Canadian Trainco Seminars
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Basic Electricity for the Non-Electrician On-Site Training

This on-site training class is also available as Public Schedule Seminar.

This course is specifically designed for maintenance technicians and other non-electrical personnel working in industrial plants and commercial buildings.

Course Description/Agenda

This course is specifically designed for maintenance technicians and other non-electrical personnel working in industrial plants and commercial buildings. This course is for anyone who needs to understand basic electricity in order to improve efficiencies and uptime at their industrial plants and large building facilities.

We approach our students as if they were our own employees, giving them a real world "hands on" education. When they are finished taking this course they will be able to go back to their workplace and immediately apply what they have learned.

Who should take this course?

This course is designed for anyone who needs to understand basic industrial electricity in order to improve efficiencies and safety at their industrial plants and large building facilities. Attendees come from a wide variety of industries, skill-levels, company sizes, and job titles, so if you're not sure you'll fit in or will benefit from the class, don't worry - you will - as long as you work with electricity! People who will benefit from attending this seminar include?

All Maintenance Personnel in:

  • Manufacturing Plants
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Hospitals
  • Waste Water Facilities
  • Schools
  • Government Buildings
  • Research Facilities
  • Shopping Centers
  • Apartment Buildings


  • Mechanics
  • HVAC Technicians
  • Machine Operators
  • Apprentices
  • Alarm Technicians
  • Non-Electrical Engineers
  • Building Engineers
  • Stationary Engineers
  • Low Voltage Specialists
  • Multi-craft & Cross Training Personnel
  • Any person needing a basic course in industrial electricity

What will you learn?

Attendees will learn to:

1. Understand how electricity is produced and distributed.
2. Know the difference between AC and DC.
3. Identify the relationship between voltage, current and resistance.
4. Use the Ohm's Law wheel to determine electrical values.
5. Understand the three hazards associated with the use of electricity.
6. Understand electric power and power measurement.
7. Identify the characteristics of the three basic electrical circuits.
8. Identify the types and characteristics of commonly used electrical test equipment.
9. Understand how electricity is distributed through commercial and industrial facilities.
10. Understand the terminology associated with and operation of major electrical components in a distribution system.
11. Read basic electrical distribution diagrams.
12. Identify the types of PPE required for various electrical tasks.
13. Understand the importance and basics of a Lockout Tagout program.
14. Understand the purpose of the National Electrical Code and its relationship to maintenance tasks.
15. Define basic electrical terms found in the National Electrical Code.
16. Identify general requirements for electrical work defined in the National Electrical Code.
17. Identify properties of the different types of conductors and insulation materials.
18. Read and interpret NEC Table 310.16 reproduced in the Ugly's manual to size wire.
19. Identify the different types of raceways available for wiring.
20. Identify the correct methods to wire various electrical components and equipment.
21. Learn a systematic approach to simple troubleshooting.
22. Understand the importance of an Assured Equipment Grounding Conductor Program and the use of GFCI's.
23. Understand the basic types of electric maintenance performed in industrial plants and facilities.

Training Outcomes

During this seminar attendees will perform basic electrical "hands on" maintenance tasks. When they return from this American Trainco seminar, their employer can expect them to present a training certificate indicating he or she has successfully completed the following:

(after Day 1)
1. Safely and correctly verify a circuit is de-energized.
2. Take voltage and resistance readings using a digital multimeter.
3. Take clamp-on ammeter readings.
4. Perform basic circuit checks for shorts, opens and ground faults using a multimeter.
5. Be ready to read and interpret your facility one-line electrical drawings and electrical floor plans.

(after Day 2)
1. Choose what electrical PPE they must wear for routine electrical jobs.
2. Choose the right type and size wire for common electrical jobs.
3. Determine how many of the same size wires they can pull into a given type and size conduit.
4. Terminate and splice control and, lighting and power circuit wiring using compression terminals and twist-on wire connectors.
5. Wire devices such as switches, receptacles and plugs and receptacles on extension cords.
6. Make the electrical checks required as part of an Assured Equipment Grounding Conductor Program as required by OSHA and the National Electrical Code?.

Course Agenda


Understanding Industrial Electricity

This seminar will provide students with a basic understanding of how electricity works in commercial and industrial settings. Starting with easily understood analogies to explain the fundamentals of electricity, students will then be quickly immersed in practical, real world examples used to illustrate how electricity is distributed and used in their own plants and facilities. Next they will learn about different types of electrical test equipment and how to use this equipment in their everyday jobs. A short introduction to electrical safety will be included before moving on to an in-depth discussion about major electrical components such as motors and transformers, where & how these components work, and their purposes within electrical systems. By the end of Day 1, students will have gained a firm understanding of how electrical systems work in their own plants and buildings.

- Production & Distribution of Electricity
- DC and AC in Plants and Facilities
- Voltage, Current and Resistance; Ohm's Law
- Basic Electric Circuits
- Series Circuits
- Parallel Circuits
- Series / Parallel Circuits
- Power: Types & Control
- Single-phase and Three-phase Systems
- Workplace Electrical Safety

- Multimeters
- Voltage Testers
- Verifying a Circuit De-energized
- 3 Modes of Failure: Opens, Shorts, Ground Faults
- Clamp-on Ammeter
- Megohmmeters
- Meters for Special Circumstances

- Reading Electrical Single-Line Diagrams
- Major Components
- The Electrical Service
- Main Distribution Centers
- Transformers
- Switchgear and Circuit Breakers
- Overcurrent Protective Devices
- Feeders
- Disconnects
- Motors
- Panelboards and Branch Circuits
- Lighting Circuits
- Electrical Floor Plans & Facility Wiring


Working with Industrial Electricity

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