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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 VFDs. 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 a multitude of 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, Telemecanique and Toshiba 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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  • Nathan Lamothe, Carrier Forest Products
    The instructor was good. He is knowledgeable and easy to get along with. The trailer lab was well set up and supplied for the course.
  • Blair Fitzpatrick Yara Belle Plaine Inc.,
    Very hands on course. It was nice to get to work with the various brands of VFDs.
  • Aaron Brown, Modern Niagara
    The instructor was very knowledgeable about VFDs and the material. The course was very informative and hands-on. I would recommend this course to other people
  • Kris Samociuk, City of Ottawa
    The instructor is very knowledgeable and right to the point. I was able to learn how to troubleshoot VFD problems. Program highly recommended to all.
  • 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 VFDs to protect yourselves, others and your facility.

II. VFD Applications

Objective: Recognize applications where VFDs will benefit your facility

III. VFD Connections

Objective: Install a VFD

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I. VFD Hazards

Objective: Work safely around and with VFDs to protect yourselves, others and your facility.

  • Human Dangers
  • System Dangers
  • Protecting Yourself, Others and Your System

II. VFD Applications

Objective: Recognize applications where VFDs 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. VFDs 2-7 Motor Control Projects

Objective: Install and program a variety of VFDs

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

VII. VFDs 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 (Customized to Your Facility)

Objective: Maintain and troubleshoot a variety of VFD control schemes

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

IX. Literature Review of VFDs 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 VFDs

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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  • Daniel Chartier

    Years of Experience
    33

    Daniel Chartier travaille comme ingénieur électrique depuis près de 30 ans, et est spécialisé en automatisation et contrôles. Il a travaillé dans des fonderies d'aluminium et les mines, dans l'emballage, les stations de pompage et dans la construction d'usines thermiques (District Cooling) au cours des ans. Il a été responsable du développement de formations de sécurité dans...

    • Sharmil Joseph, Madsen Diesel and Turbine
      Daniel has a deep knowledge on what he is teaching. He is very kind and has immense patience. He didn't make the course boring.
    • Gene Wallis, Enbridge
      Daniel was great, very informative, and I appreciated all the real-world applications he took us through.
    • Keith Dmyterko, Canadian Light Source Inc.
      Daniel presented the topics in a very interesting way and gave interesting real-world examples for the topics at hand.
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  • Wayne Jeffrey

    Years of Experience
    42

    Wayne joined Canada Training Group with over 40 years of knowledge and experience in the Electrical and Instrumentation industry. As a Master Electrician and Journeyman Instrument Mechanic, Wayne offers a unique perspective to training that provides solid theory with practical applications gained through years of work in the industry. Wayne’s oilfield and agriculture experience encompasses maintenance...

    • Jeff Barfoot, Syncrude
      Wayne is a great instructor. He is very knowledgeable and is very good at explaining any questions.
    • Zachary Lee, EDS Pumps & Water Treatment
      Wayne was a great teacher who was very knowledgeable and had a great teaching style. I really enjoyed learning from him.
    • Adam Brown, Alberta Health Services
      Wayne was clear in his explanations. He helped you think your way through a problem instead of just telling you the answer.
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  • Dave Cox

    Years of Experience
    44

    Dave began his career in commercial high rises in Calgary. He then spent time working industrial oilfield maintenance electrical in Alberta followed by General Motors in Oshawa Ontario, Koch fertilizer and Husky Oil in Manitoba, Baffin Island at an iron ore mine and commissioning in the Alberta oildsands sector.Dave is also an avid whitewater rafting professional, and has served as a guide in Ontario...

    • Brad Moon, Sherrit
      David was very knowledgeable, I really appreciated him expanding on the curriculum with his own experience.
    • Adnan Farooq, City of Ottawa
      Dave is well equiped with course materials and has hands-on practical field experience on how to troubleshoot VFD. That helped me to learn lots of practical problems we usually run into.
    • Ryan Taylor, Global Container Group
      I found Dave very calm, professional, and patient.
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  • Richard Stickel

    Years of Experience
    35

    Richard Stickel worked at the Canfor Taylor Pulp Mill for 33 years. He has worked in operations, electrical and industrial instrumentation maintenance, construction in the oil and gas field and airport electrical construction. He holds dual journeyman certification as an electrician as well as an instrument mechanic. He is a 4th class power engineer.As a technician Richard was involved with construction...

    • Nathan Ferrish, Syncrude
      Richard was knowledgeable about the course topics and was able to provide real-world experience when he encountered troubles with the drives. He was easy to talk to, approachable, and honest with his answers.
    • Ron Cox, Syncrude
      Richard is a great instructor, very knowledgeable, and has a great way of explaining things.
    • Aaron Belanger, Syncrude
      Richard was very knowledgeable of the subject and provided personal experiences to back it up.
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  • Jim Roberts

    Years of Experience
    44

    Jim Roberts brings over 43 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...

    • Colin Aucoin, Blu Earth Renewables
      Jim is a fantastic instructor. He is very knowledgeable and provides practical examples that make the material easier to understand
    • Steve Fritterer, GCT Deltaport
      Jim Roberts kept the course humorous and interesting. He kept us all under his supervision and helped when needed.
    • Minyu Cai, Cummins
      Jim is experienced and explained the content well. He is also patient in answering questions.
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  • I came in with a very limited experience with VFD's. I have enjoyed this past week because I feel I have learned a great deal. The course gave me confidence to work with VFD's.

    Brund Caron, Alberta Health Services
  • This course was very information packed. It was a very thorough introduction to VFDs. It made understanding how a VFD operates easily understandable. The variety of VFD's available for lab use was sufficient to get a wide understanding how to wire controls + program them for the various controls.

    Adam Yuill, Syncrude Canada Ltd
  • The course provided essential information on the functions of VFD's in industrial applications.

    Gord Smith, Alberta Health Services
  • "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 is great for experienced or non-experienced VFD electricians. Great learning environment. I learned a lot, would highly recommend it.

    Tyson Hunt, Syncrude
  • The course was very interactive. It had lots of hands on work. Examples of VFD hookups were practical. Without a lot of experience with VFD I found that there was good practical info. Its nice to learn control CCTs and where controls are hooked up.

    Chris Brand, Alberta Health Services
  • I found the course helpful in understanding how VFD works and feeling more comfortable with programming drives.

    Aaron Staudinger, Syncrude
  • Our instructor did a good job explaining the course and answering questions we had. The hands on of different VFD types was great because you could see all the little/big differences among them.

    Tyler Skutelnik, Alberta Health Services
  • During the course we acquired good general knowledge about VFD's and good understanding of connecting and standing them up.

    Frank Arcand, Foothills Hospital
  • Very well laid out, delivered in a clear manner. There was plenty of time to work through problems and find solutions. There was a decent selection of drives to work with as well.

    Kelsey Dick, Yara Belle Plaine Inc.
  • I found the course to be informative and helpful. Particularly the access to different VFD brands and types. It helps give a better understanding of how drives work and what to look for in troubleshooting.

    Jake, Syncrude
  • Throughout the week, we became more comfortable with setting various parameters. I believe knowing the basic settings to get a VFD started will help us when troubleshooting, as well as how to test the IGBT's.

    Rob Baker, Foothills Hospital
  • The instructor was good. He is knowledgeable and easy to get along with. The trailer lab was well set up and supplied for the course.

    Nathan Lamothe, Carrier Forest Products
  • The course was an eye-opener and taught us the basic complex application of the VFD drives. I highly recommend this course to any electricians who work on VFD

    Dominader Pader, Syncrude
  • Very hands on course. It was nice to get to work with the various brands of VFDs.

    Blair Fitzpatrick Yara Belle Plaine Inc.,
  • "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.
  • The course itself is structured well, interactivity with physical hardware is a strong plus for this type of training.

    Andrew Kazmirchuk, City of Ottawa
  • The instructor was very knowledgeable about VFDs and the material. The course was very informative and hands-on. I would recommend this course to other people

    Aaron Brown, Modern Niagara
  • I found the course material well laid out, along with the labs. Wayne was really helpful throughout the labs and presented the information very well.

    Kent Whitehead, Jomax Drilling
  • This was an excellent course. The class material was well explained and was easily applied to the lab activities. The course would be excellent for any electrician who works on VFD's or other types of high voltage motor drives

    Richard Norman, Syncrude
  • This course was very informative in a concise way. The labs were good hands-on practice, carried out in a safe way. I did learn some new things, and overall, I believe this course was useful.

    Kyle Lessard, City of Ottawa
  • This course is excellent. You get to work on a wide variety of VFDs. The instructor is knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, and easy to talk to.

    Arkadiusz Reczka, Alberta Health Services
  • The course was educational. It's a great introduction to the use of VFDs. I would recommend this to people with little to no experience.

    Jacob Lazariuk, Fortis Mining Engineering and Manufacturing
  • "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 good course. I learned a lot about similar drives to the ones we work with on-site, which is a big help for troubleshooting

    Zack Madore, Syncrude
  • This course had a good ratio of classroom to hands-on learning. I enjoyed the different VFDs and the time we got to tinker with all of them. Tests and troubleshooting all the individual components will help me out at work.

    Jeff Barfoot, Syncrude
  • "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 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
  • I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I was able to get hands-on with a lot of equipment that I don't normally have access to

    Trent Barnes, Syncrude
  • The instructor is very knowledgeable and right to the point. I was able to learn how to troubleshoot VFD problems. Program highly recommended to all.

    Kris Samociuk, City of Ottawa
  • "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
  • "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
  • Great course and very informative. I like the hands-on part and going through all the different VFDs. In-depth with the components and operation of VFDs.

    Darrel Moore, City of Ottawa
  • I really enjoyed this course. The lab-to-lecture ratio was perfect, a lot of time in the lab working on different equipment.

    Colin Rowsell, Syncrude
  • This course is helpful in familiarizing yourself with different VFD's, and it helps gain confidence when programming and configuring VFD's it also helps one gain understanding of how to troubleshoot more quickly.

    Austin Hudey, Alberta Health Services
  • It was a great course. Wayne was good at relaying information to us. My knowledge about VFD's was limited, but now I feel very confident working with VFD's

    Bradley Riddoch, Department of National Defense
  • It was a great course for hands-on learning.

    Blaire Teodler, SaskPower
  • "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
  • "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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