Basics of Electricity, DC Circuits:

This class is designed to introduce you to the DC (Direct Current) concepts of the basics of electricity. No prior knowledge of 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 DC 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 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 electricity, this class is a MUST!

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

  • What is a capacitor?

  • What is a resistor?

  • How do electrons travel in a wire?

  • What are the graphical symbols and what do they represent?

  • What is Ohm's law?

  • What is power, horsepower, and energy?

  • What is the difference between a parallel circuit and a series circuit?

  • What are KVL and KCL and how can I use them to troubleshoot a circuit?

  • What is permeability, Ķ, B-H curves and induction?

  • How does a simple DC generator function?

  • 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



  • Structure of the atom

  • The Electric Charge

  • The Coulomb

  • The Electrostatic Field

  • Potential Difference

  • Current

  • Current Flow

  • Sources of Electricity

  • Direct and Alternating Currents and Voltages

  • Laboratory Exercises


  • Metric Prefixes

  • Powers of 10

  • Scientific Notation

  • Rounding Off Numbers

  • Graphical Symbols

  • Schematic Diagram

  • One-Line Diagram

  • Block Diagram

  • Wiring Diagram

  • Electric Plan

  • Laboratory Exercises


  • The Electric Circuit

  • Resistance

  • Fixed Resistors

  • Variable Resistors

  • Ohm's Law

  • Electric Power

  • Horsepower

  • Electrical Energy

  • Laboratory Exercises

Day Two


  • Voltage, Current, and Resistance in Series Circuits

  • Polarity of Voltage Drops

  • Conductors

  • Total Power in a Series Circuit

  • Voltage Drop by Proportional Parts

  • Laboratory Exercises


  • Voltage and Current in a Parallel Circuit

  • Resistance in Parallel

  • Open and Short Circuits

  • Division of Current in Two Parallel Branches

  • Conductance in Parallel

  • Power in Parallel Circuits

  • Laboratory Exercises


  • The Voltaic Cell

  • Series and Parallel Cells

  • Primary and Secondary Cells

  • Types of Batteries

  • Battery Characteristics

  • Laboratory Exercises

Day Three


  • Kirchoff's Voltage Law (KVL)

  • Kirchoff's Current Law (KCL)

  • Mesh Currents

  • Node Voltages

  • Laboratory Exercises


  • The Nature of Magnetism

  • Magnetic Materials

  • Electromagnetism

  • Magnetic Units

  • B-H Magnetizations Curve

  • Magnetic Circuits

  • Electromagnetic Induction

  • International System of Units

  • Laboratory Exercises


  • Motors and Generators

  • Simple DC Generator

  • Armature Windings

  • Field Excitation

  • DC Generators Equivalent Circuits

  • Generator Voltage Equations and Voltage Regulation

  • Losses and Efficiency of a DC Machine

  • Direct-Current Motor

  • DC Motor Equivalent Circuit

  • Speed of a Motor

  • Motor Types

  • Starting Requirements for Motors

  • Laboratory Exercises


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

Handbook: Included

DVM: Each student will learn to use a digital voltmeter and can keep it for his/her job.

Prerequisite: None

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 & Active 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, AC 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 have a multi-meter, a voltmeter, an 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:


"I learned more in this class than any I've taken in years!...Excellent class / instruction - Thanks and I look forward to future classes."

Engineer - Sandia National Laboratories 


"Excellent course - Enjoyed the PC-based schematic exercises; they supported the hands-on portion very well....Great job, Jay"

Technologist - Sandia National Laboratories 


"Enjoyed having conversations on practical applications!"

Engineer - Sandia National Laboratories 


"Jay is an absolutely wonderful instructor (but I'm sure you already know that !).  I'm still amazed at how he was able to explain concepts I had never understood before (and he must have the patience of a saint to be able to answer all my silly questions !).  I will take more classes if I am able to get the opportunity."

Engineer - Sandia National Laboratories


"Very worthwhile course!"

Technologist - Sandia National Laboratories 


"Hands-on!  I know that we did it, and it really drives home the objectives, i.e. practical applications."

Technologist - Sandia National Laboratories




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