Southeastern Distribution Apparatus School & Conference

September 17 – 20, 2018

The Hotel at Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama

The 2018 Southeastern Distribution Apparatus School and Conference is sponsored by Utility Technology Education.

This years’ school will truly be an outstanding educational opportunity for all who attend.  Great training and hands on learning opportunities are provided from a variety of educational sessions.


This conference is divided into concurrent modules to better provide instruction for utility professionals at all levels of experience. Attend any class from the different modules. The courses are designed for participants to select topics they require or have an interest in. Classes range from Applications of Distribution System Apparatus for the beginning substation or apparatus technician to SCADA, Communication and Smart Grid applications for the more advanced technician, engineer or manager.

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: 180916APPA


Exhibit Hall Information


The Exhibit Hall will be open Monday, September 17 through Wednesday, September 19. 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, and conference schedule for one individual. A company can purchase a pass for additional exhibitors and additional exhibit tables.



Registration Fees


Student $395
Student – One Day Only $225
Displaying Exhibitor $575
Hosting Exhibitor $375
Additional Exhibitor $225



Information  on Website  


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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 Georgia Power Company
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
Joe Schatz Southern Company Services
Nicole Sullivan Patterson & Dewar, Engineers
Lonnie Whitley Satilla REMC
Robby Young Snapping Shoals EMC





Utility Technology Education


Keynote Speaker

Latanza Adjei

Georgia Power
 Smart Neighborhood™


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 SCADA system used for the monitoring and control of an electrical distribution system. This year includes session in Cybersecurity,  Fiber Optics, Digital Substations, IEC 61850 Applications, and Automated Restoration Systems.


Module 400: Engineering Topics and Emerging Technology

This module will examine the initiatives and engineering applications of electric utilities. Session topics will include MicroGrid Projects, Volt/Var Optimization, System Loading, Communication for Critical Data, Grid Reliability, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Energy Storage and Next Generation Technologies. Also will be an in-depth discussion on Power Quality issues and solutions of the electrical distribution system.


Suzanne Powell
Utility Technology Association(770)

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.