E204 - Electronics for Electricians

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4½ days - 3.2 Continuing Education Units Awarded

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Today's electrician is commonly responsible for the maintenance and troubleshooting of electronics based equipment. This Seminar is designed to give the participant practical training in solid-state electronics. This Seminar is designed for plant electricians who have had little or no formal electronics training. Electronics for Electricians also serves as a refresher Seminar.

Upon completion of this Seminar, the participant should be able to:
  1. Discuss fundamental AC Circuit properties such as resistance, inductance, and capacitance and how they are affected by changes in frequency.
  2. Discuss various AC circuit configurations such as RL, RC, LC, and RLC and calculate current flow in series and parallel circuits.
  3. Describe the operation of an oscilloscope using a functional block diagram.
  4. Explain the selection of probes and how an oscilloscope can be used to measure voltage and frequency.
  5. Identify the symbol and describe the operating characteristics of different types of diodes.
  6. Explain semiconductor theory and how to properly bias a transistor?s PN junction and explain current flow for a given transistor configuration.
  7. Discuss transistor amplifier classifications for a given input and output waveform
  8. Discuss the construction and behavior of field effect transistors (FET) and unijunction transistors (UJT).
  9. Explain how to bias an SCR to conduct.
  10. Discuss how to properly bias a triac with either a positive or negative gate signal and discuss the direction of current flow possible.
  11. Explain the differences between the various basic operational amplifier configurations and discuss their gains.


  1. AC Circuit Fundamentals
  1. Inductance
  2. Capacitance
  3. Impedance
  4. Series/Parallel Circuits
  5. Resonance
    1. Test Equipment
    1. Basic Meters
    2. Volt-Ohm Meters
    3. Moving-Coil Movements
    4. Analog Multimeters
    5. Digital Multimeters
    6. Sweep/Function Generators
    7. Oscilliscopes
    1. Semiconductor Diodes and Power Supplies
    1. Conductors
    2. Semiconductors
    3. Power Supplies
    4. PN Junctions
    5. Diodes, Rectifiers
    6. Filters
    7. Voltage Dividers and Regulators
    8. Semiconductor Types and Applications
    1. Bipolar Transistors
    1. Transistors
    2. Testing
    3. Configurations
    4. Biasing
    5. Stability
    6. Amplifier Classes
    1. FETs and UJTs
    1. Field Effect Transistors
    2. JFET
    3. MOSFET
    4. Uni-junction Transistors
    5. Biasing
    6. Operation
    1. SCR's and Triacs
    1. Construction
    2. Operation
    3. Application
    1. Operational Amplifiers
    1. Inverting
    2. Non-Inverting
    3. Gain
    4. Summing
    5. Integrator
    6. Differentiator