunch every day. Safety glasses are provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own.

  • 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, July 29, 2019

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration + Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Welcome

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

Safety

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Break

9:45 AM - 12:00 PM

PQ Basics I

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Lunch

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

PQ Basics I (continued)

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Single Phase Demo/Lab

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Break

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Fluke Equipment Demonstration

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

PQ Basics I (continued)

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Discovery Overview/Exercise

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Break

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

PQ Monitoring

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

PQ Basics II

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Lunch

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Hands On Lab - Sensitive Electronics

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Site Survey Presentation/Excercise

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Power Qulaity Basics II (continued)

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Hands On Lab - SPD, Surge Suppressors + Noise Filters

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Break

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Hands On Lab - Wiring Problems + Grounding Issues

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Site Survey Exercise

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Lunch

12:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Hands-on Lab - Isolation Transformers + Voltage Regulators

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Break

2:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Case Studies

Thursday, August 1, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Medium Voltage Lab

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Break

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Medium Voltage Lab (continued)

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Lunch

12:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Medium Voltage Lab (continued)

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Break

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Medium Voltage Lab (continued)

Friday, August 2, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Hands-on Lab - Uninterrupted Power Supply Systems

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Break

10:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Case Studies

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Analysis Exercise/Solutions

Working Lunch – Box Lunch Provided

1:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Adjourn

Hotel + Travel

The following are suggestions of hotels near the Wilsonville Training Center:

Best Western Wilsonville Inn and Suites – 1.3 miles way
29769 Southwest Boones Ferry Road
Wilsonville, OR 97070
503.570.9700

La Quinta Inn Wilsonville – 3.3 miles away
8815 Southwest Sun Place
Wilsonville, OR 97070
800.213.8119

Holiday Inn Hotel Wilsonville – 3.8 miles away
25425 SW 95th Ave
Wilsonville, OR 97070
503.682.2211

Meet The Speakers

Andy Larson

West Oregon Electric Coop

Journeyman Lineman
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Andy is a Line Foreman at West Oregon Electric Coop and fulfills a a variety of roles at his utility. He started with a degree in business management. Then moved into an Electrician Apprenticeship program in 1999. Once he completed his apprenticeship, worked for a few years in that role. He then decided to go further in the electrical industry and began a Lineman apprenticeship in 2006.

He has been instrumental in supporting the Power Quality School for 4 + years.

Gary Larkins

Advanced Power Solutions

President
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Gary P. Larkins has over 25 years of experience in Power Quality Consulting, System Conceptual Design, Commissioning, Product Evaluation & Failure Analysis. He has completed over 250 PQ Consulting Projects for Utility, Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Customers. He has developed and instructed multiple PQ courses, including Western Energy Institute Hands-on Lab PQ Training Course. Gary has authored multiple White Papers and presented at PQ Industry conferences throughout his career. He has developed AT&T Wireless National Grounding and Lightning Protection Standard & SPD/TVSS Performance Specification.

Brad Spiering

Portland General Electric

Head Special Tester
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Brad has a degree in Marketing from PSU in 1988. The tie didn’t fit so he went to work at Portland General Electric in 1989 as an entry level position, because he liked paid holidays.

Got his Journeyman card in 1999, worked as a lineman for five years, foreman for five years and got into the PQ group in 2009 as a Special Tester. He has been active in the transformer Training group as a lead instructor for the last 15 years. Certified level II thermographer, NJATC certified trainer with four years of summer class at University of Michigan. FAA part 107 licensed unmanned remote pilot. Currently as of April 8th he is Head Special Tester .

Jay Wicks

Black Marble Electrical Solutions

Owner
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Mr. Wicks has 31 years Electrical Engineering Field/Design Experience graduating from Virginia Tech in 1983. This experience includes the successful facilitation of many large equipment & system upgrades/retrofits. Hands on experience with all types of electrical equipment & controls, large or small.

* Licensed and trained by E-Hazard to teach Low Voltage & High Voltage Qualified Electrical Worker with Arc Flash Awareness base on NFPA-70E, IEEE NESC, & OSHA 1910.269.
* Licensed Professional Engineer & Licensed Electrical Inspector in the State of Arizona.
* Mr. Wicks has over 21 years of Technical/Safety Instruction experience developing & facilitating various educational programs. Jay has been one of the WEI Power Quality School instructors for over 20 years.
* Certified Instructor for Electrical, Electronics Systems, and Instrumentation, with the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).
* Certified Lightning Safety Professional – National Lightning Safety Institute
* Jay serves as committee chairman for Western Electric Institute’s – 5 Day Power Quality Hands on Training Class. He is the acting class facilitator/Lead instructor & continues to be the major contributor in the development and refinement of this very successful “hands on” program.
* Jay Also works with WEI as an instructor for the Electrical Utility Fundamentals & Insights Class
* Jay is committed to serving the Electrical Community through safety and technical training as well as project facilitation coaching.

In 2014 He retired from the utility industry to devote his efforts full time to Electrical Project Management Coaching, Electrical and Safety Training, General Consulting and Fishing. Coaching, Training, and Consulting can be general for new hires or custom developed for experienced or specialized circumstances. Fishing is reserved for friends and family, however exceptions can be made; time & location are negotiable.

Bill Young

Portland General Electric

System Protection Engineer

Aaron Cain

Portland General Electric

Journeyman Lineman/Foreman, Transformer Training Instructor