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Southeastern Distribution Apparatus School & Conference – August 19 – 22, 2019
 The Hotel at Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama


The 2019 Southeastern Distribution Apparatus School and Conference is sponsored by Utility Technology Education.

The school provides a forum for electric utility technicians, engineers and managers involved in distribution, telecommunications, substation and apparatus departments to obtain high quality, practical and comprehensive training. The school provides a network opportunity to discuss common issues and new technologies with representatives from industry.


The school is divided into four educational modules to better provide instruction for utility professionals at all levels of experience.  The courses are designed for participants to select topics they require or have an interest in. Classes range from Fundamentals and Applications of Distribution System Apparatus for the substation or apparatus technician to SCADA, Communications and Smart Grid applications for the utility engineer, manager or technical specialist.


SE Distribution Apparatus School Program Booklet


Professional Development Hours 


Utility Technology Association will award 18 Professional Development Hours to participants attending the entire school.


The Hotel at Auburn University


The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center is centrally located three miles from Interstate 85.  The Hotel at Auburn University is situated in a charming university campus environment within easy walking distance to many shops and restaurants in the quaint, historical downtown Auburn, Alabama.  (800) 228-2876   


Hotel Reservation Link   ||  Group Code: 190818APPA


Exhibit Hall Information


The Exhibit Hall will be open Monday through Wednesday. Exhibitors wishing to display their products must register for a booth.


Breaks and evening hospitality will be held in the Exhibit Hall.  The cost of the registration includes one table with electric service, wireless Internet access, two lunches, annual dinner, pre and post electronic participant list for one individual. A company can register additional exhibitors and additional exhibit tables.



Registration Fees


Student $425
Student – One Day Only $245
Displaying Exhibitor – Table $575
Hosting Exhibitor – No Table $375
Additional Exhibitor $245



Information  on Website  


Utility Technology Association

Southeastern Distribution Apparatus

School & Conference

 The Hotel at Auburn University

Register On-Line Now!!


Planning Committee


Brian Chandler City of Troy Utilities
Bob Cheney Alabama Power Company
Chris Crawford Superior Power Products
Darren Crews Okefenoke REMC 
George Dobbins Alabama Power Company
Mary Hester Intelligent System Solutions
Joe Hall Pike Engineering
Scott Johnson Georgia Power Company
Chip Kanour Utility Specialists, Inc.
Jack Kelley Tri-State Utility Products, Inc.
John Moore Coweta-Fayette EMC
Freddy Morgan City of Covington
Nicole Sullivan Patterson & Dewar Engineers
Lonnie Whitley Satilla REMC
Robbie Young Snapping Shoals EMC
Utility Technology Education



Keynote Speaker

David Wade

 Community Smart Grid


Modules to Choose Classes From


Module 100: Fundamentals of Distribution System Apparatus


This module provides instruction in basic distribution apparatus theory and application.  Students will learn electrical fundamentals and power theory along with how the equipment works. This session should be attended by those who need to gain a better understanding of the components in an electrical distribution system. This module will help the student establish a good foundation for future classes.

Module 200: Principles & Applications of Distribution System Apparatus

This module provides a more in-depth look of the individual distribution apparatus equipment used in the substation and on the distribution feeders.  The sessions will emphasis why the equipment is used and how the equipment functions. Distribution equipment included in sessions will be regulators, breakers, transformers, capacitors, arresters, switchgear and reclosers along with classes on system protection.


Module 300: SCADA and Communications

This module provides instruction on the principles and equipment of a Power System SCADA system used for the monitoring and control of an electrical distribution system. Includes sessions on Cybersecurity, Fiber Optic Communications, IDMS Advanced Applications, NERC Overview, and Automated Restoration Systems.


Module 400: Smart Grid, Engineering and Emerging Technology

This module will examine the initiatives and engineering applications of electric utilities. Session topics will include Planning & Management of Today’s Grid, Distribution Automation Schemes, 5G and Utility Infrastructure, Lightning Surge Protection, Power Electronics, and Utility Broadband Applications. Also will be an in-depth discussion on Power Quality issues and solutions of the electrical distribution system.




Suzanne Powell
Utility Technology Association

(770) 519-1676





Utility Technology Association is a 501c6 non-profit organization dedicated to the delivery of high quality, practical and comprehensive training designed to meet the needs and  challenges of today’s electric utility industry.

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