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Education Center
Since 2001, Russell Saunders has been offering professional courses in power technologies to members of the entertainment and industrial community. Hosted at the Saunders Electric headquarters in Arleta, California, courses last an entire day and cover a multitude of various topics including hands-on demonstrations.

Russell's talent for simplifying technical topics and providing industry specific examples help attendees remember how to apply what they've learned. Classes are fun, interactive, and open to discussion and questions. Lessons are interspersed with real-life situations to better explain theories and practices discussed in the course, and all our guests are invited to bring questions!
 


Power Classes
Basic Course
Courses can be tailored to a specific group or industry segment depending upon attendance.

The basic course includes:
  • Concepts of Electricity
    • Sources
    • Uses
  • How to connect and disconnect power
  • Grounding and more grounding!
  • How to determine sizes of:
    • cable
    • transfer switches
    • transformers
    • circuit breakers
  • Transformer Basics
    • How do they work?
    • Types & Sizes
    • Duty Rating & Uses
  • Power Distribution
    • Methods on stages and productions
  • Fluke Data Waveforms
  • Basic Testing Equipment
  • Safety
Advanced Course
Courses can be tailored to a specific group or industry segment depending upon attendance.

The advanced course can cover the following topics:
  • Basic Review of Electricity Concepts
  • Advanced Grounding
    • How to troubleshoot
  • Transformers
    • Delta, WYE, Open Delta
    • Taps, how they work, why & how to change them, grounding issues, iron core loss ratios, and high & low voltage
  • Specialty Transformers
    • Isolation, balanced output, electrostatic shielding, & how to determine need
  • Power Distribution
    • Overcurrent protection
    • Code requirements - reality vs. theory
    • Historesis
    • Disparate power sources
  • Regulators
  • UPS
  • Harmonics in power
  • Generators
  • Co-Generation
  • Advanced Testing Equipment
  • Safety