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: The Value of One-Hand Measurements
Using only one hand gives you another layer of protection from injury.
Tip of the Week: The Importance of NEC Definitions and General Requirements
The first two chapters of the NEC provide a base of knowledge that can help you gain familiarity with important concepts.
Watch Out for that Voltage Drop 6
To improve energy efficiency, follow the recommendations in NEC Informational Notes, even though they are not requirements of the NEC.
Price Versus Cost Versus Value
Educate your customers about the overall value your business is providing.
Tip of the Week: When it Comes to Safety, Maintenance is Not an Option
Chapter 2 of NFPA 70E advocates proper maintenance, but is not meant to be a maintenance guide.
Rotation Testing of 3-Phase Motors
Regardless of the application, it’s a good practice to always test rotation and reduce the risk of damaging equipment.
Article 705: Interconnected Electric Power Production Sources 
Special NEC requirements apply when interconnecting any power source with the primary power source
Tip of the Week: Optimizing Your Motor Maintenance Program
Allocate your resources based on hard data, not perceptions or myths.
The High Cost of Saving Money
Managers may make shortsighted decisions when they don't have all the relevant information needed.
Fuse photo
Tip of the Week: Don’t Blow it on the Measurement Front
Digital multimeters typically have special types of fuses; to ensure safety, make sure your replacement fuse is the right kind.
Tip of the Week: The Practical Safeguarding of Persons and Property
Article 90 of the NEC will help you understand why the code was created and what it covers.
Curing Customer Confusion, Part 2
A systematic approach will help customers understand the hows and whys of the work you're doing.
Tip of the Week: Play it Safe with a Divide and Conquer Strategy
Devote the time needed to gain an in-depth understanding of NFPA 70E
Article 702: Optional Standby Systems 
People sometimes confuse various systems that supply alternate power on site.
The Importance of Electromagnetic Fields in Troubleshooting
Knowledge of the principles of electromagnetism can help detect problems as well as avoid them.
Electrical Testing Feed

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