Electric Motors Lab
Electric Motors Lab

Electrical Training Courses

  • Electric Fundamentals
  • National Electrical Code
  • Electric Motor Control
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)

Electric Fundamentals

Electric Fundamentals include basic electrical theory, concepts and mathematics that form the foundational knowledge for electricians to perform calculations involved in working with electrical systems. These concepts are studied prior to learning the electrical codes.


  • AC/DC concepts
  • Electrical mathematics, theories and concepts
  • Voltage, current and circuitry components
  • Power use and dissipation
  • Transformer concepts and test equipment

National Electrical Code (NEC)

NEC codes form standards for electrical work to ensure safety and consistency throughout the industry. NEC Code A includes the study of various Electrical Codes from the NEC code book along with basic jobsite safety. Students train in SCIT's Residential Wiring Lab and Commercial Wiring Lab to instal various electrical devices and learn to use electrical tools used in the field.


  • OSHA jobsite safety
  • Residential/Commercial wiring, circuitry and NEC requirements
  • Conductor installation, conduit bending, raceways and wiring systems
  • Panel boards and switchgears
  • Over-current devices and grounding systems
  • Electrical Blueprints, plans and specifications

Electric Motor Control

Electric motors classes study the installation and maintenance of electrically powered motors as defined in the National Electrical Code. Electric motors are found mainly in the commercial and industrial sectors of the electrician trade where they are used to move various devices from elevators to assembly belts. Students train to install and learn control techniques for electric motors, such as speed control, in the Electric Motors Lab.


  • Function, operation and characteristics of industrial motors
  • AC, DC, dual voltage repulsion, 3 phase and synchronous motors
  • Motor installation and over-current protection
  • Start-stop control and selector switches
  • Generators and power supplies
  • Power distribution, emergency systems and transformer functions

Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)

Programmable logic controller (PLC) courses train students to program PLC units for various real-world simulations and applications. PLC units function as small computers. They interpret the input signals, such as pressure sensors, and output a set of signals, such as turning on a motor, based on the logic programmed into the unit.


  • Ladder Logic Programming using RSLogix
  • I/O Functions
  • Industrial Sensors and Inputs
  • Industrial PLC Simulations

Programming with RSLogix Software

The PLC Lab contains multiple computer stations where students learn to program PLC logic using the RSLogix programming software and upload their programs to PLC units. The RSLogix software is based on ladder logic principles of programming where graphical representation of instructions are presented rather than script based computer code.

Allen Bradley PLC's

SCIT's PLC courses are based on the Allen Bradley family of Programmable Logic Controllers. Students learn to program the Allen Bradley line of PLC units, which are widely used in the industry. Over 50 Allen Bradley PLC units can be found in the PLC lab.

Examples of PLC applications include traffic light control, elevator control, manufacturing line control, and much more. More advanced applications of PLC's, including its integration with robotics systems are studied in the Electrical Engineering program.