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Basic Electricity & Electrical Troubleshooting (Onsite Combo)

Onsite Basic Electricity & Electrical Troubleshooting Training Course 

We will bring our training equipment to your location and provide high quality, hands-on training that is tailored to your personnel, your schedule, your equipment & systems, and your specific training needs. 

We work with you to design a course that will achieve the desired objectives for your team. 

Our onsite training classes can be very cost-effective and result in dramatic improvements in your team's skill and performance levels. 

Some of the benefits of having training delivered at customer's location include:

  • Flexible schedules (back shifts, weekends, split-shifts to allow maintenance and production support, skill or experience level split groups, etc.)
  • Simplifies logistics and lost time for your personnel
  • Reduce travel cost of traveling to remote locations (hotels, airfare, rental cars & fuel, food, etc.)
  • Avoid potential travel delays or other problems

Our onsite training offerings can include skillset needs assessments, development of training plans & curriculum, development of standard and customized training materials and resources, remote progress checks, mentoring, and guidance for each individual or for groups, or whatever your team needs. We think out of the box to solve your training needs. Give us a call today to see how we might help your team! 

Detailed information on our Onsite Basic Electrical Training - (Can be modified to meet customer needs and goals)

Length: 2 to 5 days
Percent Hands-on: 50 to 75%

Combo Course Description: 

This course is a sequential combination of our 2-day Basic Electricity course followed immediately by our 2-day Electrical Troubleshooting course. See course description of each course for details.

Basic Electricity (Day 1-2):  

Students will first learn and solidify the concepts critical to basic electricity. They will establish a strong working understanding of Ohm's Law, series and parallel circuits, proper electrical testing and measurements, and familiarity with common components.

Our Basic Electricity course utilizes a wide range of modular electrical components with simple push tab connectors to allow quick and easy construction of numerous basic electrical circuits. Using the various modular parts and components, students build several basic electrical circuits directly on the classroom tables and then test and observe responses to various changes to conceptualize and form a working understanding of the important concepts. 

Unlike most other training, we focus on teaching electricity from a very intuitive observational framework (versus spewing formulas that are taught in much longer college type programs). This unique appraoch allows students to truly visualize the circuit flow and the relationships between voltage, current, resistance, and power. Later we show the standard pie-chart and formulas - but not until the key concepts of electricity are 'intuitive'. Through many years of training, we have observed that this approach results in much longer lasting understanding of the key concepts, and the ability to use the information in troubleshooting or more advanced learning. 

The Basic Electricity portion of this course is approximately 75% hands-on oriented with a few demonstrations, presentations, and open discussions included. 

Students will learn the core concepts of basic electricity in a functional and useful way. The objective of this course is to build (and/or fortify) a strong foundation that we can build upon as we move into the Electrical Troubleshooting course. 

The Basic Electricity portion of this course has been very highly rated by students, including those who had learned basic electricity much earlier (and in depth) in their careers, but who never solidified the theory or basics. We have had many electrical engineers and highly experienced electricians say that the refresher on basic electricity was surprisingly helpful and that it should be automatically included in the overall course (which is why we offer this as a 4-day combination course). 

Once students are solid on basic electricity (after 2-days), they move into the fun and challenging Electrical Troubleshooting course for days #3-5 (see description below): 

Electrical Troubleshooting Course (Day 3-4):  

Our electrical troubleshooting course is 75% hands-on with real electrical systems and components. Using our exclusive electrical training stations, students will construct increasingly complex electrical control circuits and learn to apply logical troubleshooting techniques and proven methodical approaches to troubleshoot various faults inserted by Instructors.

As part of this course, students will learn to properly read electrical schematics, wiring diagrams, and electrical ladder diagrams and to trace circuits via terminal block numbers, component pinouts, wire numbers & colors, etc. The hands-on exercises in this course have been strategically designed to help students correlate schematics, diagrams, and prints to the real-world systems, and teach technicians to properly use appropriate references and resources instead of leaning on tug-tracing wiring, part-swapping, or other incomplete practices.

After constructing and operating typical control circuits, the Course Instructor will insert a fault into the system (such as faulty components, wiring problems, grounded components, shorts, opens, mechanical issues, etc.), and students will use our logical 7-step troubleshooting method (link) to solve each problem, including determining the likely root cause of failure (RCF), and then determining and performing appropriate retest procedures. 

Rather than simply focusing on whether the students find the fault or not - this course emphasizes the process and the logic students used to find the fault. This course strives to 'unteach' the practices of 'easter-egging' or 'guessing' or ‘simply part-swapping’ (i.e. poking around with fingers crossed). 

After each troubleshooting scenario, we will discuss what could have been done more logically or more efficiently in the troubleshooting, RCF analysis, repair, and retesting procedures. Many I&E technicians fail to fully perform these steps as an integral part of their troubleshooting efforts and the results are; repeated failures, added problems, cost of swapped parts, damage to swap-tested parts that are placed back in the warehouse to cause future problems, damage to other systems, repeated and excessive downtime, personnel or process safety issues, and many other expensive or unsafe situations. 

The training stations for our electrical troubleshooting class are modular table-top units with a wide array of installed devices to allow for maximum in-class flexibility and adaptation. The electrical training stations include DIN rail mounted quick-connect style terminal blocks to allow for quick circuit construction, and easy connection to a wide range of common components such as; a variety of switches, indicators, motor speed controls, electrical relays, timing relays, fan motor, rotating motor with cam and limit switches, pumps, pressure switches, pneumatic cylinders with limit switches, directional pneumatic solenoids, and more. Instructors will strategically vary the lab and troubleshooting challenges based on student experience and abilities, to help ensure maximum gains by each student. 

Performing the hands-on work and electrical troubleshooting directly at the classroom table maximizes the efficiency of the training and is much more convenient and comfortable for students. It also facilitates classroom instruction and guided group discussions during the practical exercises (which is incredibly helpful) and allows us to move quickly and easily to and from practical mode to presentations or whiteboard sketches/discussions. This better aligns with how people actually learn and has proven extremely successful in all of our training courses. This system of table-top based hands-on stations is a trademark approach of Orion Technical Solutions and has proven tremendously successful since 2000. 

Our electrical troubleshooting training will develop and improve the logic, efficiency, and accuracy of electrical troubleshooting for maintenance techs and others involved with electrical maintenance or troubleshooting work. Even Electrical Engineers and Certified Master Electricians have benefited from and have highly praised the value of this course in improving troubleshooting skills.

Students consistently rate this course as extremely challenging and impactful - but also as very fun and enjoyable. 

Course Outcomes:

Basic Electricity (Day 1-2):  

  • Be able to relate physical circuits to wiring diagrams and electrical schematics.
  • Intuitively visualize the relationships of current, voltage, and resistance in a circuit (rather than memorizing formulas) via hands-on exercises and demonstrations.
  • Understand the relationships of power, energy and wattage in practical ways via hands-on exercises and demonstrations. 
  • Be able to utilize the concepts associated with Ohm’s Law to solve typical problems in electrical circuits.
  • Understand how current and voltages behave in series, parallel, and combination series + parallel circuits. 
  • Be able to utilize a digital multimeter to properly measure voltage, current, and resistance. 
  • Be aware of tips and tricks, and common mistakes when using digital multimeters in electrical troubleshooting and maintenance. 
  • Understand and be able to read and interpret basic electrical schematics, one-line diagrams, and wiring diagrams. 
  • Gain familiarity with common electrical components.
  • Gain practice testing, analyzing, and troubleshooting common simple electrical components such as resistors, potentiometers, rheostats, disconnects, fuses, circuit breakers.
  • Learn to test and analyze the operation of key electrical operational components such as switches, indicators, solenoids, relays, motors, capacitors, inductors & inductive loads, etc..
  • Understand the basics electrical safety.  

Electrical Troubleshooting (Day 3-4): 

  • Understand and be able to read and interpret electrical ‘ladder' diagrams to include understanding wire numbers, terminal numbers, component tags, etc. 
  • Relate electrical ladder diagrams to typical wiring diagrams, schematics, and other prints. 
  • Know how to methodically build (and/or trace or interpret a circuit) from a wiring diagram and/or ladder diagram or schematic.
  • Understand the difference between electrical ladder diagrams, schematics, and wiring diagrams and know when and where to use each. 
  • Learn to read and interpret an electrical diagram to predict system operation, voltage, and current readings at key points. 
  • Learn to use advanced features of digital multimeters to advance troubleshooting capabilities (Diode check, min/max/avg, continuity test, etc.)
  • Learn how to properly test and troubleshoot common components including various types of switches, indicators, relays, timers, diodes, capacitors, and others in a safe manner.
  • Learn to troubleshoot typical motor starter (contactors and overloads).
  • Learn to utilize troubleshooting tricks and tips such as half-splitting, negative tie-down & voltage tracing vs voltage drops, comparison checks to working circuits or branches, avoiding parallel circuit errors, etc. 
  • Learn to utilize a systematic logical troubleshooting methodology. 
  • Learn to keep track of symptoms, measurements, tests, and outcomes when troubleshooting. 
  • Learn how and why to find the root cause of failure for all equipment failures.
  • Learn to determine necessary retest requirements for various equipment, systems, and components pertaining to safety, operations, efficiency, regulatory requirements, etc.  

Hands-on Exercises: 

Basic Electricity (Day 1-2): 

  • Construct a series of series and parallel circuits using our modular quick-connect components such as (switches, resistors, potentiometers, float switches, batteries, power supplies, lamps, relays, fuses, circuit breakers, motors, generators, diodes, LED's, capacitors, etc.).
  • Students will predict and then observe the operation of each circuit and solve various problems assigned by instructor.
  • Typically, students will be quizzed to guess what will happen prior to manipulating the circuit. This is to help 'open the box' in their minds. Then we make the change and answer the natural questions that arise. This approach best matches how people truly learn technical concepts and has proven tremendously successful at developing real understanding and long-lasting skills that can be built upon and expanded. This is one of many things that cause our training to deliver superior 'long-term' results. 
  • As the course progresses, students will build and integrate an increasing knowledgebase and understanding of key concepts.   

Electrical Troubleshooting (Day 3-4): 

  • Construct a series of increasingly complex circuits on our Electrical Training Stations per provided electrical prints, schematics, ladder diagrams and/or wiring diagrams. The circuits constructed will include various types of switches, circuit protection, indicators, pneumatic solenoids, potentiometers, speed controls, SPST relays, DPDT & reversing relays, timing relays, motors, pumps, pressure switches, cam/limit switches, motor contactors & overloads, etc. etc..
  • Troubleshoot increasingly complex faults in a methodical, logical way and discuss the logic and potential areas of improvement for each fault.
  • Analyze the RCF (root cause of failure) for each fault and resolve as appropriate. Several faults are designed to help solidify and show the importance of this step in the troubleshooting process. 
  • Determine and perform appropriate retest procedures needed to ensure full functionality of the system based on fault, RCF, components replaced, and work performed (in other words don't just check that the reported faulty symptom has been corrected and move forward - verify that the system is truly 100% operational, to avoid the often-missed issues that can cause repeat problems, down-time, safety issues, etc.)

This combination course is one of our most popular and most effective courses. Managers and students rate it as highly educational and impactful. Students seem to greatly enjoy this course and always give it very high marks. 

Contact us today or submit an onsite course request form to get information and a detailed quotation for customized onsite training delivered to your team at your location!