Basic Electricity for the Non Electrician

Electrical safety

Purpose of Training

This course provides students a practical, real world education in basic electricity. Specific needs and concerns of each student will be addressed so that upon completion they'll be able to reduce equipment downtime, improve overall efficiency and safety, and fix problems they've never been able to fix before. Solutions learned in this class will more than pay for the cost of training, a dozen, hundred or thousand times over.

What You Will Learn:

  • How electricity gets to your facility and is wired throughout
  • How to work with both AC and DC currents
  • Practical knowledge of voltage, current & resistance
  • How to calculate and apply electrical formulas
  • How to measure electrical power in your facility & equipment
  • How to identify and understand the most common electrical circuits
  • What electrical test equipment works best for your needs
  • How to read basic electrical distribution diagrams
  • NFPA 7OE Electrical Safety, Arc Flash and PPE
  • Lockout Tagout rules and procedures
  • How to find electrical answers in the National Electrical Code®
  • What types of conductors and insulation materials to use
  • How to select proper wire size and raceways for your job
  • The do's and don'ts of electrical wiring
  • The causes of most electrical problems & how to fix them
  • Grounding basics and proper application of GFCl's
  • Electric maintenance practices and repair

Training Outcomes

Basic electrical "hands on" maintenance tasks presented in this seminar will teach students to:

  • Safely and correctly verify a circuit is de-energized.
  • Take voltage and resistance readings
  • Take clamp-on ammeter readings.
  • Perform basic circuit checks for shorts, opens and ground faults
  • Read and interpret their facility's one-line electrical drawing and electrical floor plan.
  • Choose what electrical PPE they must wear
  • Choose the right type and size wire
  • Determine how many wires they can pull into a conduit.
  • How to terminate using compression terminals and Twist-on wire connectors.
  • Wire a variety of common electrical devices
  • Work in accordance with an Assured Equipment Grounding Conductor Program as required by OSHA and the National Electrical Code®.

Discussion Topics

Electrical Fundamentals

  • Production & Distribution of Electricity
  • DC and AC in Plants and Facilities
  • Voltage, Current and Resistance; Ohm's Law Basic Electric Circuits
  • Series Circuits
  • Parallel Circuits
  • Series I Parallel Circuits Power: Types & Control
  • Single-phase and Three-phase Systems
  • Workplace Electrical Safety

Electrical Test Equipment for Everyday Use

  • Multimeters
  • Voltage Testers
  • Verifying a Circuit De-energized
  • 3 Modes of Failure: Opens, Shorts, Ground Faults
  • Clamp-on Ammeter
  • Megohmmeters
  • Meters for Special Circumstances

Understanding Your Building Electrical System

  • Reading Electrical Single-Line Diagrams
  • Major Components The Electrical Service
  • Main Distribution Centers
  • Transformers
  • Switchgear and Circuit Breakers Overcurrent Protective Devices
  • Feeders
  • Disconnects
  • Motors

Panelboards and Branch Circuits Lighting Circuits

  • Electrical Floor Plans & Facility Wiring

Working Safely with Industrial Electricity Hazards & Dangers of Electricity

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)
  • Developing Safe Work Practices

The National Electrical Code ( NEC )

  • Purpose and Overview
  • Important Definitions and Terminology
  • Overview of Installation Requirements
  • "Qualified Persons"

Wire Selection

  • Conductor Types & Materials
  • Selection of Wire Insulation Sizing the Wire for the Job

Installing Wire (Conductors)

  • Raceways
  • Cable Trays Conduits
  • Fittings and Boxes

Installing and Wiring Equipment

  • Wire Nuts, Terminals and Crimpers
  • Switches and Receptacles
  • Fluorescent Ballasts
  • Motors
  • Temporary Wiring

Basic Troubleshooting Techniques

  • Branch Circuit Problems
  • Control Circuits

Isolation of Components

  • Checking & Replacing Fuses

Electrical Maintenance Activities

  • Performing Checks as part of an Assured Equipment Grounding Program
  • Use and Operation of GFCl's Types of Electrical Maintenance
  • Special Precautions Seminar Agenda

Training Philosophy


Our training is designed with practical, real-world facility and industrial applications in mind. It is unbiased, unaffiliated and non-commercial so you are assured of a real education and not a product sales pitch. It focuses less on theory and more on the actual steps students need to properly maintain equipment or fix specific problems at their own plant or facility. Doing this in just a few days while reinforcing worker safety is a serious challenge. That's why our instructors have the freedom to tweak each session to the specific needs of the students in each class. Our instructors will simplify the subject matter for the novice or go in-depth to answer an engineer's toughest question.

About Our Instructors

All instructors are required to have a formal education and real world work experience. They need to be leaders in their field. We don't hire field people without teaching experience, and we don't hire teachers without field experience. They must have both.

Training at Your Facility

We can bring this or any of our other dozens of courses directly to your facility for training.