Instructors

WAYNE BLACKLEY

Senior Consultant

Mr. Blackley, a registered Professional Engineer and graduate of Texas A&M University, began his electrical career as a lineman. He is a member of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He has held the position as Director of the Multi-Amp Institute Training Facility. He served as Vice-President, and General Manger of Teague Industries, a construction company that installed overhead and underground electrical and fiber optic systems. Prior to this he served as Senior Engineer of the Quality Assurance Division of the Comanche Peak Nuclear Project and as Division Supervisor of Distribution for Texas Utilities Electric Company. He also worked as a System Planning Engineer, Systems Operating Engineer and T&D Engineer. Mr. Blackley is an approved instructor in the states of Idaho, Washington and Wyoming for seminar on the National Electrical Safety Code and code changes on the current document.

Short Courses and Seminars Mr. Blackley has attended include:

*        Power Systems Modeling University of Texas Arlington

*        Electrical Metering School Texas A&M

*        Relaying Seminar Texas A&M

*        Power Cable Analysis University of Wisconsin at Madison

*        Dielectric Failure Analysis University of Wisconsin

*        Cable Testing & Fault Location Associated Research in Chicago

  • Principles & Application of Fiber Optic Communication Systems – LightTec

GARRY S. CAFFEY

Senior Consultant

Mr. Caffey graduated from Texas A&M with a BSEE degree and worked as a Research Engineer for Texas Power & Light Company. During his employment with this company, he designed and built the first known air infiltration machine in the United States to research residential air infiltration or air leakage. He presented an ASHRAE Technical Paper entitled Residential Air Infiltration to a large ASHRAE Convention audience in 1978. This information was later shared with over 10,000 builders, dealers, real estate personnel, and ASHRAE members. Mr. Caffey later became Manger of TP&L’s Information Systems where computer graphic curves were created and used to analyze the usage patterns and future client needs of terminals, printers, and computer controllers. He also wrote technical reports on numerous research projects during this time. Prior to 1992 he became the Principal Engineer of Marketing where he was responsible for all HVAC and electrical equipment research to support DSM programs for Texas Utilities. Since that time, Garry has been responsible for the engineering interface and consultation with various firms throughout the Southwest dealing with VSD motor controls, gas-fired steam/hot water boilers, and valves and controls. Mr. Caffey is also a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas since 1970. In addition is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) in all states.

Professional affiliations include:

*        Member, Association of Energy Engineers, AEE, Dallas Chapter

*        Member, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, ASHRAE, Dallas Chapter

*        Member, International Ground Source Heat Pump Association, IGSHPA

*        Member, American Society of Plumbing Engineers, ASPE, Dallas Chapter

STEVE COX

Senior Consultant

Mr. Cox is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.  He is also a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and a member of IEEE.  At the beginning of his career with Texas Power and Light he was responsible for teaching sessions on power conditioning, motors and motor controls.  As a Senior Engineer he presented Power Quality seminars and conducted numerous Power Quality investigations.  Steve later served as a project leader for a joint effort with Texas Instruments to improve power quality and reliability.  During this time he also reviewed the emergency power systems used to maintain semiconductor manufacturing processes.  He developed technical guidelines and evaluated products to provide surge suppression and other power conditioning products.  Throughout his career he has remained a principal investigator in hundreds of power quality investigations and energy audits. Steve has written and presented technical papers at both the Gobalcon Conference and the Power Systems World Conference. He has served as a Senior Energy Services Consultant for TXU Energy Services where he has developed all power quality services operating procedures and marketing materials.  In this capacity he was responsible for overseeing power quality investigations and energy audits.

Short Courses and Seminars Mr. Cox has attended include:

*        Systems Training, the Electric Power Research Institute and Texas A&M University and the University of Texas.

Professional affiliations include:

*        Member of the Association of Energy Engineers, IEEE Industry Applications Society

*        Member IEEE Power Engineering Society

BILL MORROW

Senior Consultant

Mr. Morrow is a qualified and experienced safety and health instructor and motivator. His career spans over 36 years in the Texas Utilities System.  He managed TU Electric Generating Division’s Safety and Industrial Health Program as well as the initiation, development and compliance of safety and health programs for Texas Utilities Generating Company, Texas Utilities Services, Texas Utilities Mining Company and Texas Utilities Fuel Company.  Mr. Morrow served as the Chairman of Edison Electric Institute’s Safety and Industrial Health Committee in 1991 and 1992 and served in all chairs of the Southwest Electric Safety Exchange, 1967-1992.  He was invited to serve as an expert witness to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission hearing in Washington, D.C. during 1991.  Bill was appointed to Edison Electric Institute’s OSHA Task Force to work with OSHA to develop the electric utility industry’s safety work rules and worked at all levels with OSHA and MSHA regulatory compliance.

DAVID SMITH

Senior Consultant

Mr. Smith has been teaching electrical code classes since 1978.  Mr. Smith served as Assistant Chief Electrical Inspector for five years in the City of Dallas.  During this time David prepared electrical exams, ordinances, and code questions for monthly and annual meetings of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors.  He has served as the Building Official for the City of Rockwall in charge of all field inspections, including electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and building.  He has been a plan review consultant and did the electrical plan review for the D/FW Airport expansion and M.D.Anderson Cancer Research Center.  Mr. Smith began his career as an electrician’s helper for the Department of Transportation and is widely recognized in his field.

SAM KNOX

Senior Consultant

Sam Knox has worked in the electric utility business for over 30 years.  He began his career working in the Distribution Department for Dallas Power and Light.  During the 20 years he worked for DP&L he installed and repaired 120 volt to 25,000 volt overhead and underground distribution lines and equipment. A part of his job included lead cable splicing.  He also installed 13,000 and 480 volt spot transformer vaults and fire protection systems.  He was promoted to Supervisor of Safety and Employees’ services and for 5 years he was responsible for the entire safety program for Dallas Power and Light’s Distribution Department.  He then transferred to TU Electric as Senior Safety representative and conducted safety training for all areas of TU Electric. He monitored OSHA and state regulations and made numerous recommendations for changes in the employee safety handbook to ensure compliance of safety rules.  Sam later served as corporate representative in litigations by providing expert testimony on Safety rules and regulations.  He regularly conducted accident investigations to determine the root cause and prevent future incidents.

Mr. Knox provided safety support and direction to all regions of TXU Electric and Gas.  Sam also worked as company representative on OSHA investigations.  He is a knowledgeable and competent trainer and can relate to many fields of work.  In addition Sam has achieved his Master Electrician’s license and worked as a Audiometric and Medic First Aid instructor.

MORRIS MACH

Senior Consultant

A Certified Safety Professional Morris worked as a Lineman for the City of Austin, Texas.
After graduating from college with B.A. and M.S. degrees, Mr. Mach decided to work as an
experienced trainer. He has worked on both overhead and underground distribution and
transmission lines. With over twenty-eight years of experience in the electrical industry he
has worked with high voltage transmission systems, substations, overhead and underground
distribution, working as a line worker, supervisor and general foreman. He holds certification
in live-line bare hand maintenance. Morris has held the position of Regional Safety /Training
Director for one of the largest Power Line Construction companies in the U.S. Mr. Mach has
served as an expert witness in many cases representing both the plaintiff and defendant in cases
in the T& D Industry. His testimony often references
OSHA standards or is in reply to audits and citations. Morris has developed course materials,
instructed classes, performed safety assessments and conducted compliance audits nationwide.
He has co-authored a training manual for use in 1910.269 courses.

Professional Affiliations:
American Society of Safety Engineers
National Utility Trainers and Safety Association

H. NEIL VAN GEEM

Senior Consultant

Neil received BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Texas. He also attended the General Electric Power System Engineering Course in Schenectady, New York. He began his career designing, operating and maintaining transmission lines and substations.

As a Senior Engineer he was responsible for reviewing and recommending protective relays and their setting on transmission lines and facilities for the Fort Worth, Texas regional metropolitan area. He was promoted to Principal Engineer responsible for planning of the downtown Fort Worth area underground electrical network system and for serving large, unusual customer loads proposed for addition in the Fort Worth area.

As Manager of the Distribution Planning group, he directed distribution planning activities for the electrical distribution system over a large part of north-central and west Texas. He held the position of Manager of Distribution Transformers and Equipment where he directed the work of 15 people to control the inventories and purchases of major items that represented a capital investment of over 700 million dollars. Mr. Van Geem is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas. He has published technical papers and numerous in-house reports of engineering studies including papers defining the arc flash hazard analysis methods.

He has served on the Edison Electric Institute’s Transmission and Distribution Committee, Electric Power Research Institute’s Distribution Task Force, UT-Austin’s Distribution Power Conference Program Planning Committee and is a Senior Life Member of IEEE.