Industrial Electrical Systems QQI Award (Minor) Level 6

Course Description

The Industrial Electrical Systems training course develops the skills required by industrial maintenance technicians to safely diagnose and repair faults in electrically controlled equipment. We offer a uniquely practical course focused on replicating real-life scenarios using specialist industrial equipment and troubleshooting simulation software.  We also provide a comprehensive suite of online learning activities which enable deep learning and excellent retention of skills learned. Students are given full access to our materials when they register on the course so they can dive straight in to our materials which will help them prepare for the course and get the most out of it. We are currently offering two options for delivery of this course. Note in both cases students are given full access to the online materials. 

The course is delivered through live streamed webinars supported by a broad suite of self directed learning materials. Training kits are issued to learners so they can complete the practical elements of the course remotely with full tutor support through the live webinars. See below for more detail on the online course schedule/format.


To enable maintenance staff to be effective in the use of preventative and corrective maintenance strategies when working on modern industrial electrical systems and components. At the end of the Industrial Electrical Systems course the participants will be able to:

  • Test electrical systems to narrow down a problem area.
  • List electrical hazards when testing live systems and list ways to minimise hazards.
  • Use electrical schematics to navigate a system effectively.
  • Setup and troubleshoot a range of automation sensors.
  • Carry out LOTO procedures correctly.
  • Describe the operating principle of fuses, MCBs and RCDs.
  • Competently use multi-meters and grip-ons to test systems.
  • Wire and test 3-phase motor circuits controlled by contactors and overloads.
  • Use the diagnostic features of VSDs to fault-find.
  • Follow a method for fault-finding PLC controlled systems.
  • Demonstrate how to troubleshoot a range of common faults on work- based technology.

Course Modules:

Unit 1 / Electrical Safety Awareness: at the end of this learners should be able to:
  • List the hazards associated with electricity
  • Appreciate why precautions are necessary
  • List the effects of electricity on the human body
  • Evaluate if it is necessary to work LIVE
  • List the types of electrical fault and circuit protection
  • Appreciate why and when LOTO is required
  • Follow procedures for working on equipment LIVE and De-energised
Unit 2 / Electrical Concepts and Units – at the end of this learners should be able to:
  • Understand the differences  between conductors and insulators
  • Understand the concept and units of voltage, current and resistance. Use Ohm’s law to predict circuit behaviour
  • Competently use a multimeter to measure V, I and R.
  • Understand Kirchoff’s current law
  • Work out what voltages and currents will be at different points in series and parallel circuits
  • Understand how to detect and conclude that circuits have open or short circuit faults
  • Use the correct specification language to describe switchgear in terms of poles and throws (ways)
  • Understand the principles of electro-magnetism and how it applies to DC motors
Unit 3 / Electrical Protection
  • Types of fault conditions that can be detected
  • Principle of operation of circuit breakers
  • MCB rating and trip characteristics
  • Fuse types and ratings
  • RCD and RCBO principles
Unit 4 / AC Systems
  • Describing the characteristics of an AC Sine Wave in terms of RMS voltage, peak voltage, frequency, and time period
  • Deduce Inductive Reactance in an AC coil
  • Understanding transformers, split coils, turns, step-up and step-down
  • Build a DC power supply using full wave rectifiers and smoothing capacitors
  • Using DC to switch AC circuits
Unit 5 / 3-phase and Motor control circuits
  • Understanding 3-phase power generating systems
  • Principle of induction motors, motor poles and rpm, star and delta wiring.
  • Take resistance reading to deduce condition of coils
  • Wire 3ph motor control and protection using  contactors and overloads
  • Reverse 3 phase motors
  • Cause single phasing to occur to see motor response
  • Control motors using a variable speed drive
  • Troubleshooting forward and reverse 3-phase motor circuits
Unit 6 / Reading Electrical Schematics
  • Use schematics to see how power is distributed from 3ph to 1ph to DC to safety circuits
  • Interpret symbols and skilfully navigate your way on both US and EU drawings.
  • How to use electrical schematics to effectively troubleshoot

Course Delivery:

  • The course is a mix of live webinars and self directed hours of learning at home – see schedule below
  • On scheduled days webinars will take place at times between 9am-4.30pm
  • Small groups ensure individual attention and pace can be adjusted to learner needs
  • Highly qualified and experienced trainers.
  • Desktop training kits, 1 per person. Kits include electrical components, Fuses, Power supplies, Switches, Reed Switches, Sensors, Solenoids, Transformers, Relays, Contactors
  • Courseware includes quizzes and interactive learning materials and workbooks for practical exercises and revision
  • Troubleshooting simulation software for additional practise and interactive learning

Outline Schedule:

Date/Time Activity Type
Before Day 1 Module 1 on moodle (theory) Self Directed
Before Day 1 Technical check for Live webinars: mic,camera,speakers Live Webinar
Day 1   morning Deal with questions related to Module 1 Live Webinar
Day 1   Mid Module 2 on moodle (Safety) Self Directed
Day 1 Deal with questions related to Module 2 Live Webinar
Before Day 2 Module 3 (circuits,multi-meter) Self Directed
Day 2 Morning Deal with questions related to Module 3, Start on workbook Live Webinar
Day 2 Mid Go through hands on exercises up to Safety Relay circuits Self Directed
Day 2 Afternoon Check-in with workbook progression Live Webinar
Day 3 Morning Go through hands on exercises up to Safety Relay circuits Self Directed
Day 3 Afternoon Check-in with workbook progression, go through safety relay. Live Webinar
Before Day 4

Module 4 – TroubleshootingModule 5 – AC

Module 6 – 3 Phase/motors

Self Directed
Day 4 Morning Practice troubleshooting with 3 examples of problems Live Webinar
Day 4 Mid QQI Exam Paper 1 – 30% Live Webinar
Day 4 Afternoon Flexible session based on learner needs Live Webinar/Self Directed
Day 5 Morning Revision for Exam 2 Live Webinar
Day 5 Morning QQI Exam Paper 2 – 40% Live Webinar
Day 5 Mid QQI Electrical Schematics – 10% Live Webinar
Day 5 Afternoon QQI Practical assessment – 20% Live Webinar

QQI Assessment

  • Examination 1. 40% of overall mark       
  • Examination 2. 30% of overall mark
  • Skills Demonstration based on reading drawings, building and troubleshooting circuits. 30% of overall mark
  • The pass mark for all assessments is 50%

QQI Accreditation and Progression

Entry Requirements

No previous formal qualification is required but learners should have relevant work or life experience to have reached the standards of knowledge, skill and competence associated with Level 5 of the National Framework of Qualifications.

Competence in written and spoken English is essential. International students whose first language is not English are required to have an appropriate score in an approved examination in English language. We accept an IELTS test score of 6. We also accept IELTS equivalents such as TOELF and Cambridge exams. If learners do not have a test result they can complete a Duolingo English Test before registering on the course.  Applicants must share their Duolingo Online test score directly with us at [email protected] .  The test can be taken online, costs US$49 and the result is available within 48 hours.

If learners are completing part, or all, of the course online they should have good computer literacy skills. This includes use of email, Microsoft word, internet searches. Self-directed learning also requires learners to have good self motivation and time management skills. Again, further details and tips can be found in the Learner Handbook.

If you are participating in a blended learning programme you will be required to have a laptop or desktop computer.

If you would like to assess your entry level knowledge, relative to course content, please contact us and we can set you up with a free trial on our e-learning platform.

RPL is a process whereby a learner with prior qualifications and/or relevant work experience may apply to exemptions from attending the full course. Note learners will still need to pass the assessments. You will be asked to submit an application form for RPL and will be required to provide proof of qualification. RPL requirements are different for different courses and awards.

Industrial Electrical Systems RPL: We operate RPL for qualified electricians or those with a Level 6 Major award or higher in a related discipline. (such as Mechatronics, Electronics etc). This exempts you from attending Day One of the course (Module 2). Note: module 1 is normally completed prior to course.  As part of the assessment to determine if you qualify for RPL you will be required to complete online quizzes relating to content in Module 1 and Module 2 and must score over 70% on first attempt.

Qualification Evidence required:  Registered Electrical Contractor number or copy of Trade Certificate or copy of other relevant Level 6 qualification. If you would like to avail of the RPL option please contact the office.

When we receive your booking request we will call you to go through an enrolment checklist with you to ensure that you meet all entry requirements for the course you have selected.

Who Should Attend:

Those who want to upskill and develop electrical knowledge in order to pursue a career in a production environment or industrial maintenance personnel who would like to increase their electrical troubleshooting skills. You do not need to be formally qualified as an electrician to do this course. So, whether you are starting a career in industrial maintenance, or you are already engaged in maintenance of equipment systems but want to develop your skills further, this training course is ideal for you.

Why should I attend?

Correct diagnosis of electrical systems faults saves time and money in the long run. And, effective trouble-shooters add great value to the organisation they work for. Learning to work safely with electrical equipment is central to the course and qualification means that you have demonstrated your competence as required in Health and Safety legislation. This internationally-recognised qualification will present opportunities to work in diverse areas within the manufacturing environment carrying out the diagnosing and repair/replacement of components.

Book your place today:  Ylenia Morselli [email protected] –  [email protected] or Phone: 086 0144 853

For training dates and details please see our Course Schedule


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