Mike Holt and the 2017 National Electrical Code: Part 2

It has been about eight months since I had the privilege of participating with other National Electrical Code (NEC) experts on the Mike Holt Exam Preparation videotaping in Leesburg, Florida. I had recapped my experience in a previous blog article, and just recently received my complimentary copy of the workbook and DVDs.

I’m still humbled by watching myself on the DVDs, and how I had a small part in the education and advancement of others in the electrical trade. In preparation for this experience, I followed Mike and his teams’ previous tapings addressing other topics in the code, such as grounding and bonding, electrical formulas and AC theory. I streamed each taping event over four days, and communicated live with Mike about each topic, which proved to be difficult at best, due to the vigorous taping schedule.

For those of us who spend a lot of time studying the NEC, there are times when you read certain sections and relatable issues stand out in your mind; you then understand something in a whole new light. That happened to me earlier this year when I looked at Section 250.102(C)(1).

I had chased a string of articles that ended up at this table to determine the minimum size neutral required for a service. While Mike was taping the previous chapters, I reached out to him with my findings and explained my reasoning, but didn’t get a positive response from him. As time permitted, I also addressed my new-found code “revelation” with other instructors and students with great receptions.

During the taping of the load calculations section, I again addressed this process with Mike, and he requested references to prove my theory. Within a few minutes, I found the sections necessary to the fact and followed up with him, which is what you’ll find recorded on the DVDs. In my opinion, this was my shining moment: I was able to teach something to the master. He saw my reasoning, confirmed it, and then continued to teach it during the rest of the taping.

When I was an apprentice, I never imagined the forks in the road of my career leading me to where I am today. I was humbled to be part of Mike Holt’s code panel team, and today am proud to write a monthly article for a newspaper on the National Electric Code. I’m also grateful to be an instructor for Faith Technologies where I have the opportunity to help others succeed in the apprenticeship and with exam prep. I’m happy to have chosen a career that has provided so much for me and my family, both financially and socially.