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Electrical Workshop - Basics to Troubleshooting On-Site Training

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This four-day workshop provides an intensive training experience that covers the basics of electricity all the way through troubleshooting a facility's own electrical systems.

Workshop Description/Agenda

This four-day workshop provides an intensive training experience that covers the basics of electricity all the way through troubleshooting a facility's own electrical systems.

Please note that this workshop is a special combination of two of our most popular seminars. It combines the two-day Basic Electricity for the Non-Electrician and the two-day Electrical Troubleshooting and Preventive Maintenance seminar.  These seminars are offered consecutively in the same week to create a more comprehensive training opportunity.

The cost for the full 4-day workshop is $1980. The two-day seminars may also be purchased individually for $990.

Day 1 and 2

Course Competencies & Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how electricity is produced and distributed.
  • Know the difference between AC and DC.
  • Identify the relationship between voltage, current and resistance.
  • Use the Ohm�s Law wheel to determine electrical values.
  • Understand the three hazards associated with the use of electricity.
  • Understand electrical power and power measurement.
  • Identify the characteristics of the three basic electrical circuits.
  • Identify the types and characteristics of commonly used electrical test equipment.
  • Understand how electricity is distributed through commercial and industrial facilities.
  • Understand the terminology associated with and operation of major electrical components in a distribution system.
  • Read basic electrical distribution diagrams.
  • Identify the types of PPE required for various electrical tasks.
  • Understand the importance and basics of a Lockout Tagout program.
  • Understand the purpose of the National Electrical Code and its relationship to maintenance tasks.
  • Define basic electrical terms found in the National Electrical Code.
  • Identify general requirements for electrical work defined in the National Electrical Code.
  • Identify properties of the different types of conductors and insulation materials.
  • Read and interpret NEC Table 310.16 reproduced in the Ugly�s manual to size wire.
  • Identify the different types of raceways available for wiring.
  • Identify the correct methods to wire various electrical components and equipment.
  • Learn a systematic approach to simple troubleshooting.
  • Understand the importance of an Assured Equipment Grounding Conductor Program and the use of GFCI�s.
  • Understand the basic types of electrical maintenance performed in industrial plants and facilities.

Course Outline:

I. Electrical Fundamentals

  • A. Production & Distribution of Electricity
  • B. DC and AC in Plants and Facilities
  • C. Voltage, Current and Resistance; Ohm�s Law
  • D. Basic Electrical Circuits
  • E. Series Circuits
  • F. Parallel Circuits
  • G. Series / Parallel Circuits
  • H. Power: Types & Control
  • I. Single-phase and Three-phase Systems
  • J. Workplace Electrical Safety

II. Electrical Test Equipment for Everyday Use

  • A. Multimeters
  • B. Voltage Testers
  • C. Verifying a Circuit De-energized
  • D. 3 Modes of Failure: Opens, Shorts, Ground Faults
  • E. Clamp-on Ammeter
  • F. Megohmmeters
  • G. Meters for Special Circumstances

III. Understanding Your Building Electrical System

  • A. Reading Electrical Single-Line Diagrams
  • B. Major Components
  • C. The Electrical Service
  • D. Main Distribution Centers
  • E. Transformers
  • F. Switchgear and Circuit Breakers
  • G. Overcurrent Protective Devices
  • H. Feeders
  • I. Disconnects
  • J. Motors
  • K. Panelboards and Branch Circuits
  • L. Lighting Circuits
  • M. Electrical Floor Plans & Facility Wiring

IV. Working Safely with Industrial Electricity

  • A. Hazards & Dangers of Electricity
  • B. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • C. Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)
  • D. Developing Safe Work Practices

V. The National Electrical Code�

  • A. Purpose and Overview
  • B. Important Definitions and Terminology
  • C. Overview of Installation Requirements
  • D. �Qualified Persons�

VI. Wire Selection

  • A. Conductor Types & Materials
  • B. Selection of Wire Insulation
  • C. Sizing the Wire for the Job

VII. Installing Wire (Conductors)

  • A. Raceways
  • B. Cable Trays
  • C. Conduits
  • D. Fittings and Boxes

VIII. Installing and Wiring Equipment

  • A. Wire Nuts, Terminals and Crimpers
  • B. Switches and Receptacles
  • C. Fluorescent Ballasts
  • D. Motors
  • E. Temporary Wiring

IX. Basic Troubleshooting Techniques

  • A. Branch Circuit Problems
  • B. Control Circuits
  • C. Isolation of Components
  • D. Checking & Replacing Fuses

X. Electrical Maintenance Activities

  • A. Performing Checks as part of an Assured Equipment Grounding Program
  • B. Use and Operation of GFCI�s
  • C. Types of Electrical Maintenance
  • D. Special Precautions


Day 3 and 4

Teaching students common-sense electrical troubleshooting techniques so they can keep their facilities and equipment up and running is the primary goal of this seminar. Learning how to protect themselves from serious injury while doing it is a vitally important bonus. Attendees in this course will not be playing with trainers built for a classroom but, instead, they�ll be working with real world industrial components found in their facility. They will be using CAT III industrial meters to troubleshoot � just as they should in their facility.

Course Competencies & Learning Objectives:

  • Interpret the OSHA requirements for troubleshooting and working on energized circuits
  • Determine the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements for electrical troubleshooting.
  • Safely and correctly verify a circuit is de-energized.
  • Perform basic circuit checks for shorts, opens and ground faults using a multimeter.
  • Read and interpret simple ladder and schematic diagrams.
  • Perform continuity and resistance checks on relay coils and contacts, overloads, fuses, circuit breakers, switches and other control circuit components.
  • Wire and troubleshoot basic electrical control circuits to develop a logical, systematic approach to troubleshooting.
  • Take clamp-on ammeter readings on 3-phase circuits and interpret readings.
  • Measure voltage on 3-phase Wye and Delta connected circuits and calculate percent phase imbalance as part of troubleshooting motors.
  • Test single-phase power distribution systems for correct wiring.
  • Use a Megohmmeter to perform the following insulation resistance tests used on motors and distribution systems: Spot Reading, Dielectric Absorption Ratio, Polarization Index.
  • Observe power quality problems and troubleshooting techniques for facility distribution systems, three-phase loads and commercial lighting.
  • Read and interpret basic PLC ladder diagrams.
  • Measure VFD output characteristics and observe VFD operation.
  • Be ready to read and interpret your facility one-line electrical drawings and electrical floor plans.
  • Identify components of a successful electrical preventive maintenance program.

Course Outline:

I. Basic Skills for Electrical Troubleshooting

  • A. Safety First
  • B. OSHA Requirements Regarding Troubleshooting and Qualified Persons
  • C. Using Electrical Drawings
  • D. Using Meters and Circuit Measurements
  • E. Developing a Logical, Systematic Approach to Troubleshooting

II. Troubleshooting Control Circuits

  • A. Relays, Motor Starters and Control Devices
  • B. Reading and Interpreting Ladder Diagrams
  • C. Power Loss
  • D. Control Circuit Industrial Applications
  • E. Electric Motor Drives
  • F. Solenoid-Operated Valves
  • G. Heating Elements

III. Troubleshooting Motors

  • A. Most Common Motor Problems
  • B. Electrical Problems
  • C. Testing Windings for Shorts, Opens and Ground Faults
  • D. Phase Unbalance
  • E. Mechanical Problems
  • F. Phase Rotation Testing
  • G. Troubleshooting Power Distribution
  • H. Wye and Delta Systems
  • I. Overcurrent Protection
  • J. Branch Circuits

IV. Troubleshooting Power Quality Problems

  • A. Sources of Power Quality Problems
  • B. Test Equipment for Troubleshooting Power Quality Problems
  • C. Harmonics

V. Troubleshooting Lighting Circuits

  • A. Lighting Terminology
  • B. Types of Lighting Circuits
  • C. Incandescent Lighting
  • D. Fluorescent Lighting
  • E. HID Lighting

VI. Troubleshooting Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)

  • A. Overview of Programmable Logic Controls
  • B. Reading PLC Ladder Diagrams
  • C. Status Indicators and Error Codes
  • D. Force and Disable
  • E. Startup Procedures

VII. Troubleshooting Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs)

  • A. VFD Terminology
  • B. VFD Basic Operation
  • C. Components
  • D. Pulse Width Modulation
  • E. Types of VFD
  • F. Common Problems and Corrective Action

VIII. Electrical Preventative Maintenance

  • A. Why Perform Electrical Maintenance
  • B. Overview of an Electrical Maintenance Program
  • C. Building Your Own Walkthrough Inspection Checklist

Who Should Attend

Anyone who must work with electical systems

Additional Information

Training Provider: TPC Trainco

Course Topics: Industrial Training > Electrical

Training Course Summary: This four-day workshop provides an intensive training experience that covers the basics of electricity all the way through troubleshooting a facility's own electrical systems.

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