Timothy Johnson

Senior Associate Editor

Timothy Johnson is editor—digital for ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine. Reach him at timothy.johnson@necanet.org

Articles by Timothy Johnson

  • Photo by Iskulikov, Wikimedia Commons
May 2016
In case you missed it, a small mammal, now known to be a beech marten, chewed through some electrical wiring at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), causing the world’s largest particle accelerator to shut down operations. READ MORE
April 2016
In the “Downton Abbey” series finale, Cousin Isobel says, “We’re going forward into the future, not back into the past.” And the Dowager Countess replies, “If only we had the choice.” READ MORE
April 2016
Last week, some of the magazine staff were in San Diego for Lightfair. Of course, if you follow us on Twitter or Instagram, you already know that. READ MORE
March 2016
The family home. It might be an apartment, a condo, a townhouse or a detached, single-family home. Or a mansion. We don’t know your life, but most of us live somewhere with lights, appliances and a TV (or two), and someone has to keep all of that functioning. According to the 2014 Profile of the Electrical Contractor, about 40 percent of electrical contractors are working on residential projects. READ MORE
  • Metro's L'Enfant Plaza station, the scene of the deadly 2015 smoke incident in which dozens were hospitalized and one woman died.
March 2016
The second-busiest rapid transit system in the United States, Washington, D.C.'s Metrorail closed Wednesday, Mar. 16, due to an emergency inspection of the entire system's third-rail power cables. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which operates Metro, made the formal announcement during Tuesday's rush hour. READ MORE
March 2016
Bringing to a close a long, controversial safety stand-off in the construction industry, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced a final rule on respirable silica dust. In short, OSHA is seeking to strengthen safety requirements to protect workers from exposure, and it means contractors will need to take more measures to comply. READ MORE
March 2016
Tesla Motors Inc. has delivered on a promise that company co-founder and CEO Elon Musk made almost a decade ago. READ MORE
  • Chris Tuan, professor of civil engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, stands on a slab of conductive concrete that can carry enough electrical current to melt ice during winter storms. Tuan is working with the Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Strategic Command on multiple applications for his patented concrete mixture.
February 2016
At the University of Nebraska—Lincoln (UNL), scientists have created conductive concrete that can ensure roadways and bridges stay clear during snowstorms. READ MORE
February 2016
Though the Blizzard of 2016 might suggest otherwise, spring is closer than you think. You know the cliche about spring: it’s a time of renewal, and with that comes opportunity. While we aren’t quite there yet, this issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR focuses on two types of revitalization we often see in the construction industry: renovation and retrofitting. READ MORE