Group CBS Training Center

The Group CBS Training Center in Elgin, IL provides a safe environment for electrical equipment operators, technicians and engineers to learn about the generation, distribution, protection and maintenance of electrical distribution equipment. Hands-on classes developed by Group CBS and our training partners offer technical training on electrical testing and maintenance, as well as other critical electrical safety processes and solutions, such as remote racking and switching.

In addition to opening our doors to Group CBS partners in electrical training, such as the AVO Training Institute and Shermco Industries, we welcome any group or association focused on making the electrical industry a safer place to work. Let’s work together to make the future a brighter, safer place for our industries, our families, and our electrical professionals. For more information, email us or call 847-741-4638.

Upcoming Training Sessions

Due to COVID-19, these classes/events are subject to change or cancellation. Please contact us to confirm the status of classes. Opportunities for virtual classes may be available at a future date.

March 24-25, 2020
Shermco Industries
Electrical Safety for Utilities

April 1-2, 2020
Shermco Industries
Troubleshooting & Electrical Print Reading

April 6-7, 2020
Shermco Industries
Basic Electrical Fundamentals

April 8-10, 2020
Shermco Industries
Basic Electrical Technical Skills

April 13-16, 2020
AVO Training Institute
Circuit Breaker Maintenance, MV

April 20-24, 2020
AVO Training Institute
Transformer Maintenance & Testing

April 27-May 1, 2020
Shermco Industries
Low to Medium-Voltage Circuit Breaker Maintenance

May 4-7, 2020
AVO Training Institute
Basic Electrical Troubleshooting

May 11-14, 2020
Shermco Industries
Substation Maintenance I (Circuit Breakers, Grounding, and Batteries)

May 15, 2020
Shermco Industries
Installation and Removal of Protective Grounds

May 18-21, 2020
AVO Training Institute
National Electrical Code/Changes 2020

May 26-29, 2020
Shermco Industries
Substation Maintenance II (Transformers and Relays)

Course Overviews

AVO Training Institute

Basic Electrical Troubleshooting
Safe and systematic troubleshooting methods that greatly enhance technician skills are the focus of this course. This hands-on course is intended for electricians, technicians, and supervisors responsible for troubleshooting electrical system problems. Component identification, ladder diagram interpretation, and correct multimeter usage are key components to this course. The ability to effectively
and safely troubleshoot electrical systems is an essential skill for any technician responsible for maintenance in an industrial, commercial, or utility environment.

Circuit Breaker Maintenance, Low-Voltage
Participants in this class will visually and electrically inspect circuit breakers according to manufacturer and NETA MTS requirements. This hands-on course is intended for new or experienced electricians and technicians that install, maintain, repair or troubleshoot power circuit breakers, rated less than 1,000 VAC, equipped with electromechanical or solid state tripping devices. Based on results of the tests, technicians should be able to make pass/fail decisions on circuit breakers. In addition to improving electrical system reliability, by ensuring optimum fault clearing times, well maintained circuit breakers minimize the arc flash hazard energy levels that technicians can be exposed to during a fault.

Circuit Breaker Maintenance, Medium-Voltage
This hands-on course is intended for new or experienced electricians and technicians that install, maintain, repair, or troubleshoot air and vacuum metal-clad circuit breakers and switchgear, rated at 1 kV and higher. This course provides training for the performance of visual, mechanical, and electrical inspections, in accordance with manufacturers and NETA MTS requirements.

Circuit Breaker Maintenance, Molded & Insulated Case (CBMMIC)
Molded and insulated case circuit breakers are designed to be disassembled, inspected, adjusted and cleaned and require testing and maintenance to ensure system reliability. This hands-on course is intended for new or experienced electricians and technicians that install, maintain, repair or troubleshoot molded or insulated case circuit breakers, rated less than 1 kV, equipped with thermal, magnetic or solid state tripping devices. Participants in this course will be required to perform visual and electrical inspections on the circuit breakers and their auxiliary devices. The electrical inspections provide data regarding the condition of the insulation, contacts and operating mechanisms.

Electrical Safety for Utilities
This course provides training for new, multi-craft or experienced electricians, linemen, technicians, engineers, supervisors and safety managers that install, maintain, repair, troubleshoot or work around power generation, transmission and distribution equipment.

Informal on-the-job training can be dangerous. To ensure adequate safe work practices are followed, personnel must understand electrical hazards, safety regulations, and the use of safe work procedures, protective equipment and standards. This course meets mandated training requirements of OSHA 1910.332 and .269 and improves ability to interpret OSHA, the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), ASTM and other applicable electrical safety regulations. Applying these best practices is essential to preventing electrical accidents, outages and equipment damage.

Microprocessor-Based Relay Testing, Feeder Protection
Microprocessor-Based relays are now an integral part of many power distribution systems. This hands-on course is designed for test technicians and other persons involved in setting, testing, and diagnosing microprocessor-based relays that protect feeder and bus systems.

National Electrical Code/Changes 2020
This course provides electricians, electrical inspectors, and electrical contractors a comprehensive study of Chapters 1 through 4 of the 2020 National Electrical Code®, with a brief overview of Chapter 5. Additionally, major updates and revisions from previous editions are addressed throughout. Class participants will receive a softbound copy of the NEC® 2020 standard, using it to apply the code for proper installation of electrical circuits and equipment.

This course also provides a study of electrical terms and requirements for electrical installations such as branch circuits, grounding systems, wiring methods and material, overcurrent protection, voltage drop, and neutral load.

NFPA 70E 2018
The NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace has been updated for 2018. This updated standard contains significant changes when compared to the 2015 version. The course covers the requirements for working safely in the electrical environment based on the NFPA 70E. Understanding this standard is imperative for compliance with the OSHA mandates regarding electrical safety in the workplace. OSHA specifically mandates employer assessment of generally recognized hazards in the workplace, and provisions for protecting the employee from those hazards. Some of the changes in the NFPA 70E 2018 edition include: the arc flash risk assessment procedures, a revised task-based table to clarify selection methods for arc flash personal protective equipment (PPE), and the electrical safety program requirements for inspection, job safety planning, and incident investigations on electrical equipment.

The NFPA 70E is updated to reflect ongoing research to improve electrical safe work practices and PPE. OSHA compliance and a safe workplace are the desired outcomes. NFPA 70E provides the directions on how to achieve that outcome. Fewer electrical accidents are in everyone’s best interest.

Protective Relay Maintenance, Basic
The Protective Relay Maintenance Distribution course is an intensive, hands-on, lab oriented presentation. The participant will learn the basics of distribution protection combined with hands-on, realistic training on actual relays. Laboratory exercises will cover proper relay maintenance, specific test procedures, and detailed adjustment and calibration procedures utilizing state of the art relay test sets. Class participants will understand applicable NETA testing standards, what test result information should be recorded, and what hand tools are necessary for proper relay adjustment and calibration.

Protective Relay Maintenance, Advanced
Course participants learn the basics of transmission line protection combined with hands-on, realistic training on actual relays. Laboratory exercises will cover proper relay maintenance, specific test procedures including proper calculations for impedance relay testing, and detailed adjustment and calibration procedures utilizing state of the art relay test sets. Participants will understand applicable NETA testing standards, what test result information should be recorded, and what hand tools are necessary for proper relay adjustment and calibration.

Transformer Maintenance & Testing
Students learn to install, maintain, repair, or troubleshoot power transformers rated 765 kV or less. Participants will receive instruction on the filtering and drying out process to be performed on transformers. This course uses up-to-date test equipment and procedures for evaluating the condition of a transformer. Test results can provide predictive data which will guide maintenance activities and help to prevent catastrophic failure that may damage downstream equipment and endanger personnel.

Shermo Industries

Basic Electrical Fundamentals
Whether you are new to the industry or are taking on additional responsibilities for electrical maintenance, a solid knowledge of the basics is essential to understanding the operations, maintenance and safety of any facility or factory site. This is a hands-on practical introduction to those concepts and skills that serves as a prerequisite to further training and career enhancements for both technicians and managers.

Basic Electrical Technical Skills
A companion course to Basic Electrical Fundamentals, this course features a detailed, hands-on training regimen on the use of electrical testing equipment, electrical system trouble-shooting and interpretation of electrical drawings. These are the basic skills required by any technician to safely and efficiently maintain and operate electrical equipment.

Electrical Safety for Qualified Electrical Workers
A practical, intensive electrical safety program designed to meet the mandated OSHA safety training requirements [Fed/OSHA 29CFR1910 1910.331-.335 (Electrical Safety Related Work Practices)], and 1910.137 (Electrical Protective Devices), hazards of electricity, NFPA 70E Articles 110 through 130 (now updated to include 2018 edition changes), Hazard and PPE Assessments, Energized Work Permits are all taught from the stand-point of field experience. This course focuses on the practical application of the OSHA regulations and NFPA 70E, rather than just explaining them.

Electrical Safety for Qualified Electrical Workers – Extended Lab Session
Students will plan, review and execute the tasks of performing absence of voltage tests, placing of personal protective grounds, changing out fuses on a medium-voltage air switch and inserting and removing (racking) a medium-voltage circuit breaker. Each step is documented and students will perform the tasks on energized medium-voltage switchgear while being monitored by an instructor. This provides real-world experience and training on these common, but potentially hazardous electrical tasks.

Electrical Safety for Utilities
This is a two-day practical electrical safety refresher course designed for personnel who have already completed the OSHA- mandated electrical safety training (such as our Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices and NFPA 70E course). Attendees will benefit from examples and videos designed to reacquaint them with electrical hazards and the need for using PPE. Arc-flash labels, shock and arc-flash approach boundaries and choosing PPE are covered as well as energized electrical work permits and placing equipment in an electrically-safe work condition.

Installation and Removal of Protective Grounds
Personal protective grounds are critical safety devices that require care and skill when using them. Improperly sized or installed grounds will only provide a false sense of security. Technicians often place personal protective grounds and don’t give much thought as to whether they would actually protect if the worst should happen.

Low to Medium-Voltage Circuit Breaker Maintenance
Many industrial customers choose to perform general testing and maintenance on incoming utility substations and downstream substations within the plant perimeters. Both technical competence and proper safety practices are critical to these procedures. This class provides the information and hands-on training to test and maintain most of the major components of the substation except for the main transformer and protective relays.

Medium-Voltage Cable Diagnostics & Testing
This training course will introduce the student to modern cable testing philosophies, practices and testing methods for medium voltage electrical power cables. The student will learn the intended application of each method along with the advantages and limitations of the method. Emphasis will be placed on interpreting test results, root cause analysis and making corrective recommendations. Students will perform and analyze results of insulation resistance tests (DAR & PI), type I withstand tests (DC, AC, & VLF). Also, diagnostic test such as Partial Discharge and Tan Delta will be performed.

Substation Maintenance 1 (Circuit Breakers, Batteries and Grounding)
Many industrial customers choose to perform general testing and maintenance on incoming utility substations and downstream substations within the plant perimeters. Both technical competence and proper safety practices are critical to these procedures. This class provides the information and hands-on training to test and maintain most of the major components of the substation except for the main transformer and protective relays.

Substation Maintenance II (Transformers and Relays)
Attendees will perform the most common field tests on power transformers, lightning arresters, protective relays and insulating liquids; beginning with insulating liquid sampling and testing, student’s progress through insulation resistance, ratio, winding resistance and insulation power factor testing. This course presents the information technicians need to safely perform these tests and interpret the results. Emphasis is placed on problems encountered in performing these tests and how to correct them for accurate results.

Troubleshooting and Electrical Print Reading
This is a fundamental course developed for technicians and managers who need to understand electrical power systems: how they are designed, what can go wrong and how to find the problem areas. Several types of drawings and schematics are explained and hands-on exercises will demonstrate their practical use for basic troubleshooting.

About AVO Training Institute

For more than 50 years, AVO Training’s electrical safety courses have taught electrical personnel about the dangers of electricity and how to avoid risks and injuries associated with electrical hazards. From equipment application and maintenance procedures to safe work practices, arc-flash hazard analysis, and engineering services, AVO is a complete one-stop learning center. In addition to classroom lectures, we offer a hands-on approach to training. Students perform tasks in equipment labs supervised by the most talented electrical instructors in the industry. Students learn to comply with safety standards such as NEC, NFPA 70E, NESC, and other codes set forth by OSHA, MSHA, and other regulatory organizations.

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About Shermco Industries

Since 1974, Shermco Industries, Inc. has provided electrical maintenance, design, and training services to industrial, petrochemical, and utilities businesses nationwide. We also provide comprehensive wind generator maintenance and repair. As an independent service company, Shermco has always focused on doing what’s right for you, our customers. And, as a certified and accredited full-service provider, we can deliver results across the entire continuum of electric motor, wind generator, and electrical service needs, regardless of equipment brand.

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