This past March 2017, AMS hosted a three-day training course on electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) fundamentals for the nuclear industry from March 14–16, 2017, at the Hilton Buena Vista Palace in Orlando, Florida. Taught by AMS senior EMC engineer Chad Kiger, PE, the course addressed recent EMC guidance requirements of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). In addition, it discussed the national and international standards for EMC testing, and identified the characteristics of a system that make it either vulnerable to or responsible for electromagnetic interference (EMI). Through both class lectures and hands-on demonstrations, Mr. Kiger instructed the course attendees, who were made up of plant system and design engineers, system vendors, digital I&C designers, commercial grade dedicators, and other personnel involved with the development or qualification of systems for nuclear power plants.
Mr. Chad K. Kiger joined AMS as a senior engineer in 2006. He is a licensed PE in the state of Tennessee and is an iNARTE–certified EMC Engineer and MIL-STD EMC Specialist. He has performed EMC qualification testing and EMI troubleshooting for nearly 100 nuclear facilities and equipment manufacturers throughout the world. In 2016, Mr. Kiger was elevated to the distinguished grade of Fellow for the International Society of Automation (ISA).