Setting, Testing and Maintaining Electrical System Protective Devices
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Electrical system protective devices have become high risk devices since NFPA 70E and CSA Z462 have made their regular maintenance a mandated requirement. Arc flash studies and label information are based upon these devices opening up within their specifications. If a protective device is not properly specified, set, tested or maintained it will not open correctly, or perhaps at all, and whatever PPE is listed on the label is immediately under rated.

Protective device failures have caused catastrophic explosions, with injuries, damages and downtime quickly costing millions of dollars. This training course is designed to give plant maintenance personnel hands on experience with inspecting, setting, testing, maintaining and troubleshooting the entire range of electrical system protective devices.

This Canada Training Group course is taught in one of our mobile training centers and is 75% hands on. 8 students work in teams of 2 with 120/208, 480/600V, 5kV, 15kV and 25kV protective devices. Tests that are done are insulation resistance testing, AC and DC dielectric-withstand testing, contact resistance testing, primary injection, secondary injection, contact time, stroke, velocity, over-travel, contact wipe, time travel analysis, first trip analysis, vacuum bottle testing, coil testing, PF/DF/Tan Delta testing, oil sampling, oil testing and control circuit troubleshooting.

The final series of practical labs have students troubleshooting eight 15kV breaker control problems, the last in the blacked out lab with a flashlight. We have had numerous instances where students have gone back to work and solved circuit breaker control problems after completing our training. Your control schemes can also be included in our training as well as testing on your own apparatus.

Canada Training Group has a variety of test equipment that can be used in the training program and your test equipment is also incorporated into the training as well as rented test equipment. The standards used in the course are IEEE Recommended Practice for the Maintenance of Industrial and Commercial Power Systems, NFPA 70B, ANSI/NETA Standard for Maintenance Testing Specifications for Electrical Distribution Equipment and Systems, PEARL Reconditioning Standards and your maintenance standards.

Canada Training Group instructors each have 33 to 54 years of high voltage testing, troubleshooting and maintenance experience and are qualified instructors determined to provide you with training customized to your needs.

On completion, your participants will have the knowledge and skills to fulfill the requirements of the above standards and keep your electrical systems and company properly protected while having the enjoyment of extensive hands-on practical projects.

Your investment will be returned when your next unplanned outage is measured in minutes rather than hours.

Who should attend: Engineers, Electricians,Technicians and Maintenance Managers Responsible for the care and safe operaton of their electrical distribution systems.

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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  • Trudy Boostrom, Syncrude Canada
    "Great course, looking forward to testing my new found skills."
  • Dan Turner, Syncrude Canada
    “The course was very knowledgeable to my job and experience. This will make my job easier and give me a better understanding.”
  • Louzan Cochrane, Syncrude Canada Ltd.
    “The instructor is very knowledgeable. It is a good course; I enjoyed the lab Circuit Breaker testing.”
  • Stephanie Perham, Syncrude
    "Great!! The instructor, Cal Olsson was very knowledgeable of the subject and presented it clearly and so it was easy to understand. I learnt a great deal about the safety precautions needed when working with switching."
  • Carlvern Shonhiwa, Syncrude Canada
    “It is a good course, very detailed and hands on training that you can take back to the work place and it will be very useful.”

Course topics




Objective: Maintain, test and troubleshoot Molded Case Circuit Breakers.


Objective: Maintain, test and troubleshoot Insulated Case Circuit Breakers.

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  • Fuses
  • Thermal Overloads
  • Electronic Overloads
  • MCPs


Objective: Maintain, test and troubleshoot Molded Case Circuit Breakers.

  • Ratings
  • Construction
  • Operation
  • Control
  • Testing
  • Troubleshooting
  • Maintenance


Objective: Maintain, test and troubleshoot Insulated Case Circuit Breakers.

  • Ratings
  • Construction
  • Operation
  • Control
  • Testing
  • Troubleshooting
  • Maintenance


Objective: Maintain, test and troubleshoot Power Circuit Breakers.

  • Ratings
  • Construction
  • Operation
  • Control
  • Testing
  • Troubleshooting
  • Maintenance


Objective: Maintain, test and troubleshoot Air Magnetic Circuit Breakers.

  • Ratings
  • Construction
  • Operation
  • Control
  • Testing
  • Troubleshooting
  • Maintenance


Objective: Maintain, test and troubleshoot Vacuum Circuit Breakers.

  • Ratings
  • Construction
  • Operation
  • Control
  • Testing
  • Troubleshooting
  • Maintenance


Objective: Maintain, test and troubleshoot SF6 Circuit Breakers.

  • Ratings
  • Construction
  • Operation
  • Control
  • Testing
  • Troubleshooting
  • Maintenance


Objective: Maintain, test and troubleshoot Oil Circuit Breakers.

  • Ratings
  • Construction
  • Operation
  • Control
  • Testing
  • Troubleshooting
  • Maintenance
  • Maintenance


Objective: Maintain, test and troubleshoot Air Blast Case Circuit Breakers.

  • Ratings
  • Construction
  • Operation
  • Control
  • Testing
  • Troubleshooting



  • Generator (Optional)
  • Bus (Optional)
  • Transformer (Optional)
  • Feeder
  • Motor
  • Current
  • Ground Fault
  • Voltage
  • Phase
  • Edward Rideout

    Years of Experience

    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...

    • Pat Onions, Syncrude Canada
      "Good natured, easy to understand. Ed was very knowledgeable and practical."
    • Brandon Hunt, Syncrude Canada
      “Very informal and Ed Rideout kept all participants alert and interested in the knowledge of the course.”
    • 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)."
    See Edward Rideout CV
  • Fred Tanguay

    Years of Experience

    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...

    • 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.”
    • Ken Brodle, Keith Plumbing and Heating
      "Fred was brilliant as an instructor. He knew his material and was able to explain it so that even people unfamiliar with electricity could understand it. He was patient and explained the material with emphasis on what was vital to know."
    • Dale Sommerville, Syncrude Canada
      “Fred is an excellent instructor; he is very knowledgeable and speaks clearly.”
    See Fred Tanguay CV
  • Terry Yonkheym

    Years of Experience

    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...


    • Anthony Moore, Syncrude Canada
      "Terry is knowledgeable and clear speaking. He is very approachable with questions."
    • Barry Mills, City of Ottawa
      “Terry was knowledgeable. The course was at a nice steady pace. Terry explained each lab very clearly and it was very hands-on.”
    • Sigmond Bush, Liberty Machinery Testing
      “Terry was very descriptive, clear on the content and great at answering questions.”
    See Terry Yonkheym CV
  • “The instructor was great at presenting the material in a way that made it easy to follow. He kept the course moving along at a comfortable rate. The instructor was very knowledgeable and well spoken.”

    Kenneth Johnson, Syncrude Canada
  • “Excellent, the instructor was very experienced and exceptionally qualified. The course content was great, hands on learning labs were very well organized and helpful to understand theory classes much better.”

    Brandon King, Canadian Coast Guard
  • “Excellent: lab: exercise, the classroom: discussion and course material.”

    Geri Cruz, Goreway Power Station
  • "This is one of the most useful training courses I have ever taken. Very well put together with a good mix of theory, hands on learning of the equipment and techniques. With a work force now armed with the knowledge from this course, I hope to immediately begin implementing some maintenance on our breakers."

    Jamie Wallwork, Suncor
  • “The instructor is a very knowledgeable instructor. I feel that there was not a single question I could ask him that he would not be able to not only answer but answer in a completely understandable manner. Although I do not work on air/gas/oil breakers on a day to day, I now feel more knowledgeable...

    Kara Krekoski, Syncrude Canada
  • "Great course, looking forward to testing my new found skills."

    Trudy Boostrom, Syncrude Canada
  • "This is a great course and it would benefit anyone in this type of field."

    Tyler Richter, Syncrude
  • “This course has valuable information that applies directly to our scope of work. Hands on portion can equip technician with excellent troubleshooting experience. The instructor is knowledgeable and interacts with class well. The course will help me personally in the direct future.”

    Mike King, Syncrude Canada
  • “The course was very knowledgeable to my job and experience. This will make my job easier and give me a better understanding.”

    Dan Turner, Syncrude Canada
  • “The instructor was clear and always answered questions I had. He also encouraged you to think for yourself before he would answer the question. I would recommend anyone who is in the electrical field to take this course.”

    Travis Brittain, Syncrude Canada
  • "I found this to be an excellent training course. It refreshed my print reading skills and gave me a great learning of the inner workings of the breakers and their actual function. Even learning about house circuit breakers was a bonus."

    Catherine Canning, Suncor
  • “The most valuable is recognition of circuit breaker parts and functions and how to troubleshoot. The course content is excellent for people needing to learn breakers and troubleshooting. The instructor was an excellent communicator and leader – take it as it was well worth it.”

    Dennis Fichter, SaskPower
  • "This course was well instructed with good hands on learning. I would recommend this course to others."

    Matt Jackiw, SaskPower
  • "The instructor did a really good job with this training course considering we had 3 people with a language barrier. We were all really frustrated. He explained things very well and was very knowledgeable. He didn’t make me feel in anyway “stupid” as I was the new “man”. The troubleshooting...

    Tammy Stacey, Suncor
  • "This was a very good course. It gave me a better knowledge of my testing equipment. I really liked all of the hands on experience."

    Lenny Wiesner, Syncrude
  • "This is an excellent course for developing breaker knowledge and troubleshooting skills. It is a great combination of classroom and hands on training. The instructor was helpful to guide a step by step process and operation of breakers."

    Bhavesh Patel, Suncor
  • "This course is truly beneficial to my career. There were plenty of exercises and practice time with the Low and Medium Voltage Circuit Breakers. Our instructor was very professional and helpful with any questions that we might have had for him. Every electrician should take this course."

    Kam Wint, Suncor
  • “Good hands on; the slides in the classroom were useful. This was a very good course.”

    Charles Courtoreille, Syncrude Canada Ltd.
  • “Great course, if I can take one thing away it was probably the proper way of testing a CT, lifesaving. The instructor was good as well.”

    Danny MacDonald, Syncrude Canada
  • "The instructor had plenty of experience and knowledge. He is a very patient and approachable instructor. The training was very practical and had lots of hands on learning. The course maintained an excellent balance of the time spent in class and in the lab. I would highly recommend this Circuit Breaker...

    John Jewett, Suncor
  • “I learnt a lot from this course and all practical.”

    Cole Mitchelmore, Syncrude Canada Ltd.
  • "I found the Breaker Troubleshooting portion to be very good. The best part for me about the course was being able to play with/experiment with breakers. The information will come in useful down the road to identify issues quicker."

    Steve Buckley, Suncor
  • “The course had really good theory with explanations from a very knowledgeable instructor. The hands on training was very valuable as the time to learn/fail is not available in the real world situations. Great course. Thanks.”

    Dustin Yarosh, ESSO Imperial Oil
  • “Very knowledgeable instructor, great troubleshooting exercise, sets the standard for breaker maintenance.”

    Darrell Kothke, ESSO Imperial Oil
  • "This course was useful and directly applicable to the equipment found at Albian. It was a nice to change to be able to investigate electrical equipment and test equipment without the worry of destroying things (because we were able to and learn from it).

    Chris Tabaczynski, Shell Canada, Albian Sands
  • “Good course, it gave me a better understanding on how breakers work as well as how to properly maintain breakers. Good troubleshooting exercises.”

    Stephen Lucas, Syncrude Canada
  • “It was a great course and instruction. There were good examples to apply to practical use. The discovery challenge was good, it forced you to think to discover the problem and fix. It was nice having different styles of breakers available to troubleshoot.”

    Kevin Hickey, Syncrude Canada
  • "The course was enlightening on the variety of measurement tools available and I now know specifically what I need for a given task. A very informative course and an interesting and informative instructor"

    David Bracha, SemCAMS
  • “The instructor is very knowledgeable. It is a good course; I enjoyed the lab Circuit Breaker testing.”

    Louzan Cochrane, Syncrude Canada Ltd.
  • "I now have a very good understanding of Circuit Breakers and how to maintain them, This course seemed very valuable to me and I would recommend that all electricians take it. I will take back a lot from this course."

    Shane Stagg, Suncor
  • “The instructors were very approachable, practical, and knowledgeable of their work. This course was very interesting and it should be made mandatory for all fine trade electricians. The most valuable information was on how to obtain a baseline of all electrical equipment prior to putting it into service...

    Pat Buis, Syncrude
  • “There was a very good scope of material and an excellent trainer. My points of interest were: industrial standard for electrical equipment maintenance, the book describing all existing techniques for electrical equipment testing, very valuable, reading of TCC curves, design, construction and maintenance...

    Vitaliy Molokopy, Canadian Coast Guard
  • "This course was very well constructed with knowledgeable presenter. This was a great course and I would recommend it."

    Anthony Moore, Syncrude
  • "The course was well delivered and very thorough on the theory, operation, testing and troubleshooting for low and medium voltage breakers. I learnt a lot of useful information that I will use in the future."

    Shawn Hiscock, Syncrude Canada
  • "The content in this course was good. It covered a wide range of breakers. This course also provided us with a good step by step instruction on the procedures of testing. This is a good course for general maintenance for breakers."

    Jayson Pasareno, Syncrude
  • “The most valuable info was the familiarity with breaker components and practical troubleshooting. The content was very good and we worked with two styles of breakers we have on site. The instructor was very knowledgeable on course material and marked the time well. If given the chance you should take...

    Warren Carriere, SaskPower
  • “The most valuable info was the different parts of the breaker, the internal mechanisms of the breaker and the various tests we can use to troubleshoot. It was an awesome course and finally a course which is not technical jargon but gets down to the nitty gritty of maintenance. The instructor knows...

    Anu Ghosh, Syncrude
  • "Great!! The instructor, Cal Olsson was very knowledgeable of the subject and presented it clearly and so it was easy to understand. I learnt a great deal about the safety precautions needed when working with switching."

    Stephanie Perham, Syncrude
  • "The knowledge of test instruments and the accompanying manual are of great practical value and use for field techs. The information taken from this course was well worth the cost"

    Colin Nilson, Taqa North
  • “Great course! It is on par with Naits PSE and only 4 days long. Money and time well spent.”

    Tony Wells, ESSO Imperial Oil
  • "I am quite pleased to see the presentation of this program. The level of instruction and its quality enabled all participants to gain knowledge whether it was seen as introductory, reinforcing, or to fine tune. This course would be beneficial as a required course to be assigned every two years. I would...

    Mark Peters, Suncor
  • "I personally found this course to be very helpful. I have a greater understanding of the mechanics of the breakers and the circuitry. The instructors were excellent, very helpful and answered any questions. I believe when we were troubleshooting the faults, this is where I got the most out of the course."

    Barry Fougere, Suncor
  • "I gained a lot of knowledge on how the breakers operate, the different components of the breaker, the electrical circuits of the breaker, the mechanisms of the breaker and also fault finding on all the named above. This will help me on the next breakdown we have."

    Hendrik De Jager, Suncor
  • “The instructor is very knowledgeable; there was no question from me that he could not answer. I learned a lot for the four days and I wish I could spend more time to grab any knowledge I could from him. Highly recommend this course to my co-workers.”

    Marius Uldama, ESSO Imperial Oil
  • “Great instruction, I learned so much. The instructor answered every question; he made asking questions easy and was very approachable. The lab exercises were invaluable. The final testing day was my favorite.”

    Tyson Henderson, ESSO Imperial Oil
  • "Our instructor was a wealth of information. He listened to people in the class and shared many stories of working in the field. We have been outsourcing our testing and it was great to learn what the tests were for and why we test for that particular problem. The hands on and the troubleshooting of...

    Patrick Baldwin,
  • “Great course, especially the last day!! If I were to change one thing I’d like more days of the fault finding, because I feel that’s when I learned the most. The instructor was very knowledge about all of the equipment and the subject in question.”

    Trent Barnes, Syncrude Canada
  • “The information and knowledge given to us during the hands on portion was the most value. Actually seeing it and touching it will stay with me whether I use it or not. The safety factor alone was very interesting to see and hear. The instructor knows his stuff, was very easy to talk to and wanted...

    Brad Brenton, Suncor
  • "This is a very good course for all engineers, electricians, technologists and new hires."

    Ashvin Gajjar, Suncor
  • “The instructor has very good people skills. I love the practical work; it was very helpful. It’s nice to have been taught by an actual practicing electrician.”

    Richard Thornton, Syncrude Canada
  • “The instructor was awesome. He was very knowledgeable of the material and was extremely successful at relaying his material to the class. He made the class fun and exciting, I enjoyed every minute. Thanks.”

    Danna Philpott, Syncrude Canada
  • "All of the material was very helpful and much information was grasped by myself. The instructor, Cal Olsson made the material fun and easy to learn. I would love to sit through another class with the same instructor, he kept material interesting. I will use a lot of the material in the field."

    Jordan Dyke, Syncrude
  • "The instructor, Ed Rideout was knowledgeable. The course had decent equipment and it was mostly hands on, which was excellent. Their was lots of troubleshooting involved which was nice. I learnt a lot which will help keep me safe."

    Justin Evdokimoff, Suncor
  • “This course was very informative to me. I enjoyed and gained knowledge on breaker internal components and troubleshooting. I certainly recommend my co-workers to attend this course.”

    Adarsha Swarnakar, Syncrude Canada
  • “I think this course was very informational about how the breakers function and what parts control the equipment. The instructor was very formal and detailed about the information about the course.”

    Brendon Hunt, Syncrude Canada Ltd.
  • “Great course enjoyed the hands on learning. I learned a lot of functions of breakers and equipment. I also learned of some hazards that are in the everyday workplace. Good course – recommend to all workers.”

    Shawn Thistle, Syncrude Canada
  • "This course was well defined and organized in material and knowledge. The instructor was well prepared, organized and knowledgeable. The course was more hands on than theoretical which made it very interesting. In this training course we encountered real problems and troubleshooting situations that...

    Ketankumar Patel, Suncor
  • "Valuable info on breaker operation and testing methods. A good introduction to high voltage equipment and safety"

    Scott Shepherd, McCaine Electric
  • “The instructor has great knowledge of electrical testing and troubleshooting. I would highly recommend to co-workers. Great location and set up of test gear. There was an excellent variety of breakers from low to high voltage.”

    Rodney Earle, Syncrude Canada
  • “The course content and instructor are excellent. You must take this course as the information and demonstrations are perfect for knowing how to do the job.”

    Alain Charron, Syncrude
  • "This was an excellent course. The best training course I have attended yet, very practical and related to work. The trainer was very knowledgeable and was excellent at delivering the course. I would recommend this course/instructor to anyone/everyone."

    Johnathan Billard, Syncrude Canada
  • "This course contained a variety of equipment that we were able to troubleshoot on and become familiar with. The practical, hands on training directly correlates to the equipment that we have on site. This was the best training I have received to date. Every electrician should receive this training."

    Ryan Pruden, Suncor
  • “Very well organized and challenging course, the instructor was very knowledgeable and helpful.”

    Chris Skinner, Syncrude Canada Ltd.
  • “The course was well organized and found the subject matter relevant to expectations. The instructor was very helpful when asked questions slightly off topic but still related. The hands on labs were also well organized.”

    Bill Falconer, Canadian Coast Guard
  • “Very informative course, the instructor kept the course interesting and the hands on work was very helpful.”

    John Stratton, Syncrude Canada
  • “The most valuable information was the hands on experience, the documents provided with this course, the instructor with his huge amount of experience and exposure to this equipment and his excellent responses to questions - his knowledge sharing was impressive. To get the hands on experience one should...

    Ashrin Gujjar, Syncrude
  • "The instructor was extremely knowledgeable, knew what he was talking about through the theory and the technical. He was able to explain everything in detail and answer all questions."

    Darvi Higdon, Syncrude Canada
  • "The fault testing was very beneficial and increased experience level significantly. The course was very good and worthwhile."

    Darrel Mohns, Powell Industries
  • “Great course, learned a lot about breakers, troubleshooting and arc flash. The time in the lab was good too. I would recommend this course to co-workers.”

    Stephen Holland, Syncrude Canada
  • "This course was a great for both practical and technical content. All concepts were presented in a clear manner and demonstrated in the labs. Our instructor was very knowledgeable and had excellent presentation skills. His experiences really showed through in this course. I would highly recommend this...

    Nathan Countryman, Suncor
  • "This course was the most relevant and practical course I have ever taken. If this is how all of Canada Training Group’s training is done I would highly recommend receiving more training from them. They maintained a great environment to train in as well as having a great instructor. I’m very interested...

    Jason MacLean, Suncor
  • “It is a good course, very detailed and hands on training that you can take back to the work place and it will be very useful.”

    Carlvern Shonhiwa, Syncrude Canada
Day 1
In Class 8am-4:30pm
Day 2
In Class 8am-4:30pm
Day 3
In Class 8am-4:30pm
Day 4
In Class 8am-4:30pm
Day 5
In Class 8am-4:30pm
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