Charlie Trout

Code Contributor

Charlie Trout is most known for his work with the National Electrical Code (NEC). He helped write the NEC Since 1990; he was a member of NECA’s National Codes & Standards Committee and chairman of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)’s Code-Making Panel 12 (on cranes and lifts). He was also an acknowledged expert on electric motors for industrial applications and was the chief author of NECA 230 2003, Standard for Selecting, Installing, and Maintaining Electric Motors and Motor Controllers (ANSI). In 2001, he was named chairman of NECA’s Technical Subcommittee on Wiring Methods, which is responsible for NEIS publications dealing with the installation of raceways, cables, support systems, and related products and systems.

He was the president of Main Electric in Chicago and worked as a technical consultant for Maron Electric in Skokie, Ill. As a member of the Western Section of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, he not only conducted notably thorough inspections but also helped create a cadre of inspectors whom he trained to his high standards as a code-enforcement instructor at Harper College.

In 2006 Charlie was awarded the prestigious Coggeshall Award for outstanding contributions to the electrical contracting industry, codes and standards development, and technical training and was inducted into the Academy of Electrical Contracting that same year.

From 2009 through 2013, he wrote for ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR.

He was the author of an important textbook, "Electrical Installation and Inspection." Moreover, he reached thousands of participants in the electrical industry as the author of NECA’s popular Code Question of the Day (CQD). Each weekday, about 9,000 subscribers received a practical mini-lesson in how to apply the requirements of the latest NEC.

In October 2015, Charlie Trout passed away. He will be missed.

Articles by Charlie Trout

February 2010
If you have a Code-related problem or are experiencing difficulty in understanding a National Electrical Code (NEC) requirement and are wondering why or if such a requirement exists, ask Charlie. And we will let the Code decide. READ MORE
January 2010
Thanks for your great responses to our new Code FAQs column! This month, as promised, this column addresses inquiries relating to motors, motor circuits and motor controllers. READ MORE
December 2009
George W Flach wrote the Code Q&A column For roughly 40 years; regular readers are likely used to a certain format and style could not and did not wish to replicate. He was truly one-of-a-kind. That said, we want to maintain an outlet for all your National Electrical Code (NEC) questions. So we’re continuing the column, with a different spin. This column will replace Code Q&A. READ MORE
November 2008
Here's the fourth part of a series reviewing the most popular questions that have appeared in NECA’s online Code Question of the Day and have generated the most comments from subscribers. All answers are updated to comply with the 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC). READ MORE
October 2008
This is the third article of the series reviewing the most popular questions that have appeared in NECA’s online Code Question of the Day and have generated the most comments from subscribers. All answers have been updated to comply with the 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC). READ MORE
May 2008
Here’s the second part of a series reviewing the most popular questions that have appeared in NECA’s online Code Question of the Day and have generated the most comments from the subscribers. (The first part is available here.) All answers are updated to comply with the 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC). READ MORE
January 2008
This new series will review the most popular questions that have appeared in NECA’s online Code Question of the Day and have generated the most comments from the subscribers. All answers are updated to comply with the 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC). If you are not a subscriber and would like to receive the Code Question of the Day online, go to www.neca-neis.org and follow the links. READ MORE
March 2005
New article 409 has been added to the 2005 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC). READ MORE
April 2000
It seemed like a simple run-of-the-mill question when first presented. So, let's run it again. QUESTION: "If I split-wire a receptacle by breaking off the tab provided on the receptacle, do I have to use a two-pole breaker to feed this receptacle?" The answer is a qualified yes. READ MORE

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