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Getting Down To Electrical Basics

Oct 11, 2007
A basic electrical course can be taken in as little as one day. It can teach you the basics of do it yourself work at home or let you get a glimpse into whether an electrical career might be right for you. As long as you keep in mind that you cant run out and perform all sorts of electrical functions with a basic course it can be helpful.

Lets look at one typical entry level electrical course and see what it offers.

This two day course focuses on teaching students a basic understanding of electrical terminology, the basics of electrical theory and the most-used units of measurement in the practice of electrical work. This basic electrical course is highly beneficial for those who have no electrical background or whose electrical knowledge is limited. If others have had some basic electrical training quite some time back and feel rusty, they can take this electrical course as a refresher.

This two day electrical course is also considered a voluntary requisite to more advanced electrical training. It also helps prepare those who want to test for portable appliance electrical work, certification in the area of electrical inspection and installation and other areas that require certification. For those who know they want to go on to take another electrical course or two or three, registration for this basic electrical course will provide a 10 percent discount for all others when they register.

This initial electrical course teaches, or at least introduces the students to the basic units of measurement and electrical parameters. It teaches them about the various types and methods of electric current , the ins and outs of electrical power and energy and all it many options, the rudimentaries of electric circuits, and the theory of continuity resistance and insulation.

Students in the electric course will also learn how to protect themselves and others from harm as a result of electricity or electric currents and how to calculate the ratings of protective devices. The principle of earthing is another topic for discussion in this basic electrical course, as is the isolation and switching of electrical equipment, and the polarity of plug connections. Students also learn how to use extension leads and what they're meant for, and are familiarized with various types and circumstances of hazards due to electrical equipment.

While primarily classroom instruction and lecture method of teaching, there is some practical hands-on work in this basic electrical course. Students get to perform some rudimentary electrical work in the shop under the watchful eye of instructors.

When students leave the two day class they will have learned, for example, how and why a circuit experiences drops in voltage and how to calculate and assess the occurrence. They'll know as well about Ohms Law and what is says about how voltage, resistance and current relate to each other. They'll know the characteristics of both AC and DC power, the role that earthing plays in electrical power, and the difference between it and bonding. They'll understand the particulars of inspections and the reasons they are important.
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James Copper is a writer for http://www.electricianscareer.co.uk where you can find out about electrical courses
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