"A cure for spending big dollars on electrical safety & maintenance."
Kevin Halbig - Electrical Tradesman - Sandia National Labs
"I'd recommend this course to management
George Pullenza - Maintenance Mechanic - United Dairyman
"Learned more than I ever expected."
Marlin Rogers - Maintenance Supervisor - Windsor House Inc
"Very informative and professionally presented."
Mike Lewis - E&I Technician - Arizona Public Service
"I recommend this course to anyone working in maintenance or as a refresher for electricians."
Daniel McCormick - Operation Engineer - Cushman & Wakefield
Purpose of Seminar:
Teaching students common-sense electrical troubleshooting techniques
so they can keep their facilities and equipment up and running is the
primary goal of this seminar. Learning how to protect themselves from
serious injury while doing it is a vitally important bonus.
This seminar is designed for anyone who needs to sharpen their electrical
troubleshooting skills in order to increase efficiencies and uptime
at their industrial plant or building facility. And more than just a
"hands-on" training course, we have analyzed the job of the
maintenance technician and provide training on some of the more commonly
performed electrical troubleshooting tasks. You can and should expect
results from this seminar!
Attendees in this course will not be playing with trainers built for
a classroom but, instead, they'll be working with real world industrial
components found in their facility. They will be using CAT III industrial
meters to troubleshoot - just as they should in their facility. They
will troubleshoot industrial components from pushbuttons to relays and
motor starters. They will wire basic electrical circuits using wiring
diagrams and then, once they understand how they operate, they will
troubleshoot faults inserted by the instructor. They will use a phase-rotation
meter, Megohmmeter and different types of multimeters and voltage testers.
They will see three-phase power in action and learn to measure its values.
They will learn what electrical PPE they should wear and will even have
the opportunity to try on Flame Resistant (FR) clothing. They will try
on different sizes and types of electrically rated rubber gloves and
learn what they should be using in the field.
Granted, we can't substitute years of experience in a day or two of
training, but we can show you how to safely and correctly troubleshoot
electrical components and circuits based on your career level. At American
Trainco we provide "Real World Training
for Real World Needs."
Who should take this course?
This seminar is a must for anyone who works with electrical equipment
and systems at industrial plants, utilities or commercial and private
building facilities. General maintenance personnel, workers in cross-training
programs, electricians and engineers will find this course extremely
useful. 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 seminar
All maintenance personnel in:
- Manufacturing Plants
- Commercial Buildings
- Waste Water Facilities
- Government Buildings
- Research Facilities
- Shopping Centers
- Apartment Buildings
- All Building Maintenance Personnel
- All Plant & Facility Maintenance Technicians
- HVAC Technicians
- Boiler Operators
- Alarm & Low Voltage Technicians
- Stationary Engineers
- Building Engineers
- Maintenance Supervisors
- Multi-craft & Cross Training Personnel
- Electronic & Instrumentation Technicians
- Any person needing a basic course in Electrical Troubleshooting
& Preventive Maintenance
During this seminar you will perform the following basic electrical
maintenance tasks. When you return, you will be presented with a training
certificate indicating that you have successfully completed the following:
- Interpret the OSHA requirements for troubleshooting and working
on energized circuits
- Determine the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements for
- Safely and correctly verify a circuit is de-energized.
- Perform basic circuit checks for shorts, opens and ground faults
using a multimeter.
- Read and interpret simple ladder and schematic diagrams.
- Perform continuity and resistance checks on relay coils and contacts,
overloads, fuses, circuit breakers, switches and other control circuit
- Wire and troubleshoot basic electrical control circuits to develop
a logical, systematic approach to troubleshooting.
- Take clamp-on ammeter readings on 3-phase circuits and interpret
- Measure voltage on 3-phase Wye and Delta connected circuits and
calculate percent phase imbalance as part of troubleshooting motors.
- Test single-phase power distribution systems for correct wiring.
- Use a Megohmmeter to perform the following insulation resistance
tests used on motors and distribution systems: Spot Reading, Dielectric
Absorption Ratio, Polarization Index.
- Observe power quality problems and troubleshooting techniques for
facility distribution systems, three-phase loads and commercial lighting.
- Read and interpret basic PLC ladder diagrams.
- Measure VFD output characteristics and observe VFD operation.
- Be ready to read and interpret your facility one-line electrical
drawings and electrical floor plans.
- Identify components of a successful electrical preventive maintenance
Course Outline / Agenda
BASIC SKILLS FOR ELECTRICAL TROUBLESHOOTING
- Safety First
- OSHA Requirements Regarding Troubleshooting and Qualified Persons
- Using Electrical Drawings
- Using Meters ( multimeters ) and Circuit Measurements
- Developing a Logical, Systematic Approach to Troubleshooting
TROUBLESHOOTING CONTROL CIRCUITS
- Relays, Motor Starters and Control Devices
- Reading and Interpreting Ladder Diagrams
- Power Loss
- Control Circuit Industrial Applications
- Electric Motor Drives
- Solenoid-Operated Valves
- Heating Elements
- Most Common Motor Problems
- Electrical Problems
- Testing Windings for Shorts, Opens and Ground Faults
- Phase Unbalance
- Mechanical Problems
- Phase Rotation Testing
TROUBLESHOOTING POWER DISTRIBUTION
- Wye and Delta Systems
- Overcurrent Protection
- Branch Circuits
TROUBLESHOOTING POWER QUALITY PROBLEMS
- Sources of Power Quality Problems
- Test Equipment for Troubleshooting Power Quality Problems
TROUBLESHOOTING LIGHTING CIRCUITS
- Lighting Terminology
- Types of Lighting Circuits
- Incandescent Lighting
- Fluorescent Lighting
- HID Lighting
TROUBLESHOOTING PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLERS ( PLCs )
- Overview of Programmable Logic Controls ( PLCs )
- Reading PLC Ladder Diagrams
- Status Indicators and Error Codes
- Force and Disable
- Startup Procedures
TROUBLESHOOTING VARIABLE FREQUENCY DRIVES ( VFDs )
- VFD Terminology
- VFD Basic Operation
- Pulse Width Modulation
- Types of VFDs
- Common Problems and Corrective Action
ELECTRICAL PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE
- Why Perform Electrical Maintenance
- Overview of an Electrical Maintenance Program
- Building Your Own Walk-Through Inspection Checklist
What You Will Take Home
American Trainco Seminar Manual - detailing all Electrical Troubleshooting
& Preventive Maintenance presentation material covered in the class.
Personalized Electrical Troubleshooting & Preventive Maintenance
Training Certificate with .8 American Trainco Continuing Education Units
for each day attended (1.6 for both days), approved by the MTAA and
All the information you need from asking our instructors specific
questions about your Electrical Troubleshooting & Preventive Maintenance
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.