Engineering Commission

The Engineering Commission allows members to exchange information on the engineering aspects of the entertainment industry and promotes the advancement and practical application of technology and standards.

Commission Leadership  
Commissioner Kimberly Corbett Oates
Vice-Commission for Programming Daniel Lisowski
Vice-Commissioner Jerrold Gorrell
Vice-Commissioner for NFPA NEC Panel 15 Steve Terry
Vice-Commissioner for NFPA NEC Panel 15 Kenneth Vannice



  • Create, design, outline, produce, and locate educational programs, sessions, and classes concerning technical procedures and practices for all trades and crafts of the entertainment industry and make them available to USITT Regional Sections, Student Chapters, and other entertainment organizations;
  • Initiate projects that disseminate equipment specifications, design, and construction, as well as Standards and Recommended Practices;
  • Work closely with other USITT Commissions, Committees, and outside industry groups including, but not limited to ESTA.

USITT Standards Development: The Commission works closely with the Standards Committee to verify that the requirements for approval have been met in the developing, revising, reaffirming, or withdrawing USITT Standards, Guidelines, or Recommended Practices.

DMX512 (Digital Data Transmission Standard for Dimmers and Controllers): This standard, originally developed in 1986 and revised in 1990, describes a method of digital data transmission between controllers and dimmers.

NEC: The Commission is actively involved with the tri-annual revision process used to update the National Electrical Code (NEC). Additional information concerning NEC is available on USITT's NEC page.

Qualified Stage Electrician & Stage Hand: Setting qualification standards for electricians and stage hands and helping provide a way for them to become certified is an important activity for the Electrical Commission. See The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) for more information.


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