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Basic Electricty for Non-Electricians On-Site Training

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This course is designed for anyone who needs to understand basic electricity in order to improve efficiencies and uptime at their industrial plants and large building facilities. During this seminar attendees will perform basic electrical “hands-on” maintenance tasks.

Workshop Description/Agenda

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

CEU value: 1.4

Length of Course Instruction: 14 hours

Who Should Attend

Whether your maintenance staff consists of new hires, engineers or anyone in between, this class can be tailored to meet your specific needs. This course is applicable for maintenance personnel working in manufacturing plants, commercial buildings, hospitals, schools, government buildings, waste water facilities, shopping centers, apartment buildings and related facilities.

Additional Information

Training Provider: TPC Trainco

Course Topics: Industrial Training > Electrical

Training Course Summary: This course is designed for anyone who needs to understand basic electricity in order to improve efficiencies and uptime at their industrial plants and large building facilities. During this seminar attendees will perform basic electrical “hands-on” maintenance tasks.

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