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.

Energy Savings on the Lighting Front Must Make Sense 2
A lighting audit will help determine whether a facility has potential opportunities for savings.
Tip of the Week: Calculating Loads for a Store Building Using Annex D in NFPA 70 (NEC) 4
Example D3 of this annex may be used as a guide for just about any commercial installation.
Tip of the Week: What Is It You’re Really Maintaining?
Maintenance programs should emphasize preventing downtime instead of fixing breakdowns.
Wiring Device Box Mounting Basics 3
Doing a good job installing receptacles (and being quick about it).
Tip of the Week: Does That IR Spec Still Mean Anything?
To detect deterioration, insulation resistance testing should be conducted over time.
Critical Code Requirements for Class I Hazardous Locations  1
Nothing contained in Art. 501 is unimportant, but some of its requirements may merit extra attention
Do Standards Matter?
Well-run businesses adhere to the technical standards of their field as well as general standards of dress, speech and decorum.
Is Your Business Pursuing the Yugo Strategy?
Chasing cheap options instead of quality will undermine and possibly destroy your business.
Tip of the Week: Avoid Equipment Failures with a Fine-Tuned Testing Program 1
Include tests that can detect impending failures and prevent them from happening.
Minimize Voltage Drop by Upsizing Your Conductor Size 1
A larger conductor means less voltage drop and higher efficiency.
Tip of the Week: Finding More Items of Value in NEC Annex D 1
Learn how to apply the optional calculation method in various scenarios.
Tip of the Week: Identify and Articulate Your Training Needs
Do research and build a case for the value of additional job training.
Tip of the Week: Don’t Use Temperature as a Guide to Motor Restarts
The temperature won't tell you with certainty if it's safe to restart a motor.
Can You Depend on Your Tools?
Acquire the right high-quality tools, and maintain them with care.
Is Your Cost Cutting Helping or Hurting?
Cutting costs without an appropriate justification may erode your company's performance.
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