Mark Lamendola

Mark
Lamendola

Mark is an expert in maintenance management, having racked up an impressive track record during his time working in the field. He also has extensive knowledge of, and practical expertise with, the National Electrical Code (NEC). Through his consulting business, he provides articles and training materials on electrical topics, specializing in making difficult subjects easy to understand and focusing on the practical aspects of electrical work.

Prior to starting his own business, Mark served as the Technical Editor on EC&M for six years, worked three years in nuclear maintenance, six years as a contract project engineer/project manager, three years as a systems engineer, and three years in plant maintenance management.

Mark earned an AAS degree from Rock Valley College, a BSEET from Columbia Pacific University, and an MBA from Lake Erie College. He’s also completed several related certifications over the years and even was formerly licensed as a Master Electrician. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and past Chairman of the Kansas City Chapters of both the IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society. Mark also served as the program director for, a board member of, and webmaster of, the Midwest Chapter of the 7x24 Exchange. He has also held memberships with the following organizations: NETA, NFPA, International Association of Webmasters, and Institute of Certified Professional Managers.

Articles
Tip of the Week: Starting Motors Under Load, or Not
Before trying to start a motor under load, you should verify that it can be done.
How do you reverse motor direction? 2
Using a rotation tester when installing a motor saves time and helps prevent problems if the motor is running in reverse.
Weak Answers versus Strong Answers
In making a case for expenditures, be specific about your needs and substantiate your case with facts.
Energized Work: What’s Required Beyond PPE? 
In the April issue of EC&M, we discussed establishing an electrically safe work condition. But what happens if you can’t establish such a condition?
Tip of the Week: Medium-Voltage Circuit Breaker Testing 4
3 tests that should be part of a preventive maintenance program for medium-voltage circuit breakers.
Chasing Growth vs. Nurturing Growth
A track record of professionalism and competence will help grow a business more effectively than aggressive discounting.
Tip of the Week: The NEC and ADA, Annex J
The annex provides information on circulation paths and what the ADA requires to keep those paths accessible.
Just Shut Things Off 1
Some energy-saving solutions don't need complicated technology, just good communication among employees.
Tip of the Week: Are Your People Cranky?
Find out why employees are dissatisfied and take steps to address their concerns.
Tip of the Week: Motor Baseline Data 1
Data from tests on new motors can be used to help detect when changes occur and spot impending problems.
Does that motor circuit have power? 2
Methodically checking possible problem areas will help you troubleshoot motor malfunctions.
Establishing an Electrically Safe Work Condition 
Article 100 in NFPA 70E defines an “electrically safe work condition” as “A state in which an electrical conductor or circuit part has been disconnected from energized parts
Tip of the Week: Can you pass this test and measurement quiz? 3
Make sure you know how to use a digital multimeter properly and safely
You Can’t Put a Price on Work Ethic 1
But it can cost you plenty.
Tip of the Week: What can you learn from the NEC’s Annex H? — Part 7
Section 80.23 of the annex explains how contractors are notified of violations and penalties.
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