June 21, 2001

ROSEMEAD, Calif., June 21, 2001-Southern California Edison's AGTAC center today announced its 3rd quarter 2001 seminars that include free energy-efficiency classes for its commercial, industrial and agricultural customers.   The seminars are designed to help SCE's San Joaquin Valley customers learn about basic instrumentation, motors, electrical safety, irrigation and energy conservation.

 "AGTAC is committed to helping SCE's customers find the information, training and support needed to make the best energy-efficient choices for their operations," said Ken Rebensdorf, manager of AGTAC. Listed below are the classes currently being offered:

Basic Instrumentation & Sensors

Recommended for technicians who work with plant, wastewater or water delivery processes.  This seminar will show how properly installed, serviced and calibrated instrumentation can save energy.  A hands-on demonstration of operating sensors and controls is included.  This seminar will review primary sensing elements, troubleshooting control loops, instruments and sensors in control loops.

Tuesday, July 17
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Event #107171
Fee:  Free
Lunch provided

Motors and Starters for the Field Technician

Recommended for individuals who work with motors and starters.  Hands-on activities to demonstrate motor principles and concepts, troubleshooting and motor controllers.

Wednesday, July 18
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Event #107181
Fee:  $100
Lunch provided

Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)

This one day seminar goes over what a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) is, what it can do and how it operates to manage and control processes in agricultural operations.  By the end of the seminar, participants will be familiar with PLC terminology, how hardware components are used to operate and manage a PLC controlled process system, including liquid level processes, relay ladder logic and how its symbols are used.

Thursday, July 19
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Event # 107191
Fee:  $100
Lunch provided

Basic Electricity

Through interactive exhibits and hands-on activities, participants will learn about electricity, electricity transformation, its relationship to motors, AC/DC principles and circuits.  Electrical terminology such as "volts," "amps," "watts," and "ohms" will be discussed.

Wednesday, August 22
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Event #108221
Fee:  $75
Lunch provided

Electrical Safety

This overview of safe work practices and OSHA requirements for industrial, commercial and power facilities is a must for employees and supervisors who work around 110v, 480v or high-voltage systems and equipment.

Tuesday, September 18
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Event #109181
Fee $100
Lunch provided

Money Making Maintenance Practices

This one-day seminar is designed for anyone responsible for the maintenance of commercial, industrial, or water pumping facilities.  Participants will learn how to find energy savings in production systems.  They will also calculate the actual dollar savings that can be realized from energy-saving maintenance practices.  Class discussions will include basic system operating principles of lubrication, mechanical, electrical, air, steam, lighting and pumping.  Participants will also receive quick tips on planning, identifying and prioritizing maintenance tasks in order to realize increased profits and reliability.

Wednesday, September 19
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Event #109191
Fee:  Free
Lunch provided

Motor Workshop

Topics include when to repair a motor vs. installing a new one, proper installation of motors, motor industry updates, trends, standards, system performance optimization, Edison's energy-efficiency programs and other services.

Wednesday, September 26
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Event #109261
Fee:  Free
Lunch provided

*Agricultural Irrigation Safety

This seminar will detail the precautions all people involved in agricultural irrigation should be aware of.  Topics include basic water, electrical and back support safety.

Tuesday, July 24
Continental breakfast provided at 7:30 a.m.
7:45 a.m. - 9 a.m.  Seminar
Fee:  Free

Introduction to Pump Testing

This workshop is intended to give participants a quick introduction into the theory and procedures involved in pump testing.  Typically, a pump test-training program takes a full year of classroom and field training.  This workshop provides an overview of what is involved, skills and aptitude required, along with opportunities for further training and employment.

Thursday, August 2
8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.  Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Seminar
Lunch provided
Fee:  Free

How to Evaluate Drip Emitters

Thinking about drip irrigation?  Come to this seminar and learn how drip emitter's work, what kinds are available and how to evaluate the differences between products.  We will look at how emitters are engineered and learn how little differences can make a big difference in performance.  This seminar will conclude with a tour of the drip demonstration facility where many of the products available are on display.

Tuesday, September 11
7:30 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.  Continental Breakfast
7:45 a.m - 9 a.m.  Seminar
Fee:  Free

All classes will be held at Edison AGTAC, 4175 S. Laspina, Tulare.  For more information or to register, please call 1-800-772-4822.

*Irrigation workshops are sponsored by Fresno State University Center for Irrigation Technology and the California Department of Water Resources.

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