Understanding Low Voltage Electrical Systems workshop
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This five-day program is used regularly by industrial plants and industries utilizing cross-training to increase productivity, effectiveness and flexibility in their workforce. It also provides an excellent foundation in electrical maintenance and troubleshooting for workers entering apprenticeship programs, leapfrogging them several years ahead in their knowledge, skills and abilities.

The successful student will receive a solid understanding of low voltage single and three phase electrical systems. The program places maximum emphasis on safe work practices and procedures, installation requirements, troubleshooting and preventive maintenance. This program saved one client a year of OJT with increases in safety, quality and productivity.

CSA Z462 and NFPA 70E require that non-electrical supervisors managing electrical crews be qualified to understand the safety, installation, maintenance and troubleshooting tasks that electrical workers perform daily. It includes a complete understanding of the requirements of CSA Z462 and NFPA 70E.

Who should attend: Millwrights, mechanics, and other trades whose jobs require a certain amount of cross training in industrial electrical systems as they work with their electrical counterparts as well as non-electrical supervisors who must know what their electrical subordinates are exposed to.

Next Understanding Low Voltage Electrical Systems Courses
October 21 – 25, 2019 Edmonton, AB OR19236 $2499.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
August 24 – 28, 2020 Edmonton, AB OR20078 $2499.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
November 23 – 27, 2020 Edmonton, AB OR20088 $2499.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
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  • Paul Fitton, Champion Drilling
    "I got a better understanding of how different electrical systems work and got lots of hands on practical learning. My instructor was excellent and helped me personally, so I would remember and understand what I'd been taught."
  • Craig R Balfour, Brandt
    "I would recommend this course to anyone interested because you should have an understanding of troubleshooting in this line of work. The instructor was very good, gave detailed explanations and was always willing to help."
  • Jamie Clement, Tundra Process Solutions
    “The course was good. I learned lots, seen lots and experienced many different scenarios. I enjoyed the course, very happy with the lab set-up, the classroom settings and content presented.”
  • Don Dukart, Enbridge
    "The practical portion of this course was excellent and kept interesting by our instructor. The troubleshooting and circuitry training made this a very worthwhile course."
  • Yuri Piplenko, Millwright
    "This was an informative course and covered a lot of aspects of electrical trade safety. The instructor was intelligent with a good sense of humor. I wish all electrical trades people had the opportunity to study this course."

Course topics

I. TEST ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS

Objective: Understand how to conduct basic measurements in an electrical circuit or system using a multimeter.

II. TEST ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS

Objective: Understand how to test electrical components and circuits using a DMM.

III. APPLY ELECTRICAL FUNDAMENTALS

Objective: Explain the basic principles of electricity and how circuits operate.

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I. TEST ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS

Objective: Understand how to conduct basic measurements in an electrical circuit or system using a multimeter.

  • Use Digital Multimeters
  • Measure Voltage
  • Measure Current
  • Measure Power
  • Evaluate Students

II. TEST ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS

Objective: Understand how to test electrical components and circuits using a DMM.

  • Test Conductors
  • Measure Circuit Resistance
  • Test Insulation
  • Evaluate Students

III. APPLY ELECTRICAL FUNDAMENTALS

Objective: Explain the basic principles of electricity and how circuits operate.

  • Apply Ohms Law
  • Apply Watts Law
  • Apply Direct Current Theory
  • Apply Alternating Current Theory
  • Troubleshoot Electrical Circuits
  • Evaluate Students

IV. TROUBLESHOOT ELECTRICAL FAULTS

Objective: Understand how to troubleshoot electrical circuit and system faults.

  • Identify System Problems
  • Identify Maintenance Problems
  • Identify Operating Problems
  • Troubleshoot Circuit Problems
  • Evaluate Students

V. OPERATE ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS

Objective: Inspect and evaluate the construction and operation of electrical circuits.

  • Read Electrical Diagrams
  • Identify Color Coding
  • Plan Circuit Device Installations
  • Inspect 120 Volt Circuit Installations
  • Plan 120/240 Volt Circuit Installations
  • Evaluate Transformer Applications
  • Compare Three Phase Systems
  • Evaluate Students

VI. REPLACE SINGLE PHASE EQUIPMENT

Objective: Understand how to replace single phase electrical equipment following proper methods, techniques and applicable regulations.

  • Inspect Circuit Simulator Boards
  • Connect Wires
  • Connect Cables
  • Connect Cord Ends
  • Connect Lights
  • Connect Receptacles
  • Connect Single Phase Motors
  • Connect Single Phase Panels
  • Evaluate Students

VII. ARC FLASH AND LOW VOLTAGE SAFETY

Objective: Recognize the damage electricity can cause to the human body, identify common causes and follow safe work practices and procedures.

  • Intro to the CSA Z462 standard.
  • Avoid Electric Shocks.
  • Avoid Arc Flash Hazards
  • Select appropriate PPE
  • Use Rubber Gloves Effectively.
  • Isolate Circuits and Test Dead
  • Safe Switching Methods

VIII. TROUBLESHOOT SINGLE PHASE SYSTEMS

Objective: Understand how to test, troubleshoot and diagnose single phase electrical circuit problems following proper methods and techniques.

  • Troubleshoot Open Circuits
  • Troubleshoot Short Circuits
  • Evaluate Students

IX. MAINTAIN PROTECTIVE SYSTEMS

Objective: Understand the systems that protect people, equipment, materials and the environment.

  • Describe Power Company Grounding
  • Ground Electrical Systems
  • Bond Electrical Equipment
  • Ground Electrical Equipment
  • Maintain Double Insulation
  • Test Fuses
  • Test Breakers
  • Evaluate Students

X. TEST CIRCUIT SAFETY AND CONTROL DEVICES

Objective: Understand how to test circuit safety, control and magnetic devices.

  • Test Magnetic Devices
  • Test Safety Devices
  • Test Control Devices
  • Evaluate Students

XI. REPLACE THREE PHASE EQUIPMENT

Objective: Understand how to replace three phase electrical equipment following proper methods, techniques and applicable regulations.

  • Mount System Simulator Boards
  • Connect Three Phase Panel Boards
  • Connect Three Phase Cables
  • Connect Three Phase Manual Starters
  • Connect Three Phase AC Motors
  • Identify Three Phase Motor Failures
  • Connect Three Phase Magnetic Starters
  • Protect Three Phase Motors
  • Evaluate Students

XII. TROUBLESHOOT THREE PHASE SYSTEMS

Objective: Understand how to test, troubleshoot and diagnose three phase electrical circuit problems following proper methods and techniques.

  • Troubleshoot Power Circuit Faults
  • Troubleshoot Control Circuit Faults
  • Evaluate Students

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  • Dave Smith

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    Dave Smith has been an Industrial Maintenance Electrician since 1975. He has taught maintenance, troubleshooting and safety courses to thousands of electricians in mines, mills, refineries, factories, plants, power stations and offshore platforms throughout North America and the Middle East. Dave is a hands-on guy and teaches from a field perspective with his intended audience being his utmost concern...

    • Matt Skopyk, Agrium
      "By far the best speaker/instructor for a training course at VPO. Dave kept the class engaged at all times and gave us a very informative session."
    • Abdullahi Ali, Syncrude Canada
      "Dave is very experienced, interesting, friendly and most of all a very engaging instructor."
    • Jeff Wood, Nabors Drilling Ltd.
      "The instructor, Dave Smith was very informed about the material he was providing. He delivered his instruction with precision and clarity. I'm walking away from the Arc Flash Low Voltage Safety Course with a healthier respect for arc flashing and associated risks."
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  • Dave Neal

    Years of Experience
    46

    With 33 years of on the job experience at Hydro One, doing consulting work for McGregor Allsop, Trow Engineering Consultants and Dillion and Associates, Dave has acquired extensive knowledge of electrical equipment, installations and legislative requirements. While with Hydro One, Dave was involved with many projects including: - Held the lead role in the implementation of the new Training Development...

    • Steven Brown, Koch Fertilizer
      “Dave Neal was enthusiastic and provided a wealth of knowledge and experience in the subject. He was able to make the course interesting and informative.”
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    • Stephanie Durocher, Regional Power
      “Dave Neal was a very effective instructor. He clearly has many years of industry experience and takes both his responsibility as a teacher and respect for electricity seriously. He is also engaging and open to questions. Having very little electrical background myself, I still found the material relevant...
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  • 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...

    • Greg Lyon, Newalta
      “Jim was extremely knowledgeable and kept the material interesting. He was extremely in depth and very helpful.”
    • Mike Zahra, Toronto Transit Commission
      “Good instructor, very knowledgeable.”
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      “Great job, Jim goes through material in a clear understanding way. Jim was very thorough with both arc flash and high voltage material.”
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  • Fred Tanguay

    Years of Experience
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    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...

    • Chris Guze, Syncrude Canada
      “This course provides excellent information and procedures along with a lab equipped to apply the learning. Great course, Fred is very knowledgeable and explained things well. Thanks, Fred.”
    • 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.”
    • Kent Strong, Syncrude Canada
      “Fred was very informative. He gave good direction and let us work at resolving issues with patience.”
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  • "I got a better understanding of how different electrical systems work and got lots of hands on practical learning. My instructor was excellent and helped me personally, so I would remember and understand what I'd been taught."

    Paul Fitton, Champion Drilling
  • "I would recommend this course to anyone interested because you should have an understanding of troubleshooting in this line of work. The instructor was very good, gave detailed explanations and was always willing to help."

    Craig R Balfour, Brandt
  • “The course was good. I learned lots, seen lots and experienced many different scenarios. I enjoyed the course, very happy with the lab set-up, the classroom settings and content presented.”

    Jamie Clement, Tundra Process Solutions
  • "This course was well worth the time and money and gave a good foundation for solving problems. There was lots of real life issues covered as the instructor brought a lot of valuable experience to the class."

    Jody Beutler, Layne Christensen
  • "The practical portion of this course was excellent and kept interesting by our instructor. The troubleshooting and circuitry training made this a very worthwhile course."

    Don Dukart, Enbridge
  • "This was an informative course and covered a lot of aspects of electrical trade safety. The instructor was intelligent with a good sense of humor. I wish all electrical trades people had the opportunity to study this course."

    Yuri Piplenko, Millwright
  • "This is a good course to take to get a better understanding of what electricity actually does in a low voltage system. It also helped me understand which tools can help me while troubleshooting and what to expect when working with an electrician."

    Ron Book, Glenboro Mechanical
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 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 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 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 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
End 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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