The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 164 has partnered with Graybar Electric in Parsippany, N.J., to establish a customized training laboratory featuring a Square D electrical apparatus, announced Richard Dressel, Local 164 business manager. The electrical distribution room housing the equipment was designed by IBEW’s National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.

Graybar Electric, in association with Square D, provided a 277/480-volt Type NF distribution panel with circuit breakers and a 30-KVA step-down transformer, 480 to 120/208 volts. When fed with 480-volt power from the Type NF panel board, the transformer will supply 120/208-volt power to the Type NQOD panel, also provided. The NQOD panel will be used to distribute 120-volt power to other items in the training area. Graybar also provided a combination motor starter and start-stop pushbutton station to be used to demonstrate motor control basics.

“Our goal is to replicate as many real-world scenarios in a controlled, high-tech educational setting,” Dressel said.

As an extension of Local 164’s classroom studies, the electrical apprentices will complete laboratory coursework on the Square D electrical apparatus by running electrical pipe and wiring the electrical distribution system from the switch to the outlet. This room will be used also as an evaluation tool to gauge the skill level of new apprentices and place them accordingly.  EC