Academic Catalog

APEL 125: NEC GROUNDING; OVERCURRENT PROTECTION; TRANSFORMER CONNECTIONS

Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Summer 2021
Units: 4
Hours: 24 lecture, 72 laboratory per quarter (96 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: Per California Code of Regulations, this course is limited to students admitted to the Electrical Apprenticeship Program.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in APRT 125.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • A student will be able to lay out ground sizes for equipment.
  • A student will be able to prepare and use a ground rod.
  • A student will be able to identify grounding requirements for an electrical service.
  • A student will be able to explain and apply ground fault protection to circuitry.

Description

This course covers grounding and bonding of transformers, fire alarm systems and industrial blueprint reading.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Use the National Electrical Code for design of bonding and grounding.
B. Describe a building fire alarm system.
C. Read and interpret industrial blueprints.

Course Content

A. Grounding and bonding
1. Functions, operation and characteristics of grounding systems
2. Grounding electrode systems
3. Sizing, layout and installation of grounding systems
4. Bonding
B. Fire alarm systems
1. Describe the components and function of a fire alarm system
2. Building code requirements for fire alarm systems
3. Maintenance and testing of fire alarm systems
C. Industrial blueprints
1. Continuation of basic and intermediate plan reading applied in an industrial setting
2. Specifications extension of basic and intermediate specification reading applied in an industrial setting

Lab Content

A. Student will properly size and install grounding and bonding system for a transformer
B. Students will wire initiating and signaling devices to a fire alarm panel
C. Students will utilize an industrial blueprint to determine conduit requirements and routing throughout the building

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

Laboratory with electrical tools and equipment.

Method(s) of Evaluation

Results of written quizzes and average of six tests
Results of hands-on projects and homework
Results of class participation
Maintenance of a student's workbook with questions drawn from text

Method(s) of Instruction

Lecture
Lab assignments
Group discussion
Class demonstrations

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee. Syllabus for Third Year Core Curriculum. 2014.

National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee. Code and Practices -3 Student Workbook. 2014.

National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee. Grounding & Bonding Student Workbook. 2014.

National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee. Applied Grounding & Bonding, 2nd ed.. 2014.

National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee. Fire Alarm Systems. 2014.

These are the standard electrical textbooks/workbooks used for this course. Although one or more may not be within 5 years of the required published date, they are the most current books used when teaching this course.

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Read chapter 10-15 in the in the Syllabus for Third Year Core Curriculum (NJATC) for the Electrical Industry.
B. Read chapter 1-5 in the Fire Alarm Systems Workbook, 2014.
C. Prepare a diagram of the components of a fire alarm system and functions.

Discipline(s)

Electricity