Electrical Knowledge and Electrical Safety for Homeowners

Course #209

Dates: Thursday April 28th 6-9pm, and Saturday April 30th 9am – 12pm

Mercer Public Library, Mercer, WI

Objectives:  Participants should gain an understanding of electrical safety requirements in rules promulgated by the State as well as the requirements of the adopted National Electrical Code. Various electrical devices, their installation, use, testing and replacement will be discussed. Students should have a better understanding of the devices they rely on for safety on a daily basis.

Course structure:  The course will be given in 2 sessions, each 3 hours long, covering the following topics:

This course will emphasize safety and basic electrical wiring and necessary electrical code for a homeowner or others who may wish to make minor repairs on their electrical system. The course will explain how electrical devices such as ground-fault circuit-interrupters or arc-fault circuit-interrupters work and where they are required. Testing and replacement of switches, receptacles, repair of lamps, replacement of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors will be explained. How to turn the power off and testing, as well as hands on experience with these various electrical devices should prepare the student for safely dealing with minor repairs and instill a sense of confidence.

Requirements:  There are no prerequisites or requirements for the course. Access to codes will be provided on the internet.

Instructor: Joe Hertel is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison College of Engineering with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He is a licensed Master Electrician, Commercial Electrical Inspector and Registered Professional Engineer with the State of Wisconsin. He has more than 40 years of experience in the electrical industry. In 2012 he retired from state service in the Department of Safety and Professional Services where he served for more than twenty years as the Chief Electrical Engineer.


Class fee: $30 (note, $5 discount if registration is received by April 14)