WTTP 1801
Electrical Fundamentals 1

3.0 Credits


This course offers an introduction to the electrical trade as it applies to the daily operation of water/wastewater treatment plants. Topics discussed include basic: electrical principles; electrical safety; motor control principles; and the fundamentals of electric motors. It is important to note that this course is designed from the viewpoint of plant operators, so they can develop more awareness of the trades and allow students to function more effectively.

Delivery Method



Industry experience or acceptance into the Water Treatment Technology program. Completion of level one of the program is recommended.


After you have completed the work in this course, you should be able to:

  • Discuss basic electrical principles.
  • Identify the features of common meters.
  • Describe the operating principles of electric motors.
  • Describe motor starters and controls and develop schematic and wiring diagrams.
  • Describe electrical diagrams and symbols.
  • Discuss safe work practices as they apply to water treatment facilities.

Course Outline

Module A: Electrical Principles

Module B: Features of Common Meters

Module C: The Operating Principles of Electric Motors

Module D: The Analysis of Basic Motor Control

Module E: Reading and Drawing Electrical Diagrams

Module F: Safe Work Practices

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

There is no required textbook for this course.

Additional Requirements

Computer with Internet required.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through Blackboard's "Mail" tool or by phone. You will receive the necessary contact information when you start your course.


To successfully complete this course students must obtain 50% or higher in the course overall. Students taking this course and applying it towards a Certificate I, II, or III or Water Treatment Diploma must obtain a minimum 60% average in the course overall to meet program requirements.

Your final assessment will be determined on the following basis:

Midterm 1 25%
Midterm 2 25%
Final exam 50%