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.

When ROI Needs to be RIP
When determining return on investment, a little more investment can produce a much greater return.
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Tip of the Week: Test and Measurement Safety
Here are some ways you can take live measurements while avoiding exposure to arc blast.
Make an Energy Transformation
Don’t be a slave to matching your calculated load and the transformer. You probably can’t do that anyhow, and energy efficiency is just one of many considerations.
Tip of the Week: Voltage Drop and the NEC (NFPA 70) 1
Some information in the NEC is merely explanatory and not considered a rule that must be followed.
Tip of the Week: Use NFPA 70E to Guide Your Safety Program
Understanding how the safety standard is arranged will help you find the sections relevant to your work.
Curing Customer Confusion, Part 1
Training employees thoroughly is essential, but sometimes you also have to train your customers about proper procedures.
Article 701: Legally Required Standby Systems 
The legally required standby system can easily be a victim of confusion with optional standby systems and backup systems.
Tip of the Week: Properly Allocate Your Motor Maintenance Resources
Keep track of failure causes and which have the greatest dollar impact.
Kill That Watt 4
Kilowatt calculations typically are used to determine the amounts of power used by inductive loads such as motors.
How Good is Good Enough When it Comes to Electrical Work?
On some jobs, insisting on perfection may turn out to be costly and counterproductive.
Save Energy Through Smart Feeder Design 6
Making different choices throughout a project can result in long-term energy savings.
Tip of the Week: Don’t Let the Size of the NEC Scare You Off
Understanding how the guide is organized and arranged will make it easier to find the information you're looking for.
Tip of the Week: NFPA 70E Requirements Do Apply to You
Both OSHA and the courts put a heavy weight on following industry standards
Article 700: Emergency Systems 
Article 700 is the first in a series of NEC Articles about on-site power systems, including 700, 701, 702, 705, and 708.
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