Feb 22nd 2017

Introduction to the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) (edX)

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Gain an in depth overview of the 2017 NESC, the standard for safe installation, operation, and maintenance of electric power and communication utility systems, from the experts who publish it. Brought to you by the IEEE team that publishes the National Electrical Safety Code, this MOOC presents an introduction to the 2017 edition of the NESC and explains its purpose, scope, methodology, some basic rules and their application, as well as an overview of code adoption procedures, effective dates and more.

The course is intended for the general public and utility workers (employees and contractors) designing or implementing practical safeguards during the installation, operation, and maintenance of electric supply and communication facilities.

There are no pre-requisites for participants. Students and professionals, even those not in the electrical engineering field, will be able to access the course. Also, the participation of code enforcers, researchers, standards development representatives, and other interested parties is expected. Everyone is invited.

What you'll learn:

- Purpose and scope of the NESC

- Overview of the technical sections

- NESC history and the revision process

- Relevance of this widely adopted safety code

- Future Directions of the NESC

- NESC Enhancements planned

- Ways to get involved in developing future editions of NESC

Course Syllabus

Week 1:


Why an NESC?

Goal of the NESC

Week 2:

Introduction to the NESC

Purpose & Scope of the NESC

Week 3:

NESC Committee Structure

Main Committee

Executive Committee

Technical Subcommittees

Week 4:


Procedures & Revision Cycle

How is the Code Written?

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