As is customary every year, the EC&M staff will send a small but mighty editorial team to comb NECA 2016 in Boston and bring you daily highlights from the show. That means reporting on industry trends, the latest and greatest new product introductions, standards developments, exhibitor announcements, electrical safety best practices, technical workshop recaps and relevant speaker presentation takeaways.

Following is a list of key sessions Chief Editor Mike Eby has identified as specifically relevant to our readers — some are speaker presentations; others are technical workshops. Take a look at this preview of educational opportunities for topics that interest you, and check back during the show in our daily electronic newsletter for more real-time coverage.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Prefabrication Primer on Tactics (Speaker Session)
8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. or 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
By Mark Federle, McShane Chair in Construction Engineering and Management at Marquette University

Developing Foremen into Mentors to Increase Profit and Market Share (Speaker Session)
8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. or 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
By Nic Bittle, founder of Work Force Pro

A Leadership Development Model You Can Build On (Speaker Session)
8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. or 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
By Michael Callanan, principal owner of Michael Callanan Consulting Company

LED Lighting Systems: Energy and Beyond (Speaker Session)
8 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
By Jon Zelinsky, P.E., Director, Contractor Marketing for Philips Lighting

Building Integrated (Technical Workshop)
1:30 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.
By Bob Eaton and Melinda Kershaw, Day & Night Solar

Rapid Shut Down For Solar PV Roof Top Installations (Technical Workshop)
2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
By Allen Austin, ABB/Thomas & Betts

Maximizing the Plug Load Control Opportunity (Technical Workshop)
2:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.
By Kevin Kohl and James Forte, Pass & Seymour/Legrand


Sunday, October 9, 2016

How the Use of a Lesser Skilled Workforce Has Impacted the Industry (Speaker Session)
8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. or 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
By Heather Moore, Vice President of Operations for MCA Inc.

Energy Storage and Microgrid Training Initiative (Speaker Session)
8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. or 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
By David Riley, faculty member in Penn State’s Department of Architectural Engineering

Applications for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. or 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
By Lonny Simonian, Professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design and graduate course instructor in the College of Engineering at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly)

The Keys to Project Financial Management (Speaker Session)
8 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
By Michael McLin, Managing Director at Maxim Consulting Group responsible for leading the business and guiding the strategic direction

Smart Systems and the Industrial Internet of Things (Technical Workshop)
12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.
By Mohamed Shishani, Schneider Electric

Build Your Own Prefabrication Shop (Technical Workshop)
3:00 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
By Bruce Phillips, Electrical PreFab


Monday, October 10, 2016

Win More Business with Self-funded Energy Projects (Speaker Session)
8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.
By Bruce Trachtenberg, Vice President and General Manager of DLL’s Global Clean Technology business unit

New Rules for Large Scale PV Systems, Energy Storage Systems and DC Microgrids (Speaker Session)
8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.
By Mark W. Earley, P.E. and chief electrical engineer at NFPA. He serves as secretary of the National Electrical Code Committee, and is the chief editor of the National Electrical Code Handbook.

Accidents Happen: Do They Need To (Speaker Session)
8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.
By Laramie Sandquist, general manager – risk management resources at Federated’s Home Office 

Low-Voltage Landscape Lighting Design (Technical Workshop)
10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
By Steve Parrot, Volt

179D Extended: What All Electrical Contractors Need to Know (Speaker Session)
11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
By Linda McCluskey, AlliantGroup