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This customized 5-day training course will certify that your electrical workers are qualified to safely and effectively work on motor control circuits and VFD installations. It is 90% hands-on and will give your staff the knowledge and skills to troubleshoot motors, motor control systems, troubleshoot and program a variety of VFD’s. This hands-on course is taught in our Lab 3.1, a full-size highway trailer that has been customized for this training and can be brought to your facility. Your workers will test and diagnose over 30 three phase motors with internal faults using IR, DW, WR, impedance and surge testers, and troubleshoot a variety of faulted panels and MCC systems.



Your workers will program VFD’s from ABB, Allen-Bradley, Cutler-Hammer, Danfoss, Eaton, Mitsubishi, Sinamics and Telemecanique and analyze VFD’s from Delta, Hitachi, Honeywell, Omron, Teco-Westinghouse, Trane, Weg and Yaskawa. 4 custom designed hydraulic systems are built into our lab to teach your workers how to program constant and variable torque loads with the capability to measure pressure, flow, overload each system and cavitate the pumps.

This broad exposure will give your workers the competence to open the manual for any VFD, set the required parameters and analyze problems. Your systems will be integrated into this program at no extra cost to you. It is common for workers to recognize current problems and realize opportunities for improvements to their systems during this training. We are ISO 9001 certified and authorized to provide CEU’s for this training. Since 1980 we have trained over 25,000 students.

Special attention is provided to the deadliness of VFD’s and how to work with them safely

Next Advanced VFD Programming and Motor Control Troubleshooting Courses
November 18 – 22, 2019 Edmonton, AB OR19142 $2799.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
January 20 – 24, 2020 Edmonton, AB OR20091 $2799.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
March 23 – 27, 2020 Edmonton, AB OR20066 $2799.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
July 13 – 17, 2020 Edmonton, AB OR20067 $2799.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
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  • Brian Ethier, Enbridge
    "This course gives me a better knowledge of setting up new VFD's that I wasn't familiar with. I feel more confident with taking a new VFD and programming in the necessary inputs and operating units. Thanks Jim!!
  • Parry Arnell, West Fraser
    "Good course for electricians with little to no experience with VFD's and Motor Troubleshooting."
  • Brian Ethier, Enbridge Pipelines
    "This course gives me better knowledge of setting up new VFD's that I wasn't familiar with. I feel more confident with taking a new VFD and programming in the necessary inputs and operating units."
  • Tyler Gelowitz, SUEZ Canada Waste
    "Excellent instruction, I feel more comfortable operating a variety of VFD's. The motor control troubleshooting was a good refresher."
  • Chris Hamm, LP Peace Valley OSB
    "I learnt a lot in this course. I came into it with very limited VFD experience, I feel that I am able to troubleshoot and repair VFD problems without any help now."

Course topics

I. VFD Hazards

Objective: Work safely around and with VFD’s to protect themselves, others and your facility.

II. VFD Applications

Objective: Recognize applications where VFD’s or their improvement will benefit your facility.

III. VFD Connections

Objective: Install a VFD

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I. VFD Hazards

Objective: Work safely around and with VFD’s to protect themselves, others and your facility.

  • Human Dangers
  • System Dangers

II. VFD Applications

Objective: Recognize applications where VFD’s or their improvement will benefit your facility.

  • Energy Savings
  • Process Control
  • Client Systems

III. VFD Connections

Objective: Install a VFD

  • Drive Components
  • VFD Wiring
  • VFD Reference Signals
  • Test Points

IV. VFD 1: Telemecanique Operation

Objective: Install and program a Telemecanique VFD

  • VFD Programming
  • Standard Operation
  • Advanced Operation

V. VFD Braking

Objective: Provide braking to a VFD

  • Standard Braking Method
  • Alternative Braking Methods

VI. VFD’s 2-7 Motor Control Projects

Objective: Install and program a variety of VFD’s

  • VFD 2: Sinamics
  • VFD 3: Allen-Bradley
  • VFD 4: Cutler Hammer
  • VFD 5: Mitsubishi
  • VFD 6: ABB
  • VFD 7: Danfoss

VII. VFD’s 8 & 9 Constant Torque and Variable Torque Loads

Objective: Install and program VFDs to control constant and variable torque loads

  • Application Curves
  • Constant Torque Practical Projects
  • Variable Torque Practical Projects

VIII. VFD Control Schemes

Objective: Maintain and troubleshoot a variety of VFD control schemes

  • Control Modes
  • Feedback Loops
  • Closed Loop and PID
  • VFD Control Schemes

IX. Review VFD’s 10 - 17

Objective: Determine how to program, test and troubleshoot any VFD

  • VFD 10 - Delta
  • VFD 11 - Hitachi
  • VFD 12 - Honeywell
  • VFD 13 - Omron
  • VFD 14 - Teco-Westinghouse
  • VFD 15 - Trane
  • VFD 16 - Weg
  • VFD 16 - Yaskawa

X. Medium Voltage Drives (Inhouse Option Only)

Objective: Program, maintain and troubleshoot client MV VFD system problems

  • Client Drive

XI. System Problems

Objective: Identify and troubleshoot VFD system problems

  • Drive Protection
  • System Protection
  • Motor Protection
  • Installation

XII. VFD Maintenance

Objective: Perform predictive maintenance on VFD systems

  • Standard Maintenance
  • Advanced Maintenance
  • VFD 18 Liquid Cooled VFD’s

XIII. Motor and VFD System Failure Modes

Objective: Identify the failure modes of motor and VFD systems

  • System Troubleshooting
  • Three Phase Motor Construction

XIV. Commissioning

Objective: Commission a VFD

  • Acceptance Testing

XV. Testing and Troubleshooting

Objective: Test and troubleshoot motor and VFD systems

  • Test Variable Frequency Drives
  • Three Phase Motor Testing
  • Troubleshoot Motor Control Circuits

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November 18 – 22, 2019 Edmonton, AB Accutech Rentals Ltd. OR19142 Register
January 20 – 24, 2020 Edmonton, AB Accutech Rentals Ltd. OR20091 Register
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  • Dave Smith

    Years of Experience
    44

    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...

    • Greg Baun, Akita Drilling
      "The instructor, Dave Smith was clear and covered a lot of information in the 4 days. He is very knowledgeable and really knows is stuff."
    • Blaine Larson, Husky Energy
      "Dave is easy to understand and can take the heckling from guys trying to argue. Very knowledgeable about the curriculum and technical aspects of CSA Z462."
    • Abdullahi Ali, Syncrude Canada
      "Dave is very experienced, interesting, friendly and most of all a very engaging instructor."
    See Dave Smith 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...

    • Mike Tomassetti, Toronto Transit Commission
      “Jim is great at his job and has taught me a lot of information on high voltage safety.”
    • Mario DiDonato, SofSurfaces
      Good information for getting a good base knowledge of arc flash and hazards.
    • Terry Simpson, Department of National Defence, RPOPS Electrician
      “Jim Roberts is a knowledgeable instructor in this area of the trade. His course is a definite requirement.”
    See Jim Roberts CV
  • "This course gives me a better knowledge of setting up new VFD's that I wasn't familiar with. I feel more confident with taking a new VFD and programming in the necessary inputs and operating units. Thanks Jim!!

    Brian Ethier, Enbridge
  • "Good course for electricians with little to no experience with VFD's and Motor Troubleshooting."

    Parry Arnell, West Fraser
  • "This course gives me better knowledge of setting up new VFD's that I wasn't familiar with. I feel more confident with taking a new VFD and programming in the necessary inputs and operating units."

    Brian Ethier, Enbridge Pipelines
  • "Excellent instruction, I feel more comfortable operating a variety of VFD's. The motor control troubleshooting was a good refresher."

    Tyler Gelowitz, SUEZ Canada Waste
  • "I learnt a lot in this course. I came into it with very limited VFD experience, I feel that I am able to troubleshoot and repair VFD problems without any help now."

    Chris Hamm, LP Peace Valley OSB

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