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Electrical Skills (Basic)

Course Code: PG27

Level: 2
Subject area: Construction & the Building Trades
Awarding body: City College Plymouth
Qualification: College Certificate
Course type: Short course
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One to five days
When you'll study: Various days, 9.00am - 4.00pm

About the course

Are you a mechanical fitter seeking to develop the foundation knowledge of electrical principles and basic concepts of electrical maintenance? This electrical skills basic course at City College Plymouth is the course for you. It will provide you with the knowledge to competently carry out first time maintenance and fault finding techniques.

What you'll learn

On this course you will learn to:

  • understand voltage, current, resistance, power and Ohms Law
  • demonstrate an understanding of electrical circuit theory and circuit diagrams
  • construct and test, a direct on line starter circuit
  • use a logical fault-finding process to identify common faults on motors, contactors and associated devices
  • competently use a variety of test equipment, digital multi-range test meters, insulation and continuity testers, and clamp meters
  • demonstrate an understanding of methods of protection including fuses, circuit breakers and residual current devices
  • safely disconnect and reconnect single and three phase supplies, a.c. motors and associated switchgear using isolating, locking off and permit to work procedures
  • understand the concept of Full and half wave rectification and Transformer theory.
Entry requirements

An appropriate level of mechanical engineering qualifications is required to undertake this course.


There will be practical examinations.

What's next?

On successful completion you may wish to progress to another electrical course at the College, or use your new qualification to further your career.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2021/22 (August 2021 – July 2022). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2022/23.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

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