Canadian Trainco Seminars
Canadian Trainco presents

Electric Motors and Motor Control Circuits On-Site Training

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

This course is designed to help maintenance people identify what the real issue is when a motor burns out and how to prevent it from happening again.

Course Description/Agenda

Motors that fail and the need to replace them is as common as the day is long. But did you know that it doesn�t have to be that way? While motor failure may appear to be a common problem, it is more likely that the real enemy is a wrong application or control circuit issue. Failure of the motor can be just a symptom of perhaps an even more serious problem that lies ahead.

This course is designed to help maintenance people identify what the real issue is when a motor burns out and how to prevent it from happening again. It involves understanding the control of the motor as well as the motor itself. And because we know time is money, this seminar is designed to have immediate impact so that you can start saving maintenance dollars on costly repairs and service calls today! We approach our students as if they were our own employees. We give them real world, practical knowledge. And students attending this course are expected to go back to their workplace and immediately apply what they have learned. Now that�s "Real World" training!

Who should take this course?

This course is designed for anyone who needs to understand motors and motor control. Attendees come from a wide variety of industries, skill-levels, company sizes, and backgrounds, so if you're not sure you'll fit in or will benefit from these classes, don't worry - you will - as long as you work around motors! People who will benefit from attending this seminar include�

All Maintenance Related Personnel Working in:

  • Manufacturing Plants
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Hospitals
  • Waste Water Facilities
  • Schools
  • Government Buildings
  • Or any other environment where motors are present

Training Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will receive a training certificate and .8 Continuing Education Units for each day attended (1.6 credits for 2 days), indicating that the student has learned to:

  1. Identify the different types of motors and their appropriate applications
  2. Test for & troubleshoot motor problems
  3. Properly select and replace a motor
  4. Keep a motor properly maintained
  5. Identify & understand symbols used in common control circuit drawings
  6. Use a logical, systematic approach to troubleshooting
  7. Find and fix common control circuit problems

And to be 100% certain you get the training you need, students are encouraged to bring control circuit drawings of the equipment in their own facility! If you have a unique problem or situation, just let our instructor know. If he can�t help you with your specific problem, we�ll refund your money - guaranteed!

Course Outline / Agenda


Discussion Topics:

    • Motor terminology
    • Types of motors and their suitable applications
    • Testing equipment
    • Field troubleshooting checklist
    • Motor selection
    • Nameplate data
    • IEC motor ratings
    • Energy considerations
    • Hazards of rotating equipment
    • OSHA Lockout/Tagout requirements
    • Determining power supplies and voltages
    • Verifying circuits de-energized - safely and correctly!
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements
    • Visual inspections
    • De-terminating motors
    • Setting replacement motors
    • Shaft coupling/alignment options
    • Electrical checks
    • Sizing line conductors
    • Using nameplate data for proper connections
    • Selecting the best method of motor termination
    • Lugs and insulation tapes for termination
    • Termination kits
    • Methods of verifying proper phase rotation
    • Lubrication requirements
    • Sizing fuses and overloads
    • Final checks prior to re-energizing motor
    • Electrical, visual and mechanical checks for startup testing
    • Testing motor windings
    • Megohmmeter testing of motors
    • Modern, state-of-the-art predictive maintenance testing for motors
    • Bearings and Lubrication
    • Motor Storage
    • Determining voltage and current imbalance and its effects
    • Recommended maintenance practices of NFPA 70B
    • Sizing and adjusting overloads per the NEC®
    • Common motor problems and how to find them
    • Fixes for common motor problems


Discussion Topics:

    • Types of motor control
    • Symbols for control
    • Learn to read motor control schematic and ladder diagrams
    • Watch motor control circuits operate on-screen before the class
    • Learn the basics of PLC ladder logic
    • Watch PLC ladder diagrams operate on-screen before the class
    • Developing a logical, systematic approach to troubleshooting controls
    • Typical control circuit problems and how to find and fix them
    • Energy Management and motor drives
    • AC and DC drives overview
    • Motors for Variable Speed Drives
    • Variable Speed Drive Applications
    • HVAC applications
    • Servo motors and drives for manufacturing
    • Review operation of modern automation control such as &pick and place& and conveyor drives

What You Will Take Home

� American Trainco Seminar Manual - detailing all presentation material covered in the class.

� Personalized Training Certificate with 0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for each day attended (1.6 for both days), approved by the MTAA and ACE.

� All the information you need from asking our instructors specific questions about your own equipment or facility.

Optional ATMT Certification® Testing

An optional ATMT® Certification exam is available for this training topic. It may be taken online or as a written test any time after the class is over.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

All students attending our seminars receive a personalized Certificate of Completion and .8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) per day of training. Over 40,000 employers and government agencies who have sent their employees to our classes accept American Trainco CEUs for continuing education requirements. Our administration and record keeping practices meet or exceed the standards of ACE (American Council on Education) and we are able to provide transcripts of all classes attended and tests taken by individual students. Please contact us if our CEUs are not yet accepted by your authority. We will initiate an application to get the approval process started.

No Risk Registration & Money-Back Guarantee

If you're not yet sure you'll be able to attend a seminar, you can still make a reservation to hold your space in class. While payment is due prior to the start of the seminar, you may choose a full refund or credit for cancellations made at least 24 hours in advance. Student substitutions can also be freely made at any time prior to the start of the seminar. Refunds will not be issued for registered attendees who fail to show up and have not given a notice of cancellation.

In the rare event that should you not receive the expected value after attending our seminar, simply notify us in writing of your reasons and your money will be promptly refunded.


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