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Producers of workshops, seminars, and instructional materials are encouraged to mail announcements to Training Briefs Editor, Electrical Apparatus. There is no charge. All dates refer to the current year unless otherwise noted.

Electical safety

What's offered: A single-day seminar titled "Electrical Safety with Emphasis on Arc-flash Hazard Assessment," which will cover a wide range of industry-relevant topics. Attendees will earn up to 8 Professional Development Hours (PDH PDH - Plesiochronous Digital Hierarchy ) for the seminar.

Offered by: Cooper Bussmann, 1 14 Old State Road, Ellisville, Mo. 63021-5942; (636) 527-3877;

What's covered: Electrical safety, including OSHA OSHA
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a branch of the US Department of Labor responsible for establishing and enforcing safety and health standards in the workplace.
 and NFPA 70E NFPA 70E (Electrical Safety in the Workplace) is a standard of the National Fire Protection Association that addresses electrical safety requirements for employees.  - 2009 Edition requirements. It addresses the various options and concerns faced by facility engineers, managers and safety personnel when conducting an arc-flash hazard analysis A hazard analysis is a process used to characterize the elements of risk. The results of a hazard analysis is the identification of unacceptable risks and the selection of means of controlling or eliminating them. . The seminar also covers overall electrical safety, components of an electrical safety program, electrical hazards, flash hazard analysis and mitigation. Drake A. Drobnick, Certified Safety Professional The Certified Safety Professional (CSP) is a certification offered in the United States by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). The CSP has been accredited in the United States by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies and the Council of Engineering and Scientific  (CSP (1) (Certified Systems Professional) An earlier award for successful completion of an ICCP examination in systems development. See ICCP.

(2) (Commerce Service P
) and Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST OHST Occupational Health and Safety Technologist ) will be a guest presenter.

Where and when: The seminar will be held on December 4 and will run from 8:00 A.M. to 5 P.M. with breaks. It will take place at the new Cooper Industrial Technology Center, 3413 North Sam Houston Parkway West, Suite 21 2 A, Houston, Tex. 77086.

Arc flash An arc flash (or arc blast) event is a type of electrical explosion that results from a low impedance connection to ground or another voltage phase also called a "short" in an electrical system.  

What's offered: Training options include on-site, one- or twoday training; open enrollment courses held throughout the country; and an online refresher one hour and 45-minute electrical safety work practices and standards course.

Offered by: American Trainco, P.O. Box 3397, Englewood, Colo. 80155;

What's covered: Electrical safety, arc flash analysis and labeling, electrical safety program development, infrared inspections, and power quality and distribution and analysis.

Where and when: Contact American Trainco, or view their Web site, for dates and locations.

Fire systems

What's offered: More than 25 educational sessions throughout the U.S., designed for every level of industry professional. All courses are free of charge.

Offered by: Fire-Lite Alarms, One Fire-Lite Place, Northford, Conn. 06472-1653;

What's covered: Everything from fire alarm basics to detailed hands-on training. The MiniScan Academy is a three-day training course on Fire-Lite's conventional and addressable Reachable. When something is addressable, it can be identified and manipulated independently of its surroundings. For example, screen pixels and RAM memory are addressable. Each of the screen's picture elements can be individually turned on and off, and each of the memory's bytes can be  fire alarm control panels and voice evacuation systems. Power supply fundamentals, product features, installation methods, programming, and troubleshooting are taught through practical hands-on exercises. The SuperLite Academy is a two-day course featuring instruction and hands-on exercises in the capabilities, installation, programming, and troubleshooting of all Fire-Lite manufactured addressable control panels. The Super Academy is a three-day course that covers basic fire alarm technology, common fire system components, fundamentals of voice evacuation, and various NFPA NFPA National Fire Protection Association
NFPA National Food Processors Association
NFPA National Fluid Power Association
NFPA National Federation of Paralegal Associations (Edmonds, WA) 
 and ADA Ada, city, United States
Ada (ā`ə), city (1990 pop. 15,820), seat of Pontotoc co., S central Okla.; inc. 1904. It is a large cattle market and the center of a rich oil and ranch area.
 codes. The course ends with a two-day module covering Fire-Lite's voice evacuation systems and line of addressable fire alarm control panels.

Where and when: Contact Fire-Lite Alarms, or view their Web site, for dates and locations.

Ultrasonics ultrasonics, study and application of the energy of sound waves vibrating at frequencies greater than 20,000 cycles per second, i.e., beyond the range of human hearing.  

What's offered: A Service and Maintenance Seminar and a Theory and Design Seminar, both two days in length, from Branson Ultrasonics Corp., a manufacturer of plastics joining equipment.

Offered by: Branson Ultrasonics Corp., 41 Eagle Rd., Danbury, Conn. 06813-1961; (203) 796-0400;

What's covered: The Service and Maintenance Seminar covers electronics, pneumatics pneu·mat·ics  
n. (used with a sing. verb)
The study of the mechanical properties of air and other gases.

, and operating controls and is developed for those involved with setup, maintenance, and operation of an ultrasonics plastic assembly system. The Theory and Design Seminar is for anyone who would like to increase their knowledge of part design, material selection, and determining the best process and equipment for an application. Classroom and hands-on training covering everything from fundamentals to the optimization of process parameters are included.

Where and when: Branson will be making these seminars regularly available throughout the next year. Contact Branson, or view their Web site, for dates and locations.

What's offered: One- or Two-day technical seminars on ultrasonic plastic welding Plastic Welding is the process of welding plastic parts together. There are several techniques: Hot gas welding
This is the plastic welding technique equivalent to gas welding. However, the techniques are only vaguely similar.
, joint design, and weld process optimization Process optimization is the practice of making changes or adjustments to a process, to get results.

Optimization is the use of specific techniques to determine the most cost effective and efficient solution to a problem or design for a process.

Offered by: Herrmann Ultrasonics, Inc., 1261 Hardt Circle, Bartlett, 111. 60103; (630) 626-1626; www.herrmannultrason

What's covered: How to utilize ultrasonic welding for the assembly of plastic components and materials with a focus on maximizing weld quality and consistency. Intended for management, design engineers, process engineers, R&D personnel, manufacturing engineers, production engineers, quality control personnel, and assembly line technicians, who are all encouraged to bring their samples and drawings for consultation and discussion.

Where, and when: Contact Herrmann Ultrasonics, or view their Web site, for dates and locations.

Relays and substations

What's offered: Two-day seminars at different locations on protective relay testing and substation practice.

Offered by: Megger, 4271 Bronze Way, Dallas, Tex. 75237-1019; (800) 723-2861;

What's covered: The relay testing seminars are intended for protective relay test equipment, consulting engineers, and protective relay test technicians and engineers. Two tracks, both basic and advanced, are offered and presented by experienced relay test professionals from Megger. The basic track is intended for relay technicians with a working knowledge of protective relay practices but would welcome additional information and guidance on relay testing. The advanced track is designed for those with comprehensive knowledge of protective relays as well as familiarity with the basic features of Megger's AVTS AVTS Area Vocational Technical School
AVTS Audio Visual Technical Services
AVTS AT&T Virtual Tunneling Service
AVTS Automatic Vehicle Test System
AVTS Air Vehicle Training System
AVTS Automated Visual Technology System
AVTS Auxiliary Vehicle Test Stand
 software and delegates for this track must qualify by completing a questionnaire.

Where, and when: Contact Megger, or view their Web site, for dates and locations.


What's offered: The Lincoln Electric Welding School has announced its 2008 schedule, including classes that range from a six-week basic course to an advanced 15- week comprehensive course, as well as one-week classes on specific welding processes, certification, and customized programs. Courses are designed to teach arc-welding skills for welding fabricators and other employers.

Offered by: Lincoln Electric Co., 22801 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44117-1199; (216) 383-8325;

What's covered: Courses include basic plate and sheet metal, pipe welding, plasma cutting and gouging Gouging can be:
  • The action of cutting or scooping with a gouge
  • Price gouging
  • Eye gouging or Fish-hooking in violent altercations or combat sports.
, oxyfuel process, alloy theory and applications, hardening, gas tungsten arc welding

Gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), also known as tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, is an arc welding process that uses a nonconsumable tungsten electrode to produce the weld.
, gas metal arc welding/semi-automatic, flux-cored arc welding/semiautomatic, comprehensive program, advanced pipe, advanced submerged arc welding Submerged Arc Welding (SAW) is a common arc welding process. It requires a continuously fed consumable solid or tubular (flux cored) electrode. The molten weld and the arc zone are protected from atmospheric contamination by being “submerged” under a blanket of granular , and maintenance welding.

What, where, and when: Courses are scheduled through December 2008, and class sizes are limited to 15 students per class. Contact Lincoln Electric, or view their Web site, for dates and locations.

UPS's and batteries

What's offered: Two-day classes on the industrial application and maintenance of batteries and uninterruptible power supplies.

Offered by: Ametek Solidstate Controls, 875 Dearborn Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43085; (800) 222-9079.

What's covered: UPS diagrams, operation procedures, troubleshooting, repair, preventive maintenance; battery inspections, troubleshooting, routine maintenance, load testing, monitoring.

Where and when: See for locations and dates.

Corrosion prevention

What's offered: Two-day course on corrosion theory and prevention.

Offered by: Corrosion College, 1100 U.S. Highway 271S, Gilmer, Tex. 75644; (903) 843-3461;

What's covered: The process of corrosion and strategies for combating it. Taught through case studies, laboratory workshops, and use of anti-corrosion products.

Where and when: Once a month, all year, at the Corrosion College facility in Gilmer, Tex. Schedule is at www.corrosion

Edited by Bill O'Leary

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