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Generators & Emergency Power

A 2-Day Course for Building, Plant & Facility Emergency Preparedness
- Designed to help you understand the types, applications, operations,
maintenance and testing of on site power generator systems

Both Days - $990

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"One of the best courses I have ever taken."
Paul Knapp - Electrician - Metro Airports Comm.

"Refreshing.....practical knowledge that is immediately useful."
Gerald Boles - Project Engineer - Engineering Economics, Inc.

"Great course. Great Instructor."
Don Novak - Electrical Supervisor - Multnomah County Facilities

Purpose of Seminar:

This electrical training course was created to bring students up to speed in their knowledge of generators and emergency power as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible. It is specifically designed for maintenance technicians, electricians and others working in industrial plants, data centers and commercial buildings, or wherever backup generator and emergency power applications are found. It provides a practical, real world approach to understanding, maintaining and preparing your generators for emergency situations. 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.

Overall, the purpose of this electrical training course is to increase the skill and confidence in technicians who are responsible for maintaining, testing, and managing generator power and emergency backup systems. This course can also be adopted as part of a company’s regular Qualified Electrical Worker program.

Who should take this course?

Although this course is designed specifically for personnel that work with emergency and on-site power generation, every facility and location for which emergency power continuity is essential should have at least one active employee with this knowledge at all times. As long as you work with onsite power generators or UPS systems, you will benefit from and fit in at this seminar, regardless of experience, background, or industry. Technicians who most stand to benefit from this course include:

  • Facility managers
  • Building owners
  • Maintenance managers
  • Maintenance technicians
  • Electricians
  • Purchasing agents
  • Emergency preparedness compliance officers
  • Mechanics
  • Building engineers
  • Multi-craft & cross training personnel

As well maintenance personnel in the following facilities should consider this facilities management training:

  • Manufacturing plants
  • Commercial buildings
  • Hospitals
  • Wastewater facilities
  • Schools
  • Government buildings
  • Water facilities
  • Research facilities
  • Grocery stores and fuel stations
  • Apartment buildings

Training Outcomes

In today’s environment nothing can be taken for granted. Weather situations like tornados, blizzards, hurricanes, wind and lighting strikes can cause power outages for a few seconds or several days. Earthquakes, explosions and fire can sever lines to your facility. Sometimes we simply experience blackouts because our utility systems are overtaxed in hot weather. Whatever the cause, lack of electricity at your facility can be devastating whether you are a hospital caring for the sick, a treatment plant providing water for your community, a data center serving a world marketplace, or a manufacturing plant that simply can’t afford downtime. During this seminar, you will learn what you can do, and should do, to make sure your facility will keep running even if the electricity to your facility doesn’t.

Upon completion of this course students will receive a training certificate indicating that the student has learned:

  • Specific requirements and recommendations for the installation, operation and maintenance of generators
  • Where to find critical information from professional sources such as the EGSA, IEEE, NFPA, NECA and NETA
  • What backup system and emergency plan is best suited for your facility
  • How to read and understand vendor drawings, manuals and technical information for generators
  • How and when to successfully test onsite generator equipment
  • How to work with parallel energy sources
  • Synchronizing procedures and load sharing
  • How to troubleshoot using a logical, systematic approach to isolate and repair generator problems

And to be 100% certain you get the training you need, students are encouraged to bring their own unique power backup applications or case studies from their own facility for discussion during class.

Discussion Topics

In the field of emergency power generation, the ability to understand, maintain, test and troubleshoot your standby equipment is an absolute must. It is no longer acceptable to have your equipment installed and just “assume” that it works. More and more frequently building engineers, maintenance technicians and facility managers are becoming aware of the critical role proper electrical energy planning plays in the survival of their facility in the event of a power outage. This course is designed to take the mystery out of onsite power generation and provide you the peace of mind knowing that your facility is ready for anything.

Our seminar begins with an introduction to the basics of generators and prime movers including a review of basic electrical fundamentals and the different generator types. Next, the student will be taken through typical generator and engine control systems. Recommended maintenance and testing activities are also covered during this discussion. Students will then learn the basics of parallel operation; from synchronizing procedures to load sharing, and how to adjust KVAR’s to control the power factor. Proper applications of various generators for your facility will be discussed before troubleshooting exercises are introduced to hammer home what the students have learned.

Generators and Prime Movers

  • Overview: Generator Purpose, Operation and Control
  • Types of Prime Movers
  • Generator Basic Electrical Fundamentals
  • Generator Types and Construction
  • Grounding and Bonding of Generator Systems
  • UPS System Fundamentals

Protection and Transfer of Electrical Power

  • Circuit Breakers
  • Switchgear
  • Transfer Switches
  • Parallel Operation

Generator and Engine Controls

  • Governors
  • Voltage Regulators
  • Engine Protection for Generators
  • Onsite Generator Controls including PLC's and SCADA Systems

Auxiliary Systems

  • Fuel Systems
  • Cooling Systems
  • Exhaust Systems
  • Vibration Attenuation
  • Sound Attenuation
  • Engine Starting Systems
  • Load Banks
  • Emissions Control

Generator Applications

  • Cogeneration
  • Emergency Power Systems
  • Legally Required Standby Systems
  • Optional Standby Systems

Troubleshooting and Maintenance of Onsite Power Generation Systems

  • Developing a Logical Systematic Approach to Troubleshooting Generators
  • Common Generator Problems
  • Recommended Generator Maintenance Practices
  • Electrical Testing of Generator

What You Will Take Home

  • An American Trainco seminar manual detailing everything covered in class.
  • A personalized training certificate worth1.6 CEUs (0.8 Continuing Education Units per day) for attending this two-day seminar.
  • Everything you learned from asking your instructor questions about your own equipment and facility.

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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U.S. and Canada

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 facilities maintenance course can be the difference between surviving a power interruption unharmed and falling apart without power for hours or even days. If you run or work in a facility where emergency power is essential, this course is the best way to ensure the right technicians have the skills necessary to keep the building running smoothly.

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