Safe Switchgear Operation for Operators - 1 day course
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The North American electrical safety standards, NFPA 70E and CSA Z462, require that your operators be proven qualified for the electrical tasks that they are performing.

This one day course will ensure that your successful participants have the knowledge and skills to perform their electrical tasks safely and properly.

Your staff will learn these electrical standards as applied to your organization. (Participants must be previously certified in high voltage arc flash safety as a prerequisite for this training.)

Our instructors each have over 40 years of high voltage safety, maintenance, testing and troubleshooting experience with exemplary personal safety records. This course can be provided using your equipment or Canada Training Group’s Mobile Substation Safety Training Lab #2.

Unfortunately, this course does not currently have any upcoming dates.
Yet, if you're interested in it, please chat with our sales team
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  • Cecil Hunt, Syncrude Canada
    “The course was very well taught and a good eye opener. Every person working around 600v should take this course.”
  • Karen Slobodian, Syncrude Canada
    “The instructor is very informative and knowledgeable of the subject. It was really great to have actual equipment to test on. Overall, a good course.”
  • Patric Prud’Homme, Syncrude Canada
    “This was a very informative course; the instructor was interesting and knowledgeable. I feel more comfortable around electricity after taking this course. Thank you.”
  • Robert Anthony, Syncrude Canada
    “The course is informative of electrical equipment and I learnt how dangerous this type of equipment could really be. Also, I learnt how to protect myself properly in case I may be involved in such situations.”
  • Chad Northcott, Newalta
    “The course was very informative and the information was presented in a manner in which learning came easy. The new skills and knowledge I have gained will be put to work in the near future. I feel more comfortable operating energized and non-energized equipment.”

Course topics

I. Safety

Objective:

II. 480/600V Switchgear

Objective:

III. 5kV Breakers

Objective:

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I. Safety

Objective:

  • Arc Flash Regulations
  • Electrical Codes
  • Safe Operation
  • PPE requirements

II. 480/600V Switchgear

Objective:

  • Review of Breakers
  • Breaker Operation
  • Hands On Practical Switching Lab

III. 5kV Breakers

Objective:

  • Review of Breakers
  • Breaker Operation
  • Hands On Practical Switching Lab

IV. 5kV Starters

Objective:

  • Review of Starters
  • Starter Operation
  • Hands On Practical Switching Lab
  • Edward Rideout

    Years of Experience
    50

    Ed Rideout has been involved with the electrical field in many ways for nearly 35 years. His electrical experience started when he was just out of vocational school and was hired as the sole electrician at a local fish plant in charge of six fishing trawlers, a power house and a fish plant facility. In 1975 Ed went on to work with Nova Scotia Power, first as an apprentice electrician in a generating...

    • Robert Jewett, Suncor
      "Excellent job, very thorough. Instructor, Ed Rideout is very knowledgeable with a strong background. A major benefit for us in the workplace."
    • Pat Onions, Syncrude Canada
      "Good natured, easy to understand. Ed was very knowledgeable and practical."
    • Bryce Balciunas, Mosaic Potash
      “I thought the instructor Ed did a very good job explaining the course. The instructor was very knowledgeable on what he was teaching us, and answered any questions we had. The course had a good breakdown of theory in the classroom, and hands-on in the trailer.”
    See Edward Rideout CV
  • Jim Roberts

    Years of Experience
    39

    Jim Roberts brings over 34 years of experience in the electrical field. A graduate from the Georgian College Electrical Engineering program, he started his career at Toronto Hydro Electrical Systems as a High Voltage Underground Cable Fault Technician then proceeded to Toronto Transit Commission where he obtained his red seal 309A electrical license and became a Maintenance/Construction Electrician...

    • Andy Scheibli, Lambton Kent DSB
      Informative, knowledgeable, entertaining.
    • Luigi Marchesi, Toronto Transit Commission
      “Great job, Jim goes through material in a clear understanding way. Jim was very thorough with both arc flash and high voltage material.”
    • Salman Afzal, Syncrude Canada
      “Jim Roberts is a really good instructor; he explained everything in detail and explained the hazards of switching electrical equipment. He has shown us the safest way of switching and what to look for when switching. I would recommend Jim because he is experienced and very safe and he knows the stuff...
    See Jim Roberts CV
  • Fred Tanguay

    Years of Experience
    41

    With 30+ years of knowledge and experience gained from working in a variety of areas including power apparatus maintenance and commissioning, power engineering and design as well as training seminars for industrial and utility clients, Fred has a lot to offer students. In addition to an in-depth background in these areas, Fred also has qualifications in the following: - Occupational Health & Safety...

    • Shaun Jones, Enbridge Pipelines
      “Fred was knowledgeable, practical and thorough. The instruction was great, showing different troubleshooting techniques was definitely useful. Answered a lot of the theory by participating in experiments. I thought the course was beneficial.”
    • Trudy Boomstrom, Syncrude Canada
      “Very well laid out. Fred is very knowledgeable and I've learned lots in this course. A small class ensured more explanation and demonstrations. Thanks Fred.”
    • Jim Harmer, Samco Machinery
      “Fred did a great job keeping 10 of us engaged in this training. His real-life examples helped to demonstrate the reason for arc flash awareness. Great job.”
    See Fred Tanguay CV
  • “Course content was interesting and easy to follow. Instructor was knowledgeable, helpful and shared personal experiences.”

    Wendy Picken, Syncrude Canada
  • “I learnt a lot and feel safer working around electrical at work and at home.”

    Scott McLeod, Newalta
  • “The course was very well taught and a good eye opener. Every person working around 600v should take this course.”

    Cecil Hunt, Syncrude Canada
  • “The instructor is very informative and knowledgeable of the subject. It was really great to have actual equipment to test on. Overall, a good course.”

    Karen Slobodian, Syncrude Canada
  • “This course gave me knowledge of electrical switchgear and how it works, knowledge that I did not have before. This information is valuable as my job scope is headed in many different directions.”

    Harold Van Dyk, Syncrude Canada
  • “Great course, awesome hands on in electrical equipment, switchgear, fuses etc. Recommend for operators to take at site.”

    Janet Alook, Syncrude Canada
  • “Knowledgeable instructors, it was a very relaxed atmosphere but serious about topics covered.”

    Edwin Rideout, Syncrude Canada
  • “This course was very informative; instructors were clear in speaking and material delivery. Good hands on equipment, I felt engaged and interested in the material.”

    Ed Reid, Syncrude Canada
  • “This is a very good course with good material. The instructor is very good and he makes the course very interesting and makes you aware of the dangers of the electrical component and of the safety precaution to take when handling the equipment. I believe everybody should take this course.”

    Guetty Biha, Syncrude Canada
  • “Being that it is my second time taking this course, I still found it interesting and very insightful. The instructor was great, there was a time to laugh and a time to listen and learn.”

    Elisa Brown, Syncrude Canada
  • “I think this course is a great eye-opener and learning experience. It will save a lot of people from making mistakes they would have made without this course.”

    Jeremy Brushett, Syncrude Canada
  • “I have found this course to be very informative with useful video and interactive learning material. The course also aids in troubleshooting and thinking with an electrical mindset which I believe is an essential tool for any operator. There is a great emphasis put on generator safety and early signs...

    Ian Gale, Syncrude Canada
  • “The instructor expresses the topic in a way that a layman can understand and he has a full understanding of the course. I have gained knowledge that will help me with my job and home application.”

    Oluwasegun Shonde, Syncrude Canada
  • “The course is a good introduction into working with electrical breakers, switches etc. The instruction was good and there are a lot of actual breakers to look at throughout the course.”

    Gus Bruce, Syncrude Canada
  • “Very easy going, lots of stories to help visualize the effects of electricity. Information portrayed in a very easy to learn manner. The course is very descriptive and beneficial. The videos are effective as well.”

    Dylan Downey, Syncrude Canada
  • “Awesome instructors, they held my attention the whole time. I found it interesting and valuable information that will help me at work. Definitely things I didn’t know…but should!”

    Jennifer White, Syncrude Canada
  • “The knowledge I gathered from this course is very valuable and important to my daily tasks at work. Also, good knowledge to have for around home off the job. The instructor was very knowledgeable and able to communicate effectively with myself and others. Overall, awesome course to take, I would recommend...

    Conway Rumbolt, Syncrude Canada
  • “I gained a better insight to the electrical hazards that will be encountered in the field. Ex: E-houses, MCC’s, 600 and SK volt switching. This would benefit me when around electricity whether it be at home or on the job.”

    Leo Keith, Syncrude Canada
  • “This was a very informative course; the instructor was interesting and knowledgeable. I feel more comfortable around electricity after taking this course. Thank you.”

    Patric Prud’Homme, Syncrude Canada
  • “This is a very informative course with a lot of important information in it. It gives a person a very important realization of the potential of dangers of electrical switches.”

    Russel Thain, Syncrude Canada
  • “Even though I have worked many years as a tradesman in the industry I found this course very enlightening. There was a lot of very good information provided in this course and the trainer did an excellent job conveying the information, his background as an electrician was in my opinion a very good...

    Nathen Greene, Syncrude Canada
  • “Very good, informative, explains the course well, answers all questions with good knowledge. The instructor made the course enjoyable and entertaining.”

    Paul Balmer, Syncrude Canada
  • “Instructor was very knowledgeable and stuck to the material that actually pertained to our everyday jobs. This course has a lot of info that we do not need to know, but the way it was taught made it very valuable.”

    Andrew Rose, Syncrude Canada
  • “Course was very informative, lots of good information and videos. The hands on practical were good as well. The course went at a good pace too, not to boring. The instructor, Jim Roberts was very knowledgeable on the subject.”

    Aaron Kaliszewski, Syncrude Canada
  • “This was an excellent course, very interactive and informative. The instructors were great. I learnt how to be more aware around electrical equipment and not to assume systems not live. Encourages you to take your time and ensure you are switching out safely.”

    Darryl Swain, Syncrude Canada
  • “This was a very informative course. Good explanations and I had a clear understanding of what was being taught. I actually enjoyed taking this course.”

    Nancy Stone, Syncrude Canada
  • “The course is informative of electrical equipment and I learnt how dangerous this type of equipment could really be. Also, I learnt how to protect myself properly in case I may be involved in such situations.”

    Robert Anthony, Syncrude Canada
  • “The course was very good. The instructor was easy to understand, spoke loud and clear. He answered all questions and did a great job showing us how to use the equipment and to properly operate it. I really enjoyed the class. Thank you.”

    Janis Gray, Syncrude Canada
  • “This course was well taught, had good information, relevant slides, videos and stories. It was a good pace, the class was involved and lots of equipment to look at and hands on.”

    Dave Juhasz, Newalta
  • “The electrical switching for operators was a very informative course. It gave me all the basic knowledge on how to do the job safely and it also showed all of the dangers that are part of the process. I would recommend this course to all operators in the field working with any and all electrical equipment.”

    Barry Thompson, Syncrude Canada
  • “The course was very informative and the information was presented in a manner in which learning came easy. The new skills and knowledge I have gained will be put to work in the near future. I feel more comfortable operating energized and non-energized equipment.”

    Chad Northcott, Newalta
  • “The class content was appropriate and geared tactfully, touched a lot on the safety aspect of electrical switches. Instructor was clear and concise. Classroom size was also nice.”

    Tamara Gillard, Syncrude Canada
  • “The instructor was very helpful with everything to do with the course. He was very clear while explaining every aspect of electrical safety and it was very in depth.”

    Josh Willard, Syncrude Canada
  • “The instructor presented the course in a proper pace, I really enjoyed the course and I’m glad to have taken it. I will recommend it to all operators.”

    Victor Maeko, Syncrude Canada
  • “I got to learn new hazards and dangers involved with my job, that I wasn’t aware of prior.”

    Devin Brough, Newalta
  • “Informative, shown the effects of arc flash and arc blast injuries and damages, it helps me be a more efficient operator.”

    John McGee, Syncrude Canada
  • “Overall the material covered in this course was very interesting and much needed for my job on a daily basis. Everything was organized and done on a timely manner.”

    Cameron MacKay, Clearstream
Day 1
Start time, Introductions 08:00 - 10:00 am
Morning Break 10:00 - 10:15 am
Class Time 10:15 - 12:00 pm
Lunch 12:00 - 01:00 pm
Class Time, Afternoon Break 01:00 - 03:00 pm
Class Time, End Time 03:15 - 04:30 pm
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