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Grounding & Bonding Update

Session Type: Pre-Convention Workshops
Track Number: PW-4
Location: WSCTC
Room: 614
Speaker: Michael J. Johnston, NECA Executive Director, Standards and Safety

Date: Friday, September 11, 2009
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


This technical session provides students with a high level review of the concepts of electrical grounding and bonding. It reviews the performance criteria for each concept and how they work together in electrical systems to ensure safety. Developing a thorough understanding on what is supposed to be accomplished by effective grounding of equipment and systems, bonding conductive enclosures and parts together for continuity and conductivity, and how overcurrent devices operate are presented. This course also reviews significant changes that were implemented in the 2008 NEC regarding defined terms related to grounding and bonding. Definitions have been simplified and revised for improved clarity and usability. Rules in which the terms are used throughout the NEC have been verified for accuracy with the definitions.

Speaker Bio:

Michael Johnston is NECA’s executive director of standards and safety. Prior to working with NECA, Mike worked for the International Association of Electrical Inspectors as the director of education, codes and standards. He also worked as an electrical inspector and electrical inspection field supervisor for the City of Phoenix, AZ. Mike achieved a BS in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. He served on NEC CMP-5 in the 2002, 2005, and 2008 cycles and has is currently the chair of CMP-5 representing NECA for the 2011 NEC cycle. Mike is a member of the IBEW and has experience as an electrical journeyman wireman, foreman and project superintendant. Johnston is an active member of IAEI, the NFPA Electrical Section, Education Section, the UL Electrical Council, and National Safety Council.

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