EXPERT INSTRUCTORS

Our National Training Center courses are taught by expert instructors with extensive qualifications and industry experience. Led by Training Program Manager Steve Newton, our qualified team is available to conduct courses at your own facility or at our 23,000-square-foot training center. Learn more about Steve and his qualifications below.

Steve Newton, SET

Steve Newton, National Training Center Training Program Manager, is a subject matter expert for the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), a certified National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Instructor, a Master Trainer for the Instructor Certification Training Program, and is a certified Level IV, Senior Engineering Technician in electrical power testing. He is a certified instructor for Electrical, Instrumentation, Electronic, Solar, and various Power curriculums. He holds several professional memberships, including IEEE and NFPA, and is actively involved in review and development of materials for the electrical industries.

David Drake, BSEE

David Drake brings nearly three decades of experience to the position of Senior Trainer. Starting his career with Florida Power & Light, then moving to parent company NextEra, David honed his skills in the operation and commissioning of power plants in Florida and Texas. He rose to the position of Transmission & Substation Operations Manager for Texas & Western Regions, where he was responsible for the operating performance of personnel and equipment for a multi-state region. He then joined Harrison Walker & Harper in Paris, Texas, where he served as Continuous Improvement Manager and Vice President of Industrial before departing in early 2017. David led the development of NextEra’s initial arc-flash hazard mitigation procedure for the unregulated business unit and gained experience as a trainer. David received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.