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Basic Electricity for the Non-Electrician

A 2-Day " Hands On " Training Course for Building, Plant & Facility Maintenance
Day 1 - Understanding Industrial Electricity
Day 2 - Working with Industrial Electricity

Both Days - $990  |  Day 1 - $495  |  Day 2 - $495

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Learn Safety and Efficiency from Our Electrical Training

Purpose of Seminar:

This basic electrical training course is for any non-electrical maintenance technicians, and it provides simple, practical, powerful education that even experts can appreciate. If you need to understand basic electricity, this is the best option from our electrical training courses. It will help your efficiencies and uptime at industrial plants and large building facilities, because we emphasize thorough explanation by experts and hands-on education so that our students can go back to their workplace and apply what they learn immediately.

Who should take this course?

This electrical training course aims to give those without any significant electrical experience the basic industrial electricity understanding necessary to change practices in the workplace and improve efficiency and safety. No matter what your skill level, as long as you work with electricity, this class will be beneficial for you.

The following personnel will benefit from our basic electrical training seminar:

  • Mechanics
  • HVAC Technicians
  • Machine Operators
  • Apprentices
  • Alarm Technicians
  • Non-Electrical Engineers
  • Building Engineers
  • Stationary Engineers
  • Low Voltage Specialists
  • Multi-craft & Cross Training Personnel

As well, it will benefit those who work in:

  • Manufacturing Plants
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Hospitals
  • Waste Water Facilities
  • Schools
  • Government Buildings
  • Research Facilities
  • Shopping Centers
  • Apartment Buildings

Topics Covered

1. How electricity is produced and distributed
2. The difference between alternating (AC) and direct current (DC)
3. The relationship between voltage, current and resistance
4. Use of Ohm's Law wheel to determine electrical values
5. The three hazards associated with the use of electricity
6. Electric power and power measurement
7. The three basic electrical circuits and their characteristics
8. Types and characteristics of commonly used electrical test equipment
9. How electricity is distributed through commercial and industrial facilities
10. The terminology and operation of major electrical components in a distribution system
11. How to read basic electrical distribution diagrams
12. Types of PPE required for various electrical tasks
13. The importance and basics of a Lockout Tagout program
14. The National Electrical Code®, its purpose, and its relationship to maintenance tasks
15. Basic electrical terms found in the National Electrical Code
16. General requirements for electrical work defined in the National Electrical Code
17. Properties of the different types of conductors and insulation materials
18. NEC Table 310.16 to size wire
19. The different types of raceways available for wiring
20. The correct methods to wire various electrical components and equipment
21. A systematic approach to simple troubleshooting
22. The importance of an Assured Equipment Grounding Conductor Program and the use of GFCIs
23. The basic types of electric maintenance performed in industrial plants and facilities

Training Outcomes

When students finish this basic electrical course, employers can expect them to have developed hands-on experience of basic electrical maintenance, including the following:

After day one, they know how to:
1. Safely and correctly verify a circuit is de-energized;
2. Take voltage and resistance readings using a digital multimeter;
3. Take clamp-on ammeter readings;
4. Perform basic circuit checks for shorts, opens and ground faults using a multimeter;
5. Be ready to read and interpret your facility one-line electrical drawings and electrical floor plans.

After day two, they know how to:
1. Choose what electrical PPE they must wear for routine electrical jobs;
2. Choose the right type and size wire for common electrical jobs;
3. Determine how many of the same size wires they can pull into a given type and size conduit;
4. Use terminate and splice control;
5. Complete lighting and power circuit wiring using compression terminals and twist-on wire connectors;
6. Wire devices such as switches, receptacles and plugs and on extension cords;
6. Make Assured Equipment Grounding Conductor Program electrical checks as required by OSHA and the National Electrical Code®.

Course Outline/Agenda

Day One Discussion Topics

Understanding Industrial Electricity and Electrical Systems

This seminar starts by establishing a basic understanding of how electricity works in commercial and industrial settings. Theory quickly transitions to practical, real-world examples from their own plants and facilities. Understanding and using different types of electrical test equipment, combined with property safety practices are primary focuses on day one. The last major topic covers the main electrical components such as motors and transformers, where and how these components work, and their purposes within electrical systems.


  • Production & Distribution of Electricity
  • DC and AC in Plants and Facilities
  • Voltage, Current and Resistance; Ohm's Law
  • Basic Electric Circuits
  • Series Circuits
  • Parallel Circuits
  • Series / Parallel Circuits
  • Power: Types & Control
  • Single-phase and Three-phase Systems
  • Workplace Electrical Safety


  • Multimeters
  • Voltage Testers
  • Verifying a Circuit De-energized
  • 3 Modes of Failure: Opens, Shorts, Ground Faults
  • Clamp-on Ammeter
  • Megohmmeters
  • Meters for Special Circumstances


  • Reading Electrical Single-Line Diagrams
  • Major Components
  • The Electrical Service
  • Main Distribution Centers
  • Transformers
  • Switchgear and Circuit Breakers
  • Overcurrent Protective Devices
  • Feeders
  • Disconnects
  • Motors
  • Panelboards and Branch Circuits
  • Lighting Circuits
  • Electrical Floor Plans & Facility Wiring

Day Two Discussion Topics

Working with Industrial Electricity

In day two we address everyday electrical tasks students perform on the job. Starting with an electrical safety overview, the instructor moves on to introduce the National Electrical Code and how the NEC pertains to the electrical work they do. With the proper safety foundation, students learn to choose the right materials for the job, perform basic electrical repairs and installations, and properly wire equipment. The day concludes with electrical troubleshooting tips and an overview of other common electrical work activities including an introduction to preventive maintenance practices. By the end of day two, students will be able to perform electrical work safely.


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


  • Purpose and Overview<
  • Important Definitions and Terminology
  • Overview of Installation Requirements
  • "Qualified Persons"


  • Conductor Types & Materials
  • Selection of Wire Insulation
  • Sizing the Wire for the Job


  • Raceways
  • Cable Trays
  • Conduits
  • Fittings and Boxes


  • Wire Nuts, Terminals and Crimpers
  • Switches and Receptacles
  • Fluorescent Ballasts
  • Motors
  • Temporary Wiring


  • Branch Circuit Problems
  • Control Circuits
  • Isolation of Components
  • Checking & Replacing Fuses


  • Performing Checks as part of an Assured Equipment Grounding Program
  • Use and Operation of GFCI's
  • Types of Electrical Maintenance
  • Special Precautions

What You Will Take Home

Take-home materials include

  • A laminated, full-color ATMT® Reference Guide detailing all the “must-know” information covered in the class. Keep this with you while on the job for immediate knowledge recall.
  • A comprehensive Study Guide for additional reference and preparation for optional ATMT® Testing and Certification
  • A Personalized Training Certificate with 0.8 American Trainco Continuing Education Units for each day attended, 1.6 for both days, and
  • All the information you need from asking our instructors specific questions about your own unique equipment or facility.

Optional ATMT Certification® Testing

An optional ATMT® Certification exam is available for this training topic. Students make take it online or as a written test any time after the class is over. Please visit ATMT® Testing and Certification  for more information.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

All students attending our seminars receive a personalized Certificate of Completion and .8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) per day of training. Over 40,000 employers and government agencies who have sent their employees to our classes accept American Trainco CEUs for continuing education requirements. Our administration and record keeping practices meet or exceed the standards of ACE (American Council on Education) and we are able to provide transcripts of all classes attended and tests taken by individual students. Please contact us if our CEUs are not yet accepted by your authority. We will initiate an application to get the approval process started.

In House Training

You can bring this or any American Trainco seminar directly to your plant or facility. We offer dozens of courses covering a broad range of maintenance and maintenance management topics. Our expert instructors are among the most experienced in the industry and can modify or customize training programs to meet your specific needs - whether you need a short refresher course or an in depth program that focuses on your equipment and processes. In house training reduces the training cost per employee and limits the time required away from work. There are several other advantages of in house training as well.

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If you're not yet sure you'll be able to attend a seminar, you can still make a reservation to hold your space in class. While payment is due prior to the start of the seminar, you may choose a full refund or credit for cancellations made at least 24 hours in advance. Student substitutions can also be freely made at any time prior to the start of the seminar. Refunds will not be issued for registered attendees who fail to show up and have not given a notice of cancellation.

In the rare event that should you not receive the expected value after attending our seminar, simply notify us in writing of your reasons and your money will be promptly refunded.

International and Overseas

If you're not yet sure you'll be able to attend a seminar, you can still make a reservation to hold your space in class. However, payment for international and overseas students must be made prior to the start of the seminar (in Dollars U.S.), and all seminar fees are non-refundable. Student substitutions can be freely made at any time prior to the start of the seminar. American Trainco’s Money-Back Guarantee does not apply for international and overseas registrations.

This course is specifically designed for electrical training novices, but we have a range of other courses covering every major subject and for every experience level so you can find the training you need.

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