Seminar Overview

Working with real world components, students in this “hands-on” electrical training seminar will learn how to fix electrical problems plain and simple.  This two-day Electrical Troubleshooting & Preventive Maintenance training was created to bring students up to speed in their electrical troubleshooting skills as quickly and safely as possible, and it was designed to cover the most commonly performed electrical troubleshooting tasks a maintenance technician faces in their job every day.  For the novice or experienced electrician, this training course provides a no-nonsense, practical and real world systematic approach to electrical troubleshooting. This course can also be adopted as part of a company’s regular Qualified Electrical Worker program.

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

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Day One - Discussion Topics

Day One begins with a review of safety before moving to electrical drawings, meters and troubleshooting basics.  From there, students focus on troubleshooting components, circuits and motors. We will also discuss proper PPE and why a proper fit is critical to working efficiently.


Basic Skills for Electrical Troubleshooting

  • Safety First
  • OSHA Requirements Regarding Troubleshooting and Qualified Persons
  • Using Electrical Drawings – Hands-on Exercise
  • Using Meters ( multimeters ) and Circuit Measurements
  • Developing a Logical, Systematic Approach to Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting Control Circuits - Hands-on Exercise

  • 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

Troubleshooting Motors

  • Most Common Motor Problems
  • Electrical Problems
  • Testing Windings for Shorts, Opens and Ground Faults
  • Phase Unbalance
  • Mechanical Problems
  • Phase Rotation Testing – Hands-on Exercise

Day Two - Discussion Topics

Day Two introduces more complex electrical troubleshooting of power distribution systems, lighting circuits, VFDs and PLCs.  Finally, students discuss preventive maintenance to keep your equipment from failing in the first place. 

Troubleshooting Power Distribution – Hands-on Exercise

  • Wye and Delta Systems
  • Overcurrent Protection
  • Branch Circuits

Troubleshooting Power Quality Problems

  • Sources of Power Quality Problems
  • Test Equipment for Troubleshooting Power Quality Problems – Hands-on Exercise
  • Harmonics

Troubleshooting Lighting Circuits

  • Lighting Terminology
  • Types of Lighting Circuits
  • Incandescent Lighting
  • Fluorescent Lighting
  • HID Lighting

Troubleshooting Programmable Logic Controllers ( PLCs )

  • Overview of 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
  • Components
  • Pulse Width Modulation
  • Types of VFDs
  • Common Problems and Corrective Action

Electrical Preventative Maintenance

  • Why Perform Electrical Maintenance
  • Overview of an Electrical Maintenance Program
  • Building Your Own Walk-Through Inspection Checklist

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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