IC-100: Basic Electrical & Controls Training

Course Description

This 64-hour, 8-day training program is designed to familiarize entry-level electricians, equipment operators and other skilled trades with electrical control fundamentals, electric terminology and basic troubleshooting techniques.

Topical Outline

  • What is Electricity?
  • Digital Multimeter (DMM)
  • Wiring Mechanics
  • Troubleshooting Keys – Kirchhoff’s Law
  • Machine Control & Control Devices
  • Protective Devices
  • Introduction to Electrical Safety
  • Poly-Phase Circuits
  • Three-phase AC Motors
  • Troubleshooting Tips and Techniques
  • NEC Review
  • Generic PLC Concepts
  • Using the SLC to Demonstrate PLC Concepts
  • The PLC as an Advanced Troubleshooting Tool


Persons successfully completing this course will be able to:
  • Solve for the missing variable -I E or R - using Ohm’s Law.
  • Use a DMM to measure voltage, current and resistance.
  • Find opens and shorts in circuit using Kirchhoff’s Law.
  • Wire up and find problems in relay logic. Understand the operation of and repair/replace defective input devices such as: limit switches, proximity sensors, photo eyes & reed switches. Understand the operation of and repair/replace defective output devices such as: timers, motor starters, contractors & solenoids.
  • Find and use the correct documentation needed to troubleshoot and repair machine breakdowns.
  • Safely analyze and repair faults detected by protective devices such as: fuses, circuit breakers & GFIs.
  • Know what a “Qualified Person” is and what the requirements are to become one.
  • Explain how 3-phase electricity is generated and distributed to a plant.
  • Troubleshoot 3-phase motors using a DMM and a megger - find shorts, opens and insulation breakdown.
  • Develop a step by step troubleshooting plan to find the root cause of a shutdown. Implement countermeasure that will prevent the reoccurrence of a problem.
  • Explain what the NEC code is and what its intended purpose is.
  • Explain how real world (field) devices interface with a PLC.
  • Read a PLC program and explain how it relates to relay logic.
  • Use a PLC as the starting point for troubleshooting problems.

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