Basics of Electricity, AC Circuits:

This class is designed to introduce you to the AC (Alternating Current) concepts of the basics of electricity. No prior knowledge of AC electricity is required to attend this class.  All simple theories and explanations will be effectively supported through practical hands-on exercises and demonstrations.  Technicians, assemblers, mechanics, operators, non-electrical engineers, supervisors, etc. will acquire valuable knowledge of AC electricity upon class completion. 

If you need to learn about electricity for your work, or if you are simply interested in electricity, or if you require this knowledge in order to secure a job position, then this is definitely the class for you!

Additionally, if your busy schedule does not allow you time to enroll in a full-semester course in electricity from the local vocational institute, then this 3-day intensified training is certainly designed for you. Or if you are attending a CBT (Computer Based Training) or utilizing a Laboratory Volt program type, and neither is effectively assisting you in understanding the subject of electricity, this class is a MUST!

"Basics of Electricity, AC Circuits" will help to answer any of the following questions, which you may have:

  • How do I measure or calculate the impedance in an AC circuit?

  • What is frequency, period, phase, etc?

  • What is the Q of a coil? Should it be high or low?

  • What are the different types of capacitors and how would I select a particular type?

  • What exactly is Power Factor, about which I've heard a lot lately?

  • What is an autotransformer?

  • What is an unbalanced 3-phase load? How can I balance it?

  • What is the Q of a tank circuit? For that matter, what is a tank circuit?

  • How do I calculate the time constant of an RC circuit?

  • How do I use my voltmeter, ammeter, ohmmeter, multi-meter, LCR meter, etc?

  • etc.

Our instructor understands that your work is important to you and that you want the right training which meets your requirements, and thatís why we offer the flexibility to customize our training to address your specific needs. 

Although a specific curriculum/agenda is presently established for each particular training class, on the first day of class, our expert trainer will inquire you about your work, what you already know, and what you would like to learn, to enable him/her to tailor the existing course to the precise needs of your job applications, as necessary. 

We want to provide you with the best, value-added training available, that is advantageous to you and to your business organization!


Day One


  • Generating an Alternating Voltage

  • Angular Measurement

  • Sine Wave

  • Alternating Current

  • Frequency and Period

  • Phase Relationships

  • Characteristic Values of Voltage and Current

  • Resistance in AC Circuits

  • Laboratory Exercises


  • Characteristics of Coils

  • Inductive Reactance

  • Inductors in Series or Parallel

  • Inductive Circuits

  • Q of a Coil

  • Power in R-L Circuits

  • Laboratory Exercises


  • Capacitor

  • Capacitance

  • Types of Capacitors

  • Capacitors in Series and Parallel

  • Capacitive Reactance

  • Capacitive Circuits

  • Power in RC Circuits

  • Laboratory Exercises

Day Two


  • The General RLC Circuit

  • RLC in Series

  • RLC in Parallel

  • RL and RC Branches in Parallel

  • Power and Power Factor

  • Laboratory Exercises


  • Alternators

  • Paralleling Generators

  • Ratings

  • Losses and Efficiency

  • Poly-phase Inductions Motors

  • Synchronous Motors

  • Single-Phase Motors

  • Laboratory Exercises


  • Ideal Transformer Characteristics

  • Transformer Ratings

  • Impedance Ratio

  • Autotransformer

  • Transformer Losses and Efficiency

  • No-Load Condition

  • Coil Polarity

  • Laboratory Exercises

Day Three


  • Characteristics of 3-Phase Systems

  • Three-Phase Transformer Connections

  • Power in Balanced Three-Phase Loads

  • Unbalanced three-Phase Loads

  • Laboratory Exercises


  • Series Resonance

  • Q of Series Circuit

  • Parallel Resonance

  • Q of Parallel Circuit

  • Bandwidth and Power of Resonant Circuit

  • Laboratory Exercises


  • RL Series Circuit Waveforms

  • RL Time Constants

  • RC Series Circuit Waveforms

  • RC Time Constants

  • Calculation for Time t

  • Laboratory Exercises


  • Basic Measuring Instruments

  • Ammeters

  • Voltmeters

  • Ohmmeters

  • Multimeters

  • Alternating-Current Meters

  • Watt meters and Watt-hour Meters

  • Analog Electronic Meters

  • Digital Meters

  • Laboratory Exercises

Tuition: $2,489 (plus the appropriate NMGRT if taught in New Mexico), where NMGRT = New Mexico Gross Receipt Tax

Handbook: Included

Prerequisite: Our "Basics of Electricity, DC Circuits" class or equivalent knowledge / experience with DC Electricity 

Certification: None

Target Audience: Assemblers, operators, electricians, technicians, engineers, managers, warehouse personnel, maintenance workers

Instructor:  Jay Skolnik, PE (Professional Licensed Electrical Engineer & ESD Program Manager Certified by ESD Association & iNARTE ESDC Certified & IPC ESDC Certified Instructor & Member of ESD Association & Certified ESD Specialist / Plant Auditor & Certified ESDA TR53 Technician by ESDA & Certified Professional Instructor (CPI) for National Instruments (NI) Multisim & Ultiboard programs)



Related Courses: Basics of Electricity, DC Circuits & ESD (ElectroStatic Discharge) & Basic Electronics

Class Length: 3 days

Class Exam:  None

Class Size: 15 minimum

Dates: (please click here for our training class schedule)

Times: 8:30 A.M. to 5 P.M. There is a 1-hour lunch (not included) scheduled from 12 P.M. to 1 P.M. each day. There are 10-minute stretch breaks periodically throughout the day.

Training Location:

Please refer to the emailed registration confirmation that you received from Skolnik Tech upon your completion of class registration.  Thank you.  

What to bring: Pencil and paper for taking notes, and a calculator if you have one.   If you use a multi-meter, voltmeter, ohmmeter, etc., please bring them. We will learn how to use them and to understand their pertinent detailed features.

What to wear: Casual, comfortable clothes

Inclement weather:  Should we experience inclement weather at any time during the training period, please check our web site at or call us at (505) 299-1157 early in the morning on the class date prior to start of class, for instructions regarding the training schedule for that particular class date.  Thank you.

Registration: (please click here to register)


Various Comments from Past Attendees:


"Great class!  Thanks for offering it.  The demonstrations & hands-on exercises were really helpful."

Engineer - Sandia National Laboratories


"The instructor does a great job teaching the class and is very patient in answering the questions."

Engineer - Sandia National Laboratories


"The key terms and concepts were explained very well, and the content as well as the activities highly supported the course objectives."

Engineer - Sandia National Laboratories


"Class format was excellent!  It was more of an open conversation than anything else.  I have enjoyed the class and it will be very helpful in relation to my job."

Engineer - Sandia National Laboratories


"The instructor's depth of knowledge is exceptional!"

Engineer - Sandia National Laboratories


"Thanks!  Class was outstanding.  The instructor was willing to cover a wide range of topics and tailor the class for the students."

Engineer - Sandia National Laboratories



Skolnik Technical is also an active member of the ESD Association.