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Working with real world components and instruments found at their facility, attendees in this “hands-on” course will learn how to fix electrical problems plain and simple. It was created to bring students up to speed in their electrical troubleshooting skills as quickly and safely as possible and designed to cover the more commonly performed electrical troubleshooting tasks a maintenance technician faces in his job every day. For the novice or experienced electrician, this training course provides a no-nonsense, practical and real world systematic approach to electrical troubleshooting.
Students’ specific needs and concerns are also addressed during the class so that they can go back to their workplace and immediately apply what they’ve learned. This course can also be adopted as part of a company’s regular Qualified Electrical Worker program.
Attendees in this course will not be playing with trainers built for
a classroom, but instead will be working with real world industrial
components found in their facility, and they will be using real CAT III
industrial meters to troubleshoot - just as they should in their
The course will start with a quick review of safety before
moving into a discussion on electrical symbols where students will learn
to create their own electrical drawings to be used for troubleshooting.
A review of meters and their uses ensues before a logical and
systematic approach to troubleshooting is presented.
From here attendees will learn to troubleshoot industrial
components from pushbuttons to relays and motor starters. They will
physically wire basic electrical circuits using wiring diagrams as their
guide, and then once they understand how they operate, they will
troubleshoot faults inserted by the instructor. Discussions and
hands-on exercises will also show students how to troubleshoot common
electrical motors, including the determination of whether a problem is
electrical or mechanical in nature. A phase-rotation meter, Megohmmeter
and different types of multimeters and voltage testers will also be
used during the class so that students become comfortable with and
confident in their uses. Students will get the chance to see
three-phase power in action and learn to measure its values. They’ll
also test and troubleshoot single-phase power distribution systems.
A discussion of what electrical PPE should be worn for
different tasks will take place as students try on different sizes and
types of electrically rated rubber gloves so that they can see the
importance of having a proper fit when working.
Power distribution problems will be discussed as well as
testing for power quality issues and troubleshooting the different types
of lighting circuits. A brief introduction to variable frequency
drives and how to troubleshoot their most common problems will wrap up
the course along with a final review of basic electrical preventive
maintenance practices to keep your equipment from failing in the first
Who should take this course?
This seminar is designed for anyone who needs to sharpen
their electrical troubleshooting skills in order to increase
efficiencies and uptime at their industrial plant or building facility.
If you work with electrical equipment and systems at industrial plants,
commercial building, or private facilities, whether as general
maintenance personnel, in cross-training programs, an electrician, or an
engineer, you will find this course extremely useful. As long as you
work with electricity and troubleshoot electrical problems, this course
is for you.
The following personnel will benefit from our basic electrical training seminar:
All Building Maintenance Personnel
All Plant & Facility Maintenance Technicians
Low Voltage Specialists
Multi-craft & Cross Training Personnel
As well, it will benefit those who work in:
Waste Water Facilities
We have analyzed the job of the maintenance technician
extensively to create a course that attendees are certain to find useful
the minute they get back to work. So during this course attendees will
perform basic electrical “hands on” maintenance tasks and when they
return to work their employer can expect them to present a training
certificate indicating he or she has successfully learned to do the following:
Interpret the OSHA requirements for troubleshooting and working on energized circuits
Safely and correctly verify a circuit is de-energized.
Perform basic circuit checks for shorts, opens and ground faults
Troubleshoot problems using ladder drawings 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
Troubleshoot 3-phase circuits by taking and interpreting clamp-on ammeter readings
Measure voltage on 3-phase Wye and Delta connected
circuits and calculate percent phase imbalance as part of
Test and troubleshoot 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, and Polarization Index.
Observe power quality problems and troubleshooting
techniques for facility distribution systems, three-phase loads and
Measure VFD output characteristics and observe VFD operation.
Apply troubleshooting skills to your facility one-line electrical drawings and electrical floor plans.
Identify components of a successful electrical preventive maintenance program to minimize need for excessive troubleshooting.
Course Outline / Agenda
BASIC SKILLS FOR ELECTRICAL TROUBLESHOOTING
OSHA Requirements Regarding Troubleshooting and Qualified Persons
Using Electrical Drawings
Using Meters ( multimeters ) and Circuit Measurements
Developing a Logical, Systematic Approach to Troubleshooting
TROUBLESHOOTING CONTROL CIRCUITS
Relays, Motor Starters and Control Devices
Reading and Interpreting Ladder Diagrams
Control Circuit Industrial Applications
Electric Motor Drives
Most Common Motor Problems
Testing Windings for Shorts, Opens and Ground Faults
Phase Rotation Testing
TROUBLESHOOTING POWER DISTRIBUTION
Wye and Delta Systems
TROUBLESHOOTING POWER QUALITY PROBLEMS
Sources of Power Quality Problems
Test Equipment for Troubleshooting Power Quality Problems