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Marshall Institute is the Industrial Technical Training Space

We are excited to announce that we are offering Technical and Trade Skill training and education for the first time in 13 years. Starting immediately, we will be offering 3 critical topics:

  1. Basic Industrial Electricity and Troubleshooting
  2. Machine Controls and Troubleshooting
  3. PLC Basics and Troubleshooting

Basic Industrial Electricity and Troubleshooting (3 days)

Starting with the fundamentals of electricity, using a blend of easily understood analogies and basic theory, participants learn “what circuits are supposed to do.” Sophistical software using virtual troubleshooting examples then allow them to see “what the circuits are doing” and determine why they are not performing as they should— “what’s the difference?”

Students are quickly involved in real examples illustrating the use and distribution of electricity in their own facilities. The use of the National Electrical Code in determining proper wire sizes and materials is part of the learning process. Choosing and properly using electrical test equipment is important to doing everyday jobs and is covered in detail. Students get practice using virtual test equipment in practical everyday situations.

The right blend of theory and practice helps students, “put it all together.” By the end of the seminar participants will have a solid foundation for safely performing electrical work.

Discussion topics will include:

  • Electrical Fundamentals
  • Electrical Laws and Relationships
  • Types of Circuits and Analysis
  • Electrical Test Equipment
  • Troubleshooting Fundamentals
  • Electrical Components
  • Electrical Systems
  • Safety and Hazard Awareness
  • The National Electrical Code
  • Wire and Material Selection
  • Basic Trouble Shooting

Machine Controls and Trouble Shooting (3 days)

Without motors and the ability to control them industry would literally grind to a halt. Mastering these controls and safely operating them is essential to maintaining your operation. Learning these fundamentals comes before any steps toward automation are possible. This seminar is designed to introduce students who understand the fundamentals of electricity to the basics of machine control and troubleshooting.

Practical examples are presented using the National Electrical Code to determining proper wire sizes and materials for machines. Determining proper overcurrent and overload protection is part of the learning process. The value of a well-designed electrical preventive maintenance program is discussed, and suggestions are made for justifying and implementing one.

Attendees will reinforce theory by practicing with state-of-the-art software in an instructor led training environment, simulating and troubleshooting virtual motor control circuits. At the conclusion of this concentrated program participants will take away a notebook filled with theory and class notes to reinforce their learning experience.

  • Electrical Safety
  • Motor Characteristics - DC and AC
  • Control Transformers
  • Motor Speed Control
  • Sizing Electrical Systems Using the NEC
  • Reading One-line Electrical System Diagrams
  • PM - Electrical Systems and Motors
  • Motor Control Pilot Devices
  • Data Acquisition and Signal Conditioning
  • Control Transformers
  • Control Relays and Motor Starters
  • Reversing Motor Control
  • Timer and Counter Controls
  • Manual and Automatic Motor Control
  • Reading Motor Control Schematics
  • Controls Troubleshooting

PLC Basics and Troubleshooting (2 Days)

Very few machines are being designed today without PLC control. This “little black box” provides unbelievable flexibility at a fraction of the cost of the old relay logic but using and troubleshooting it is a whole new ball game.

This seminar is designed to bring students who are already familiar with relay type machine controls up to speed on programming and employing PLCs. Using lap-top computers and specially designed software they will simulate and test controls for traffic lights, bottling lines, elevators, silos, dual air compressors and other machines. They will learn “AND” and “OR” logic, timers and counters, word comparisons, and many other programming features.

This intensive program is designed to teach both programming and troubleshooting and will reinforce those skills with hands-on applications designed to make the training stick.

These important topics outline this course:

  • Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Overview
  • PLC and Control System Components
  • Gate Functions in PLCs
  • Timer and Counter Functions
  • Math and Logic Functions
  • Programming Virtual Machines
  • Troubleshooting and Servicing the PLC System

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