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July 20, 2003

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        NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS
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Issue No. 108          http://www.etnews.org           7-20-2003
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- News
- ET Journal
- NICET Test Dates
- AFAA Class Schedule
- Comments & Acknowledgements

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NEWS
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I've been reading a Mike Holt book:

"Understanding Low-Voltage and Limited-Power Systems — 2002
Subjects include the NEC rules that apply to low-voltage and
limited-energy systems that most people are not aware of,
definitions, the general NEC installation requirements, and
specific NEC requirements for control, sound,video, CATV, CCTV,
antennas, telephone, fiber optics, etc. Topics include grounding,
cable installation, spacing, support, etc."

It's a good resource to help limited-energy electricians
understand how to comply with NFPA 70, National Electrical Code
(the world's worst bedtime story). The Mike Holt guide includes
color illustrations and author's comments. Approx. 120 pages,
$35.00. Here's the link:

http://www.neccode.com/bookitem.php?id=200&year=2002&from=Produc
ts&title=Low%20Voltage/Limited%20Energy

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I'll see you in Chicago this week.

Have fun!

Mike
mailto:mbbaker@etnews.org

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ET JOURNAL
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NICET Fire Alarm Systems Level IV
38004 BID INVITATION PACKAGE AND BID PROPOSAL
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38004 is a Level IV Special work element.

38004 DESCRIPTION
Review and analyze the contents of the typical bid package,
including the project manual, all specifications, contract
drawings, addenda, modifications, and special instructions to
bidders. Identify and resolve any conflicts between General
Specifications, Mechanical Specifications, and Fire Protection
requirements. Interpret requirements of all local building codes
and standards as they apply to the project. Detail and consider
all special requirements that may affect cost and company
liability such as bonds, federal and state labor standard
requirements, affirmative action, and "Buy American" clauses.
Review insurance requirements and their possible effect on
project costs. Examine liability potential on project performance
such as scheduling, completion dates, and penalties. Compute
quantities of materials, applying appropriate standard cost
factors. Analyze labor requirements for each job operation,
applying appropriate time element and unit cost factors. When
all costs have been compiled and appropriate "overhead" items
have been applied, complete the bid form to comply with
instructions and perform final review to ensure conformance to
all requirements. (Building Professional's Guide to Contract
Documents) 

38004 REFERENCES
Building Professional's Guide to Contract Documents
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0876295774/qid=105
1715018/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_1/103-5899122-8072631?v=glance&s=books&=507846

38004 DESCRIPTION BREAKDOWN
"Review and analyze the contents of the typical bid package,
including the project manual, all specifications, contract
drawings, addenda, modifications, and special instructions to
bidders. Identify and resolve any conflicts between General
Specifications, Mechanical Specifications, and Fire Protection
requirements. Interpret requirements of all local building codes
and standards as they apply to the project. Detail and consider
all special requirements that may affect cost and company
liability such as bonds, federal and state labor standard
requirements, affirmative action, and "Buy American" clauses.
Review insurance requirements and their possible effect on
project costs. Examine liability potential on project performance
such as scheduling, completion dates, and penalties. Compute
quantities of materials, applying appropriate standard cost
factors. Analyze labor requirements for each job operation,
applying appropriate time element and unit cost factors. When
all costs have been compiled and appropriate "overhead" items
have been applied, complete the bid form to comply with
instructions and perform final review to ensure conformance to
all requirements."

Glossary of terms

Buy American Act. United States Code, Title 41, Chapter 1,
Section 10a: American materials required for public use
notwithstanding any other provision of law, and unless the head
of the department or independent establishment concerned will
determine it to be inconsistent with the public interest, or the
cost to be unreasonable, only such unmanufactured articles,
materials, and supplies as have been mined or produced in the
United States, and only such manufactured articles, materials,
and supplies as have been manufactured in the United States
substantially all from articles, materials, or supplies mined,
produced, or manufactured, as the case may be, in the United
States, will be acquired for public use. This section does not
apply with respect to articles, materials, or supplies for use
outside the United States, or if articles, materials, or supplies
of the class or kind to be used or the articles, materials, or
supplies from which they are manufactured are not mined,
produced, or manufactured, as the case may be, in the United
States in sufficient and reasonably available commercial
quantities and of a satisfactory quality. This section does not
apply to manufactured articles, materials, or supplies procured
under any contract the award value of which is less than or equal
to the micro-purchase threshold under section 428 of this title. 

In a federal bid package, General Conditions will cover such
items as:
 o Bid invitation form
 o Instructions to bidders
 o Labor standards provision – Davis Bacon
 o Representation & certification – Affirmative Action
 o Bonds
 o Working hours
 o Codes
 o Taxes
 o Buy American Act
 o Guarantees

In the preparation of a bid based on standard specifications and
drawings, the bidder has the option of including an alternate bid
for the engineer/architect/owner’s review.

In a bid package, supplemental provisions may include additional
items not suited for inclusion in the special conditions.

The best way to achieve a successful and professional
installation is through pre-qualification of all contractors
prior to issuing bidding documents.

Generally, an invitation to bid includes the requirements and
procedures for a responsive bid and gives additional information
pertaining to the project itself.


THE INFORMATION HEREIN IS PROVIDED AS A GUIDE ONLY AND IS
INTENDED TO ASSIST YOU IN PREPARING FOR AN EXAM. IT IS NOT
INTENDED TO BE INCLUSIVE OF ALL INFORMATION THAT MAY BE ON AN
EXAM BUT RATHER IT IS INTENDED TO BE A SMALL SAMPLE OF THE KIND
OF MATERIAL THAT YOU MAY BE EXPECTED TO KNOW.

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NICET TEST DATES
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OREGON
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OR1 PCC Sylvania, Portland;
Test 7/26/03. Postmark deadline 6/7/03.
Test 11/15/03. Postmark deadline 9/27/03.

OR2 Clackamas Community College, Oregon City;
Test 9/27/03. Postmark deadline 8/9/03.
Test 11/15/03. Postmark deadline 9/27/03.

These dates are from the NICET web site. For a complete list of
all test centers and test dates, visit:
http://63.70.211.210/cfdocs/nicetschedule.cfm

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AFAA CLASS SCHEDULE
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July 22-24, 2003 Chicago, IL
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/ADV_Chicago_July2003.pdf

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August 5-7, 2003 St. Louis, MO
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_StLouis_Aug2003.pdf

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August 19-21, 2003 Denver, CO - Co-sponsored by Rocky Mtn AFAA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_Denver_August2003.pdf

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September 9-11, 2003 Batavia, NY - Sponsored by NYBFA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/NYBFA_Sept03.pdf

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September 15-18, 2003 Oakland, CA - Sponsored by CAFAA
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Plan Review Seminar
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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September 16-18, 2003 Boston, MA - Sponsored by New England AFAA
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspections Seminar
Automatic Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems Seminar (Fund.)
More information will be available soon.

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September 22-25, 2003 Lafayette, LA - Sponsored by LA AFAA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/INT_TI_LAAFAA_Lafayette_Sept2003.pdf

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October 8-9, 2003 Wichita, KS - Sponsored by KS AFAA
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Plans Review Seminar.
Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspections Seminar.
More information will be available soon.

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October 15-17, 2003 Boston, MA - Sponsored by New England AFAA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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October 21-23, 2003 Anchorage, AK
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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November 3-6, 2003 Anaheim, CA - Sponsored by CAFAA
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Plan Review Seminar
Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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November 4-7, 2003 Boston, MA - Sponsored by New England AFAA
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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November 21, 2003 Reno, NV
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Plan Review Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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December 2-4, 2003 Phoenix, AZ - Co-sponsored by AZ AFAA
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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December 9-11, 2003 San Antonio, TX - Co-sponsored by TX AFAA
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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