Even if you're not a big Broadway musical fan, baseball lover, or museum connoisseur, the 17th annual Electric Show is reason enough to make a trip to the Big Apple in mid-June. Sure, you can see “Phantom of the Opera” again, watch the Minnesota Twins play the New York Mets, or hit Museum Row on 5th Avenue, but how often can you attend the biggest electrical equipment show in the United States and spend an entire day learning about the latest products and services in the electrical industry from more than 150 exhibitors?

Sponsored by EC&M, CEE News, Electrical Wholesaling, Lighting Dimensions, and Power Quality magazines and held June 17-19 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, Electric 2002 is also a great place to attend technical seminars, network with colleagues, learn of employment opportunities, solidify new business deals, and visit special attractions like the Power Quality and Voice/Data/Security Pavilions.

Kicking off the conference on Sunday, June 16 are three Pre-Conference Workshops held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can choose from “Power Quality Troubleshooting with Handheld Test Tools,” by Ed Shen, Fluke Manufacturing; “Office Lighting: Save Watts without Compromising Quality,” by Naomi Miller, Naomi Miller Lighting Design; or “Short-Circuit Calculations the Easy Way,” by John Paschal, Bechtel Corp.

At the free keynote address on Monday at 9 a.m., “Rebuilding an Empire One Wire at a Time,” Tony Mann, President of E-J Electrical Installation Co., will take an inside look at the impact of Sept. 11 on New York City's electrical community. E-J Electric, whose World Trade Center office was destroyed in the attacks, is now working with customers in the area such as Rockefeller Center, the United Nations, World Financial Center, AT&T, JFK Airport, Columbia University, and Long Island Railroad.

Since this is an NEC change year, the Electric Show is also the perfect place to catch up on the latest Code changes and find out how they affect your job.

Free to all attendees on Wednesday at 9 a.m., the “Code Violations” general session, given by Joe Tedesco, Program Manager, NTT, Inc., and columnist for EC&M and CEE News magazines, will present electrical inspection of premises wiring systems in an understandable manner. At this session, you will learn about inspection procedures and requirements as they relate to the NEC. Tedesco will review electrical requirements found in product standards, as well as inspection procedures for industrial, commercial, and residential systems.

In addition to the regular conference program (for a complete seminar schedule in acrobat format, click here), there are three Spotlight Programs, which are not included with the full conference registration. You can earn CEUs at any of the following spotlight sessions:

  • Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., attend NEC01 — The Code. Presented by Mike Holt, President, Mike Holt Enterprises, this session is your chance for an in-depth examination of the most important changes to the 2002 NEC.

  • Learn the fundamentals of structured cabling systems, telecommunications systems, and cabling requirements from BICSI's Instructor Ron Shaver at VDC01 — Voice/Data Cabling Systems on Monday from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. Note: You must attend both sessions to get credit for the class.

  • On Tuesday, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., join Mike Holt for NEC02 — Grounding & Bonding for an explanation of grounding and bonding of electrical systems and sensitive electronic and communications equipment.

To register online and for up-to-the-minute show information, visit www.electricshow.com.