Course Description

Theoretical and practical aspects of the operation and maintenance of electrical machinery, including: electric circuits and wiring, AC and DC motors and generators, transformers, motor controls, and troubleshooting.

This course consists of twelve, 2-hour long labs with practical assessments, and a final exam.

Entrance requirements

Concurrent attendance or successful completion of EN‑3111.

STCW Objectives

Demonstrate proficiency in the following skills:


  1. Alternating Current Principles.
  2. Three Phase Transformers.
  3. Three Phase Induction Motors.
  4. DC Generators.
  5. Synchronous Generators.
  6. Generator Paralleling.

  7. Residential Wiring;
    Lock-out / Tag-out Procedures;
    Use of Voltmeter, Ammeter, Wiggy, DMM.
  8. Basic Principles of Motor Control.
  9. Basic Control Circuits.
  10. Jogging Control Circuits.
  11. Reduced Voltage Starters.
  12. Time Relays;
    High Voltage switchgear.

Other objectives

  • Measure voltage, amperage, and resistance with a DMM
  • Measure amplitude, frequency, period and phase shifts of sine waves using an oscilloscope
  • Measure wattage, vars, va, and power factor using a power meter
  • Lock-out and tag out electrical circuits
  • Wire a three-way lighting circuit
  • Connect three phase transformers in delta and wye configurations, and describe the resulting voltage and current relationships
  • Demonstrate the operating characteristics of three phase induction motors
  • Demonstrate the operating characteristics of single phase motors
  • Demonstrate the operation of unloaded and loaded synchronous generators
  • Parallel a AC Generator with the bus or another generator
  • Demonstrate the operating principles of two-wire and three-wire control circuits
  • Demonstrate the operating principles jogging and breaking circuits
  • Demonstrate the operating principles reduced voltage and soft starters
  • Wire single- and three-phase motors to UVR and UVP motor controllers
  • Describe the operation and troubleshoot a magnetic motor controllers
  • Describe the purpose a thermal overload relay
  • Describe what is meant by sustained overload protection and interrupting capacity
  • Describe safety requirements for working with high voltage equipment
  • Describe configuration and operation of 5 kV circuit breaker in the laboratory

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