Fundamentals of Industrial Electricity I & II

Fundamentals of Industrial Electricity I

Course Description

This 24 hour workshop is designed to provide an entry level participant with the fundamentals of industrial electricity. The workshop begins with electrical safety including electrical hazards and arc flash hazards that help meet OSHA training requirements. It follows with a practical introduction to electrical fundamentals as applied to industrial electricity. Participants will also learn the proper techniques for using electrical test equipment which is accomplished through hands-on activities. Finally, participants learn the fundamentals of reading schematics, wiring diagrams, and ladder diagrams using company specific and vendor prints.

Topical Outline

Electrical Safety

  • Power of Electricity - Shock, Arc-Flash & Arc-blast
  • How to identify electrical hazards
  • Electrical Fires and Burns
  • Static Electricity
  • Electrical Lockout / Tagout
  • Working on or near Energized Parts
  • Safe Approach Distances
  • Arc Flash Boundary
  • Arc Rated PPE

Fundamentals of Electricity

  • Voltage, Current and Resistance; Ohm's Law
  • Series Circuits, Parallel Circuits, and Series / Parallel Circuits
  • Power: Types & Control
  • Voltage Drop - Problems, Causes, and Remedies
  • AC versus DC - Why are There Two Types of Electricity?
  • How AC and DC are Produced
  • Introduction to Transformers
  • 3-Phase versus 1-Phase - How are they Different?
  • Electrical Circuits

Electrical Test Equipment

  • Using Digital Multimeters to Check Voltage, Resistance, and Continuity
  • Voltage Testers
  • Verifying a Circuit is De-energized
  • 3 Modes of Failure: Opens, Shorts, Ground Faults
  • Clamp-on Ammeter
  • Megohmmeters
  • Practical Exercises using trainer panels

Electrical Drawing and Symbols

  • Drawing symbols
  • Blueprints
  • Ladder diagrams
  • Electrical Schematics
  • Power circuits
  • Control circuits
  • How to read circuit schematics
  • Practical Exercises Using Company and/or Vendor Prints


Company must provide basic company specific or vendor schematics for training. Participants are also asked to bring their own Multimeters to use in accompanying exercises.

Course Length

24 hours

Fundamentals of Industrial Electricity II

Course Description

Part II is a 24 hour workshop that builds on the principles taught in Fundamentals of Industrial Electricity Part I. This workshop begins with a review of Safety and Ohms Law. Next, we cover power distribution systems including transformers, switchgear, NEC standards, and the basics of industrial wiring. Participants then learn the principles of AC motors and their controls. Industrial control devices are then covered including switches, output devices, electronic devices, meters, and transducers. Finally, the participants will analyze their schematics to determine basic troubleshooting strategies.

Topical Outline

Power Distribution

  • DC Power sources
  • AC/DC generators
  • Single-phase and three-phase electricity
  • Inductance, capacitance, and impedance
  • How transformers operate
  • NEC requirements for panel boards and switchboards
  • NEC guidelines for disconnects and wiring
  • Different types of conductors and cables used to carry electricity
  • Basics of industrial wiring
  • How to calculate cables and conductor voltage drop and losses
  • Practical Exercises for wiring and labeling circuits

AC Motors and Motor Starter Circuits

  • Single-phase, three-phase motors
  • Motor theory and basic design
  • Motor Nameplates
  • Wiring AC Motors
  • Interfacing DC or AC sources to control heaters and motors
  • AC Motor Maintenance
  • Motor starting circuits and schematics
  • Practical Exercises using motor starters

Industrial Controls

  • Manually operated switch: pushbuttons, selector, foot, drum, toggle, and thumbwheel
  • Value-sensing switches: limit, cam, temperature, pressure/vacuum, float, and flow
  • Output devices: light indicators, control relays, contactors, motor starters, and solenoids
  • Electronic Devices: solid state relays, proximity switches, and photoelectric switches.
  • Transducers: thermocouples, RTD’s, thermistors, and integrated circuit transducers.
  • Flow meters
  • Position transducers: linear potentiometers, LVDT’s, and RVDT’s
  • Maintaining and testing industrial controls
  • Practical Exercises using industrial controls

Advanced Electrical Schematics

  • Input and Output Devices
  • Print Numbering Standards
  • Troubleshooting using Schematics


Company must provide detailed company specific or vendor schematics for training. Participants are also asked to bring their own Multimeters to use in accompanying exercises.

Course Length

24 hours