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Expert in Electrical Code and Building Code

Expert ID: 729245 Florida, USA

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When it comes to electrical experience, and the National Electrical Code, one could say that Expert has run the gamut. He started his career over twenty years ago as an electrician's helper. In time Expert advanced to journeyman electrician, master electrician, and then ran his own electrical contracting business for six years. Setting his sights higher, he desired to be an electrical inspector. This was soon realized and Expert worked for many government agencies. He is certified as an electrical inspector and an electrical plans examiner. He worked a Chief Electrical Inspector for over 3 years, supervising a group of 10 electrical inspectors.

Expert has received the highest certifications in his field, including the highly coveted Chief Electrical Code Analyst certificate and Electrical Code Official certification.He is one of the nations' foremost experts with the National Electrical Code, and his opinion is often sought from other leaders to solve difficult and unusual electrical problems and situations.

Worked as expert witness for both plaintiff and defense, most cases settle out of court.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Tampa, Florida - Saint Petersburg, Florida - Orlando, Florida - Clearwater, Florida - Gainesville, Florida - Lakeland, Florida - Deltona, Florida - Largo, Florida - Daytona Beach, Florida - Sarasota, Florida

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1982 Degree: A.A.S. Subject: Electrical Engineering Institution: Nassau Community College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1996 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Expert Witness Department: Responsibilities: Expert Witness. Participates in legal cases concerning electrical codes, building codes, and interpretation of various technical codes, laws, and regulations. Participates in depositions, interrogatories, and trials.
Years: 2005 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Vice Chairman Department: Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board Responsibilities: Vice Chairman, Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board. His duties include approving and denying applications for licensure for building code inspectors, plans examiners, and building officials. He also imposes discipline on licensees violating Florida Statutes §468 laws and Florida Administrative Code rules. He votes to approve or deny stipulated agreements between the state and licensees. During his present appointment with the Florida Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board, he has participated in Florida Administrative Code rule development and drafted proposed Florida Administrative Code rule language, subject to review by the Florida Joint Administrative Procedures Committee.

The Board insures protection of the public by conferring with and providing instruction to DBPR lawyers and legal staff. He monitors the prosecution of cases. He informs DBPR lawyers when cases are not processed timely. He informs DBPR lawyers when cases lack overall quality both in content and execution. He informs DBPR lawyers about Florida Statutes §468 laws and Florida Administrative Code rules. He also approves and/or makes changes to agendas and runs board meetings in the absence of the Chairman, responding to licensee and consumer inquiries.
Years: 2005 to 2009 Employer: Bureau Veritas Title: Licensed Building Code Administrator Department: Inspection and Certification Responsibilities: Branch manager in charge of Project Management and Code Compliance. Duties included but were not limited to supervision and performance of threshold engineers, engineers acting as private providers, inspections and plan review. Reviewed sealed construction plans prepared by licensed architects and licensed engineers and cited code deficiencies. Explained code violations to licensed architects and licensed engineers. Researched and enforced codes in regard to Americans with Disabilities Act, Florida Accessibility Code, and Fair Housing Act. Also maintained relationships with architects, engineers, builders, developers, property owners, and school boards while providing a code-compliant building for the end user.
Years: 2003 to 2005 Employer: M.T. Causley, Inc. Title: Building Official, Plans Examiner, and Inspector Department: Responsibilities: Building Official, Plans Examiner, and Inspector. Supervised building departments. Provided commercial electrical inspection as well as multi-trade one and two family dwelling inspection, and other building official services. Reviewed sealed construction plans prepared by licensed architects and engineers and cited code deficiencies. Services were provided for city and county governments, school boards and universities, and private development.
Years: 1999 to 2003 Employer: Pasco County Building Dept. Title: Chief Electrical Inspector Department: Inspection Division Responsibilities: Planned, assigned, directed, and supervised the work of inspectors and staff, and gave assistance on difficult and unusual problems. Performed electrical inspections and related inspections. Conferred with superior on general policies related to, departmental policy, investigative assignments, and related matters. Explained and interpreted building specifications to interested parties. Prepared and maintained technical records and reports. Explained and enforced FEMA regulations and ordinances. Explained and interpreted the Florida Energy Code and Florida Statutes. Reviewed sealed construction plans prepared by licensed architects and engineers and cited code deficiencies. Investigated consumer complaints. Analyzed permitting records to ensure compliance with required fees and penalties if applicable. Issued county ordinance violations when necessary.

Responsibilities also required being a mentor to 10 electrical inspectors during the course of each day. Code questions were handled immediately over the radio with little or no forewarning of the situation at hand. Instructed subordinates to tactfully enforce the electrical codes fairly and firmly. At the same time, maintained effective and ongoing relationships with architects, engineers, builders, developers, homeowners, and power companies.
Years: 1997 to 1999 Employer: Pinellas County Building Dept. Title: Electrical Inspector II Department: Responsibilities: Made inspections of new electrical systems or modification of old electrical wiring systems, motors, equipment and related electrically operated apparatus. Performed electrical inspections and related inspections. Insured that all work conformed to laws and ordinances. Checked each project for defects, omissions, violations, and other departure from correct procedure; issued notice of non-compliance where work was not correct. Issued court citations to repeat violators and represented Pinellas County in court proceedings. Made routine and periodic patrols and inspections of areas assigned to check for violations and hazardous conditions. Investigated complaints of defective installations and reports of potential hazards. Assisted in the initial training of lower level Electrical Inspectors. Reviewed sealed construction plans prepared by licensed architects and engineers and cited code deficiencies. Performed data entry and retrieval functions in researching violations and scheduling inspections.
Years: 1991 to 1997 Employer: New Southern Electric, Inc. Title: Business Owner/Master Electrical Contractor Department: Responsibilities: Scheduled the assignments of crews and supervised and reviewed the work of employees involved in daily maintenance/service or construction and renovation of buildings. Reviewed proposed and final design/construction of new or modified facilities and provided input as to practicality of operation and ease of maintenance. Prepared budget, prepared weekly work schedules. Interviewed and hired new personnel, and provided technical assistance to employees regarding codes, ordinances, and laws. Made inspections to determine if construction was being performed as required. Wrote technical specifications for purchases and services. Maintained operational records and insured necessary tools, supplies, materials and equipment were available for job completion. Investigated and defined problem areas, conducted studies and recommended solutions and courses of action. Prepared sales tax, federal tax, and workers compensation reports.
Years: 1989 to 1991 Employer: Gulfview Electric, Inc. Title: Journeyman Electrician Department: Responsibilities: Wired new homes and commercial buildings in conformance with codes, laws, and ordinances. Maintained lighting and equipment in buildings and detected and corrected causes of electrical failure. Detected and corrected breakdowns in equipment. Installed new service wiring for electronic communications and maintained inventory of critical parts and supplies. Operated specialized equipment. Interpreted and insured compliance with law and codes. Supervised new electrical helpers and offered instruction and advice.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2003 to 2010 Agency: Various Role: Contract Inspector, Plans Examiner, and Building Code Administrator Description: Provided outsource building code services to city and county governments, school boards and universities, and private development.
Years: 1999 to 2003 Agency: Pasco County Florida Role: Chief Electrical Inspector Description: Planned, assigned, directed, and supervised the work of inspectors and staff, and gave assistance on difficult and unusual problems. Performed electrical inspections and related inspections. Conferred with superior on general policies related to, departmental policy, investigative assignments, and related matters. Explained and interpreted building specifications to interested parties. Prepared and maintained technical records and reports. Explained and enforced FEMA regulations and ordinances. Explained and interpreted the Florida Energy Code and Florida Statutes. Reviewed sealed construction plans prepared by licensed architects and engineers and cited code deficiencies. Investigated consumer complaints. Analyzed permitting records to ensure compliance with required fees and penalties if applicable. Issued county ordinance violations when necessary.

Responsibilities also required being a mentor to 10 electrical inspectors during the course of each day. Code questions were handled immediately over the radio with little or no forewarning of the situation at hand. Instructed subordinates to tactfully enforce the electrical codes fairly and firmly. At the same time, maintained effective and ongoing relationships with architects, engineers, builders, developers, homeowners, and power companies.
Years: 1997 to 1999 Agency: Pinellas County Government Role: Electrical Inspector II Description: Made inspections of new electrical systems or modification of old electrical wiring systems, motors, equipment and related electrically operated apparatus. Performed electrical inspections and related inspections. Insured that all work conformed to laws and ordinances. Checked each project for defects, omissions, violations, and other departure from correct procedure; issued notice of non-compliance where work was not correct. Issued court citations to repeat violators and represented Pinellas County in court proceedings. Made routine and periodic patrols and inspections of areas assigned to check for violations and hazardous conditions. Investigated complaints of defective installations and reports of potential hazards. Assisted in the initial training of lower level Electrical Inspectors. Reviewed sealed construction plans prepared by licensed architects and engineers and cited code deficiencies. Performed data entry and retrieval functions in researching violations and scheduling inspections.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2006 to 2006 Country / Region: Bahamas Summary: Contacted by Grand Bahama Port Authority requesting an "overview" of the Florida Building Code.

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
Electrical Contractor;
Provisional Building Code Administrator;
Mortgage Broker License;
Standard Inspector;
Coastal Construction Inspector;
Standard Building Code Administrator;
1 & 2 Family Dwelling Plans Examiner;
Standard Electrical Inspector;
Standard Plans Examiner;
Electrical Contractor;
Electrical Journeyman.
International Code Council (ICBO) Certifications:
Commercial Building Inspector,
Commercial Electrical Inspector,
Electrical Code Official,
Chief Electrical Code Analyst,
Electrical Plans Examiner,
Residential Combination Inspector (All Trades),
Residential Electrical Inspector,
Building Inspector,
CBO Legal and Management,
CBO Technical,
Coastal Construction Inspector.

International Association of Electrical Inspectors Certifications:

Electrical Inspector, General;
Electrical Inspector, Plan Review;
Electrical Inspector, One and Two Family Dwelling (All Trades).

Details may be provided upon request.
Professional Appointments
Expert was appointed to the Florida Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board in the mid-2000's and was re-appointed in the late 2000's.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Spanish Can speak some Spanish.

Fields of Expertise

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