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Illustrated Guide to the National Electrical Code, 6th Edition

  • Charles R. Miller
  • ISBN-10: 1133948626
  • ISBN-13: 9781133948629
  • 496 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2005
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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About the Product

This uniquely effective guide helps readers master the 2014 National Electrical Code®, using highly detailed, technically accurate illustrations to make even the most complex aspects of the Code easier to understand and apply. An experienced author, educator, and master electrician, Charles Miller translates the often vague, complicated language of the 2014 NEC into clear, simple instructions and visuals. Topics are organized logically and presented in a convenient, modular format for easy reference, beginning with fundamental concepts and progressing to requirements for various dwellings, from one-family homes to multi-family housing, commercial locations, and special occupancies. The Sixth Edition of this trusted resource provides thorough coverage of changes to the 2014 Code, as well as numerous new and updated illustrations, and additional material on renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power. Comprehensive coverage, an innovative learning approach perfect for today's visual learners, and accurate, up-to-date information make this valuable resource indispensable for beginning and experienced electricians, engineers, and other electrical professionals.


  • Calculation Worksheets included in the text provide readers with straightforward, error-proof methods to perform complex calculations that are essential for success as an electrical professional.

  • Unit objectives are provided for each section to introduce new concepts, identify key learning goals, and prepare readers to master the material more effectively.

  • Each chapter features a summary of key content, as well as a competency test to help readers review more effectively, assess their understanding of the material, and identify any areas that need additional study.

  • A visually appealing, full-color layout helps bring even difficult concepts vividly to life, making it easier to absorb and apply essential electrical concepts--and master the details of the NEC®.

  • Digital Instructor Resources include electronic lecture slides, an Instructor's Guide with key illustrations formatted for optimal projection, several comprehensive final exams, answers and explanations for unit competency tests, and blank copies of all forms used in the text.

About the Author

Charles R. Miller

For 18 years, Charles R. Miller owned and operated a successful commercial electrical contracting company (Lighthouse Electric Co., Inc.) in Nashville, Tennessee. Now an accomplished author and educator, Mr. Miller specializes in leading customized seminars on the National Electrical Code® (NEC®), as well as National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E. Class and seminar attendees have included employees of companies such as Ford, A. O. Smith and The Aerostructures Corporation, as well as academic institutions such as Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University and Purdue University. Mr. Miller also wrote and illustrated the monthly "Code In Focus" column in ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR MAGAZINE, and he co-hosted a home improvement radio talk show in Nashville for over three years.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the National Electrical Code.
2. Definitions.
3. Boxes and Enclosures.
4. Cables.
5. Raceways and Conductors.
6. General Provisions.
7. Specific Provisions.
8. Load Calculations.
9. Services and Electrical Equipment.
10. Comprehensive Provisions.
11. Load Calculations.
12. General Provisions.
13. Nondwelling Load Calculations.
14. Services, Feeders, and Equipment.
15. Hazardous (Classified) Locations.
16. Health Care.
17. Industrial Locations.
18. Special Occupancies.
19. Specific Equipment.

New to this edition

  • Now carefully updated to reflect the 2014 National Electric Code®, the Sixth Edition of this trusted text provides detailed, accurate, up-to-date coverage of essential guidelines and requirements that today's electrical professionals need to know.
  • In addition to updated chapter material and numerous new and revised illustrations, the Sixth Edition includes substantial information on renewable energy sources that are becoming increasingly common and important, including solar and wind power.
  • A new CourseMate to supplement the text provides a suite of useful, time-saving teaching tools in convenient digital formats, including an eBook containing the entire text, interactive games, quizzes on chapter material, and an engagement tracker.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource  (ISBN-10: 1133959113 | ISBN-13: 9781133959113)

The Instructor Resources commonly includes PowerPoint® presentations for each core textbook chapter, computerized test bank, Instructor's Manual, and other text-specific resources.

CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133963544 | ISBN-13: 9781133963547)

Cengage Learning's Electrical CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Watch student comprehension soar as your class works with the printed textbook and the textbook-specific website. Electrical CourseMate goes beyond the book to deliver what you need!

Student Supplements

CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133963544 | ISBN-13: 9781133963547)

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