John: Good morning and thank you for attending another TPC training webinar series. Today, we're going to talk about the 2017 National Electrical Code and go over some of the changes that were made in the most recent version of the code. We know that code adoption varies from company to company and state by state. So, we do this specific webinar a couple of times over the course of a code cycle, just so that when we do it, it's relevant to when you and your facility needs the information the most. First, I want to introduce our presenter today, Kurt Brizendine. He's a TPC training instructor. Kurt handles everything from electrical but also handles general maintenance seminars for us as well. He's going to talk a little bit more about his biography and where he comes from here in a little bit.
But the most important thing that we get from a lot of our attendees is the ability to ask questions and there will absolutely be a chance to ask questions at the conclusion of the webinar. You'll notice there's a question section there on your toolbar on the right-hand side of your screen. Please just type in your question right there and at the end of the webinar, we will get to those and read those off so that you guys can have those questions answered. Our goal is to go about 1 hour today, about 45 minutes of information, another 15 of Q&A. We do want to be respectful of your time, so we're not going to go too much over that if we can avoid it.
And lastly, the most important question or biggest question we tend to get is, "Is a copy of this presentation going to be available?" And absolutely, yes. If you would like a copy of the slides or a link to where this presentation will be on our YouTube channel at the conclusion of this webinar, you're going to get a follow up email sent to you. Please just respond to that email. It will come straight to me, just let me know that you want a copy of the presentation and I will get that out to you. Without further ado, I'd like to introduce Kurt Brizendine, Kurt?
Kurt: Thank you, John. As John said today, we'll be talking about the National Electric Code. I'll be, as you can see, I'll be doing an overview. Many of our courses, the way we write them is with the intent to give you the most recent information, especially for something like FPA series, which is a constantly evolving document. As John said, one of the things that we try to do is make sure that we provide training that is relevant to you. However, one things you need to keep my mouth National Electric Code is that it is purposely written in such way to be very general and broad. And one of the overarching things like...and lot model fellow structures are the same course try to enforce an understanding that your HJA authority having jurisdiction is, first and foremost, people you listen to and they, themselves, will enforce the National Electric Code as it pertains to them. I will provide other examples that I've come across exactly, you know, what they've done, what other areas have done, and why they do what they do.
As John was saying, my name is Kurt Brizendine. My background, I was 10 years in the Navy. I was, as you can see up here, Weapon Systems Technician. I work with the ammunition explosives and my largest contribution to the Navy was I quickly became a master instructor. And that basically meant that I've pretty much taught everything from the electrical stuff that we're going to be talking about today to the stint as a drill instructor for a period of time. I've done high risk training. So that kind of makes me a real stickler as far as safety goes. Basic reason I got out of the Navy was I chose my family over the Navy. I try to tell people that you can't be both. You can either do the military or you can do a family, but both just don't work. I ended up getting out of the Navy for my family and I have, you know, two beautiful kids and I love my wife to death.
Well, when I got out of the Navy, I was picked up at Excellent Nuclear. I worked there for a couple years also as a maintenance instructor and I also did engineering instruction as well. As much as I would like to stay there, they made it very clear to me during my professional development that I would not get promoted because I didn't have a college degree. I wasn't competitive with my peers. I ended up resigning from that position, so I can go to college. I went to Northern Illinois University as you can see there, and I double majored in engineering and Western History. I know it sounds like a strange combination. But I use the engineering side to capitalize and advanced my current technical knowledge at the time. My primary skill set, and the skill I bring to the company, is as a classroom instructor and curriculum development. And that's when my Western History background comes in because in pursuing that degree, I'm particularly good at writing material, doing ample research, finding the answers that if you if I don't know, I know how to find them.