The Life and History of James (Jim) R. White

Virginia Balitski, Magna IV EngineeringColumns, Tech Quiz, Winter 2021 Columns

Jim White’s prolific career in the electrical field expanded across many decades with a particular focus on training, education, and safety. Jim was Vice President of Training Services at Shermco Industries, a NFPA Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional, a NETA Level 4 Senior Technician, and a dedicated and well-respected professional.

Jim’s contribution to the electrical industry was immeasurable, and he will be greatly missed. This Tech Quiz pays tribute to his life and accomplishments in the electrical industry.

  1. In which issue of NETA World did Jim write his first Tech Quiz?
    a. Spring 2007
    b. Winter 2004
    c. Fall 2002
    d. Summer 2005
  2. How many consecutive Tech Quizzes did Jim White author?
    a. 76
    b. 70
    c. 58
    d. 82
  3. In which branch of the United States Armed Forces did Jim White serve during the Vietnam War?
    a. Army
    b. Air Force
    c. Navy
    d. Coast Guard
  4. Jim’s involvement with NETA began in what year?
    a. 2002
    b. 1986
    c. 1998
    d. 1996
  5. What technical committees was Jim a member of?
    a. NFPA 70E, Electrical Safety in Workplace
    b. National Electrical Code Code-Making Panel (CMP) 13
    c. ASTM F18, Electrical Protective Equipment for Workers
    d. NFPA 70B, Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance
    e. All of the above
  6. In what year did Jim win the IEEE/IAS/PCIC Electrical Safety Excellence Award?
    a. 2011
    b. 2013
    c. 2015
    d. 2010


Virginia Balitski, CET, Manager – Training and Development, has worked for Magna IV Engineering since 2006. Virginia started her career as a Field Service Technologist and achieved NETA Level 4 Senior Technician certification. She has since dedicated her time to the advancement of training and safety in the electrical industry. She is a Certified Engineering Technologist through ASET – The Association of Science & Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta. Virginia is also current Vice-Chair of CSA Z462, Workplace Electrical Safety and is a member of the NFPA 70E, Electrical Safety in the Workplace Technical Committee and has been recently appointed to the NETA Board of Directors.