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Motors & Variable Speed Drives

20-620-3 Certificate (C) 5 Credits Not Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

Knowledge of fundamental electronics will be helpful to you as you learn the theory, operation, programming, wiring and maintenance of DC and AC motors and variable speed drives commonly used with industrial equipment. This additional knowledge of how motors operate can make you a more valued employee, leading to opportunities for cross-training or advancement.


Course Title
Course Number
Electrical Motors-AC
Covers the operation of single-phase and three-phase AC motors. Laboratory activities are performed to reinforce the theory.
Prerequisite: AC Circuits 1 (10-660-114); Electrical Generators & Power Dist Systems (10-620-170) recommended
Advanced AC/DC Variable Speed Drives
Covers graphical programming and various communication techniques of current and vector drives. A multifunctional trainer is configured to demonstrate complex master/slave drive functions, on-line monitoring of drive performance, and to build troubleshooting skills.
Corequisites: Electrical Motors-AC (10-620-172); DC/AC Variable Speed Drives (10-609-172); AC Circuits 2 (10-660-115) and Programmable Logic Controllers 2 (10-620-182) recommended
DC/AC Variable Speed Drives
Covers operational controls, characteristics and drive functionality. Laboratory activities involve drive setup and wiring as well as safe troubleshooting and testing practices. A working knowledge of electronics is recommended.
Corequisite: Electrical Motors (10-609-171 or 10-620-172)
Electrical Generators & Power Dist Systems
Examines the construction and operation of generators and covers power distribution systems such as the single-phase Edison and three-phase delta and wye configurations. The theory is reinforced by laboratory activities.
Prerequisite: AC Circuits 1 (10-660-114)
Electrical Motors-DC
Evaluates the operation of DC motors such as the series, shunt, and compound motors. Various types of servo motors are also examined. Laboratory activities reinforce the theory. A working knowledge of electronics is recommended.
Prerequisite: DC Circuits 2 (10-660-111)

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