E101 – Electrical Fundamentals For The Non-electrician

E101 – Electrical Fundamentals For The Non-electrician


One thing we can all agree on is that if you are going to work on any high-voltage circuit, you better know what you’re looking at and you better know how to proceed safely.  This is exactly where this two-day course is heading.  It's intended to help a non-electrician resolve his/her electrical problem in a safe manner. To accomplish this goal, this course will provide an understanding on:
  • exactly what is electricity,
  • how electricity is produced, and
  • how electricity is distributed to such places as homes, businesses, and industries, etc.
Additionally, this course will discuss how to ensure a safe working relationship with electricity that involves activities that do not require a master electrician.  These include, but not limited to:
  • how to read an electrical schematic;
  • how to measure circuit parameters (voltage, current, and resistance);
  • how to perform systematic troubleshooting; and
  • how to properly size a wire for a given application along with its proper termination at the device and the breaker box.
Also, this course explains what constitutes an Assured Equipment Grounding Program, which comprises of describing the operation of a Ground Fault Circuit Indicator (GFCI) along with knowing when one is required at the workplace; and explicates the benefits of an Electrical Maintenance Planning Program. Since everything electrical has to conform to the standards as described in the National Electric Code (NEC), this course will familiarize one with some of the terms along with their definitions; will familiarize one with the installation requirements of electrical equipment and electrical wiring; and will familiarize one with the requirements that identifies a qualified person. This 2-day class is immediately followed by, in the same week, a 2-day class on Electrical Troubleshooting & Preventive Maintenance, E201.  Enroll for both courses and receive a discounted price.

Who Should Attend?

Personnel Mechanics, HVAC Technicians, Machine Operators, Technicians, Non Electrical Engineers, General Maintenance Technicians, or any person who would benefit from learning to safely work around electricity. Who Work At Manufacturing Facilities, Hospitals, Commercial Buildings, Waste Water Facilities, Government Buildings, Schools, Shopping Centers, Apartment Complexes The above are prime candidates for attending this course.

What you will receive

  • HPC Technical Services' fully illustrated textbook:  Electrical Fundamentals for the Non-Electrician, written by Mike Whisnant, an HPC consultant and training specialist.
  • HPC's Certificate of Completion with 14 PDH awarded.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course the participants will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate familiarity with Ohm's Law and the ability to apply this law in interpreting electrical circuits.
  2. Describe hazards associated with working with electricity and demonstrate how to protect oneself from this hazard.
  3. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the functionality of a multimeter, voltage testers, a non-intrusive ammeter; and identify the instrument that is used to verify the integrity of wire insulation.
  4. Participants will have a working knowledge on how to properly select the function/range and connect a multimeter to measure current, resistance, and voltage.
  5. Describe the difference between a conductor and cable and how they are classified.
  6. Describe the accepted safe way of running wires from one location to another.
  7. Demonstrate the proper technique on how to connect wires using a wire nut or terminal lug as well as to wire an electrical receptacle and/or switch, fluorescent ballast, AC motor, and DC motor.
  8. Demonstrate knowledge regarding the use and application of different types of electrical diagrams.
  9. Demonstrate knowledge necessary to replace a circuit breaker in a lighting panelboard.
  10. Demonstrate knowledge as to what constitutes an Assured Equipment Grounding Program.
  11. Demonstrate operational knowledge and ability to use a Ground Fault Circuit Indicator (GFCI).
  12. Demonstrate a basic understanding of troubleshooting techniques involving branch and control circuits and the importance of the Lockout/Tagout concept.
  13. Demonstrate knowledge regarding the purpose of the National Electric Code (NEC).

Course Outline

  1. PRODUCTION OF ELECTRICITY: Production of Electricity, AC / DC in Facilities, Circuit Parameters, Ohm's Law, Basic Electrical Circuits, Power in Electrical Circuits, Single Phase Versus Three Phase Systems
  2. SAFETY ISSUES: Hazards of Working With Electricity, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Safe Working Practices, Lockout / Tagout (LOTO), Electrical Safety in the Workplace, Power in Electrical Circuits
  3. TEST EQUIPMENT: Multimeters, Voltage Testers, Clamp on Ammeter, Meg-Ohmmeters
  4. USE OF TEST EQUIPMENT: Measuring Circuit Parameters, Verifying Circuit is De energized, Determining Mode of Failure, Meg-Ohmmeters
  5. WIRE SELECTION: How a Conductor is Constructed, Classifications and Ratings, Selecting a Conductor
  6. RUNNING WIRE: Raceways, Fittings and Boxes
  7. INSTALLING AND WIRING EQUIPMENT: Wire Nuts, Terminals and Crimpers, Switches and Receptacles, Fluorescent Ballasts, AC Motors, DC Motors, Replacement Criteria, Temporary Wiring
  8. UNDERSTANDING BUILDING ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS: Reading One Line Diagrams, Introduction To Schematic Diagrams, Electrical Service, Major Components
  9. INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRICAL MAINTENANCE: Assured Equipment Grounding Program, Use of a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI), Electrical Maintenance Planning and Activities, Precautions
  10. TROUBLESHOOTING TECHNIQUES: Branch Circuits, Control Circuits, Equipment Isolation, Fuses
  11. NATIONAL ELECTRIC CODE: Purpose, Definitions, Terminology, Overview of Installation Requirements, Qualification of Personnel

Course Dates / Location / Fee

See HPC’s website, www.TurbineGeneratorTraining.com, for detailed information regarding location and dates.  This course is offered in cities all across the USA. This 2-day class is immediately followed by, in the same week, a 2-day class on Electrical Troubleshooting & Preventive Maintenance, E201.  Enroll for both courses and receive a discounted price.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will HPC Technical Services bring this course to our location for our personnel only? YES, call or email Stephen Parker, Stephen@TurbineGeneratorTraining.com for a price quotation.
  • Will HPC Technical Services customize the presentation at our site to suit our particular needs?
  • Is HPC Technical Services' textbook available for purchase as a reference document?   $95 + S&H.
  • What is the cost for HPC Technical Service to deliver this course at our location? Well, of course that can vary and it needs to priced on an individual need basis.  You gain from the customization and price.
  • Is HPC Technical Services' consultants available for "technical advise" on the evaluation of your maintenance procedures, systems, tests?   Call Stephen Parker, Stephen@TurbineGeneratorTraining.com for a rate sheet.


All HPC instructors are educated ‘experts’ on the subject they teach, with years of relevant hands-on experience (typically 20+ years), and have proven instructional skills.  Brief resumes can be looked up on HPC’s website, www.TurbineGeneratorTraining.com.