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Open Enrollment Introduction to MCEMAX® Course Terminal Objective

Upon completion of the course the student shall be able to safely perform all MCE® and EMAX tests and use the test results to evaluate the condition of a motor circuit. This course is intended both for technicians who perform testing and analyst who evaluate the results.

Course Enabling Objectives:

EO 1 Identify the equipment safety parameters.
EO 2 Be able to add motors, perform testing, and review test history using PdMA® Corporation’s MCEGold® software.
EO 3 List and describe the six Fault Zones in an electric motor circuit, including which tests are used to determine the condition of each Fault Zone.
EO 4

Describe the purpose and operation of all major hardware and software components and their associated controls.

EO 5 Describe all tests, including initial conditions, performance of the test, basic interpretation of test results, and theory of motor operation as it applies to the test.
EO 6 Identify the conditions that may cause the tester to capture inaccurate or unusable data.
EO 7 Given results from specific tests, identify the most likely suspect/faulty motor circuit component and the next troubleshooting step to be performed.
EO 8 Match applicable industry standards used by the tester to applicable tests.
EO 9 Discuss the importance of annual calibration of the tester and the Engineering Change Order (ECO) program.
Introduction to MCEMAX® Course Format

Day 1

The course begins with a classroom lecture and discussion on offline (de-energized) Motor Circuit Evaluation (MCE) using the six Fault Zones. Throughout the day students operate the tester using MCEGold to perform each of the MCE tests: AC Standard Test, Rotor Influence Check (RIC), Polarization Index, and Step Voltage Test. Students will perform a motor circuit analysis on both healthy and faulted motors using the collected MCE test results.

Day 2
The students will participate in additional hands-on practice for MCE testing on de-energized equipment. The class will then continue with a classroom lecture and discussion on the use of the EMAX to perform AC motor Current Signature Analysis (CSA) and Power Analysis testing.

Day 3
The students will perform hands-on AC motor EMAX testing under the direct supervision of the instructor. They will then analyze the collected data to evaluate the condition of healthy and faulted motors. Additional MCE testing may also be performed depending on the students’ request. At the end of the day there will be a detailed review of both MCE and EMAX AC motor testing and the Six Fault Zone approach to analyzing data collected by the MCEMAX.

Day 4
The fourth day is an optional half-day intended for those students who will be testing DC motors. The day begins with a classroom lecture and discussion on MCE and EMAX testing of DC motors. The students will then operate the MCEMAX tester to perform each of the MCE and EMAX tests: DC Standard Test, Commutator Bar-To-Bar Test, Polarization Index, Step Voltage Test, DC Power Test and DC Current Signature analysis.

NOTE: PdMA Corporation’s training center has both healthy and faulted motors for the students to perform testing on during the hands on portions of the course. There are four Emax testing stations designed for safely testing both AC and DC motors while energized.


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