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Variable Frequency Drives and Servos ACIM 5040

Automated Controls Installation & Maintenance Part-time Studies Course

Course details

This course will familiarize students with installation and operational requirements for electrical machines with variable-frequency drives. Students will be introduced to applications of variable-frequency drives (VFDs), including their installation needs, classifications and harmonic considerations. The drives will be utilized on standalone and micro-processor-based systems programmable logic controllers (PLCs)/programmable automation controllers (PACs). A significant part of the course is dedicated to application activities that reinforce the theory.


  • TELC 0130 Basic Motor Control and/or successful completion of Electrical Apprenticeship Level 2 or 3 or 4 program within the last 5 years. Electrical Journeyperson Certificate, Electrical Engineering Degree and/or Electrical Engineer Practitioner are also acceptable.





Course offerings

Fall 2022

Below is one offering of ACIM 5040 for the Fall 2022 term.

CRN 45108


Mon Sep 19 - Fri Sep 23 (5 days)

  • 5 days
  • CRN 45108
  • $1074.84
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 19 - Sep 23 Mon - Fri 07:30 - 15:30 Burnaby SE01 Rm. 210


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. This is a condensed version of the course. Registration is processed on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED basis. Late registration is not permitted. BCIT reserves the right to cancel courses. Ensure your contact information (e.g. personal email address) is current. In the event of cancellation, student will be notified five business days prior to the course start date. Please send your inquiries to

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Connect a variable speed drives in accordance with the Canadian Electrical Code.
  • Choose, connect, and program a VFD for a variety of load applications.
  • Connect and program microprocessor-based controllers (PLC/PAC) with a VFD.
  • Apply a troubleshooting tree to diagnose problems with variable frequency drives that are utilized in PLC systems.
  • Describe dynamic and static characteristics and analysis of AC VFDs.
  • Troubleshoot with an oscilloscope, using various test points on a VFD.
  • Choose and connect shaft encoder types based on application.
  • Tune a proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control system that uses a variable frequency drive.

Effective as of Winter 2018

Related Programs

Variable Frequency Drives and Servos (ACIM 5040) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Automated Controls Installation and Maintenance
    Advanced Certificate Part-time
  2. Renewable Energy Electrical Systems Installation & Maintenance
    Advanced Certificate Part-time


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