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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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Purpose of Seminar

This electrical training course was created to bring students up to speed in their knowledge of basic electricity as quickly and safely as possible. It includes hands-on skills improvement and is specifically designed for maintenance technicians and other non-electrical personnel working in industrial plants and commercial buildings. It is also a great refresher for experienced electricians and engineers. It provides a practical, real world electrical education. 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.

The goal of this course is to teach students how reduce equipment downtime, improve overall efficiency and safety, and fix problems they’ve never been able to fix before. This course can also be adopted as part of a company’s regular Qualified Electrical Worker  program.

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

Course Overview

Students are introduced to a variety of topics during this training program, including:

  • How electricity gets to your facility and is wired throughout
  • How to work with both AC and DC currents
  • Practical knowledge of voltage, current & resistance
  • The difference between single-phase and three-phase current
  • How to calculate and apply electrical formulas
  • How to measure electrical power in your facility & equipment
  • Characteristics and applications of the most commonly used electrical circuits
  • How to select and use electrical test equipment
  • How to read a basic electrical distribution diagram
  • How OSHA, NFPA 70E® and the NEC® affect your work
  • What an Arc Flash is and other dangerous hazards
  • Lockout/Tagout rules and procedures
  • When to use and how to select PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
  • How to find electrical answers in the National Electrical Code®
  • What types of conductors and insulation materials to use
  • How to select proper wire size and raceways for your job
  • The dos and don’ts of proper electrical wiring
  • The causes of most electrical problems & how to prevent or fix them
  • Grounding basics and proper application of GFCI's
  • General electrical maintenance and repair practices

Training Outcomes

During this course attendees will perform basic electrical “hands on” maintenance tasks. 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:

  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. Read and interpret your facility one-line electrical drawings and electrical floor plans
  6. Identify what electrical PPE they must wear for routine electrical jobs
  7. Choose the right type and size wire for common electrical jobs
  8. Determine how many of the same size wires they can pull into a given type and size conduit
  9. Terminate and splice control, lighting and power circuit wiring using compression terminals and twist-on wire connectors
  10. Wire devices such as switches, receptacles and plugs, including receptacles on extension cords
  11. Make the electrical checks required as part of an Assured Equipment Grounding Conductor Program as required by OSHA and the National Electrical Code®.

Hands-on Activities

  1. Multimeter Exercises
    • Inspect multimeter for proper working condition
    • Follow safe measurement practices
    • Measure voltage, resistance and current
  2. Build Working Electrical Circuits
    • Build series circuits
    • Build parallel circuits
    • Use meter to measure voltage and resistance in both
    • Measure both AC and DC values
  3. Measure a Capacitor
  4. Verify a Circuit is De-energized
  5. Check portable tools and extension cords in accordance with an Assured Equipment Grounding Conductor Program
  6. Motor Replacement Exercises
    • Determine conductor type and size
    • Select conduit type, size, and installation procedure
    • Size motor starter
    • Size fuse protection and overloads
    • Determine motor rotation
    • Properly terminate motor leads
  7. Receptacle Wiring Exercises

Discussion Topics

In Day One – “Understanding Industrial Electricity” - students will gain a basic understanding of how electricity works in commercial and industrial settings. Starting with easily understood analogies to explain the fundamentals of electricity, students are then quickly immersed in practical, real world examples that illustrate how electricity is distributed and used in their own plants and facilities. They’ll learn how to use electrical test equipment in their everyday jobs before moving on to an in-depth discussion about major electrical components, where & how these components work, and their purposes within electrical systems. Topics to be discussed in day one include…

Electrical Fundamentals

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

Electrical Test Equipment

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

Understanding Your Building Electrical System

  • 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

In Day Two – “Working with Industrial Electricity” – discussions and activities focus on real world, everyday electrical tasks performed on the job. Students will receive a short introduction to NFPA 70E® and the National Electrical Code® as the starting point for all electrical work. Next they will learn how to choose the right materials for the job and how to perform basic electrical repairs and installations. A discussion on proper wiring will be followed by practical tips for electrical troubleshooting. The day will end with an overview of other common electrical work activities such as preventive maintenance. By the end of this seminar students will have gained a solid foundation for safely performing electrical work in their plants and facilities. Topics to be discussed in day two include…

NFPA 70E® Electrical Safety

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

The National Electrical Code®

  • Purpose, Overview & Definitions
  • Installation Requirements
  • "Qualified Electrical Workers"

Wire Selection

  • Conductor Types & Materials
  • Wire Size and Wire Insulation

Installing Wire (Conductors)

  • Raceways & Cable Trays
  • Conduits
  • Fittings and Boxes

Wiring Equipment

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

Basic Troubleshooting Techniques

  • Branch Circuit Problems
  • Control Circuit Troubleshooting
  • Checking and Replacing Fuses

Electrical Maintenance Activities

  • 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.

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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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