Chris Heron

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Chris Heron

Regional Electrical Engineer

Service Center/Region: Renewables, Pacific Northwest

Chris graduated from University of New Brunswick (Canada) with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering. Following graduation, Chris joined General Electric, spending 16 years in various design roles for DC, Synchronous, and Induction machines. He was the engineering liaison for several of GE’s service facilities as well. He followed this with a similar 16-year period with TECO Westinghouse, focusing on the synchronous and DC product lines. His responsibilities with both OEMs encompassed design, manufacture, testing, troubleshooting, maintenance, and forensic investigations both in the factory and at user facilities in North America and overseas. Chris is currently based in Litchfield, MN. as the regional electrical engineer for IPS’ Renewables division. He is also a Fleet Engineering resource within IPS for DC and AC rotating machines, as well as process industry application knowledge.

He has published several technical papers in the IEEE-IAS Industrial Applications Magazine, as well as presenting papers and tutorials at industry conferences (pulp and paper, petrochemical). He is a member of IEEE, AIST, and ASME. He is a recognized subject matter expert in the realm of rotating machines for several IEEE and IEC standards, participating and leading efforts related to machine design, power systems, distribution, and protection. He has helped develop standards covering classified environments (UL, API, IEEE, IEC, and NFPA).


Chris has 34+ years of motor engineering design, manufacturing, testing, and application expertise in DC and AC machine products with General Electric and TECO Westinghouse. He has practical application background in several process industries including metals, mining, marine, cement, petrochemical, paper, and forest products. He has experience with other specialty applications as well – transportation (land- and water-based), test stands, centrifuges, and material handling.

Chris acquired the American Society of Quality Engineers Six Sigma Green belt certification during his tenure with General Electric.


Chris is working with shop and field service personnel for both renewables and other industry applications. He is a part of the IPS One Spec endeavor, representing the electrical portion. He is one of the engineering resources for IPS facilities chasing CIPS Level 0, 1, 2, and 3 accreditations. He currently holds Vice chair positions for both the Pulp and Paper Industry Committee and the IEEE Std 2455.



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