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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 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 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 VFD Essentials: Programming, Maintenance and Motor Control Troubleshooting Courses
October 24 – 28, 2022 Fort McMurray OR22686 $3199.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
November 14 – 18, 2022 Fort McMurray OR22687 $3199.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
December 12 – 16, 2022 Edmonton OR22527 $3199.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
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  • Aideen Gama, Nestle Waters Canada
    "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.
  • Tyler Skutelnik, Alberta Health Services
    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.
  • 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.
  • Parry Arnell, West Fraser
    "Good course for electricians with little to no experience with VFD's and Motor Troubleshooting."
  • Dan Kemmere, Tykem Electric Ltd.
    "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...

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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  • Dave Smith

    Years of Experience
    47

    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...

    • Abdullahi Ali, Syncrude Canada
      "Dave is very experienced, interesting, friendly and most of all a very engaging instructor."
    • Jeff Simmons, Syncrude Canada
      "Dave did a good job during the presentation, stopping to talk about each area of discussion to make sure we understood everything."
    • Jody Payne, Canrig
      "I was impressed by the instructor, Dave's straight forward "down to earth" teaching style. He was able to keep the room attentive and involved. The training is essential for any employee working with or around any electrical equipment."
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  • Wayne Jeffrey

    Years of Experience
    40

    Wayne brings 39 years of experience in the electrical and instrumentation industry. He is a master electrician and a journeyman instrument mechanic. He started in the early 80’s with a petroleum company in the Lloydminster area preforming maintenance duties. He then started and ran his own contracting company for 15 yrs. in Lloydminster. After he sold the company, he started working with a local...

     
    • Johnathan Gamble, Total Power
      Wayne did an awesome job making everything easy to understand, as the knowledge level for guys on the course varied greatly.
    • Brett Fisher, MTM Mine
      I personally liked Wayne as an instructor. He had lots of information and went over all the details with us. He answered any questions we had right away and made it make sense.
    • Jonathon Martel, Total Power
      Wayne was a great instructor, he was clear in his description of scenarios and answered questions thoroughly.
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  • Dave Cox

    Years of Experience
    42

    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...

     
    • Darrin Grone, Global Container Group
      Dave is very knowledgeable in the electrical department. His experience with GM has helped bridge the mechanical side.
    • Ryan Taylor, Global Container Group
      I found Dave very calm, professional, and patient.
    • Zach Berthier, Global Container Terminals
      Dave was very clear with instructions and helpful with problem-solving and fault finding.
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  • Richard Stickel

    Years of Experience
    33

    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...

     
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  • Jim Roberts

    Years of Experience
    42

    Jim Roberts brings over 41 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 Klamann, Toronto Transit Commission
      “I felt like I knew the instructor, Jim Roberts; he was really friendly.”
    • Shaun Filson, SaskPower
      “Jim presented the material in an easy-to-follow manner. Course content was informative and will be very useful in the place where I work. Overall, definitely worth taking.”
    • Denise Athaide, Cummins Inc.
      Jim did a good job of focusing on important material, keeping everyone's attention, and explaining important concepts.
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  • Tim Dacey

    Years of Experience
    40

    Tim brings 39 years of experience in operations at various public and private utility companies starting with SaskPower in the late 70’s where he apprenticed as an electrician earning his Interprovincial Journeyman’s Electrician certification in the early 80’s. He continued to work as a Station Electrician for the next decade prior to moving into natural gas compression and transmission...

     
    • Chad, KLTP
      Tim provided useful tools to help me work safely around electricity.
    • Mitch Gunter, DND Trenton
      The instructor was very well-spoken. Gave lots of examples from the wide range of experience he has had. He took the time to make sure everyone was on track and understanding what we were doing.
    • Scott Kelly, KLTP
      He was a great teacher. He communicated clearly and instructed us well in our class.
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  • 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
  • "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 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
  • 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
  • "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
  • 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
  • "Good course for electricians with little to no experience with VFD's and Motor Troubleshooting."

    Parry Arnell, West Fraser
  • 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • It was a great course for hands-on learning.

    Blaire Teodler, SaskPower
  • "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
  • "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.

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