Online electrical training – on demand.

September 28, 2018 George Fofeldea

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Electrical engineering and construction has evolved considerably. As technologies advance, the industry is constantly looking at ways to be faster, more reliable, safer, and more energy-efficient.

But, in doing so, it’s important that we don’t lose sight of what some may think are small tasks, but I would argue are some of the most important – cable preparation and choosing the right technology for your application.

Lack of electrical training can lead to failures. What’s the impact? Disrupted networks, production line shutdowns, and power outages.

I also understand the pressures you face. You’re working under tight deadlines and sometimes you are in remote locations across Canada, which can make it feel like electrical training isn’t feasible. And, your time is valuable.

That is why I’m excited about 3M Academy, our online electrical training program. From cable theory, cable preparation, medium voltage terminations, and medium voltage splices, these courses are designed to deliver 3M’s trusted electrical and energy expertise to you, on-demand.

The 3M  Academy: e-learning powered by electrical industry experts

Everyday on 3M’s Application Development team, we work directly with our customers, whether it’s through site visits, phone calls, or video chats, to help provide them with electrical solutions that fit their project specific needs.

But, we wanted to find a way to expand our services and to deliver our electrical markets, utilities, and power expertise, to engineers, contractors, and distributors, nation-wide. That’s why we developed 3M Academy’s electrical channel.

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Our industry is a complex and technical field that requires highly skilled people. 3M is a leader in the field and has a lot of expertise. We can help customers by providing our expertise and knowledge on how to use 3M technology in the most efficient way. - Paolo Rocca, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, 3M Canada

The 3M Academy is our exclusive e-learning platform for electrical professionals, including engineers, electrical contractors, electricians, and distributors. It features courses and training designed to help improve the understanding of medium voltage cable construction and cable preparation, which is crucial to the long-term performance of cable accessories.

The best designed accessory will not perform well or match the life of the cable if it is not installed correctly.

What are the advantages of 3M  Academy’s online electrical training program?

terminating cables

Over the last 18 years, I’ve had the opportunity to train a large variety of customers, ranging from electrical utilities to industrial customers (i.e.: mining, oil and gas, pulp and paper, etc.).

Through this, myself and the 3M Application Development team have been able to decipher what an effective and relevant online electrical training structure would look like.

We’ve incorporated those learnings into 3M Academy to help realize the following advantages:

  • Content: four new courses
    1. Terminations 101
    2. Medium Voltage Splices 101
    3. Cable Preparation – Medium/High Voltage Cables (5 kV and up)
    4. Cable Theory 101
  • Ease: an easy-to-access electrical training resource.
  • Reach: implementation is easy for organizations – there is no limit to how many people within a company can enroll.
  • Convenient: each module is on-demand, meaning you can take each course at your own convenience.
  • Certification: we can tell you which of your employees have taken the training and certify their completion of 3M Academy courses.

Learn more about this online electrical training platform.

For more information about 3M Academy please contact a specialist.

About the Author

George Fofeldea

[enBio=George Fofeldea works directly with 3M utility customers across Canada helping to solve project problems and concerns. This gives George unique intel to understanding trends, pain points, and industry needs. George has been a power engineer for over 24 years and in his career, he has watched the industry evolve. What he’s most excited about is seeing how new technologies such as renewable energy, vehicle electrification, grid automation, and modernization will continue to shape and transform the electrical and energy industry towards a bright-er and more exciting future by helping improve safety and reliability.],[enJob=Power Engineer, 3M Canada],[frBio=George Fofeldea travaille directement avec les clients des services publics de 3M partout au Canada pour les aider à résoudre les problèmes et à aborder les préoccupations qui surviennent dans le cadre de leurs projets. Cela permet à George de comprendre les tendances, les problèmes et les besoins de l’industrie. George est ingénieur électricien depuis plus de 24 ans et a assisté à l’évolution de l’industrie tout au long de sa carrière. Ce qui le passionne le plus, c’est la façon dont les nouvelles technologies, comme l’énergie renouvelable, l’électrification des véhicules, l’automatisation des réseaux et la modernisation continueront de façonner et de transformer le secteur de l’électricité et de l’énergie vers un avenir plus prometteur en améliorant la sécurité et la fiabilité.],[frJob=Ingénieur électricien, 3M Canada]

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