Mike O’Brien

Technical Services Manager




Mike began his career in the electrical power industry in 1975 with the US Air Force (USAF). In 1981 he became a Technical Training Instructor and quickly became qualified to teach all the advanced courses in his career field. He was tasked to help write and teach the first USAF courses on uninterruptible power systems (UPS) to support the world wide deployment of first JRSC satellite communications system. In 1983 he was awarded USAF Air Training Command Master Instructor rating in recognition of his accomplishments as an instructor.

After nine years of active duty, Mike became a consultant to HQ Air Force Communication Command (AFCC) on high reliability power systems. During his tenure at HQ AFCC he authored a regulation on Stationary Battery Maintenance and Testing, a technical manual on the Exide series 3000 UPS, trained the first USAF UPS Traveling Maintenance Team, and conducted numerous design reviews on Critical Command & Communications power systems.

After a couple of years consulting, Mike joined an engineering firm as the Director of Marketing and transitioned back into a technical role helping to design test and monitoring equipment, train manufacturer’s representatives, and many customers. Mike trained personnel in many nuclear power plants, Department of Energy, NASA, New York Stock Exchange, and supervised the installation of the world’s largest battery monitoring system at the NORAD Command Center inside Cheyenne Mountain. He also co-authored an IEEE paper with Marco Migliaro on Stationary Battery Maintenance.

In 1991 Mike Joined Nolan Power Group to start the Test Services business which has conducted over 9000 capacity tests. Mike used his knowledge of capacity testing and UPS systems to develop training programs on uninterruptible power systems (UPS), DC power systems, and battery back-up systems. He provides technical training courses to engineering groups, technicians, and end users. Additionally, he wrote and presented the first paper at the first BattCon technical conference and presented a class on Stationary Battery Systems at the 2015 IEEE PCIC technical conference.


USAF Veteran & Master Instructor


Mike has over 40 years of electrical field experience and his area of expertise is stationary power equipment and services. He is a voting member of the IEEE standards association as well as an author of numerous technical papers regarding back-up power system design and maintenance and testing. In addition, he speaks at national industry events and conferences. He brings extensive knowledge in battery design, installation, commissioning, operation, maintenance and testing. His field experience provides a unique perspective, offering him the ability to understand the customers’ and technicians’ point of view to develop training programs to fit the exact needs of the audience.

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