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Frederic Peck Hartwell

Title: President
Company: Hartwell Electrical Services, Inc.
Location: Amherst, Massachusetts, United States

Frederic Peck Hartwell, President of Hartwell Electrical Services, Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in electrical code and maintenance.

Mr. Hartwell is a Licensed Master Electrician and Certified Master Electrical Inspector who has spent more than 35 years as the President of Harwell Electrical Services, Inc. His interest in the field began at the age of ten after watching his father rewire a circuit in their home. Already a curious student with a passion for science, the next day Mr. Hartwell read a guide to electrical wiring cover-to-cover and hoped to study something related to electricity when he went to college. In 1974, Mr. Hartwell graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science in forestry, but he continued to pursue electrical work, becoming the owner and operator of Hartwell Electric in 1976.

Through the 1980s, Mr. Hartwell was an electrician for Hampshire College as well as a municipal electrical inspector for the city of Amherst, Massachusetts. Almost immediately, Mr. Hartwell discovered his talent for writing and understanding written codes and standards, and in 1987, he joined the Advisory Committee on the Massachusetts Electric Code. He was named Senior Editor and NEC Expert for Electrical Construction and Maintenance Magazine in 1990 and served as an NEC specialist for EC Online between 1999 and 2001. While working for both publications, Mr. Hartwell maintained his career as a field electrician as an inspector for the town of Pelham, Massachusetts, from 1986 until 1996, and returned to Amherst as a staff electrician and wire inspector before being named Electrical Division Head of the Department of Public Works in 2013.

Mr. Hartwell retired from the Amherst Department of Public Works in 2016, and currently works part-time as a consultant in addition to running Harwell Electrical Services. As an expert in electrical codes and electrical safety, Mr. Hartwell has submitted more than 1800 NEC Revision proposals and public comments acted as a petitioner to the FCC, and contributed to dozens of articles and presentations. He is the author of the “McGraw-Hill National Electrical Code Handbook,” “American Electricians’ Handbook,” and “Practical Electrical Wiring,” essential handbooks that have been in print and regularly updated since the early 2000s, and numerous consumer guides on electrical codes. Mr. Hartwell credits his success to the early support he received from his father and to his own attention to detail and ability to engage with complex concepts, enhanced by his late Asperger’s diagnosis.


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