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This online 3-day training course will give you the comprehensive knowledge and understanding to safely and effectively work on motor control circuits and VFD installations. Real World Simulation based, it will give your staff the knowledge and skills to troubleshoot motors, motor control systems, troubleshoot and program a variety of VFD’s.


A distillation of the most important parts of our 5 day Lab supported hands-on training, you will learn the essential tests and diagnosis of faulted three phase motors and solid state drives and starting systems, using software labs and simulations.

We cover VFD’s from ABB, Allen-Bradley, Cutler-Hammer, Danfoss, Eaton, Mitsubishi, Sinamic, Telemecanique, Delta, Hitachi, Honeywell, Omron, Teco-Westinghouse, Trane, Weg and Yaskawa.


Hydraulics are also included and we 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 can also be integrated into this program at no extra cost to you, please prior to the course send us the details of your common site VFD's.


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 35,000 students.


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


Next VFD Programming, Maintenance and Motor Control Troubleshooting Courses
August 4 – 6, 2020 LIVE 2-Way Video
EST/GMT-4
OR20354 $2200.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
August 17 – 19, 2020 LIVE 2-Way Video
MST/GMT-6
OR20355 $2200.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
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  • Vasiliy Kornienko, Aggreko Canada
    "Good course, good instructor. The VFD testing and oscilloscope monitoring was very useful. The faulty VFD testing and analysis was very interesting.
  • Mathew Abram, Government of Nunavut
    "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.
  • Parry Arnell, West Fraser
    "Good course for electricians with little to no experience with VFD's and Motor Troubleshooting."
  • 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."
  • 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.

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
    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...

    • John Newman, Syncrude Canada
      "Dave is very well versed in all aspects of the electrical field."
    • Carla Young, Syncrude Canada
      "Very relaxed, informative and funny. Great instructor!!"
    • 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."
    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...

    • 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.”
    • Brian Ethier, Enbridge
      "Jim is an experienced electrician with VFD's in the field. He has good knowledge of the VFD's we've worked with this week. He was able to help us with troubleshooting that we couldn't figure out. He also has good knowledge of the electrical field of VFD's and the motors which are being driven.
    • Conrad Castillo, Littelfuse Startco
      The instructor; Jim Roberts did very well. He was very thorough and entertaining in the course. Jim was also able to keep my attention and kept me engaged in this course. Thanks Jim!”
    See Jim Roberts CV
  • "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
  • "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 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.
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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

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