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ACIM 5040 - Variable Frequency Drives and Servos

AutomatedControls Instal&Maint Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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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.





Fall 2020

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2020 term.

CRN 45108

Mon Sep 21 - Fri Sep 25 5 Days

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 21 - Sep 25 Mon - Fri 07:30 - 15:30 BBY



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




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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

ACIM 5040 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

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

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Fall 2020

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BCIT Burnaby Bookstore

If you are taking this course, but are not taking it through either Distance Education or Online Learning, nor at the BCIT Downtown Campus (DTC), please purchase books for this course at the BCIT Burnaby Bookstore.

Electronic Variable Speed Drives
Author Brumbach
Copyright 2017
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-1-13313-404-6
Price $189.95


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