Safe Switchgear Isolation and Personal Protective Grounding Certification

This customized one day course will certify that your electrical workers are proven qualified for the electrical tasks that they are performing as specified by Occupational Health and Safety regulations, CSA Z460 and Z462, the Criminal Code of Canada and industry standards. It is 80% hands-on and will certify that your successful participants truly have the knowledge, and can demonstrate the skills, to perform their electrical operating tasks safely and properly.
It encompasses both outdoor and indoor substations with the major emphasis on indoor substations and electrical rooms. The course is taught by substation safety professionals each with over 30 years of hands-on maintenance, testing and troubleshooting experience with exemplary safety records working in generating stations, substations and plants.
The course is taught using Canada Training Group’s Lab Two, a 53′ highway trailer outfitted with 25kV, 15kV, 5kV and 480/600V electrical equipment with full cutaways giving complete access to the equipment during switching and racking.

This lab is set up to allow your participants to conduct potential tests, isolations, switching, phasing, lockout/tagout, and apply safety grounds using hot sticks. Simple and complex lockout/tagout can be performed combining electrical, mechanical, fluid, process, optical, overhead crane and physical guards with written, verbal, hand signal and radio communication while using Category 2 and 4 PPE. We also have simulated overhead distribution lines with fuses, cutouts, switches and grounding capability.
This lab contains: 1 – 25kV mini-OCB, 1 – 15kV VCB, 1 – 15kV S&C fused distribution load break disconnect with manual and pneumatic operation, 1 – 5kV ACB with puffer, 1 – 5kV vacuum motor starter, 1 – 600V switchgear column with two ACB’s, 1 – 600V MCC with motor starters, 1- 600V switchboard with breakers and starters, 2 – 600V buses with tie breaker, 1 – 600V panelboard, numerous 600V load break and safety isolation disconnects, overhead crane simulator, voltage detectors, HV voltmeter, HV amprobe, hot sticks, static sticks, ground clusters and DLRO, phasing sticks, switching sticks, rubber gloves, rubber and other cover ups, racking rails, overhead hoist and CB lifting hooks, two way radios, locks, tags and specialized inductance demonstrator.
All our equipment is in complete switchgear and can be racked in and out providing an exact replication of common substation activities as well as mechanical binding issues.
We guarantee to certify that your workers are qualified to work safely and competently on your electrical systems in both normal and emergency situations.
This course will benefit any worker who wants to continue enjoying their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Our sister company Canada Training Group has trained 23,000 industrial workers since 1980 and has been training HV electrical workers on personal protective grounding and safe switchgear operation since 1981 with extensive experience on 4,160V to 13.8kV systems.

The instructional design has been done to the standards of the Canadian Society for Training and Development, the
American Society for Training and Development, and the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction. This training incorporates the work of Bloom, Mager, Harless, Kirkpatrick, Kolb and Gardner and follows the ADDIE ISD process.

The instructional design leader is Dave Smith; he has been a qualified instructional designer since 1968 and is the 2014 recipient of two international Mensa awards. The Mensa Education and Research Foundation has awarded Dave the International Intellectual Benefits to Society Award for his dedicated work in electrical safety, as well as the International Copper Black Award for Creative Achievement for his design and development of three mobile electrical training labs. He is the first Canadian to win an international Mensa award and the only person in Mensa history to ever win two awards. Dave diligently applies his unique talents to industrial electrical training.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
Given: Manual, handouts, Powerpoint presentation, illustrations, instruction, discussions, clarification, observations, interactions, analogies, interactive lessons, demonstrations, explicit and tacit examples, videos, accident case studies, question and answer opportunities, reference to CSA Z460, CSA Z462, group work, solitary work, Canada Training Group Lab #2 (all test equipment supplied by Canada Training Group), pretest, quizzes and final examination (Note: client must supply 20kW power source and student PPE)
The successful technician will be able to: Operate, switch, isolate, test, lock, tag and ground electrical apparatus with 100% error free performance and no incidents, accidents or injuries

Course Outline


Topic 1: SWITCHING SAFETY

Objective: Integrate and follow common standards in your operating and switching procedures

• Follow all safety standards to ensure achievement of the course goal
• Explain how affecting circuits can inadvertently cause equipment to operate unexpectedly
• Describe and follow steps to create an ESWC
• Review and follow specific procedures, practices and orders

Topic 2: PERSONAL PROTECTIVE GROUNDING

Objective: Create an equipotential zone of safety with the proper application of temporary protective grounds

• Explain the rationale, requirements and planning for grounding electrical apparatus
• Explain how to choose, inspect and test grounding equipment

Topic 3: 480/600V MCC’s and SWITCHGEAR

Objective: Safely and properly operate, switch, isolate, test, lock, tag and ground 480/600V MCC’s and switchgear

• Develop a plan to switch, isolate, test, lock, tag and ground 480/600V apparatus
• Explain the dangers inherent to operating and grounding 480/600V disconnects
• Explain the dangers inherent to operating and grounding 480/600V MCC’s
• Explain the dangers inherent to operating and grounding 480/600V LVPCB’s
• Explain the dangers inherent to operating and grounding double ended switchgear

Topic 4: 5kV BREAKERS and STARTERS

Objective: Safely and properly operate, switch, isolate, test, lock, tag and ground 5kV breakers and starters

• Develop a plan to switch, isolate, test, lock, tag and ground 5kV apparatus
• Explain the dangers inherent to operating and grounding 5kV breakers
• Explain the dangers inherent to operating and grounding 5kV starters

Topic 5: 15kV BREAKERS and DISCONNECTS

Objective: Safely and properly operate, switch, isolate, test, lock, tag and ground 15kV breakers and disconnects

• Develop a plan to switch, isolate, test, lock, tag and ground 15kV apparatus
• Explain the dangers inherent to operating and grounding 15kV breakers
• Explain the dangers inherent to operating and grounding 15kV disconnects
• Explain the dangers inherent to replacing 15kV cabinet fuses

Topic 6: 25kV BREAKERS and OVERHEAD FUSES (Optional)

Objective: Safely and properly operate, switch, isolate, test, lock, tag and ground 25kV breakers and overhead fuses

• Develop a plan to switch, isolate, test, lock, tag and ground 25kV apparatus
• Explain the dangers inherent to operating and grounding 25kV breakers
• Explain the dangers inherent to replacing 25kV overhead fuses

Meet The Instructors


Ross Dion

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Ed Rideout

Ed Rideout

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Terry Yonkheym

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Student Testimonials


“I would recommend anyone involved in switching/isolating electrical switches participate in this course. Very informative and easy to understand.”

Corey Kolenosky, Vale

“Excellent! I definitely will be accessing breakers a lot differently. There was lots of discussion on certain topics and first time doing a few things. Certain safety standards were brought to our attention.”

Colin Hynes, Hudbay Minerals

“This is a good course. It covered classroom teaching and also the chance to see the equipment and how it is operated electrically and the mechanical components. It covers procedures, safety practices and technical knowledgeable.”

Cathy Jin, Vale

“This course was an excellent tool for better understanding all types of switches and disconnects we may encounter in our careers as electricians. I especially liked how we could investigate the mechanisms of these switches while operating.”

Jake Hunter, Hudbay Minerals