Photo caption: The faces behind CECC. From left: General Manager Carel Brouwers, Engineering Department Head Jurgen Tjon, and Technical Engineer Wesley Kemper; also part of the team are Assistant Engineer Gurlynne Karta and Office Manager Linda Bergsma (not pictured).
Electricians, contractors, and facility managers will soon be able to take advantage of specialised courses in international electrical safety regulations, tailored to the islands, facilitated by Professor and Electrical Engineer J.F.G. “Sjef” Cobben, PhD, in collaboration with Carel Brouwers of Caribbean Engineering and Consulting Company (CECC).
The three days of training, starting on Monday, were put together by Brouwers, an MEP (Mechanical, Electric, and Plumbing) Consultant and General Manager of CECC, and Cobben, his prior mentor at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).
Cobben is a Research Scientist at Alliander (the Dutch grid operator), and Professor at the TU/e, where he attained a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, and his PhD. The two share a wealth of knowledge and practical acumen. CECC is a professional, flexible and reliable consultancy company for new, to-be-built, or existing mechanical, electrical and plumbing installations.
Something special about the courses is that they combine knowledge from the Dutch NEN 1010 electrical safety regulations (taking away the language barrier faced by most professionals on St. Maarten and the surrounding islands) with international IEC 60364 electrical safety regulations, and considerations/ requirements by the Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure VROMI and utilities company GEBE.
Adding to the value is also the fact that while Brouwers worked and studied in the Netherlands, he has also worked extensively in St. Maarten and the neighbouring islands since 2007, with a wide array of clients (hotels, schools, private residences, governmental and commercial), and partners. Even geography can make a difference in, for example, grounding.
Working as an independent inspector in particular, he is familiar with many projects and sites in the region, what is typically done properly, and in what areas there tends to be room for improvement.
Power Distribution 1 (taking place on Monday, February 24) and Power Distribution 2 (taking place on Wednesday, February 26) are especially valuable for independent electricians/electrical contractors.
Monday’s course will show you how to design, construct, and validate installations of up to 3x80A. Wednesday’s course will focus on bigger installations, show you the most important design rules and possible energy saving measures, and the validation system to award the installation with an energy efficient certificate.
The Power Quality and Renewables course (taking place on Friday, February 28) focuses on new technologies, including solar installations and electrical battery storage systems. Changes are underway all over the world, and new technologies cannot be avoided. On a large scale, they influence the network, and can affect power quality. You’ll learn about design, validation, and explore solutions.
In addition to the training, open and interactive discussions will be encouraged; attendees can present situations based on their experience, and learn about which regulations are applicable. Attendees, representing different professions, levels, and even different islands, will also have a great networking opportunity and the chance to learn from each other. Some of the major companies are attending, and so are attendees from neighbouring islands.
Courses will take place at the Paradise Event Hall on Welgelegen Road in Cay Hill. Each training day runs from 9:00am to 4:30pm, and certificates of completion will be awarded. It will be the third series of workshops of its kind, brought to you by Cobben and Brouwers.