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This five-day program is designed for electrical troubleshooters and is guaranteed to improve their troubleshooting processes and significantly reduce downtime costs.

This system was developed by a team of Master Troubleshooters and then honed over twenty years of continuous improvement. During this time hundreds of programs were taught to several thousand participants with constant feedback and refinement. Participants spend 90% of their time troubleshooting realistic faults utilizing both hardwired and software simulators under the guidance of a Master Troubleshooter.

Based on Canada Training Group's proprietary Analytical Electrical Troubleshooting TM methodology, this program is flexible enough to develop strong processes in younger troubleshooters and still challenge experienced troubleshooters to fine-tune their skills.

Our experience shows that we can improve the skills of experienced troubleshooters 25%, 200-300% in others and immeasurably for some. This translates into major reductions in unplanned downtime.

A major outcome from this training will be a huge increase in job satisfaction. Your troubleshooters will be keenly aware of their increased competence and feel capable of extraordinary achievement. The natural result is a dramatic increase in productivity; your people will see the impact of a job well done and will want to do more.

Any troubleshooter determined to improve their game will be able to apply our Analytical Electrical Troubleshooting TM methodology to electrical and other systems, collectively saving hundreds of thousands of dollars of downtime during the career of the successful participant.

Our instructors have 30-40 years of electrical troubleshooting experience, including 15-20 years as troubleshooting instructors, and work closely with each participant to advise them on how to improve every aspect of their troubleshooting skills.









Hi, Dave Smith here, President of Canada Training Group and one of the instructor/developers of

“How to Analytically Troubleshoot Complex Electrical Systems”

I am writing to tell you about this amazing course.

Not amazing because I helped develop or teach it but because we wanted significant, measurable and provable results and our students achieve that in every course. In 2000, myself and the other instructors, set ourselves the goal to redesign an electrical troubleshooting course, with 30 years of successful history, into an analytical thinking and deductive reasoning course whereby the successful graduates would have the skills to solve problems, whether they were electrical or whatever, on any kind of system, whether the students had ever seen it or not. Huge challenge but we have nailed it.

I know you get a lot of information about courses but I guarantee you won't regret taking eight minutes to learn how we do this. HATCES is a five day analytical thinking and deductive reasoning course that significantly improves the troubleshooting speed, accuracy, and confidence of electrical troubleshooters.

Bob Skinner, a senior refinery electrician for 32 years, had this to say: “What used to take me days will now take me hours; what used to take me hours will now take me minutes.”

This system was developed by a team of Master Troubleshooters and then honed over thirty years of continuous improvement. During this time hundreds of programs were taught to several thousand participants with constant feedback and refinement. Participants spend 90% of their time troubleshooting realistic faults utilizing both hardwired and software simulators under the guidance of a Master Troubleshooter providing a program flexible enough to develop strong processes in younger troubleshooters and yet still challenge experienced troubleshooters to fine-tune their skills.

Our experience shows that we can improve the skills of experienced troubleshooters 25-50%, 100-200% in others and immeasurably for some. This translates into major reductions in your unplanned downtime.

John Power of Newfoundland Power evaluated HATCES and this was what he told his manager:

“The troubleshooting course that I recently completed will benefit me greatly. The techniques I learned during the week were very helpful and as a bonus my confidence level has improved as well. I highly recommend that we move forward with bringing this to other people in our department.”

His co-worker, Ray Bartlett also evaluated HATCES and had the same advice to their management about HATCES:

“I just completed the troubleshooting course and it was excellent. It gave me some good troubleshooting tools to use in my job. I learned to approach a problem from different ways to come to a solution. I think all my co-workers should be given the same course.”

Ray Bartlett

John and Ray were members of a select team of senior troubleshooters from Newfoundland Power chosen to critically evaluate HATCES.

The team's response was unanimous and overwhelming for choosing HATCES as the troubleshooting standard for their power company.

We have now completed several rounds of HATCES training for Newfoundland Power’s E&I troubleshooters.

Detailed entrance, exit and project measurements proved conclusively that the skills of their troubleshooters improved up to 300% meaning massive reductions in unplanned downtime.

As you can imagine, these increases in troubleshooting speed and accuracy will make a huge impact on their production outages and lost revenues.

If your troubleshooters are troubleshooting regularly, and your downtime costs you significant money, then this training course will pay for itself in no time. Many students claim that return on investment will be less than 1 month.

We have spent years developing and evolving this course. HATCES is the end result of extensive international research and is a distillation of the best concepts from dozens of troubleshooting methods and mental processes. What other courses lack, but is the entire foundation of HATCES, is the teaching of deductive reasoning and analytical thinking skills.

I have been a member of Mensa since 1984. Mensa is an international high IQ organization and you need to test in the top 2% of the population to belong. These people are not brilliant or geniuses but they do have high speed processors. As a member you are continuously exposed to excellent thinking processes and the working of the human mind. I am keenly interested in this, both from a safety perspective and from a troubleshooting perspective. We have evaluated and trained thousands of troubleshooters and we are always looking at how their minds work and teaching them how to use their minds more effectively in any situation.

We regularly find experienced troubleshooters who are effective and poor at the same time. Effective because they can eventually find problems but poor because it takes so much longer than it should unless they have seen the problem before.

Where these people, and their methods, fall down is when they are presented with something they have never experienced. When we watch these troubleshooters in slow motion on an unfamiliar problem we see that more than half of their testing is wasted because they do not use a logical, analytical, planned approach. Hours, and sometimes days, drag on before faults are found.

A common complaint a manager hears is “I can’t fix it; I haven’t been trained on it.” As it is not possible to train everyone on every machine, we improve the speed and accuracy of even the best of troubleshooters on any machine or system by teaching them deductive reasoning and developing analytical thinking skills they can apply to any situation.

Additionally, our experience, supported by our research and observations, has shown that even the best troubleshooters make expensive mistakes. An example is the smelter foreman called in at 2 a.m. because a 125 ton overhead travelling crane was down and the two night shift journeymen could not find the problem after several hours of consternation. The foreman was understandably choked when he discovered the clue that had been missed.

Another example is the grinding line that was down for 5 hours in the mill of an open pit mine. Troubleshooter #1 was at the scene when troubleshooter #2 arrived and asked, “Did you check the resets?” T/S #1 said “Yes”, forgetting that on that system there was another set of resets. T/S #2 assumed T/S #1 was referring to all of the resets, never inquired further and proceeded to help with the troubleshooting. 5 hours later, a third troubleshooter checked the second resets and found them open. The lost profit from that was enormous, well over $300,000.00.

Both of these happened to typical experienced journeymen; they had years of experience troubleshooting but had never been taught to think and to reason, analytically and deductively.

In HATCES we train your troubleshooters so that mistakes like these should never happen again. We give them tools and methods that prevent them from overlooking basic items, clear up bewilderment and give them a clear path to solving complex problems.

HATCES is not just designed to make your people better troubleshooters but to improve all of their analytical thinking processes and to make cognition over-rule the emotions at play during troubleshooting.

We will teach your troubleshooters logic, analysis and systems thinking to solve failures and problems in any type of system, the same kind of thinking taught in engineering schools.

A major outcome from this training will be a huge increase in job satisfaction. Your troubleshooters will be keenly aware of their increased competence and feel capable of extraordinary achievement. The natural result is a dramatic increase in productivity; your people will see the impact of a job well done and will want to do more.

Many actual industry examples of troubleshooting mistakes are used to illustrate the importance of using these skills properly.

They will learn these skills and more, and then they will hone them razor sharp on 4 progressively more complex hardwired simulators, 18 software simulators, 5 instructor-led case studies and a number of paper based projects.

Your troubleshooters will be amazed at their results because their results will be amazing!

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi of the University of Chicago pioneered a concept he called “Flow”. He defines flow as a mental state of operation in which the person is fully immersed in what he or she is doing, characterized by a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity. In his research he worked with athletes, artists, musicians, surgeons and others to determine what they were feeling at those moments of peak unconscious maximum achievement.

Musicians for decades have referred to this as being “in the groove”; others call it being “on a roll”, or “batting a 1000.”

Whatever you call it, your mental and physical processes are operating seamlessly, cohesively and very successfully.

In Dean’s video clip, this is his spontaneous reaction to experiencing “Flow” while troubleshooting.

In our HATCES research we have reviewed the studies done with sophisticated brain scanners called Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging machines. These show blood flow to specific parts of the brain during particular tasks as evidenced in these pictures:

For instance, we know that one critical aspect of troubleshooting involves sequential decision-making and neuro-scientists know that the neural pathways controlling these processes involve areas of the brain such as the ventral medial prefrontal cortex and the anterior cingulate cortex.

When a person is “in flow”, “in the groove”, “on a roll”, “batting a 1000”, etc. the proper areas of the brain have to be engaged to begin learning the skill and then they have to be engaged and re-engaged time after time until the person has mastered or begun to master the skill.

Developing Troubleshooting Mastery is just one thing your troubleshooters will gain from HATCES.

Remember, we are not just interested in teaching your troubleshooters how to fix a circuit or system; we want them to be able to fix any circuit or system, whether it is electrical, mechanical, electro-mechanical, electronic, robotic or whatever.

We researched the mental processes used to solve technical problems and created projects and systems to engage these.

Then we built this course to give your troubleshooters these mental processes that can be successfully applied to any problem. In a recent course for one of the world’s largest mines, two mechanics participated in the course. They are responsible for troubleshooting on the 400 ton ore trucks. At the end of the course they told our instructor their change in thinking skills was going to “seriously help our mechanical troubleshooting.”

With the use of over $ 50,000.00 worth of electrical, electronic and computer simulators we create problems that require troubleshooters to engage the parts of their brains that are used during ALL troubleshooting situations. To drill this into your troubleshooters we provide them with over 200 real life problems and as they gain mastery they slowly and then quickly increase their speed and accuracy.

HATCES is designed as a highly structured learning experience that commits 90% of class time to personal hands-on skill development under the mentorship of master troubleshooters.

Just like a golf pro reviewing your grip, we start right at the basics to make sure nothing is missed and then we guide them through an escalating series of increasingly complex problems. At critical milestones, we give your troubleshooters innovative tools and concepts that significantly accelerate their troubleshooting speed and accuracy, resulting in huge gains in their confidence to solve complex industrial problems correctly in record time!

Perhaps your troubleshooters won't become 3 times better but can you imagine them:

Being twice as fast with their troubleshooting speed and accuracy?

Having the analytical tools to be able to tackle and solve any problem?

Having total confidence in their troubleshooting ability?

How much more valuable would they be to your organization?!

Your investment to improve their skills will be quickly repaid; most of our clients report that this investment is returned within months; in fact,

Max Hutchcraft, Utilities Superintendent with Abitibi, stated that their payback was within weeks!

Your payback will depend on the hours per week your troubleshooters are troubleshooting and your cost of downtime. If you have high downtime costs and regular troubleshooting you will have a very quick return. Or perhaps you are in a health care facility and lives are at risk or in an entertainment venue and you have thousands of frustrated fans wanting it fixed right and fixed now.

No matter what industry you are in, HATCES teaches the concepts and skills to solve problems anywhere on anything.

This is why HATCES will be a great opportunity for you and why I wanted to let you know about this course.

If you have any other questions, call 1-800-661-1663, ask for me and I will answer all of them.

Thanks for your time; we love doing this.



Sincerely





Canada Training Group

Training superior troubleshooters since 1980

Any troubleshooter determined to improve their game will be able to apply HATCES to your electrical and other systems, collectively saving you hundreds of thousands of dollars of downtime during the career of the successful participant.

Who should attend: Electricians, Instrumentation Mechanics, Technicians, and any other worker who must be relied on to quickly and accurately diagnose and fix electrical systems.

You will be able to: Significantly reduce electrical equipment downtime by rigourously applying our proprietary troubleshooting process

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  • Jim King, Electrician, Williams Operating Corp
    “ Excellent, an invaluable troubleshooting tool.”
  • Dan Rogers, Newfoundland Power
    “I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It had lots of hands on exercises, which is the best way to learn. Ed Rideout was very knowledgeable and obviously had a ton of practical experience. Great instructor!”
  • Philip Roberts, Corner Brook Pulp and Paper
    “The instructor was extremely helpful, knowledgeable, friendly and understanding of the student’s different levels of experience. The course was probably one of the best I've done to date. I feel more confident when approaching equipment to repair with either experience or little experience working...
  • Wayne Geizer, Department of National Defense
    “Course was very good, challenging and informative.”
  • Sean Callahan, Suncor
    "This course is an excellent tool for anyone who will be doing troubleshooting on equipment or a plant."

Course topics

I. TROUBLESHOOT USING AN ANALYTICAL PROCEDURE

Objective: Troubleshoot an electrical circuit or system following a logical, structured procedure.

II. PREPARE TO TROUBLESHOOT

Objective: Develop preparatory skills.

III. ANALYZE THE FAULTED SYSTEM

Objective: Use a systematic process to localize the problem.

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I. TROUBLESHOOT USING AN ANALYTICAL PROCEDURE

Objective: Troubleshoot an electrical circuit or system following a logical, structured procedure.

  • Describe Analytical Thinking
  • Apply Convergent Thinking Skills
  • Apply Divergent Thinking Skills
  • Apply Deductive Reasoning Skills
  • Apply Inductive Reasoning Skills
  • Develop an Analytical Troubleshooting Procedure
  • Develop an Analytical Electrical Troubleshooting Procedure

II. PREPARE TO TROUBLESHOOT

Objective: Develop preparatory skills.

  • Gather Data
  • Make Factual Observations
  • Select Troubleshooting Tools

III. ANALYZE THE FAULTED SYSTEM

Objective: Use a systematic process to localize the problem.

  • Deduce Fault Type
  • Deduce Location

IV. PLAN YOUR TROUBLESHOOTING APPROACH

Objective: Use both empirical and inferred data to plan your steps.

  • Evaluate Hazards
  • Select Starting Point
  • Plan Minimum Troubleshooting Steps
  • Deduce Test Results

V. TROUBLESHOOT THE SYSTEM

Objective: Apply a non-redundant series of tests supported with documentation of the process.

  • Control Hazards
  • Conduct Tests
  • Record Tests and Results

VI. INTERPRET DATA

Objective: Utilize results of troubleshooting to both fix the current problem but to also deduce root cause.

  • Evaluate Test Results
  • Adjust Troubleshooting Approach
  • Identify Cause of Failure

VII. TROUBLESHOOT DC SYSTEM PROBLEMS

Objective: Apply analytical electrical troubleshooting procedure to dc circuits.

  • Open Circuits
  • Short Circuits
  • Voltage Drops
  • Grounded Circuits
  • Crossed Circuits

VIII. TROUBLESHOOT SINGLE PHASE SYSTEM PROBLEMS

Objective: Apply analytical electrical troubleshooting procedure to single-phase circuits.

  • Open Circuits
  • Short Circuits
  • Grounded Circuits
  • Crossed Circuits

IX. TROUBLESHOOT THREE PHASE MOTOR CIRCUIT PROBLEMS

Objective: Apply analytical electrical troubleshooting procedure to three-phase motor circuits.

  • Open Circuits
  • Short Circuits
  • Grounded Circuits
  • Crossed Circuits

X. TROUBLESHOOT ELECTRICAL CONTROL SYSTEM PROBLEMS

Objective: Apply analytical electrical troubleshooting procedure to electrical control circuits.

  • Open Circuits
  • Short Circuits
  • Grounded Circuits
  • Crossed Circuits

XI. TROUBLESHOOT UNKNOWN SYSTEM PROBLEMS

Objective: Apply analytical electrical troubleshooting procedure to unknown systems

  • What is Known
  • What is Unknown
  • Applying the Process

XII. CONCLUSION

Objective: Conclude course and evaluate troubleshooting skill progression in both speed and accuracy.

  • Evaluation of Learned Skills
  • Review of Course Goals

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    Stuart Yemen, City of Ottawa
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    Dave McIntyre, Ontario Power Generation
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    Dan Rogers, Newfoundland Power
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    Neil Felt, Weyerhaeuser Canada
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    Christian Wells, Agrium
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    Philip Roberts, Corner Brook Pulp and Paper
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    Tony Cranford, Newfoundland Power
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    Shannon Park, Corner Brook Pulp and Paper
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    Justin Power, BC Hydro
  • “This course is the best I've ever done. Lots of hands-on which is the best and fastest way to learn. This course is making me feel more comfortable in troubleshooting; the instructor was a great teacher and a nice person.”

    Darren Buckle, Corner Brook Pulp and Paper
  • "I have gained the confidence in analyzing and learning how to find a problem, by not getting my mind stuck in one spot. Just that alone has already made me better at my trade. The amount I have learned during this course would have satisfied me by the end of the second day. So, having a full five days...

    Chris Bodnariuk, Tembec Industries
  • “This course and the instructor were both exceptional and I highly recommend this course to anyone in the electrical trade.”

    Travis Cluett, Syncrude Canada Ltd.
  • “I think the course was very well presented and helped emphasize the use of a meter and how to interpret the readings you get.”

    Mike Funk, LP Peace Valley OSB
  • "This is an excellent course. I learned a lot of valuable information, especially regarding the application of thinking and learning patterns. Draw out your problem area and focus on the underlying issue."

    Steven Crane, Substation Electrician, Newfoundland Power
  • "Although I experience many similar troubleshooting scenarios at work, this course helped develop the proper way. Planning, diagrams, a proper course of action that could help me be more effective in the field."

    Dustin Yarosh, Imperial Oil Ltd.
  • "This is a great course. I learnt lots about how to organize and prepare for troubleshooting. Well worth attending."

    Steven Gordon, Suncor
  • “As a maintenance electrician, I think the course was great and should be made mandatory for all journeymen. I will continue to use a consistent systematic approach when troubleshooting. Our instructor was very knowledgeable on the material presented, very patient, and made the course fun and entertaining.”

    Pat Buis, Syncrude
  • “The course was very helpful in developing a better technique to approach troubleshooting faults, thinking more about the test you are going to perform. I would recommend this course.”

    Jake Couture, Syncrude
  • “Instructor was very knowledgeable and the course was great. The course was very hands on which made it easier to learn.”

    Blake Martel, City of Ottawa
  • “He was amazing from the beginning till the end for his in-depth knowledge of the course materials. He speaks in a tone that could be understood. If you call his attention on any topic, he spent time with you and made sure you got it. I loved the course.”

    Johnny Quayson, Syncrude
  • “Very good course. I would recommend to my coworkers if they felt they needed to improve their troubleshooting skills, or develop proper skills. This course will take them to where they would want to be. This course had given me valuable skills and knowledge to make my job as a maintenance electrician...

    Kevin Smerek, Cameco
  • Excellent course, Joe Kiceniuk did a great job presenting the material. This was a very good refresher for those of us who have experience troubleshooting electrical/electronics and excellent foundation for those us who did not.

    Rick Farrington, Velco
  • “I thought he did a great job presenting the materials and how to properly and efficiently troubleshoot electrical systems. I think that I can use the information I got to help me diagnose problems I may come across at work. I learnt that a system should be analyzed and a plan made before proceeding...

    Vance Gnyp, CO-OP Refinery Complex
  • "The best off-site training I have been to..."

    Lee Morsette, Boeing
  • “This is an excellent course to build confidence in troubleshooting, building a solid base from which to troubleshoot. The instructor, Terry Yonkheym, sets a good pace, is knowledgeable and is easy to understand.”

    Stephen Sherwin, Ainsworth Engineered
  • I think the course was useful because it taught me how to plan my troubleshooting. It was a lot of hands on tasks which was good. It gave me a lot of testing experience and the ability to experiment, going about problems in a different way. The instructor, Terry Yonkheym was knowledgeable and kept the...

    Mike Sliva, Agrium
  • This course is an excellent learning tool for troubleshooting. The way it was taught was excellent for getting though the information. For personal gain this was a very good experience. The hands on showed me a ton of new useful information. Ed Rideout was a great teacher, clear and thorough.

    Rob Gaudreau, Argus Machine Co Ltd.
  • “The first day I thought I should get a little more instructions, but I got into it and I started to see the objective, what the objective was to get me thinking and figuring out methods to improve my troubleshooting. In the beginning I was frustrated but as my troubleshooting improved, frustration...

    Terry Wardrobe, Weyerhaeuser
  • The course was effective at teaching the importance of proper documentation of problems and how to narrow down a problem area.

    Mike Gallant, Irving Tissue
  • "This was by far the most practical electrical course I have taken so far. The instructor was excellent and very knowledgeable in his field. I wish I had taken this course 20 years ago."

    Rod McColman, Shell Canada
  • “I fully enjoyed the course and I would highly rate this course for the rest of my coworkers. The equipment was excellent and there was a lot of troubleshooting areas which were great.”

    Rodney Rice BC Hydro,
  • “Course overall is very good. A lot of good, on topic information. Very beneficial to anyone having to troubleshoot systems. The instructor was excellent. Very versed at delivering the information at an in depth but widely understood method. His knowledge with the process of troubleshooting is very...

    Dave McDonald, Canada Training Group
  • “ How to analyze, document and test efficiently... this course is for anyone who works on electrical systems.”

    Michael Irving, Maintenance Electrician, Shell Canada
  • "This course was good and definitely changed my thought process. The hands on/practical portion I found to be the most effective. The computer programs were also very effective."

    Jeff Henderson, Pengrowth Energy Corp.
  • “Course was very good, definitely gave me another way to troubleshoot problems and make sure I document everything. Had very good examples and hands on was awesome, better than looking at a Power Point all day.”

    Scott Purcell, TransGas
  • “Wish I had been given the opportunity to take this training years back. Learning in the classroom, rather than learning in the field, costs the company less down time. This easily pays for the training. Thanks for letting me attend. I will be promoting this to have our 9 control techs take the training.”

    George Fischer, TransGas
  • "I liked this course as there were good fault/circuit boards to work on. I liked the heater simulator as it related to a lot of what I would do on a regular troubleshooting day. (A lot of propane furnaces, which are similar) Also, the timing circuit was great, a lot of knowledge came out of that one...

    James Churchill, Cameco Corporation
  • I found that the course was good and it made me think about narrowing down the problem and planning it out before starting my troubleshooting. I liked the fact it was a small class ad it was easier to get help if you needed it.

    Blaine Romanovich, Imperial Oil
  • "Joe Kicenuik left lots of time to review all the classroom material. He was very helpful in answering any questions and was effective in explaining what troubleshooting techniques work best for each particular problem. This course will improve your way of approaching future problems in your job field."

    Colwyn Meredith, Suncor
  • “ Very effective and efficient way of how to solve a problem…from start to finish”

    Craig Knee, Electrical Maintenance, Newfoundland Power
  • “This course made me look at the big picture, then find my way to the problem faster by not doing unnecessary testing and checks. Having to write a bubble around the problem area made it easy to reason and test my way through to find the problem quicker and easier.”

    Jeff S., Co-Op Refinery Complex
  • “ I enjoyed it. It was very mixed. You were not overdoing just one aspect but always covering something new. I like the troubleshooting tools…thinking, observing, analysis, then test!”

    Wade Harrogate, Maintenance Supervisor, Molson Breweries
  • The course was very informative and taught us a good way on how to troubleshoot. The teacher, Terry Yonkheym was good at getting his points across and always had time for each person.

    Dave Smale, Agrium
  • “This was a great course; I had no experience on troubleshooting prior to the start of this course. Now I feel comfortable. I'm glad it was available for me and it will greatly help me in the future.”

    Alan MacDonald, Corner Brook Pulp and Paper
  • “Course was very good, challenging and informative.”

    Wayne Geizer, Department of National Defense
  • “This course teaches you about mental state and how it affects your attitude when trying to troubleshoot. It plays an important role in analytical thinking that not many people would realize on their own. I would recommend this course/instructor to not only electricians, but millwrights, mechanics...

    Curtis Walch, Graymont
  • “ Good course content and lots of hands on to solidify the theory. This course will pay for itself in two weeks”

    Dion Antle, Electrical Supervisor, Kruger Pulp and Paper
  • “The instructor was very knowledgeable, able to convey the message to the students so they understood. Hands on problem were similar to real-world problems, good layered track approach didn't intimidate students. Gave students confidence to take a good approach to troubleshooting.”

    Marc Bibeau, Winnipeg Airport Authority
  • "This course is an excellent tool for anyone who will be doing troubleshooting on equipment or a plant."

    Sean Callahan, Suncor
  • “I would recommend this course to my co-workers. I learnt how to document everything and how to approach and solve problems in a different way.”

    Kris Samociuk, City of Ottawa
  • “Introduction was good, well-paced and concise. This course had the perfect proportion of lecture vs hands on. It had a good variety of troubleshooting diagnostic boards/software, an excellent course for apprentices.”

    Troy Gold, Co-Op Refinery Complex
  • "This course was excellent overall. The equipment and tools provided were excellent. The instructor Ed Rideout, was clear and made you feel comfortable with the material."

    Tyler Romanchuk, Suncor Energy
  • “The instructor, Terry Yonkheym sure knows his stuff which helps a lot. I think in time I will surely benefit from this course (once I make what I learnt common practice). Class size was perfect and overall experience was good.”

    Daniel Goebel, Argus Machine Co. Ltd.
  • “This course helps to improve troubleshooting skills by starting with the basics. Shows the importance of documentation for helping you and your coworkers. By planning your testing, you will be more efficient. Course was thorough and well instructed. The instructor made sure everyone was at the same...

    David Brown, Barrick – Williams Operating Corporation
  • "The instructor, Terry Yonkheym was very knowledgeable and came across well wth his presentation. He was very good at explaining the problems encountered and what to look for. Also, explained this course was about "how" to troubleshoot with the 5 step system. This technique should help to figure out...

    Rob Lefebvre, Agrium
  • “This was a very good course. It helps you to get in a proper mind set when you come up on a problem to troubleshoot. It teaches you that documentation is key to shorten your troubleshooting time. The instructor was on point and had a lot of knowledge to pass on.”

    Calvin Delhon, Syncrude Canada Ltd.
  • “Very knowledgeable instructor with a good attitude explains the hazard material thoroughly. The course teaches you an analytical approach for problem solving that can be applied basically to everything in life, recommended to everyone.”

    Felix Kirsher, City of Ottawa
  • “This course was very informative and makes you think outside the box. It was challenging troubleshooting. The instructor was knowledgeable and showed you safe troubleshooting techniques. It was a positive atmosphere, effective meter placement, reduced troubleshooting times, visual troubleshooting...

    Taylor Angers, Barrick – Williams Operating Corporation
  • "The course was good, we were shown a different way to approach problems. The instructor, Terry Yonkheym was easy to understand and follow."

    Quentin Attwater, Agrium
  • “The course was useful in the sense that it teaches the importance of finding your starting point and staying calm while troubleshooting. The course would be best suited for apprentices, journeymen with little or no troubleshooting experience. There are lessons to be taken from it and about the mental...

    Tristan R, LP Peace Valley OSB
  • "I think this was a great course. I haven't done a lot of troubleshooting up to this point but certainly feel better prepared to do so now. Joe Kiceniuk is a great instructor and he is very knowledgeable."

    Andrew Sheaves, Suncor
  • “Had a good time learning about troubleshooting. The instructor was good and answered all of my questions. He showed us how and where to begin troubleshooting so we didn’t have to go through the whole circuit. I would tell anyone to take this course as it was very helpful.”

    Kevin Mason, Syncrude Canada
  • “This was a very good course that I will recommend to other electricians that I work with. The instructor was very personable and knowledgeable. This course helped me to analyze and understand circuits that I will come across without seeing them beforehand.”

    Aaron Belanger, Syncrude Canada Ltd.
  • “Good hands on training in a controlled setting. Trains you on an approach to troubleshooting. Proves that the importance of documenting your finding, shows how to divide and conquer the problem. Lots of different troubleshooting problems to work on so there is something for everyone.”

    Russell Penson, Weyerhaeuser
  • "Very good. Good amount of hands on mixed with a good amount of theory. The workload was perfect, any more would have been rushed or not understood by the end of the day. My brain was tired. Any less would not have forced me to push myself. The hands on laptops were perfect."

    James Larsen, City of Red Deer
  • HATCES “I would recommend this course for anyone who was looking to upgrade or start on their troubleshooting knowledge. The structured system taught is a very helpful tool to help pinpoint the problem efficiently. The instructor is very knowledgeable and will help you along without pointing out the...

    Nevin Edmundson, Winnipeg Airport Authority
  • "The hands on work was well organized and the computer word was a nice change from the norm, both of which made you think. This is a must have course for technologists."

    Jason Dalton, Substation Electrician, Newfoundland Power
  • “I found this course to be very precise and to the point, teaching an effective and expedient means to troubleshoot a system that is more or less universal. I found the method this course taught to even be effective on systems I was not familiar with; using this method I was able to successfully troubleshoot...

    T.W. Garvey, Department of National Defence
  • “The information was good. There was lots of hands on, which was excellent. The instructor kept things moving at a good pace. He was knowledgeable about aspects of the course material. The equipment used worked well with the troubleshooting objective. Definitely learnt something.”

    Bruce Bell, Winnipeg Airport Authority
  • This course was definitely beneficial to me. It opened my eyes on how to look at a circuit differently and use less steps to identify a problem. This training proved the importance of recording ALL information gathered about a problem, at the same time also knowing how the circuits should operate under...

    Brandon Sacrey, Nabors Drilling
  • “This course was very beneficial in helping you to think about how to breakdown problems to reduce troubleshooting time. The idea of documenting everything so that others can pick up where you left off will help with cross shift issues.”

    Darcy Orthner, Cameco
  • “Interesting course, I enjoyed it.”

    J. Kezema, Weyerhaeuser
  • "Great instruction, I learnt a lot of troubleshooting skills. It was a very informative course!!"

    Brian Weir, Suncor
  • “The instructor was very knowledgeable in troubleshooting and course content very interesting and worthwhile course.”

    Mark Johnstone, Syncrude
  • “Enforced the importance of good documentation, know what to expect from meter readings before the readings, understanding the problem, get all the available info, if stuck on a problem, take a short break.”

    Tom Fischer, Weyerhaeuser Canada
  • “The instructor explained the material very well; he was very knowledgeable of the equipment, material and software. He was able to break down problems to a level anyone could understand. I noticed improvement day to day in my troubleshooting abilities.”

    Steve Terry, Corner Brook Pulp and Paper
Day 1
Start Time, Introduction 08:00 - 10:00 am
Morning Break 10:00 - 10:15 am
Class Time 10:15 - 12:00 pm
Lunch Time 12:00 - 01:00 pm
Class Time, Followed by Afternoon Break 01:00 - 03:00 pm
Class time, End Time 03:15 - 04:30 pm
Day 2
Start Time, Introduction 08:00 - 10:00 am
Morning Break 10:00 - 10:15 am
Class Time 10:15 - 12:00 pm
Lunch Time 12:00 - 01:00 pm
Class Time, Followed by Afternoon Break 01:00 - 03:00 pm
Class time, End Time 03:15 - 04:30 pm
Day 3
Start Time, Introduction 08:00 - 10:00 am
Morning Break 10:00 - 10:15 am
Class Time 10:15 - 12:00 pm
Lunch Time 12:00 - 01:00 pm
Class Time, Followed by Afternoon Break 01:00 - 03:00 pm
Class time, End Time 03:15 - 04:30 pm
Day 4
Start Time, Introduction 08:00 - 10:00 am
Morning Break 10:00 - 10:15 am
Class Time 10:15 - 12:00 pm
Lunch Time 12:00 - 01:00 pm
Class Time, Followed by Afternoon Break 01:00 - 03:00 pm
Class time, End Time 03:15 - 04:30 pm
Day 5
Start Time, Introduction 08:00 - 10:00 am
Morning Break 10:00 - 10:15 am
Class Time 10:15 - 12:00 pm
Lunch Time 12:00 - 01:00 pm
Class Time, Followed by Afternoon Break 01:00 - 03:00 pm
Class time, End Time 03:15 - 04:30 pm
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