Electrical Foundations Training Series

Course Name

Electrical Foundations Training Series

Contact Hours: 8

Course Description

The Electrical series of modules covers the fundamentals of electrical systems and components in an industrial facility. Subject areas within this series include Motor and Motor Control, Variable Frequency Drives, Circuit Protection, and Transformers.  This series consists of 16 modules. Each module is 30 minutes in length.


Motors and Motor Control

The electric motor is the workhorse of the modern industry. Its functions are almost unlimited. A thorough understanding of the function of the various components of a motor control center is desirable from both a maintenance and a troubleshooting standpoint. Properly maintained motors and motor control centers ensure a minimum of downtime for unscheduled repairs, increase productivity, and contribute to a safer working environment. The Motor and Motor Control subject area covers many aspects of these workhorses, including direct and alternating current configurations, protection, motor starters, and basic electrical and control circuitry.


Variable Frequency Drives

The use of variable frequency drives, or VFDs, allows exact speed control by controlling the voltage or the current of a motor. Understanding the fundamentals of VFDs, along with installation, programming, and troubleshooting is critical to efficient operation. The Variable Frequency Drive subject area covers these items.


Circuit Protection

Working with electricity is inherently dangerous, thus circuit breakers and protective relays are required to protect personnel. The Circuit Protection subject area covers both circuit breakers and protective relays, their functions, types, and methods of operation.



The Transformers subject area covers power transformers and instrument transformers. The power transformer modules will discuss various designs and tests, while the instrument transformer module explains industrial types and designs of transformers.

General computer requirements:

INTEL 1st gen I3 or better
AMD dual core 64 bit Athlon or better
2GB DDR2 or better
Working sound
1280x720 or larger screen resolution
Internet Explorer 8+, Firefox 20+, Chrome 20+
Browser supporting javascript (with javascript enabled)
Browser supporting HTTPS
Flash plugin



Students will have a strong understanding of fundamentals of electrical systems and components in an industrial facility. Electrical components suchas; Motor and Motor Control, Variable Frequency Drives, Circuit Protection, and Transformers. IACET CEU’s awarded along with certificate of completion 


Each module contains numerous Knowledge Checks along the way to help you measure your understanding.  At the end of each module there is a final quiz. A score of 80% or higher is required to earn a certificate of completion.


Motor and Motor Control - 0.4 CEUs

Direct Current Motors:
Operating Principle
DC Motor Types

Alternating Current Motors:
AC Motor Theory
Induction Motors
Synchronous Motors
Wound Rotor Motors

Motor Fundamentals:
Motor Control Basics
Types of Controllers
Magnetic Contactors

Motor Protection and Nameplate Data:
Motor Fundamentals
Nameplate Data
Motor Protection

Electrical Diagrams:
Diagram Types
Control Devices and Symbols
Interlocking Methods for Reversing Controls

Control Circuit Diagrams:
Sequence Control
Motor Control Center Single Line Diagrams

Motor Starters:
Full and Reduced Voltage Starters
Wye-Delta and Part Winding Starters
Speed and Consequent Pole Controllers
Control Power

Variable Frequency Drives - 0.1 CEUs

Variable Frequency Drive Fundamentals:
Functions and Operations of an AC Drive
Interface Methods
Advantages and Disadvantages of AC Drives

Variable Frequency Drive Troubleshooting:
Common Fault and Alarm Indications
Common Types of Faults and Alarm
Troubleshooting Tables

Variable Frequency Drive Installation and Programming:
Installation Requirements
Start Up
Programming and Parameters

Circuit Protection - 0.2 CEUs

Basic Relaying I:
Attributes of a Protection Relay System
Functional Categories
Basic Sensing Quantities for Relays
Operating Characteristics of Relays

Basic Relaying II:
Time Delay Characteristics