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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:

From portable generators to standby cogeneration units - from the facility manager to the maintenance technician - this class is designed for anyone involved with power generation equipment in their plant or facility.

In today's environment, nothing can be taken for granted. Weather situations like tornadoes, hurricanes, wind, and lightning 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 at a hospital caring for the sick and injured, a treatment plant providing water for your community, a computer-oriented business with a world marketplace, or a manufacturing plant or data center that simply can't afford downtime. During this seminar, you will learn what you can do, and should do with generators, to make sure your facility will keep running even if the electricity to your facility doesn't.

Who should take this course?

This course is designed for anyone involved with emergency onsite power generation systems or working in any facility where an emergency power supply is absolutely critical! In this seminar, attendees come from a wide variety of industries, skill-levels, company sizes, and backgrounds, so if you're not sure you'll fit in, or will benefit from this class, don't' worry - you will - as long as you have an interest in onsite power generators or UPS systems! Students who will benefit from this course include:

All Maintenance Personnel in:

  • Manufacturing Plants
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Hospitals
  • Waste Water Facilities
  • Schools
  • Government Buildings
  • Water Facilities
  • Research Facilities
  • Grocery Stores and Fuel Stations
  • Apartment Buildings


  • Facility Managers
  • Building Owners
  • Maintenance Managers
  • Maintenance Technicians
  • Electricians
  • Purchasing Agents
  • Emergency Preparedness Compliance Officers
  • Mechanics
  • Building Engineers
  • Multi-craft & Cross Training Personnel
  • Any person needing a basic course in emergency power and standby generators

What will you learn?

Attendees will learn:

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

Course Agenda

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 Generators

What You Will Take Home

• American Trainco Seminar Manual - detailing all presentation material covered in the class

• Personalized Training Certificate with 1.6 American Trainco Continuing Education Units for attendance of both days approved by the MTAA and ACE

• All the information you need from asking our instructors specific questions about your own equipment or facility.

Optional ATMT Certification® Testing

An optional ATMT® Certification exam is available for this training topic. It may be taken 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.

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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. 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.

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