Industrial Electricity for Non-Electrical Personnel

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 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. Although geared towards the newer industrial electrical worker, these lessons and exercises are a solid refresher for more experience technicians.

Course Outline

Electrical Safety

  • Power of Electricity - Shock, Arc-Flash & Arc-blast
  • How to identify electrical hazards
  • Electrical Fires and Burns
  • Effects of Electricity on the human body

Electricity Basics

  • What is Matter
  • Sources of Electricity
  • Voltage, Current and Resistance
  • Ohm's Law
  • Series Circuits, Parallel Circuits, and Series / Parallel Circuits
  • Power: Types & Control
  • AC versus DC - Why are There Two Types of Electricity?
  • How AC and DC are Produced
  • Faraday’s Law of Induction
  • 3-Phase versus 1-Phase - How are they Different?
  • Electrical Circuits

Electrical Equipment

  • Transformer Theory
  • Constant Wattage Devices
  • Why do we use transformers
  • Step Up – Step Down
  • Turns Ratio
  • Transformer Construction
  • Practical Exercises

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

Course Requirements

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.