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ELEC 1151 - Test Equipment & Troubleshooting

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: None

This course is designed to introduce students to the following areas: Soldering, Materials, AAQ quality standards, NCCER electrical codes, test equipment usage, wire and cable terminations, overview of cable selections in electrical drawings, and basic troubleshooting of simple electrical circuits. It is an introductory course with hands-on engagement utilizing simulator learning system. This course will apply a computer simulation software to emphasize the application of troubleshooting of electrical problems and signal tracing. 

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to troubleshoot mechatronic systems.


  1. Identify common types of repairs.
  2. Troubleshoot systems to the component level.

Outcome 2:  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to perform industry standard wiring repairs.


  1. Solder connections as referenced in AAQ and NCCER guidelines.
  2. Describe lead-free solder and tin whiskers.
  3. Identify soldering materials.
  4. Describe mechatronics standard connection/termination schema.
  5. Inspect wire connections.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to utilize test equipment used in mechatronic systems.


  1. Select correct test equipment.
  2. Utilize correct test equipment to troubleshoot.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES

I. Overview of AMATROL, Soldering, Connectors and Terminations

  1. Introduction of course objectives. Overview of AMATROL workstations and methodology.
    1. Explain the purpose of OSHA and NFPA 70E and how they promote safety on the job
    2. Recognize electrical/energy hazards and describe how to avoid of minimize them in workplace
    3. Explain safety issues concerning lockout/tagout procedures, personal protection utilizing assured grounding and isolation programs, confined space entry, respiratory protection, and fall protection
  2. General Soldering Information 
    1. Lab I
  3. Quality Assurance and Cleanliness
    1. Lab II
  4. Pb-Free Solder and Tin Whiskers
    1. Lab III
  5. Connector Training wrap-up
    1. Lab IV - Terminals 
    2. Lab V - Crimps

II. Test Equipment

  1. Describe and explain operation of the following pieces of test equipment:
    1. Ammeter, Voltmeter, Ohmmeter, Multimeter, Continuity tester, Electrical outlet tester, Oscilloscope, Frequency counter, Signal generator, Power factor meter, Thermal tester
  2. Performance tasks:
  3. Lab VI - measure AC/DC voltage current, and resistance using a multimeter
  4. Lab VII - set up and use selected cable testers to check out cables and evaluate the performance of copper and fiber optic cable.
  5. Additional Performance tasks:
  6. Lab VIII - measure waveform utilizing Oscilloscope, signal generator
  7. Lab IX- measure signal with Digital meter

III. Test Equipment - Summary

  1. Troubleshooting outlook:
    1. Explain the difference between maintenance and repair.
    2. Identify the common causes of system and equipment failures.
    3. Using electrostatic discharge (ESD) control devices and techniques when handling ESD-sensitive equipment and components.
    4. Use manufacturers’ troubleshooting aids to identify system problem(s).

IV. Troubleshooting

  1. Identify and explain preventive maintenance and inspection schedules.
  2. Identify common preventive maintenance measures
  3. Isolate common faults in wiring and equipment (AMATROL Troubleshooting LAP 1)
    1. Determine if a power supply is good or bad
    2. Isolate common faults in copper and fiber optic cable wired networks 
    3. Determine if a printed circuit board is good or bad
    4. Acronym - Industry Abbreviation List + References Standards (AMATROL Troubleshooting LAP 2)

Primary Faculty
Dulinski, Kenneth
Secondary Faculty
Seger, Jennifer
Associate Dean
Thero, Laura
Hutchison, Donald

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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