Course Summary
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16 hours
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 1 instrumentation


The course objective is to instruct why special test instruments are needed and how to select, understand, and safely operate them. Knowledge of Voice-Data-Video (VDV), power quality, high voltage and insulation, instrumentation and process control, and special maintenance test instruments prepares the learner to work on all kinds of electrical installations. The course concludes by presenting a systematic approach to troubleshooting necessary for effective test instrument use.

Learning Outcomes:

  • identify the types of conductors and cables used in VDV communication and understand how signals are transmitted through them
  • understand VDV system terminology and testing methods
  • identify the common types of copper and fiber optic cable problems and how to safety use test instruments to identify them
  • identify the common types of wireless communication methods
  • identify the parameters of power quality and understand how each can vary
  • understand which test instrument is best suited for a particular power quality problem
  • understand the basic procedures for safely operating various power quality test instruments
  • troubleshoot problems based on test instrument measurements
  • identify possible remedies for some power quality problems
  • know the basic procedures to safely use high voltage detectors and meters and high voltage ammeters
  • understand the importance of measuring insulation resistance
  • understand the types of insulation tests and the basic procedures for testing insulation
  • identify hipot and megohmmeter insulation testers and understand how each is safely used
  • know the types of tests used to ensure proper grounding system operation
  • understand that test instruments are used to observe, report, and control process parameters
  • understand the factors that influence the type of test instrument used for process control
  • identify the test instruments used to measure temperature, moisture, pressure, flow, air velocity, conductivity, thickness, and gas refrigerant leaks
  • understand basic procedures for safely using test instruments for process
  • understand the basic nature of light and illumination
  • identify test instruments that measure light and understand how to safely use them
  • identify the types of tachometers and their applications and understand how to safely use them
  • identify the special test instruments used to measure very small resistances, environmental conditions, vibration, and distance and understand how to safely use them
  • identify the five troubleshooting levels and understand how troubleshooting differs at each level
  • identify and understand the different methods and procedures used when troubleshooting
  • understand the effect equipment reliability has on troubleshooting
  • understand the role and responsibilities of the troubleshooter

General Topics:

  • Voice-data-video (VDV) test instruments
  • Power quality test instruments
  • Medium (and high) voltage and insulation test instruments
  • Instrumentation and process control test instruments
  • Special maintenance test instruments
  • Troubleshooting
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Laboratory
  • Learner Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Other
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes
  • Classroom Participation

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials