This 24-hour course satisfies the continuing education requirements for Journeyman, Master, and Registered electricians in Wisconsin. The bulk of the course is about the 2017 updates to the NEC, but also includes the required topics of photovoltaic systems, OSHA safety standards, and the NFPA 70E.
Students will begin the course by reviewing OSHA Standard 1926, which provides a wide-ranging survey of safety considerations that affect electricians on job sites, including employer responsibilities, general rules for job safety in building trades, and the specific OSHA requirements that apply to electricians.
Next, students will review the 2015 edition of the NFPA 70E, the industry standard for safer conditions when engaging in electrical work. This section also provides guidance on the most hazardous situations confronted in real-world situations.
We will then move on to the topic of photovoltaic systems, and obtain a basic understanding of the technical necessities when installing and maintaining the electrical connections for a photovoltaic system. This section also includes an extensive review of the latest NEC sections governing these systems, and finishes with a brief review of recent developments and the future of PV Systems.
Finally, the largest section of the course starts with a general overview of important changes to the NEC. These include code-wide changes, several new articles, and changes to Article 90 for clarity's sake. Then, Chapters 1-9 are discussed individually.
Chapter 1 contains some of the fundamental definitions that electricians should master to be able to apply the rest of the code. Chapter 2 examines the best wiring and protection practices, which are essential for designing a safe and useful electrical system. Chapter 3 picks up from there, and discusses how to take that design and build the electrical system to be both safe and effective for its intended use. Chapter 4 addresses the correct way to connect and use these electrical systems when the design and build are applied.
With Chapter 5, we'll get a bit more specialized. Chapter 5 is entitled "Special Occupations," and will look at some less common systems you may encounter. It is widely considered the most complex chapter in the NEC, and is updated frequently.
Chapter 6 continues to look at specialized equipment, such as elevators. The equipment that falls under this category will usually require the manufacturer's instructions to install properly. This chapter is short, but contains a large number of changes.
Next, Chapter 7 addresses "special" systems that must operate under duress or inhospitable conditions for regular systems. Fire alarm systems, direct-current microgrids, and more are covered here.
Last, we'll cover Chapters 8 and 9, as well as the informative Annexes to the NEC. Chapter 8 focuses on communication systems, such as telephones and televisions. Chapter 8 is important to study specifically, because it is the only chapter in the NEC which does not necessarily conform to the fundamental rules. Chapter 9 contains tables providing guidance on various aspects of conduits and tubing, as well as how to apply them properly. The informative annexes we'll look at contain important examples, which will help you apply the code to your work.
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Charles "Chuck" Price is At Your Pace Online's Subject Matter Expert for the Electrical Trade. He started out in grocery management at the age of 18 and after 5 years decided to venture into the electrical trade in 1996. He served his apprenticeship and quickly became a foreman running work. He gained experience in many facets of the trade such as working on traffic signals, hospitals and healthcare buildings, waste water treatment plants, and many commercial applications including telecommunications data centers. He currently is working for the area's largest healthcare system.
One of his passions is working with kids - and that starts with his own two boys! He has coached youth football and basketball at several levels and is part of a men's organization that raises money for the youth as well. He is a leader in the local 4-H group, helping kids learn about animal science. All in all, Chuck focuses on being the best father he can be, while maintaining a firm grasp on the ever-changing electrical industry.