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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

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  • Parry Arnell, West Fraser
    "Good course for electricians with little to no experience with VFD's and Motor Troubleshooting."
  • Scott MacLeod, City of Red Deer
    "Very good instructor. Great stories relevant to training. A lot of hands on experience where the instructor would help to guide me through the course without "helping too much". I will recommend to co-workers.
  • 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."
  • 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!!

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
  • Dave Smith

    Years of Experience
    45

    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 Legge, Syncrude Canada
      Dave is very knowledgeable. He has interesting stories and gets the information through to you very easily.
    • Fabian Levesque, Syncrude Canada
      "Dave was very informative. He definitely knows his trade and has lots of experience and examples based on real life experiences."
    • Lloyd Johnson, City of Lloydminster
      "I found the instructor, Dave Smith very informative and knowledgeable about the subject matter. He used greater visual and verbal examples explaining the course material."
    See Dave Smith CV
  • Jim Roberts

    Years of Experience
    40

    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...

    • Andreas Frangias, Toronto Transit Commission
      “Jim was excellent and provided clear and concise information. He also used multiple ways to convey all the training in a way that kept it interesting.”
    • 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.”
    • Connie Oglivie, Lambton Kent DSB
      Good course, good resource materials, valuable networking.
    See Jim Roberts CV
  • "Good course for electricians with little to no experience with VFD's and Motor Troubleshooting."

    Parry Arnell, West Fraser
  • "This was a great presentation that encouraged participation and hands on training. They also covered a variety of VFD's. The instructors gave you the time needed to go through topics.

    Aideen Gama, Nestle Waters Canada
  • "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
  • "Very good instructor. Great stories relevant to training. A lot of hands on experience where the instructor would help to guide me through the course without "helping too much". I will recommend to co-workers.

    Scott MacLeod, City of Red Deer
  • "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
  • "This course was great to expand knowledge of VFD's and their functions. Learning how they are built and how they work is beneficial in knowing how to troubleshoot and diagnose. Having a variety of makes and models of VFD's to learn on helps expand knowledge of what to look for when installing and troubleshooting...

    Dan Kemmere, Tykem Electric Ltd.
  • "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
  • "Good course, good instructor. The VFD testing and oscilloscope monitoring was very useful. The faulty VFD testing and analysis was very interesting.

    Vasiliy Kornienko, Aggreko Canada
  • "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
  • "Very well put together. I learned a lot about multiple VFD's, mainly the basics of programming them and setting up simple operations. I found it valuable to be able to work through many brands of VFD's.

    Mathew Abram, Government of Nunavut

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