Industrial Electrical Systems QQI Award (Minor) Level 6

Duration: 5 or 6 Days

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 now offering two options.

5 day option: Day 1 online (virtual classroom), Days 2-5 (face-to-face classroom)

– 6 day option  This is the same as the 5 day option but with one additional instructor-led day which covers an Introduction to Electricity. This ensures you have a strong model of how electricity behaves in circuits before you start the course. We want to build the learner journey on strong foundations.

This first day is face-to-face in the classroom.  Indications that the 6 day course might be better for you are – in the last five years:

  • You have not worked in a maintenance role
  • You have never used a multimeter to troubleshoot
  • You have not previously completed a technical certified course of study
  • You have not previously engaged in online learning

If you are still unsure please contact techno training to discuss it in more detail.

Course delivery
  • The course is delivered over 5 or 6 instructor led days. There are self directed hours to be completed before the course starts, between course days and before exams.
  • Course days are blocked out over 3 weeks to enable sufficient time for self directed learning.
  • 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
Course Objectives

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.
  • Test 3-phase motor circuits controlled by contactors and overloads.
  • 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
  • Describe the characteristics of an AC Sine Wave in terms of RMS voltage, peak voltage, frequence, and time period
  • Deduce inductive reactance in an AC coil
  • Understand transformers, split coils, turns, step-up and step-down

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

Who should attend the QQI Level 6 Industrial Electrical Systems course:
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 troubleshooters 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.

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.

Though no specific qualification is required entrants should have some prior technical or mechanical experience or knowledge. Ideally they would have had exposure to electrically controlled equipment and/or a manufacturing environment. We will speak to each applicant by phone to determine entry level and and we will recommend the 6 day version to those who we believe do not have sufficient experience in the area.

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 the 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 the 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.

Cancellation Policy:

1.            Full refund will be given for cancellations made in excess of 15 working days before the course start date.

2.            For cancellations made within 14-10 working days before the course start date, learners will be able to defer their booking to another course within three months of the date of the booked course. No refund will be made at this point.

3.            For cancellations made within 9-5 working days before the course start date, a 50% cancellation fee will apply. 

4.            For cancellations made 5 working days or less before course start date, 100% cancellation fee will apply.


Book your place today:  Daria Choromanska [email protected] – Phone: 086 014 4853

Eligibility: CitA Skillnet Training Network is open to Private Companies and Sole Traders in the Construction Sector and registered in the Republic of Ireland.

For training dates and details please see our Course Schedule


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