"The most practical course I've ever taken. This seminar was excellent!"
Jim Monteith - Maintenance, Gorham House
"An eye opener...I wish all my co-workers could attend."
Donald Sigler - Maintenance Mechanic - Harrah's Casino
"As an apprentice, I think I can go back to work and teach the veterans a thing or two."
Aaron Nolan - Maintenance Technician - Apache Jct. Unified Schools
Purpose of Seminar:
This course is specifically designed for maintenance technicians and other
non-electrical personnel working in industrial plants and commercial buildings.
This course is for anyone who needs to understand basic electricity in order to
improve efficiencies and uptime at their industrial plants and large building
We approach our students as if they were our own employees, giving them a real
world "hands on" education. When they are finished taking this course they will
be able to go back to their workplace and immediately apply what they have
Who should take this course?
This course is designed for anyone who needs to understand basic industrial
electricity in order to improve efficiencies and safety at their industrial
plants and large building facilities. Attendees come from a wide variety of
industries, skill-levels, company sizes, and job titles, so if you're not sure
you'll fit in or will benefit from the class, don't worry - you will - as long
as you work with electricity! People who will benefit from attending this
All Maintenance Personnel in:
- Manufacturing Plants
- Commercial Buildings
- Waste Water Facilities
- Government Buildings
- Research Facilities
- Shopping Centers
- Apartment Buildings
- HVAC Technicians
- Machine Operators
- Alarm Technicians
- Non-Electrical Engineers
- Building Engineers
- Stationary Engineers
- Low Voltage Specialists
- Multi-craft & Cross Training Personnel
- Any person needing a basic course in industrial electricity
What will you learn?
Attendees will learn to:
1. Understand how electricity is produced and distributed.
2. Know the difference between AC and DC.
3. Identify the relationship between voltage, current and resistance.
4. Use the Ohm's Law wheel to determine electrical values.
5. Understand the three hazards associated with the use of electricity.
6. Understand electric power and power measurement.
7. Identify the characteristics of the three basic electrical circuits.
8. Identify the types and characteristics of commonly used electrical test
9. Understand how electricity is distributed through commercial and industrial
10. Understand the terminology associated with and operation of major electrical
components in a distribution system.
11. Read basic electrical distribution diagrams.
12. Identify the types of PPE required for various electrical tasks.
13. Understand the importance and basics of a Lockout Tagout program.
14. Understand the purpose of the National Electrical Code and its relationship
to maintenance tasks.
15. Define basic electrical terms found in the National Electrical Code.
16. Identify general requirements for electrical work defined in the National
17. Identify properties of the different types of conductors and insulation
18. Read and interpret NEC Table 310.16 reproduced in the Ugly's manual to size
19. Identify the different types of raceways available for wiring.
20. Identify the correct methods to wire various electrical components and
21. Learn a systematic approach to simple troubleshooting.
22. Understand the importance of an Assured Equipment Grounding Conductor
Program and the use of GFCI's.
23. Understand the basic types of electric maintenance performed in industrial
plants and facilities.
During this seminar attendees will perform basic electrical "hands on"
maintenance tasks. When they return from this American Trainco seminar, their
employer can expect them to present a training certificate indicating he or she
has successfully completed the following:
(after Day 1)
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
5. Be ready to read and interpret your facility one-line electrical drawings and
electrical floor plans.
(after Day 2)
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
4. Terminate and splice control and, lighting and power circuit wiring using
compression terminals and twist-on wire connectors.
5. Wire devices such as switches, receptacles and plugs and receptacles on
6. Make the electrical checks required as part of an Assured Equipment Grounding
Conductor Program as required by OSHA and the National Electrical Code®.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - DAY 1
Understanding Industrial Electricity
This seminar will provide students with a basic understanding of how electricity
works in commercial and industrial settings. Starting with easily understood
analogies to explain the fundamentals of electricity, students will then be
quickly immersed in practical, real world examples used to illustrate how
electricity is distributed and used in their own plants and facilities. Next
they will learn about different types of electrical test equipment and how to
use this equipment in their everyday jobs. A short introduction to electrical
safety will be included before moving on to an in-depth discussion about major
electrical components such as motors and transformers, where & how these
components work, and their purposes within electrical systems. By the end of Day
1, students will have gained a firm understanding of how electrical systems work
in their own plants and buildings.
- 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
ELECTRICAL TEST EQUIPMENT for EVERYDAY USE
- Voltage Testers
- Verifying a Circuit De-energized
- 3 Modes of Failure: Opens, Shorts, Ground Faults
- Clamp-on Ammeter
- Meters for Special Circumstances
UNDERSTANDING YOUR BUILDING ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
- Reading Electrical Single-Line Diagrams
- Major Components
- The Electrical Service
- Main Distribution Centers
- Switchgear and Circuit Breakers
- Overcurrent Protective Devices
- Panelboards and Branch Circuits
- Lighting Circuits
- Electrical Floor Plans & Facility Wiring
DISCUSSION TOPICS - DAY 2
Working with Industrial Electricity
The second day of this seminar consists of the real world, everyday electrical
tasks performed on the job. Students will receive an electrical safety overview
followed by a brief introduction to the National Electrical Code and how the NEC
pertains to the electrical work they do. 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 of equipment will be followed by
practical tips for electrical troubleshooting, before ending the day with an
overview of other common electrical work actives including an introduction to
preventive maintenance practices. By the end of Day-2, students will have gained
a solid foundation for safely performing electrical work in their plants and
WORKING SAFELY with INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICTY
- Hazards & Dangers of Electricity
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)
- Developing Safe Work Practices
THE NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE ( NEC )
- 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
INSTALLING WIRE (CONDUCTORS)
- Cable Trays
- Fittings and Boxes
INSTALLING and WIRING EQUIPMENT
- Wire Nuts, Terminals and Crimpers
- Switches and Receptacles
- Fluorescent Ballasts
- Temporary Wiring
BASIC TROUBLESHOOTING TECHNIQUES
- Branch Circuit Problems
- Control Circuits
- Isolation of Components
- Checking & 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
• American Trainco Seminar Manual - detailing all presentation material covered
n the class
• Ugly's Electrical Pocket Reference Guide - to help you with everyday
decisions, calculations and applications in the field
• Personalized Training Certificate with .8 American Trainco Continuing
Education Units for each day attended (1.6 for both days), approved by the MTAA
• All the information you need from asking our instructors specific questions
about your own equipment or 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.