Safe Switchgear Isolation and Personal Protective Grounding
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The North American electrical safety standards, NFPA 70E and CSA Z462, require that your electrical workers and operators be proven qualified for the tasks that they are performing. This two day, 80% hands-on course will ensure that your successful participants have the knowledge, and can demonstrate the skills, to perform their electrical operating tasks safely and properly. Instruction is based on the above standards as well as those of your facility. (NOTE: Participants must be previously certified in our high voltage arc flash safety training as a prerequisite for this training.) It encompasses both outdoor and indoor substations with the major emphasis on indoor substations and electrical rooms. The course is taught by utility safety professionals each with over 30 years of hands-on maintenance, testing and troubleshooting experience with exemplary safety records working in generating and substations..

The course is taught using Canada Training Group’s Lab Two and the client facility. Our Lab Two is a 53' highway trailer outfitted with 25kV, 15kV, 5kV and 480/600V electrical equipment with full cutaways giving complete access to the equipment during switching and racking. This lab also has simulated overhead distribution lines with fuses, cutouts, switches and grounding capability allowing participants to conduct potential tests, perform lockout/tagout, isolations, switching, phasing and apply safety grounds using hotsticks. If the client has suitable facilities then our lab will not be needed.

Simple or complex lockout/tagout can be performed combining electrical, mechanical, fluid, process, optical, overhead crane and physical guards with written, verbal, hand signal and radio communication while using Category 2 and 4 PPE.

Mobile Lab #2 is presently being set up for PLC control allowing us to simulate numerous substation configurations and incident energy exposures as well as monitor student activity.

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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Course topics

I. SWITCHGEAR SAFETY

Objective: Integrate and follow common standards in your operating procedures.

II. PERSONAL PROTECTIVE GROUNDING

Objective: Safely and properly operate 480/600V MCC’S and switchgear.

III. 480/600V MCC’S and SWITCHGEAR

Objective: Safely and properly operate 480/600V MCC’S and switchgear.

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I. SWITCHGEAR SAFETY

Objective: Integrate and follow common standards in your operating procedures.

  • CSA Z462/NFPA 70E Requirements
  • Provincial/State/Federal Requirements
  • Control Circuits
  • Protection Circuits
  • Local/Remote/PLC Control
  • Potential Testing
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Isolating
  • Switching
  • Phasing
  • EquiPotential Grounding
  • Safe Work Procedures
  • Safe Work Practices
  • Switching Orders

II. PERSONAL PROTECTIVE GROUNDING

Objective: Safely and properly operate 480/600V MCC’S and switchgear.

  • Personal Protective Grounding
  • Basic Criteria for Safe Grounding Practices
  • Ground Cable Assemblies
  • Application of Protective Ground Cables
  • Power and Plant Protective Grounding
  • Switchyard and Substation Protective Grounding
  • Care, Inspection, and Testing Protective Grounding Equipment

III. 480/600V MCC’S and SWITCHGEAR

Objective: Safely and properly operate 480/600V MCC’S and switchgear.

  • Review of Disconnects
  • Review of MCC’s
  • Review of LVPCB’s
  • Circuit Control
  • Fused Disconnects
  • Bucket Operation
  • Breaker Operation
  • HRC/AFB Analysis
  • ESWC
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Racking
  • Protection Relays
  • Failure Modes
  • Practical Projects

IV. 5KV BREAKERS and STARTERS

Objective: Safely and properly operate 5kV breakers and starters.

  • Review of MV Breakers
  • Review of Starters
  • Control Circuit
  • Breaker Operation
  • Starter Operation
  • HRC/AFB Analysis
  • ESWC
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Racking
  • Protection Relays
  • Failure Modes
  • Practical Projects

V. 15KV BREAKERS AND DISCONNECTS

Objective: Safely and properly operate 15kV breakers and disconnects

  • Review of 15kV Disconnects
  • Disconnect Operation
  • Review of 15kV Breakers
  • Breaker Operation
  • Control Circuit
  • HRC/AFB Analysis
  • ESWC
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Racking
  • Protection Relays
  • Failure Modes
  • Practical Projects
  • Review of 15kV Disconnects
  • Disconnect Operation
  • Review of 15kV Breakers
  • Breaker Operation
  • Control Circuit
  • HRC/AFB Analysis
  • ESWC
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Racking
  • Protection Relays
  • Failure Modes
  • Practical Projects

VI. 25KV BREAKERS AND OVERHEAD FUSES

Objective: Safely and properly operate 25kV breakers and overhead fuses.

  • Review of 25kV fuses
  • Fuse replacement
  • Review of 25kV Breakers
  • Breaker Operation
  • Control Circuit
  • HRC/AFB Analysis
  • ESWC
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Racking
  • Protection Relays
  • Failure Modes
  • Practical Projects
  • 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...

    • Ivan Holderness, Suncor
      "The instructor, Joe Kiceniuk was very knowledgeable, patient and helpful with all of the course content. Adequate time was always given and I felt free to ask questions. It was a great program all around. (How to Analytically Troubleshoot Electrical Systems)."
    • Jordan Higgins, Alliance Energy
      "Ed was very knowledgeable and approachable. For guys like me who are in the field and on the tools, it's so valuable to have someone who has been there & knows how it really is."
    • Eric Feader, TransGas
      “Ed is a very knowledgeable instructor with a wealth of troubleshooting experience. He kept everyone on task throughout the week to make sure all of the information was covered. It was nice to be challenged on some of the lab work and should prove valuable when I return to work.”
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  • Terry Yonkheym

    Years of Experience
    57

    Terry Yonkheym brings over 28 years experience in training and practical electrical maintenance to Canada Training Group's electrical, safety and high voltage programs. Terry's extensive service record for Ontario Hydro began as a Power Maintenance Electrician Apprentice, progressing through attaining the Inter-Provincial Construction and Maintenance Electrician's license, Journeyperson status and...

    • Karalee Krekoski, Syncrude Canada Ltd.
      “Terry Yonkheym is knowledgeable, personable and well spoken. It was a pleasure to be in his class.”
    • Jason Dalton, Substation Electrician, Newfoundland Power
      "Used personal experience very well to get key points across. Related very well to students and was there for help whenever needed"
    • Mark Clouthier, Ridley Terminals Inc.
      “I found Terry very informative on course information. Kept me interested to want to listen. Questions, he had answers for. Excellent instructor.”
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