Craft Skills - Motor Control and Troubleshooting

Course Number - EMS230

Course Number - EMS230

Course Purpose

This course provides information on the concepts associated with the systematic troubleshooting of instrumentation systems. Participants use practical application of troubleshooting techniques in exercise scenarios. Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • List and explain a systematic approach to troubleshooting electrical circuits
  • List and describe the purpose and application of various motor control components
  • Explain methods for inspecting electrical contacts
  • Describe the basic methods of starting a three-phase AC motor using full or reduced voltage
  • Describe the basic operation of a three-phase AC motor
  • Describe methods for troubleshooting AC motors
  • Apply a systematic approach to troubleshooting motor control circuits
  • Design and construct motor control circuits
  • Implement proper motor control troubleshooting techniques
  • Analyze and evaluate faults to determine failed motor control components

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for electrical maintenance technicians.



The following prerequisites are required to complete this course: Understanding electrical theory and electrical systems.


Student Materials

To enhance and facilitate the student's learning experiences, the following materials are provided as part of the course package:

  • Student Manual - Includes the key concepts, definitions, examples, and activities presented in this course
  • Lab Book - – Provides learning activities and hands-on practice. Solutions are included after each exercise for immediate feedback.

Hands-On Practice

Throughout this course, you will be able to practice the skills you have learned through various hands-on exercises. These exercises focus on the skills introduced in each lesson. You will also be able to combine and practice groups of key skills by completing multiple integrated practices during the course.


Next Learning Level

Once you have mastered the skills covered in this course, you may want to attend specific training, such as:

  • Basic Programmable Logic Controllers

Course Length

This is a five-day course.

Course Agenda

Day 1

  • Explaining Troubleshooting Philosophy
  • Applying Basic Troubleshooting Methods
  • Using the 7-Step Troubleshooting Method
  • Distinguishing Contactors, Switches and Contacts
  • Lab Exercises

Day 2

  • Applying Motor Controls Fundamentals
  • Determining Motor Controls Diagnosis and Repair
  • Lab Exercises

Day 3

  • Controlling AC Motors
  • Inspecting Rotating AC Machinery
  • Using Customized Troubleshooting Techniques
  • Lab Exercises

Day 4

  • Troubleshooting Motor Controls Circuits
  • Troubleshooting Intermittent Failures
  • Lab Exercises

Day 5

  • Applying Root Cause Analysis
  • Lab Exercises
  • Review
  • Written Exam

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