Biography

Dave Rodda began his career at the age of 7 when he took his father’s HIFI system apart. From there he enrolled in the Electrical Electronic courses offered at Hellgate High School in Missoula Montana. After a career in the US Navy as a 2nd Class Machinist Mate, he returned to the University of Montana looking to becoming a teacher while working summers for an electrical contractor. With the contractor he earned his Journeyman licenses in Montana, Washington, Oregon.

The U of M called offering a position in the electrical department where he headed up several major projects, one being written up in the University and College Maintenance Magazine for repairing the broken campus wide clock system. Wanting more challenge in the High Voltage work he began a career with the Bonneville Power Administration.

During his career with BPA he became the Senior Electrical Mechanical Test & Development Craftsmen II, in the 28 laboratories at the BPA facilities. His expertise was offered through BPA on national and international level to various utilities general after major catastrophes including the California Northridge earthquake. He went to Canada to perform Stage System Fault Testing on the 500kV transmission system. From there to the Corp of Engineers at the Grand Coulee Dam, where he worked on the 600,000 kW & 805,000 kW generators, along with bringing the dams protective relay systems in compliance with the five year NERC and FERC requirements.

Then came the Wind and Solar generations where he went to Iberdrola Renewables that had 12 Wind Farms in the Northwest and California as the senior Substation and High Voltage Engineer. At IBR he over saw the operation, and the construction of 28 new wind farms and 2 Solar Farms nationwide, including setting up the operational Safety procedures and assisted in locating the Central Control Center in Portland Oregon. His position eventually moved to Spain HQ.

This led to moving to Power Engineers Power Testing and Energization group as the Department Manager where again working on national and international projects.
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