Whether you’re an apprentice or journeyman electrician, the ability to skillfully troubleshoot electrical systems will always be a necessity. And even if you don’t work directly with electricity, but rather supervise personnel who come in contact with electrical control systems through their work in engineering, maintenance, or operations, it’s your responsibility to ensure your team has the troubleshooting expertise they need to work safely and efficiently.
Anyone who works with electricity can benefit from occasional updating of troubleshooting skills. One of the best ways to refresh those skills is through trainings led by professionals in the electrical industry who also are skilled instructors. But what might that training look like? What are some of the standard ways workers in the electrical trades go about troubleshooting faulty systems, and what are their most common tools?
Following are some suggestions for improving your troubleshooting skills, and for what you should have in your toolkit to do the job.
Assemble your basic tools. For any troubleshooting job, be sure you have the following:
And while it may not be all that common yet, electricians are increasingly gravitating to thermal imaging cameras. These cameras gather information that can help determine the condition of equipment through infrared images that display variations in temperature on the surfaces of the equipment. Prices of infrared cameras are going down, and some models may be used through a smartphone.
Now that your toolbox is in order, you’re ready to start troubleshooting.
As you weigh the merits of the various seminars, workshops, or courses in electrical troubleshooting you find, it may be difficult to determine which one will work best for you or your employees. A seminar that offers training in these skills is highly recommended:
Apprentices and journeyman electricians can benefit from brushing up on electrical troubleshooting skills, while employers in the electrical trades can ensure their employers work safer and smarter by enrolling in NTT’s Electrical Troubleshooting seminar. Got any questions? Connect with us today by calling 855-712-7353.
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