Bios of Conference speakers for the 2021 Convention :
Electrical credentials: Class A Master Electrician in Minnesota, North Dakota Master, South Dakota Electrical Contractor, South Dakota Electrical Inspector License
Educational background: SDSU Broadcast Journalism; Graduate SDIEC Apprenticeship School; Graduate US Army OCS, & Basic Officer Branch School
Experience information: Working as an electrical Contractor specializing in commercial and industrial wiring – design and installation – 39 years. Providing electrical safety inspections for manufacturing plants and sewer plants. Contractor, president of: Mike Miller, Inc. – Watertown SD. Currently: Director of Education for Electrical Association (fka Minnesota Electrical Association)
Experience as a trainer: Six years CEU provider Lake Area Technical Institute – Watertown, SD; Twelve years electrical instructor providing public & private classes – Mike Miller Instructional Services. Three years Mn Electrical Association providing public and private classes throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin..
Professional organization affiliations: NFPA; IAEI, SD Electrical Council, (Former State president); North Central Electrical League, Minnesota Electrical Association
Publications, awards, certifications: Published new 8-hour presentation every year on NEC since 2000. Written numerous electrical safety and maintenance procedure policies for private industries and municipal agencies.
Family, hobbies, interests: Enjoying time with nine grandchildren and four children; hobby – computers
AETech Electrical Training Center
Rapid City, South Dakota
Steve Arne has worked as an electrician, electrical contractor, and electrical instructor for 45 years. Steve spent 10 years In the electrical field, then the next nineteen years as a teacher and department head in the Electrical Program at Western Dakota Technical Institute. Since Steve retired from Western Dakota Tech in 2003, he has provided industry-direct training specializing in continuing education Electrical Code classes and Electrician Exam Preparation classes for Journeyman and Master’s level exams. In 2012, Steve and Deb’s son Ryan returned to Rapid City SD to help Steve expand his training business at AETech Electrical Training Center to include a 640-hour full-time day-time Apprentice Electrician Training Program.
Steve earned a Technical Education Teaching Degree from Dakota State University and a Master’s Degree In Administrative Studies from the University of South Dakota. Steve served two terms as a Board Member of the SD Electrical Commission and serves on the State and Local Chapter Boards of the SD Electrical Council.
Steve worked with Mike Holt as the Technical Editorial Director and served as a technical editor and video team participant from 2002 until 2014 and uses Mike’s books in his classes. He is very thankful to have been associated with an industry leader like Mike who provides excellent training products to help students progress in the electrical industry and has a real heart to help others.
Steve grew up on a farm in eastern South Dakota, and has lived in Rapid City, South Dakota since 1970 where he and his wife Deb have both been active in their church and community, and love to spend time with their children and grandchildren. Most of all, Steve and Deb both strive to put God first in their lives, in their home and in their relationships.