Fundamentals of Electrical Work

Fundamentals of Electrical Work

New to the Electrical Trade? Interested in a Career as an Electrician?


Master the Basic Concepts You Need to Excel as an Electrician


Stop Guessing at What You’re Doing … Take Control of Your Career … and Make It Easier to Prepare for the Journeyman’s Exam

Mondays & Wednesdays, September 9 – October 9, 2019 | 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

“Excellent course for apprentices getting into the electrical trade.”
~ Steven Gygax, Purchasing Agent, Kelly Electric

Dream of being a journeyman or master electrician … and earning up to $70+ per hour?

Smart plan. Skilled electrical contractors are in short supply – and demand is growing.

But to rise to the top, you need to master the basic principles first. Just as LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard had to learn how to dribble and pass at the start of their journey to basketball greatness … you need a strong foundation of core skills to become an in-demand, well-paid electrician.

Unfortunately, your supervisor is probably too busy to give you the well-planned, detailed instruction you need. For most new electrical contractors, learning is on the go – and often on your own.

Introducing Fundamentals of Electrical Work


Fundamentals of Electrical Work: Introduction to Basic Electrical Construction Concepts gives you the core knowledge you need to work safely, effectively and efficiently in the electrical trade.

These concepts are what every electrical contractor needs to succeed – and what your boss secretly wishes you knew already.
Based on the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC), this 5-week training program gives you skills and knowledge to excel in entry-level positions. It also provides a strong foundation for when you start preparing for the journeyman’s exam.

Who Should Attend


Fundamentals of Electrical Work is designed specifically for people who are newer to the electrical trade, including:

  • Electrical helpers, apprentices and other electrical workers with 0-4 years of experience in electrical construction
  • Electricians who plan to someday take the journeyman’s exam
  • Anyone who is interested in becoming an electrician
  • Inside sales reps and switch gear vendors who want to speak their customers’ language
  • Project managers and other non-electrician employees who want a better understanding of electrical construction


How You’ll Benefit


  • Develop the basic skills and knowledge electrical contractors are looking for — and position yourself to be a hot job prospect
  • Understand why you’re supposed to do things the way you do
  • Gain confidence about what you’re doing – and how to perform routine tasks
  • Get better at your job (making you a more valuable employee)
  • Learn to think independently (and not just follow orders)
  • Master basic concepts needed to someday advance to a Journeyman or Master Electrician
  • Build a solid foundation for the basic concepts you need to master before studying for the journeyman’s exam
  • Discover if a career in electrical construction is right for you – before you invest too much time
  • Avoid accidentally putting yourself – and your co-workers – in danger
  • Position yourself for greater job responsibility, promotions – and raises


7 Signs You Need This Training


  1. Has your supervisor ever given you an assignment that you’re not comfortable performing because you don’t understand it?
  2. Do you want to know WHY you’re supposed to perform a particular task – and WHY you need to do it a particular way?
  3. Have you ever been handed a meter – without knowing what exactly to do with it … or how to use it correctly and safely?
  4. Are you uncomfortable being exposed to and working with electricity because you’re not 100% certain about how to keep yourself (and others on the job site) safe?
  5. Are you largely left to learn things on your own by listening and watching … because your supervisor is too busy to spend much time teaching?
  6. Do you have lots of questions about your job and working with electricity … but no one to ask?
  7. Are you confused and overwhelmed by code requirements? (You know they exist … but you don’t know the details – or how to find what you need.)

The bottom line: Whenever you step up to do something new in your job, you’re probably doing it wrong. Discover the right – and safe – way to do it during Fundamentals of Electrical Work.

A Special Message for Owners:


Thinking About Sending Your Employees to This Training?


Frustrated by the lack of skilled labor? You and your company will benefit by sending your new hires and less seasoned employees to this training. Here’s how:

  • Free up your schedule. Proper training takes time. We’ll take it on … so you can focus on other responsibilities.
  • Reduce risk by improving on-the-job safety. Newer employees often aren’t aware of on-site dangers – knowledge that’s automatic to most of your crew. Avoid accidents by empowering employees to protect themselves.
  • Minimize simple mistakes caused by a lack of must-know essentials.
  • Improve the quality of work your team produces.
  • Accelerate the pace of work. The more all of your employees know, the faster they can work … and the more they can do without direct supervision.
  • Create goodwill among employees by demonstrating that you believe in their potential enough to invest in their training.
  • Stand out from your competitors. The industry is rapidly moving toward stricter licensing requirements. Gain the competitive edge over companies that hired unskilled, untrained labor.

What You’ll Learn


Fundamentals of Electrical Work covers the core concepts that Master Electricians wish their employees knew – but often don’t have time to teach – including:
• Intro to Electrician’s Math
• Intro to Ohm’s Law
• Branch Circuits Basics
• Switching and Receptacles
• Grounding and Bonding Basics
• Overcurrent Protection Basics
• Single Phase systems
• Introduction to Electrical Safety
• Plans and Symbols
• NEC Definitions
• Wiring Methods
• Conductor Properties
• …and much more! Click here to see the 116 most important things you’ll learn.


Meet Your Instructors

Wayne H. Robinson is a retired Chief Electrical Inspector and former supervisor for the Electrical Engineering Department in Prince George’s County, Maryland. He holds multiple International Code Council Certifications for Electrical Inspections and Plan review. Wayne is a Master Electrician in Maryland and the District of Columbia, and has instructed numerous NEC Code courses over the past 30 years at local community colleges, trade organizations and local governments. He holds multiple US patents on grounding devices and has published books on Electrical Calculations, Illustrated Guide for Electricians and Inspectors, Grounding, Motor Calculations and Swimming Pool Bonding. Wayne is a current member of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) and the Maryland Uniformed Electrical Licensing and Examination Committee (MUELEC).
michael v robinson
Michael V. Robinson is a licensed Master Electrician in Maryland and the District of Columbia and site superintendent for a large electrical contractor in the D.C. Metropolitan Area. Michael V. Robinson is a licensed Master Electrician in Maryland and the District of Columbia and site superintendent for a large electrical contractor in the D.C. Metropolitan Area. He is currently responsible for the code compliant installation of a 1.3 million square foot electrical renovation project and 50+ electricians. In addition, Michael teaches both Journeyman Prep and Master Prep classes at Capital Electric. Beginning in the trade in 1999, Michael is a 2011 graduate and salutatorian of the Local 26 IBEW Apprenticeship. He also has a B.A. from the University of Maryland at College Park. Michael resides in Prince Frederick, Maryland, is married to wife, Kristin and has two young sons, Brooks and Wade.


When and Where


Fundamentals of Electrical Work is an 10-session training program. Class meets twice per week for 5 weeks.

September 9th – October 9th

Mondays & Wednesday from 4:30pm – 7:30pm

Capital Electric CDC Training Facility
8511 Pepco Place
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

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What You’ll Receive


  • A seat in this limited-enrollment, 6-week training program. A small class size ensures that all of your questions – large or small – get answered.
  • Instruction by 2 veteran Master Electricians and experienced trainers, Wayne Robinson and Mike Robinson.
  • The fundamental essentials that every electrical construction worker needs, but few receive.
  • Introduction to Electrical Work. Created by Wayne Robinson and Mike Robinson specifically for Capital Electric, this textbook is packed with the fundamentals you need to know to thrive as an electrical contractor.
  • The opportunity to purchase additional, optional, resources at a discount, including:
    • 2017 NEC Code Book (Softbound) for a special price of $89
    • 2017 NEC Handbook – $164
    • 2017 NEC Tabs – $16

Your Investment


Regular tuition: $449

2 Ways to Save

  1. Register by August 26, 2019, and instantly save $50. You invest just $399.
  2. Register with a group of 3+ people from the same company … and save 10%.


Why Past Attendees Recommend This Training


“Excellent for a person getting into the electrical field.”
~ Franklin Chaney, Office Coordinator, Colonial Electric

“This was a really interesting class. I really enjoyed how the instructors engaged with us.”
~ Leonel Ceballos, Helper, Amber Enterprise

“It’s an overall great course for starter professionals.”
~ Andre Williams

“Great beginners course.”
~ Austin Gardner, Assistant PM, Grounded Electrical Instruction

“The course was very informational. The instructor was very knowledgeable. Enjoyed learning new things.”
~ Ashlee Windsor, Asst Construction Manager, Partner’s Electric Service

“Taught the fundamentals of the class in the most understanding way.”
~ Jason Samuels, GAC Service

“It’s a great course for getting acquainted with electrical field work basics, terminology, and practices.”
~ Shannon Peacock, Project Manager Switchgear, Capital Electric

“Enjoyable introduction to electrical concepts. Mike makes things clear and he cares to know that you’re learning.”
~ Andrew Clarke, Project Manager Switchgear, Capital Electric

“A good view of what to expect when becoming an electrician.”
~ Jordan Laycook, Account Manager, Capital Tristate

About Capital Electric


An International Code Council (ICC) “Preferred Education Provider,” Capital Electric offers a variety of training programs for electrical contractors.

CapitalTristate is an ICC Preferred Education Provider


The 116 Most Important Things You’ll Learn


  1. Why math is so important to doing your job well
  2. The 10 most important math concepts and calculations you need to be able to perform accurately
  3. The 4 factors to consider in any electrical circuit … and what each means to you, the electrician
  4. How Ohm’s Law will help you accurately predict the characteristics of a circuit
  5. 2 basic equations that need to become automatic to you if you want to thrive as an electrician
  6. What direct current (DC) circuits are, how they behave … and how Ohm’s Law applies to them
  7. How alternating current (AC) circuits behave and where you’re most likely to encounter them
  8. 2 additional factors you need to consider when working with AC circuits
  9. What inductors and capacitors are … and where you’re most likely to encounter them
  10. The difference between Volt-Amps and Watts … and what each measures
  11. The most important rule to remember when working with a series circuit
  12. How to calculate the total voltage in a series circuit
  13. The formula for finding the total current in a parallel circuit … and how it differs from a series circuit
  14. What to do when asked to calculate the characteristics of a series-parallel circuit (page 29)
  15. The 5 most common electrical systems you’re likely to encounter in the DC area
  16. The 30 most important definitions you need to know to do your job well, comply with the NEC – and keep yourself safe
  17. 6 ways to identify a grounded conductor
  18. What switches do … and the 4 kinds you must be familiar with
  19. 7 key switching rules to follow at all times
  20. Where switches and circuit breakers must be located – and why
  21. The most common type of single-pole switch electricians encounter – and the only terminal that matters
  22. What 3-way switching devices are used for … and what type of switch it is
  23. How many terminals a 3-way switch has … and which wire goes with each
  24. How to easily expand a 3-way switch into a 4-way switch
  25. How to figure out how many 3- and 4-way switches you need in a room
  26. What relays are … and how they’re used to increase electrical safety
  27. The difference between “normally open” and “normally closed” relays
  28. What “solid state relays” and “contactors” are … and where you’re likely to find them
  29. What a receptacle is … and what rules dictate which type of receptacle to use in a given situation
  30. How receptacles are rated … and why using the right receptacle is key for safety
  31. How receptacles need to be identified … and what to do if a terminal isn’t visible
  32. The 2 most common receptacles used in residential settings … and the quick way to tell the difference between them
  33. 14 rules to remember when installing receptacles (page 91-92, 94)
  34. What you need to provide when 2 or more branch circuits supply devices or equipment on the same yoke or mounting strap
  35. How to determine the minimum ampacity and size of conductors that you need for a given installation
  36. How the ampere rating of a branch circuit determines what type of receptacles you need
  37. How to figure out the outlet devices and permissible loads of different types of branch circuits
  38. How many receptacles you need to install based on the type and size of a room – and where they need to be placed
  39. Where ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection for personnel needs to be installed – and when it’s required
  40. How the placement of sinks within a dwelling impact where receptacles need to be installed
  41. 6 locations where tamper-proof receptacles are required
  42. 13 types of rooms or areas that need to be protected by arc-fault circuit interrupters
  43. The important role that a grounding system plays in a good electrical installation
  44. The primary purpose of an equipment grounding system … and how it works
  45. How impedences on the grounding system path affect the overcurrent protection’s ability to protect the electrical system
  46. Which types of electrical equipment and wiring need to be grounded
  47. 3 rules to follow when grounding AC systems
  48. What “bonding” means … and how it’s used to create a system of grounding electrodes
  49. How the size of conductors affects the size of grounding electrodes needed on an installation
  50. How to determine where grounding electrode conductors need to be connected
  51. Where load-size grounding connections are strictly prohibited
  52. Which methods are permitted for bonding equipment grounding conductors, grounding electrode conductors, and bonding jumpers
  53. How to determine what size of main bonding jumpers and system bonding jumpers an installation needs
  54. How to identify the minimize size of equipment grounding conductors you need in to ground raceways and equipment – and what factor is most important (page 137-138)
  55. The 8 types of equipment grounding conductors … and when to use each
  56. Conditions that flexible conduit must meet to be used with equipment grounding conductors
  57. 3 conditions to consider when determining the size of overcurrent device you need to install
  58. 3 important rules to know when calculating overcurrent protection needed for small conductors – and one critical exception (page 145)
  59. How to determine the standard ampere ratings for fuses and inverse time circuit breakers
  60. 2 places where you are prohibited from installing overcurrent devices – and why
  61. How to calculate the voltage to ground in single-phase grounded – and ungrounded – circuits
  62. How grounding differences for single-phase systems depending on whether it’s a residential or commercial installation
  63. How to handling grounding in 3-phase, 4-wire systems … including 120/208 and 270/480 volt systems
  64. How to determine which conductors can occupy the same equipment wiring enclosure, raceway or cable
  65. Requirements for the insulation ratings of conductors
  66. Ways to protect cables and raceways when being installed through bored holes in joists, rafters, or wood members
  67. What you need to remember when installing nonmetallic-sheathed cables and electrical nonmetallic tubing through metal framing members
  68. Special considerations when installing cables, racesways, or boxes in or under roof decking
  69. Protection that’s needed when installing 4 AWG or larger insulted circuit conductors
  70. The only 2 instances when you do not need to install underground cable and conductors under buildings in a raceway
  71. The minimum depth at which you need to install cables and conductors under streets, highways, roads, etc.
  72. Where and how to install residential branch circuits in driveways and outdoor parking areas at 1- and 2-family homes
  73. What you need to remember when installing nonmetallic equipment in places where it will be exposed to sunlight and/or chemicals
  74. How to decide if you need to include expansion, expansion-deflection, or deflection fittings in raceways
  75. What “electrical continuity” affects how you install metal raceways and enclosures
  76. The only 3 conditions in which raceways should be used as a means of support
  77. What to remember during installation to ensure that the future removal of devices doesn’t interrupt continuity
  78. The minimum amount of free conductor that you need to leave available for splicing
  79. Steps to take to ensure that an electrical installation doesn’t substantially increase the chance of combustion or spread of fire
  80. 2 things you need to ensure when installing insulated conductors or cables where they’ll be exposed to direct sunlight
  81. Special requirements to remember when aluminum, copper-clad aluminum, or copper conductors are connected in parallel
  82. When cables used in direct-burial applications need to be shielded
  83. How to determine the correct temperate rating that’s required for conductors
  84. 2 conditions that trigger the need to adjust the ampacity of cables and conductors
  85. 5 things to include when marking conductors and cables
  86. What “fill” calculations are … and why they’re important
  87. How to quickly and accurately tally the “fill” for conduits, boxes, conductors, clamps, devices and equipment
  88. The minimum weight of light fixture a ceiling outlet much be able to hold … and what to do if the fixture you’re installing is heavier
  89. How to calculate the minimum dimensions of pull or junction boxes that need to be installed in raceway or cable runs
  90. What information you need to calculate the distance between raceways
  91. 2 things to remember when determining distances between raceways when making splices or angle or U pulls
  92. How to figure out the maximum number of conductors and fixture wires permitted in conduit or tubing … and how the size of the wires and conductors affects this number
  93. What measurements to use when figuring out how deep of a working space you need to allow for electrical equipment
  94. 2 requirements for determining how wide of a working space you need to create
  95. The minimum height at which you need to install electrical equipment
  96. The most important measurement to keep in mind when placing other equipment associated with the electrical installation
  97. How to address situations with limited access, such as crawl spaces and lay-in ceilings
  98. Special entrance and egress requirements that must be met when installing large equipment
  99. What to remember when a working space include personnel doors
  100. The minimum size of space that must be dedicated to the electrical installation … and the only exception to this rule
  101. 5 unique requirements for outdoor electrical installations
  102. The truth about whether electricians can work circuits that are energized
  103. 4 shocking (pun intended) facts about electricity that even most electricians don’t know
  104. How to properly use a meter to test circuits … while keeping yourself safe
  105. Key mistakes that most people make when using inductance testers
  106. The powerful, but often overlooked, tool that every electrician should have
  107. 2 dangerous mistakes to avoid when using a multimeter
  108. How to measure a circuit when measuring voltage with a multi-meter … and how to adjust when testing a current
  109. 5 potentially life-saving tips to use when using a multi-meter
  110. What you need to ask before using arc flash suits and other personal protective equipment (PPE)
  111. 2 ways to determine which types of PPE you need for a given situation … and which is most realistic
  112. How to figure out which type of gloves you should use
  113. 5 critical components that should be included in your company’s lock out, tag out program
  114. 2 conditions under which “hot” work is allowed … and when you need a permit
  115. What “approach boundaries” are … and how to determine which one applies to your installation
  116. 16 symbols you need to know to accurately read a plan