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ITA Public-Style Seminar Course Agendas


Course Title:  Basic Industrial Electricity (AKA Electricity for Non-Electricians) 

Course Length:  2 days: total of 14 hours

Course Times: 8 am to 4:30 pm; Lunch 12-1
                              15 minute breaks at 10 am and 2 pm
Course Objectives:  At the end of this training, the participant will be able to safely troubleshoot electrical circuits, read basic prints, and properly perform periodic preventive and predictive maintenance routines and troubleshoot breakdowns.   


Day 1

  •   Basic Electrical Theory Simplified; Water Analogy
  •   Electrical terminology, common sense meanings.
  •   Alternating Current vs Direct Current; advantages and disadvantages of each explained; introduction to Nikola Tesla.
  •   Single phase and three phase power systems explained, uses, purposes and advantages and disadvantages of each.
  •   Introduction to Electrical Safety; The Hazards of Electricity, PPE, (Personal
  • Protective Equipment), Lockout/tagout, the National Electrical Code.
  •   Electrical Test Equipment, the proper and safe use of Digital Multimeters.
  •   Hands-on exercises on proper testing methods for various circuit components including switches, (single, three and four way switches), outlets, resistors, diodes, coils, fuses, circuit breakers, ground fault interrupters, transformers, motor starters, batteries, bulbs, etc.
  •   Ohm’s law and Kirchoff’s laws explained and hands-on circuit exercises using and demonstrating each law.
  •   Series, parallel and combination circuits explained. The uses of each circuit and hands-on exercises demonstrating each circuit.
  •   Overview of electrical drawings and symbols, single line drawings and ladder diagrams, hands-on written exercise.


Day 2

  •   Electrical Protective devices explained, fuses, circuit breakers, ground fault circuit interrupters and arc fault circuit interrupters explained. How to properly test each in a single phase and a three phase circuit. Proper coordination and selectivity. Also, how to tell why they might be failing; root cause analysis. Hands-on written exercise.
  •   Generators, transformers and motors; single phase and three phase. Each explained.
  •   Motors, single phase and three phase. How to test and wire. Proper use of the megohmmeter and resistance tests. How to test start and run capacitors. Hands on exercises.
  •   AC motor controls, introduction to common circuits and wiring, following wiring and ladder diagrams. Written exercise.
  •   Wiring and troubleshooting motor control circuits introduction. Hands-on wiring and troubleshooting of circuits. 


Course Title:  Industrial Motor Controls
Course Length:  2 days: total of 14 contact classroom hours 
Course Times:  8 am to 4:30 pm; Lunch 12-1
                               15 minute breaks at 10 am and 2 pm
Course Objectives:​  At the end of this training, the participant will be able to safely troubleshoot and repair motor controls and other common electrical problems. 

Day 1

  •  Basics of Three Phase power Distribution
  •  Reading and interpreting Industrial Ladder diagrams
  •  Hands-on print reading exercises
  •  Reading and interpreting Industrial One Line Diagrams
  •  Hands-on print reading exercises
  •  Wye Distribution Systems
  •  Delta Distribution Systems
  •  Transformer basics for both Delta and Wye Distribution Systems 
  •  Hands-on written exercise


Day 2

  •   Introduction to the Basics of Motor Starters, Control Relays, Solid State and                                                                                                    Magnetic, Electronic Timers,
  •   Electrical Protective devices for Motor Control Circuits, heaters, fuses, circuit                                                                                                    breakers.
  •   Working with and wiring from electrical drawings
  •   Wire numbering exercises
  •   Explanation of the two primary control modes, two wire and three wire control
  •   AC motor controls, introduction to common circuits and wiring, following wiring                                                                                                    and ladder diagrams. Written exercise.
  •   Wiring and troubleshooting motor control circuits introduction, familiarization                                                                                                     with the hands-on equipment and the wiring of the circuits.
  •   National Electrical Code, NEC 2011 Article 430 covering Motor Controls
  •   Sizing of Motor Control Circuit Components, written exercise
  •   Overview of Variable Frequency Drives, VFD’s
  •   Basics of Electrical Protective Devices and Selective Coordination per NEC 201.

Course Title:  Centrifugal Pumps
Course Length:  2 days: total of 14 hours

Course Times:  8 am to 4:30 pm; Lunch 12-1
                               15 minute breaks at 10 am and 2 pm
Course Objectives:  At the end of this training, the participant will be able to read and understand a Pump Curve, troubleshoot a pump problem to its root cause, determine whether a problem is mechanical, electrical, or operational, perform preventive and predictive maintenance routines, and properly maintain and lubricate equipment.


Day 1

  •   The history of pumping, ancient to present.
  •   Centrifugal and Positive Displacement Pumps basic theories explained.  The differences between them and advantages and disadvantages of each.
  •   Types of Centrifugal Pumps, Horizontal, Vertical Turbine, Submersible wet and dry pit types.
  • Pumping and water flow terminology, common sense meanings.
  • Basic Hydraulic concepts explained and simplified, Specific Gravity, Head pressure vs gauge pressure, viscosity, atmospheric pressure, re-circulation and cavitation.
  • Common pumping systems, lift, flooded suction and closed systems.
  • Net Positive Suction Head (NPSHA and NPSHR) explained.
  • Electrical Efficiency, Brake Horsepower, Water Horsepower and Efficiency.
  • System Curves, Pipe friction, Calculating System heads, determining a pump's operating point, “shut-off” and “run-out” defined.
  • Reading pump curves; hands on exercises
  •  The Affinity Laws; Hands on exercise


Day 2

  •   Short review of information covered in day 1
  • Pump Operational Optimization, Energy Efficiency, Process Controls, Pump Operating speed vs Throttling
  • Pump Selection from various choices, how to select for efficiency and reliability.
  • Proper Pump Installation, piping supports, pipe strain, foundations, grouting and base plate installation.
  • Sealing Devices:
    • Mechanical Seals,
      •   Types; Balanced and Unbalanced types, Double and Tandem configurations.
      •   Materials of construction, material compatibility
      •   Proper installation
      •  Proper maintenance, cooling water flow
    • Packing,
      •  types of packing, weave and materials of construction
      • Proper installation
      •  Proper maintenance, cooling water flow and adjustment
  •  Centrifugal Pump Maintenance and Troubleshooting; Root Cause Analysis of Problems
    • Commonly encountered pump failures and their root causes.
    • Proper bearing maintenance, installation and lubrication
    • Internal inspection of pumps, clearances, how to properly measure
    • Proper pump/motor alignment