Southeastern Distribution Apparatus School

August 19 – 22, 2024
The Hotel at Auburn University – Auburn, Alabama

Registration Opens June 6, 2024

General Information

The Southeastern Distribution Apparatus School and Conference is sponsored by Utility Technology Association.  The school is an annual event with educational programs for electric utility managers, engineers, and technicians. Classes range from Fundamentals and Applications of Distribution System Apparatus for the substation or apparatus technician to SCADA, Communications and Smart Grid Engineering applications for the utility engineer or specialist.

The school provides a forum for electric utility personnel from IOU’s, Cooperatives, and Electric Municipals to discuss utility practices, procedures, new technologies, and common issues with peers and representatives from industry.

The conference is divided into concurrent modules to better provide instruction for utility professionals at all levels of experience.

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 emphasize 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 and protective grounding.

Module 300

SCADA, Communications & Cybersecurity

This module provides instructions 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, Private LTE, Digital Twin, Mobile Mapping along with SCADA Implementation and Integration.

Module 400

Smart Grid, Engineering & Emerging Technology

This module will examine the initiatives and engineering applications of electric utilities. Session topics will include Power Flow Study, ROI on DA Investments, DER Interconnection Study, Data Analytics and Hosting Capacity Study. Also will be an in-depth discussion on Harmonic issues and solutions of the electrical distribution system.

Module 500

Control Training Lab

This module will be demonstrations of apparatus equipment internal and external controls. Learn about programming and functionality of regulator, recloser and capacitor controls from the manufacturer.

Module 600

Products & Solutions

A variety of manufacturers will be providing information about their products and solutions for the utility in a classroom.

Both classroom and hands on experience opportunities are included. The courses are designed for participants to select topics they require or have an interest in.

Professional Development Hours

The Southeastern Distribution Apparatus School and Conference will award 18 professional development hours to participants attending the entire school.

Exhibit Hall

The Exhibit Hall will be open Monday through Wednesday. All the suppliers you need to meet will be in one place to answer your questions and demonstrate their products.

Day Participant Program

This provides an opportunity for management (general managers, purchasing agents, operation managers, engineers, etc.) to attend one day for a reduced charge. Come on any day and attend a few classes, then enjoy an evening of hospitality in the exhibit hall.

Location Information

The Hotel at Auburn University
241 South College Street
Auburn, Alabama 36830
Phone: 800-228-2876

Alternate Hotels

The Collegiate Hotel at Auburn

205 South Gay Street
Auburn, Alabama 36830
Phone: 334-821-2646
Call the Hotel for the Apparatus School Group Rate

Holiday Inn Express Auburn

2013 South College Street
Auburn, Alabama 36832
Phone: 334-502-1090
Call the Hotel for the Apparatus School Group Rate

School Info

Planning Committee

Wes Abrams

Riviera Utilities

Solomon Brackett

City of Troy Utilities

Brian Chandler

City of Troy Utilities

Bob Cheney

Alabama Power – Retired

Chris Crawford

Superior Power Products

Tom Davino

1898 & Co. | Part of Burns & McDonnell

Bryan Dent

Flint Energies

Mark Ennis

Alabama Municipal Electric Authority

Mary Hester

Intelligent System Solutions

Joe Hall


Scott Johnson

Georgia Power Company

Chip Kanour

Utility Specialists, Inc.

Jack Kelley

Tri-State Utility Products, Inc.

Jarrod Kilgore

Carroll EMC

Justin Lee

Cullman Electric Cooperative

John Moore

Coweta-Fayette EMC

Suzanne Powell

Utility Technology Association

Rankin Rouse

Alabama Power Company

Nicole Sullivan

Patterson & Dewar Engineers

David Swafford


Keith Thomason

Middle Tennessee Electric

Kevin Wiley

Alabama Power Company

Robbie Young

Snapping Shoals EMC

Designed + taught by industry experts

Utility Technology Association educational programs are unique because they are designed and taught by experts from the electric utilities, equipment manufacturing engineers and consultants. Our instructors combine their understanding of theory with hands on experience. Your personnel receive insightful practical knowledge that they can readily relate to and apply.

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