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Qualifications



Jim Phipps, P.E.


Trekking for 30+ years in electric power engineering, Jim's technical qualifications are summarized on this page.

Education

Master of Science Electrical Engineering - MSEE
University of Colorado Denver

PE Registrations

Active:
State of Colorado

Non-Active:
Alaska, California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming (These licenses are non-active and are no longer used; find out more)

Honor Societies


Lecturer – Electric Circuit Analysis
Instructor – MEL 1 Lab
Instructor – MEL 2 Lab

Lecturer – Electric Circuit Analysis for EEs
Lecturer – Electric Circuit Analysis for non-EEs
Instructor – Electric Circuit Analysis Lab




Engineering Experience

Studies:  Arc-flash, short circuit, coordination, load-flow, harmonic distortion, power quality, transient, motor starting voltage drop and acceleration, power factor correction; line impedance calculations, NESC conductor clearances; loading districts, pole class calculations; maximum horizontal span calculations; sag and tension calculations.

Substation design:  Substations up to 345 kV, electrical design including complete relaying and protection control design, grounding IEEE Std.80, raceway systems, switchgear, control buildings, relay panels, RTU/SCADA, breakers, CCVTs, metering units, capacitor banks, equipment specifications; voltage levels: 4.16, 6.9, 12.47, 13.2, 13.8, 24.94, 34.5, 69, 115, 138, 161, 230 and 345 kV, transformer capacity: 5-300 MVA.

Switching station design:  Switching stations, 115, 230 and 345 kV, ring-bus, bkr+1/2, double-bus/double-breaker, main-and-transfer, multiple bays, retrofits and breaker additions, new and existing.

Transmission lines:  Projects under responsible charge include an AC interference study for 170 mi, 345 kV transmission line; economic feasibility study for 70 mi, 500 kV, 345 kV, 230 kV, 1200 MVA; wind generation, 3 mi, 230 kV, H-frame, wood.

Special Projects:  Harmonic filters for ski lifts, drill rigs, pumping plants, rock crushers, rubber mixers and large sea vessels; high-resistance grounding; excitation systems; 3rd harmonic neutral grounding reactors for parallel generators; wound rotor resistor induction motor starters; closed polygon phase shifting auto-transformers; PLC based control and data acquisition systems; MSHA grounding practices in underground and surface mining applications; capacitor bank control for 12-step, 34.5 kV, 108 Mvar; submersible pump variable speed drive power design for water projects, 480-2,400 V, 150-1000 hp; collector systems for wind generation, 34.5 kV, 300 MVA, 254 turbines; SCADA and communication systems; harmonic filter specification for 18,000 hp, 50 Hz, cyclo-converter.

Field Engineering, Investigations and Testing:  Field engineering, investigations and testing projects, failure analysis and forensic engineering; corona testing and analysis on high voltage synchronous machines; power factor insulation testing on synchronous motors and generators; field startups; power quality; switching transient testing; ground resistance testing; RFI, EMC and EMF testing; audible corona noise measurement on 230 kV transmission lines.

Protective Relaying:  Experienced in many areas of power system protection including, phase and ground overcurrent, differential, high-resistance grounding, reclosing, sync-check, transformers, motors, generators, transmission lines, distribution lines.  Relay setting experience includes many different types of electro-mechanical, solid-state electronic and numerical relay systems:
  • SEL-300G,-311C,-311L,-351,-351S,-387,-387E, -421,-487V,-501,-551,-587,-587Z;
  • Balser BE1-51,-59,-87,-CDS,-27,-79,-81;
  • GE/Multilin-4a,-69,-169,-269,-469,-751,-L90;
  • Westinghouse-CA,-CO,-CR,-HU.