Includes: appliance repair, arts and crafts, business machine repair, fire extinguisher, electrical, electronics, telecommunications.
Ron Gallegos, Manager (25 years with M&O, manager 21 years)
35 technicians and support personnel
Electrical Craft Shops are comprised of Electrician (includes back-up emergency generators); Industrial Arts Repair; Audio Visual; Electronics; Business Machines Repair; Fire Extinguisher Service; Elevators (inspections by City of Albuquerque and service handled by a contractor); and Technology Infrastructure.
The Electrical Shop is tasked with delivering efficient well-lit and electrical powered learning and working environments for the District’s students, faculty, and staff. While energy and cost resourcefulness are of decisive importance, the quality of lighting is never compromised in providing students with favorable learning spaces. M&O electricians ensure properly illuminated classrooms, libraries, gyms, and other educational spaces to allow for focused concentration, attentiveness, and student accomplishment. While electrical components are unseen, they are fundamental to seeing well, reading without eye strain, and competing in gyms.
Electrical and related systems are vital to the functioning of any building as electrical failures result in interruptions at best and total power outages in the worst case scenario, an exceedingly rare event at APS. In addition to maintaining the smooth operation of all electrical systems, the Department is staying ahead of the eight ball in remaining compliant with government mandated energy codes coupled with fast advancing technology that promises improved lighting with less wattage. It is a delicate balance of making the most cost, time, effort, and energy efficient purchase and upgrade decisions that provide long-term benefits within funding allocations, all while maintaining an adequate classroom environment. However, upgrading electrical capacity to accommodate the latest teaching and learning technologies is not an option; it is a must in supporting student success.
The Industrial Arts Repair Shop provides the students with properly maintained equipment safely used in hands-on training environments in auto repair, carpentry, and other industrial trades and art classes. Such practical learning presents students with a broad range of vocational instruction and knowledge in aiding future career choices. Shop technicians service all industrial arts equipment and tools used by students at middle and high schools and even a few elementary schools. The wide spectrum of teaching tools includes science equipment; microscopes; scales and balances; sewing machines; paper cutters; kilns; potting wheels; ice machines and appliances; all auto, welding, and wood shop equipment; and numerous other pieces of instructional related machinery.
The Fire Extinguisher Shop keeps the District’s fire extinguisher equipment up to code and is 100% self-contained — outside contractors are never used. The Shop’s work is entirely PM with the exception of the unfortunate theft and vandalism of extinguishers at school sites.
Secondary electrical distribution upgraded at Manzano High School
This completed the loop system that allows electricians to re-route electrical in isolating sections that need repair without shutting off electricity to large areas of the campus.
Coordinated installation of digital marquee signs at several District schools
Schools are replacing their manual marquee boards with digital marquees for easier and timelier promotion of programs and events. Owned and paid for by the schools, the marquees are installed by approved contractors who work under the direction of the Electrical Department. Approximately five digital boards are installed each year.
School retrofits continued
The Department is making progress on the conversion from magnetic ballast to electronic solid state and T-8 lamps, saving 10 watts per lamp, throughout the District.
• Replacements of very energy efficient lighting were made at Volcano Vista High School, Atrisco Heritage
Academy High School, Chaparral Elementary School, and Tony Hillerman Middle School.
• Approximately 95% of the electrical re-lighting at Reginald Chavez Elementary School was completed.
• Partial retrofits were completed at Taft Middle School (older section of campus), Garfield Middle School, and
Duranes Elementary School.
Note: Senate Bill 9 funds are requested for retrofitting specific schools and the task of retrofitting the entire District will be accomplished as funding allows. The sooner the District can completely transition to T-8 electronics, the more energy and Operational dollars will be saved.
M&O’s exterior lighting retrofitting continued
The Electrical Department retrofitted the majority of the exterior lighting at M&O, changing out 400 watt high use and cost fixtures with 80 watt LED fixtures. Approximately 5-10% of the lighting has now been retrofitted with a goal of completing approximately 5% more every year.
Replace exterior HPS (high pressure systems) lighting at Hayes Middle School with LED lighting
Most wall mounted LED replacement fixtures are 20 watt while the old fixtures are 75 to 150 watt. The lower 20 watt LED lights provide a brighter white light at a vastly reduced cost.
Added electrical responsibility of new facilities
APS expanded physically in 2012-13 adding facilities that the Electrical Department is responsible for maintaining:
• Administrative space expansions at Comanche and E.G. Ross Elementary Schools
• Classroom addition at Wherry Elementary
• New softball field accessory buildings at Sandia High School
• Montessori of the Rio Grande Elementary (charter) School
• And other new buildings FD+C completed throughout the District
Adjusted time clocks on all exterior lighting and some interior lighting throughout District
Lights automatically turn on a half hour before sunset and now automatically shut off at 11:00 PM rather than staying on until sunrise.
• Night shift custodial staff and evening programs are not affected, security is not surrendered, and cost and
energy savings is substantial.
• Lights at school campuses are turned off completely during summer months with the exception of summer
school sites, in which case lights come on later and go off at 11:00 PM.
Reviewing and approving all new LED exterior lighting on new construction and remodels
Electrical Department management personnel are now involved in reviewing and approving the Facilities Design + Construction Division’s project blueprints that include exterior recessed LED lighting.
• LED fixtures are the most cost and energy effective for exterior lighting and greatly minimize the need to
replace the driver (versus the much shorter life of high cost and energy lamps used pre LED).
• LED are dimmable without having to accommodate with dimmable ballast.
Note: While declining since first manufactured, the cost of interior LED fixtures is still much greater and the usage provided is less. A switch to interior LED, which requires a total system change, needs to pay for itself in 3-5 years before it will be considered. It is unlikely that such a conversion will occur at APS in the near future.
Urgent need to replace T-12 incandescent light bulbs with T-8 florescent bulbs District wide circumvented
Last year’s Year End Report stated that the District was challenged by the federally mandated halted production of T-12 incandescent bulbs in 2012 that accommodate APS’ many T-12 fixtures. The push to replace T-12s with energy efficient T-8 florescent lamps is well intended, but not quickly achievable as costly complete fixture conversion is required. Manufacturers devised a means of using different materials in producing T-12 lamps that are compliant with the new energy saving code. The lamps are not, however, more cost effective as they have a shorter life span. Consequently, the District is still motivated to switch out systems to accommodate T-8s but can now accomplish the goal in a realistic timeframe.
Assumed responsibility of Technology Infrastructure Coordinator
Formerly working under the Direction of the M&O Executive Director, the TIC has been relocated to the Electrical Department, reporting to the Manager, in streamlining the coordination of work. A journeyman electrician, the TIC serves as a liaison between the schools, the APS Information Technology Division, and the Electrical Department in synchronizing the installation of new electrical infrastructure for technology systems, as well as mechanic and electronic equipment, throughout the District. He bridges the communications, tasks, and schedules between all players (schools or administrative facilities; Information Technology; electricians; Structural Department personnel; and contractors) in making certain that new electrical output does not draw power away from exiting electric devices and is adequate to accommodate all that it will be used for. A large portion of schools’ technology and data communications equipment is housed at the M&O Lincoln Complex, such as their phone system, electronics, and security cameras. However, the installation of additional electrical infrastructure occurs throughout all schools and administrative sites.
PM programs (on-going)
Government mandated PM work includes:
• Fire extinguisher, sprinkler, and alarm inspection
• Fire suppression systems
• Elevator (quarterly) inspection and service (monthly inspections performed by City of Albuquerque)
• Emergency generators inspection (twice a year)
• Other PM work involves the replacement of high energy systems with energy and cost effective systems
throughout the District.
Status of 2012-13 Goals
- Continue conversion, started in 2011-12 FY, of exterior lighting from metal halide to energy and cost efficient
LED lighting District wide. Goal on-going as SB-9 funding allows. Progress made. (See “M&O’s exterior light retrofitting continued” highlight above.)
- Retrofit lighting at Fleet Maintenance Department and portion of the area parking lot. Done
- Fine tune SchoolDude scheduling to track work performed by outside contractors in all Electrical Shops (already completed with elevators).
- The successful completion by all electricians of the 16 hours training (required every three years) regarding the new electrical codes applicable January 2014 – December 2016. The National Electrical Code, the electricians’ bible, provides new codes and amendments to old codes. Every electrician tech, Supervisor, and Manager is responsible for complying with codes in the installation of systems. The Department Manager as well as City of Albuquerque applicable personnel can perform unannounced checks.
- Continue retrofitting entire electrical switch gear panels; in older schools panels are past life expectancy. Goal of accomplishing at least two a year is on-going; progress made every year as funding allows. Funds were encumbered for this effort to be carried out beginning in the 2013-14 FY.
- Retrofit the lighting at Atrisco Elementary School.
• Saves energy and costs
• To be performed around school schedules
- Continue retrofitting the M&O parking lot lighting (see highlight above).
- Continue the installation of 32 individual electrical outlets in M&O parking lot to accommodate diesel service vehicles. The Division’s 33 diesel vehicles need to be plugged in during winter nights in order to be operable at the start of the workday. The parking lot currently has only four outlets.
• Work will no longer be delayed until temperatures warm up and allow starting of the vehicles.
- Implement a digital bar code system in Fire Extinguisher Shop to better track inventory. It will be performed in-house by the two Shop technicians.
• More accurate, efficient, and faster than current manual system.
- Upgrade all elevators at City Center. (Funds have been earmarked.)