What kind of facility or business is this training for?Thank you for the reply! I am still searching for the answer to your question! That's what I'm trying to define so I can make our labs useful. I'd like to know what skills are expected of a second year apprentice.
And I will look into your idea, thanks!
As an Electrical Contractor what kind of installations and troubleshooting would you expect them to know how to do As second year apprentices? You need to teach the National Electrical Code and Safety along with the hands on stuff!We are an electrical contractor and apprentices are earning OJT hours as well as classroom hours.
I've had this very discussion with the local vocational school, I was told no one does that work in our area...what does a second year apprentice need to know that a lab would be helpful to learn?
I wish someone would teach apprentices to read normal electrical control schematics.
Thanks! We follow the Mike Holt curriculum to fulfill our RTI hours. We do lab nights every six weeks, so we are looking for quality labs to challenge apprentices and teach new skills.As an Electrical Contractor what kind of installations and troubleshooting would you expect them to know how to do As second year apprentices? You need to teach the National Electrical Code and Safety along with the hands on stuff!
Thank you for the reply! What we are specifically looking for are topics for lab nights that we run every six weeks. We are solid on RTI hours and OJT hours (we follow the Mike Holt curriculum for RTI hours, and job site work covers OJT requirements). Our lab nights are additionally scheduled to provide more hands-on training.In the lab, teach them electrical theory, electrical math, and switching.
In the field, teach them how to use tools and how to use the hardware.
Troubleshooting is best learned with experience.
Even with my experience, I still learn new things when troubleshooting. A new problem I never encountered before comes up now and then.Just who will teach them? IME, very few field electricians are any good at troubleshooting.
Just who will teach them? IME, very few field electricians are any good at troubleshooting.
I appreciate it! We are doing a conduit bending lab. And yes we are wanting to open labs up to the entire company soon!The school I went through the second year was geared towards the commercial side of things.
I would think introducing them to conduit bending would be a good lab
Also talk to the field people to see if they have input on topics that could covered. There's a lot of technology out there, you could likely develop good labs on that stuff that could also be applied to the rest of your work force
Thanks! We are trying to develop a troubleshooting lab...Even with my experience, I still learn new things when troubleshooting. A new problem I never encountered before comes up now and then.
Only so much you can do in a lab in simulating break downs when there is so many things that can break down.
I also can't tell you how many motor driven load problems I have been asked to solve that ended up being driven load problems and not electrical problems. The fact a protective device shuts the operation down makes it an "electricians problem" though, so you have to prove why the motor is overloaded.
OK, for trouble shooting: Obviously, circuits setup with open neutrals, bad CTs or burden resistors, white wire turned brown on 3 pahse with harmonics, ghost voltage setups, etc, etc.....Thanks! We are trying to develop a troubleshooting lab...
Appreciate the ideas!Real time arc flash and circuit breaker time to trip demonstrations, with appropriate safety in place of course.
Demo of wire fusing and how to destroy a screwdriver.
I' d even let students trip a 30 A breaker with an old screwdriver. Face shield and hearing protection of course, possibly even gloves if very safety conscious.