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.

How Many Certifications are Enough? 2
Don't focus on the number of certifications, but make sure your work crew has the right mix of training for the jobs you are seeking.
Do You Make It Easy to Do Business With You?
Strive to avoid business practices that alienate your customers.
Critical Code Requirements for Residential Work 
For many types of occupancies, the NEC has a dedicated Article in Chapter 5
Tip of the Week: The Value of Annex D in NFPA 70 (NEC) 4
The calculation examples in this annex help you learn how to apply many NEC requirements
Think Modular When Laying Out Those Lighting Circuits 2
Modular systems enable you to adjust lighting in a facility more easily while maintaining efficiency.
Tip of the Week: Make Sure There’s Enough Time to Do it Right 1
Cutting corners and rushing through maintenance is counter-productive and potentially costly.
Tip of the Week: Stop Short-Cycling Those Motors
Allow the appropriate amount of time before re-starting a motor.
Motor Wiring, Part 2
Follow installation drawings, but if those aren't available, determine how many leads a motor has before installing it.
Tip of the Week: Lessons Learned from a Test and Measurement Case Study
Unless workers are properly trained on your measurement equipment, you may misdiagnose problems.
How Good is Good Enough? 2
Know the standards of quality expected, and prepare thoroughly to achieve those standards.
How Do You Differentiate Yourself from the Competition?
Strategic, targeted discounting may be effective, but don't rely on it as your only growth tactic
Critical Code Requirements for Pools and Spas 
This is a traditionally busy time of year for pool projects, as pool owners have maintenance done or do upgrades just before “swimming weather”
Tip of the Week: The Value of Annex C in NFPA 70 (NEC) 1
This annex consists of fill tables for conduit and tubing.
Pay Attention to Power Quality 2
Conducting a power quality analysis can tell you if your equipment is exhibiting power quality problems.
Goal Setting Graphic
Tip of the Week: Better Maintenance Performance with Better Goals
Goals that are clear, specific and measurable are more likely to result in effective management
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