MID COAST ENERGY DEVELOPS HYBRID CODE COURSE TO ASSIST WITH NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE UPDATE
Continuing education is a crucial component to provide superior service and timely advice. However, it can be a daunting experience to finish a day’s work and then travel to a community college or training center for fifteen weeks to take the required course.
With this in mind, Mid-Coast Energy in cooperation with Novel Engineering is developing a hybrid code course that combines home study with classroom sessions and individual mentoring to help candidates complete the course.
Bob Hardina, a master electrician and a retired member the Mid-Coast team is coordinating the effort. “Home study is wonderful but there are always interruptions and family obligations that cause people to give up and not finish the course,” observed Bob. “By combining home study with occasional mentoring sessions participants help each other and learn a great deal in the process.”
The National Electrical Code was originally drawn in 1897as a result of the united efforts of various insurance, electrical, architectural and allied interests concerned with the safety of residential, industrial and commercial installations. The original code books were small volumes that could be carried in the electrician’s shirt pocket. The current 2017 edition of the code is an 8 ½ x 11 book consisting of 874 pages of text, charts and drawings. The NEC is revised every three years. In addition to as many as 586 hours of classroom education each candidate for a Journeyman or Master electrical license must have successfully completed a 45 hour update course in the current code.