Motor Control Training

Motor Control Training

Our 2-Day Motor Control Training course introduces the students to the basics of motor and motor control design, application, installation and maintenance.

The purpose of this motor control training course is to educate both new or experienced industrial electricians and motor technicians who are responsible for the installation, maintenance, and repair motor control centers. Students will learn proper motor control maintenance and troubleshooting techniques which will allow them to ensure optimal operation of electric motors while at the same time reducing repair times. 

This course is designed to educate industrial, commercial and institutional motor users about the many savings to be gained from optimum motor control, protection, and maintenance.

Electric motors consume almost 50 per cent of all electricity and in industry, that percentage increases to about 70 per cent. Optimum motor control affects plant production, energy savings, and motor replacement costs.

Students will have an opportunity to ask specific questions and exchange ideas relating to their own unique situations. This motor control training course is designed to be an interactive, problem-solving, learning environment for delegates of all disciplines.

This motor control training course provides the basic information required to safely operate and maintain low and medium voltage motors and controls. At the conclusion of the course, students will understand the basics of electric motor control maintenance procedures.


WHO should attend

  • Engineering and design personnel
  • Maintenance and technical services personnel
  • Process and operations personnel
  • Technical and process managers
  • Engineering and design personnel
  • Electrical consulting engineers
  • Electrical contractors



Students receive

  • This Course Includes Our Latest Electric Motor And VFD Handbook Volume!! (Value $20)
  • $100 Coupon Toward Any Future Electricity Forum Event (Restrictions Apply)
  • 1.4 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Credits
  • FREE Magazine Subscription (Value $50.00)
  • Course Materials In Paper Format


Related Courses

Electric Motor Training,

Motor Testing Training,

Variable Frequency Drive Basics,

VFD Training

Motors, Drives and Automation Systems



Motor Control Training Course Program Outline




Session 1: General Motor Control Design and Operation


Basic Motor Control Theory


AC Motors

  • Induction
  • Synchronous
  • Wound Rotor
  • DC Motors


Power System Effects on Motors

  • Voltage
  • Frequency
  • Harmonics


Application of Motor Loads

  • Variable Torque
  • Constant Torque
  • Constant Horsepower


High Efficiency Motors

  • Cost vs. Energy Saving Analysis
  • Inrush Characteristics
  • kVA Code


Power Factor Correction

  • What is power factor?
  • Methods to improve it


Session 2: Motor Control Techniques


Symbology and Terminology

  • Basic Symbols
  • The Power Circuit
  • The Control Circuit

Starting Methods

  • Full Voltage
  • Reduced Voltage
  • Wye-Delta
  • Soft Starting
  • Vacuum Contactors


Stopping Methods

  • Dynamic Braking
  • Plugging
  • Mechanical Braking


Speed Control

  • Separate Winding
  • Consequent Pole
  • Wound Rotor
  • Mechanical
  • Variable Voltage
  • Variable Frequency

VFD Effects on Motor Performance

  • Reflected wave phenomena
  • Grounding
  • Shaft Currents
  • Insulation Failure

Session 3: Motor Protection


Induction Motor Characteristics

  • Insulation Systems
  • Temperature Limits
  • Service Factor
  • Thermal Limit Curves
  • Vendor Motor Data

Short Circuit Protection

  • Fuses
  • Circuit Breaker
  • MCP


Overload Protection

  • Overload Relay

Thermal Protection

  • RTD
  • Thermistor

Solid State Motor Protection Relay

  • Advantages
  • Enhanced Protection
  • Application Examples
  • Relay Setting





Session 4: Motor Failure Analysis


Electrical Failures

  • Insulation Failure
  • Thermal Heating
  • Harmonic Heating
  • Improper Grounding

Mechanical Failures

  • Bearing Failures
  • Belt Alignment
  • Shaft Alignment


Load Related Failures

  • Application Abuse
  • Overloading

Session 5: Motor Testing Methods


Insulation Life Overview


Testing methods

  • Insulation Resistance
  • Polarization Index
  • DC Hipot
  • DC Ramp Test
  • AC Hipot
  • Capacitance test
  • Dissipation Factor
  • Partial Discharge
  • Surge Test
  • Mechanical Testing
  • On-line Testing


Session 6: Motor Maintenance Practices


Electrical Maintenance

  • Cooling Components
  • Periodic Testing
  • Load Check
  • Temperature


Mechanical Maintenance

  • Mechanically Intact
  • Vibration
  • Cleaning
  • Belts/ Couplings
  • Guards



Both days:
Start: 8:00 a.m.
Coffee Break: 10:00 a.m.
Lunch: 12:00 noon
Restart: 1:15 p.m.
Finish: 4:30 p.m.





On-Site Training Available

We can present this Motor Control Training Course to your electrical engineering and maintenance staff, on your premises, tailored to your specific equipment and requirements. We are ready to help design this program for you. Click on the link below to request a FREE quotation.

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