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Electrical Motor Controls

Industrial Maintenance & Technology


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Course Description

While mainly a hands-on class with the students wiring common motor control circuits; the lectures cover differences in construction, overcurrent protection schemes, and installation techniques.  Topics include motor control symbols, motor control diagrams, magnetic motor starters, overload protection, start-stop control, jogging control and variable frequency drives (VFD).

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Understand the operation of motor control circuits.
  2. Interpret motor control diagrams
  3. Wiring basic to complex control circuits.
  4. Perform basic electrical troubleshoot techniques.

Course Outline

  • Safety
  • Motor Control Devices
  • Electrical Diagrams
  • Basic Motor Controls
  • Reversing Three-Phase Motors
  • Electromechanical Relays
  • Photoelectric and Proximity Switches
  • Time Delay
  • Methods of Motor Control and Drives
  • Solenoid-Operated Valves
  • Variable Frequency Drives
  • Troubleshooting Controls