Switchgear Operations, Safety & Troubleshooting for Operators

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About this course…

Students will learn the electrical operating and control systems of a variety of low and medium voltage circuit breakers, switches, motor control centers and contactors. Topics will include safety a operation, troubleshooting and correcting operating problems to ensure safe, correct and reliable operation. This includes an overview of low- and medium- voltage circuit breakers, and external systems essential for proper breaker operation such as switchgear cubicles, switches and motor control centers.

Who should attend…

Operators, facility engineers, first line supervisors, and others responsible for managing day to day operations of electrical systems and maintenance. Intended for those whose duties may include circuit breaker operation or supervise those operations.

You’ll learn…
  • How to read and interpret electrical drawings related to circuit breaker operation and their interaction with power systems
  • How to use electrical drawings to troubleshoot and correct problems
  • Learn sequential electrical operation of a variety of solenoid and stored energy breakers
  • Electrical and mechanical features, functions and operation of circuit breakers
  • Diagnose problems, determine level of corrective action required, and learn who should perform corrective actions
  • Routine level maintenance and testing of low- and medium-voltage circuit breakers in accordance with ANSI/NETA MTS Standard for Maintenance Testing Specifications
  • Theory and operation of test equipment
  • Insulation and contact resistance testing
  • High potential and vacuum bottle testing
  • Primary and secondary injection testing
  • Read and understand time/current curves
  • Functions, features, maintenance and testing of breaker cells and auxiliary systems
  • Evaluate contracted work, understand and correctly interpret repair orders, maintenance work and test reports
  • A hands on training program (~50% when held at Shermco facility, Irving, TX and other select locations)augmented with round table discussions



It is recommended that students have basic electrical training, some field experience and basic knowledge of switchgear.

The Details…

Course Length 2 days (16 contact hours)*
Each open-enrollment student will receive a course text and a copy of the current ANSI/NETA MTS (copy of NFPA 70E available at an additional cost).

* If hosted at Shermco’s training facility.


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