Course Information

Introduction to Electrical Maintenance


Certification Only:No


Class I, III Landfill Operator16False
Construction and Demolition Debris Landfill Operator16False
Material Recovery Facility Operator16False
Spotter / Waste Screener0False
Transfer Station Operator16False




In this course, you are introduced to three-phase electrical motor controls and you learn how to properly use various types of meters to collect operating data and troubleshoot. In addition, you assemble working motor control circuits such as holding, interlock, low voltage and float controlled circuits. Actual case studies are used to familiarize you with the data and math required for motor and pump evaluation. You will receive the current edition of the popular Electrical Fundamentals for Water and Wastewater, by Skeet Arasmith. All participants are advised to bring calculators for classroom examples. Topics include: Safety, electrical panels, motors and controls, performance measurement, and control circuit assembly.

Daily breaks provided. You are on your own for lunch.


At the successful conclusion of this class, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the difference between conductors and nonconductors.
  2. Explain electromagnetism and where it is applied in typical motor control circuitry.
  3. List and define the common electrical units of measurement.
  4. Explain safe electrical maintenance practices.
  5. Describe typical safety concerns associated with water/wastewater occupations.
  6. Describe common electrical components and their function.
  7. Explain parallel and series circuits and how they are used in motor control circuits.
  8. Describe the common electrical meters and their proper use.
  9. Describe how electric motors function and their proper maintenance.
  10. Describe corrective, preventive, and predictive maintenance.
  11. Describe tasks and equipment used for effective maintenance.
  12. Explain the use of wiring diagrams to troubleshoot problems.
  13. Use an ohmmeter to safely troubleshoot problems.
  14. Assemble five (5) working control circuits.
  15.  Use a megohmmeter to inspect motor insulation.

A number of calculations and exercises will be completed to explain and reinforce several objectives.


Electrical and mechanical maintenance personnel, operators, supervisors and engineers of water and wastewater systems can benefit from this course.


"Liked best the hands on experience and live examples of components"

"The information of the course was understandable and can be easily applied"

"I liked best the hands-on building circuits"

"Learned about the electrical components in a MCC, now I can use that knowledge to diagnose problems in the field"


Jim Clifton

Jim Clifton is the former assistant director of technical training at the University of Florida TREEO Center where he was involved with operation and maintenance evaluations of wastewater treatment facilities and energy audits of water and wastewater systems. While at UF/TREEO, Jim developed and taught a number of courses.   He has recently retired as the superintendent of the wastewater treatment plant for the town of Simsbury, Connecticut. Jim has a Class A Wastewater Certification in Florida.

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