Seminar Overview

This basic electrical training seminar provides the foundation of electrical knowledge for our students.  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. The goal of this basic electrical training course is to teach students how to reduce equipment downtime, improve overall  efficiency and safety, and fix problems they’ve been unable to solve on their own. This course can also be adopted as part of a company’s regular Qualified Electrical Worker program.

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This 2-day seminar is just $1100. You can also combine it with our Electrical Troubleshooting course for a comprehensive 4-day Electrical Workshop

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Day One - 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 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.

Electrical Fundamentals

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

Electrical Test Equipment

  • Multimeters – Hands-on Exercise
  • Voltage Testers

Verifying a Circuit De-energized – Hands-on Exercises

  • 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 – Hands-on Exercises
  • Panelboards and Branch Circuits
  • Lighting Circuits
  • Electrical Floor Plans & Facility Wiring

Day Two - Discussion Topics

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.

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 – Hands-on Exercises

  • 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

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Upon completion of this seminar, the student will receive a certification of completion with 8 classroom hours (.8 TPC Trainco CEUs) per day attended. Visit our continuing education units page to determine if this class is accepted by your state licensing agency.


Optional ATMT® Certification Exam

An ATMT® certification exam is available for this course; students may order it at any time after the training is over. Please visit the ATMT® Testing and Certification page for more information.

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