Test Equipment Training

605-01 Multimeters

When you complete this lesson, you will understand the basics of a digital multimeter and volt-ohm-meter and how to properly use a multimeter.

  • Describe the multimeter’s function and operation
  • Discuss multimeter specifications
  • Identify the symbols on a multimeter
  • Discuss the tool’s range and resolution.
  • Demonstrate how to safely use a multimeter to make measurements

605-02 Oscilloscopes

When you complete this lesson, you will understand how to use the controls of an oscilloscope for the purpose of measuring electrical signals. You will also be able to set an oscilloscope to measure voltage, frequency, time, and phase shift.

  • State what values are represented on the x and y axes of the display
  • Name the general components of an oscilloscope needed to display a waveform
  • Recall the differences between analog and digital oscilloscopes
  • Identify waveform types and examples of equipment that produce those waveforms
  • Describe how to use the basic controls of an oscilloscope
  • Express how to take simple measurements for voltage, period, amplitude, frequency, and phase shift

605-03 Power Supplies

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to identify the main sections of a DC power supply and describe the types of regulation and regulators. You will also understand how a linear regulator works and be able to troubleshoot power supply problems.

  • Explain the function of the sections of a DC power supply Describe a block diagram of a DC power supply
  • Explain the difference between line regulation and load regulation
  • Recognize the difference between linear and switching power supplies
  • Discuss how to setup and use a power supply
  • Explain the process for troubleshooting power supplies

605-04 Signal Generators

When you complete this lesson, you will understand the basic controls and operations of a signal generator. You will be able to use the device to generate basic waveforms for troubleshooting.

  • Describe how signal generators work
  • Identify types of electrical waveforms
  • Describe waveform parameters
  • Discuss operation of basic signal generator controls
  • Demonstrate how to use a signal generator to generate simple waveforms

605-05 Temperature and Loop Calibrators

When you complete this lesson, you will understand the basic function and operation of temperature calibration equipment and loop calibrators.Explain the difference between contact and non-contact sensors

  • Explain how temperature sources and simulators are used to perform thermocouple and RTD calibration
  • Describe the common types of temperature sources used for calibrating temperature instruments:
    • Dry Well (Block)
    • Liquid and Fluidized-Sand Bath
    • Thermoelectric
  • Describe the operation of a blackbody calibrator
  • Describe the function and common features of a loop calibrator
  • Explain the three basic modes of operation of a 4-20 mA loop calibrator:
    • Measuring Current
    • Sourcing Current
  • Simulating a Transmitter

605-06 Manometers

Upon completion of this lesson you will be able to describe a manometer and explain how the most common types of manometers are used to measure pressure.

  • Define manometer and describe how it differs from other pressure measuring devices
  • Describe the purpose of a manometer and list its common uses
  • Explain the terms parallax and meniscus in relation to using a manometer to obtain a pressure reading
  • Describe the construction and operation of common types of manometers, including the U-tube, well, and inclined tube manometer
  • Explain the factors which can affect the accuracy of a manometer

605-07 Pressure and Vacuum Calibrators

When you complete this lesson, you will understand how various types of pressure and vacuum calibrators operate and how to use them.

  • Explain the purpose of a pressure and vacuum calibrator
  • Describe a deadweight calibrator and its uses
  • Explain the operation of a variator
  • Understand the uses of an aspirator bulb
  • Explain when to use a hand pump
  • Describe pneumatic calibrators and when they are used

605-08 Megohmmeters

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to use a megohmmeter to safely take a reading of the resistance of wire insulation.

  • Recall the purpose of insulation
  • List the modes of deterioration of insulation
  • Identify the purpose of a megohmmeter
  • Describe the types of megohmmeters
  • List the components of a megohmmeter
  • Describe how to conduct a spot test