Course Title: Develop engineering solutions for induction motor problems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: EEET6800C

Course Title: Develop engineering solutions for induction motor problems

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6112 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology - Electrical

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Marko Dumovic

Phone: +613 9925 4712


Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

UEENEEG049B Solve problems in complex polyphase power  circuits

Course Description

This unit covers development of engineering solutions to resolve problems with induction motors. It encompasses working safely, apply extensive knowledge of induction motor operation and construction and their application, gathering and analysing data, applying problem solving techniques, developing and documenting solutions and alternatives.

Students will develop specific skills and knowledge required to work safely in the applications of motor protection and control circuits. It includes the principles of operation and control of various types of motors and practical application of various motor protection devices

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEG045B Develop engineering solutions for induction motor problems


1. Prepare to develop engineering solution for induction motor problems.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OHS processes and procedures for a given work area are identified, obtained and understood.
1.2 Established OHS risk control measures and procedures in preparation for the work are followed
1.3 The extent of the motor problem is determined from performance specifications and situation reports and in consultations with relevant persons.
1.4 Activities are planned to meet scheduled timelines in consultation with others involved in the work.
1.5 Effective strategies are formed to ensure solution development and implementation is carried out efficiently


2. Develop engineering solution for induction motor problems.

Performance Criteria:

2 .1 OHS risk control measures and procedures for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 Knowledge of induction motor construction, operation, characteristics and applications are applied to developing solutions to induction motor problems.
2.3 Parameters, specifications and performance requirements in relation to each motor problem are obtained in accordance with established procedures.
2.4 Approaches to resolving induction motor problems are analysed to provide most effective solutions.
2.5 Unplanned events are dealt with safely and effectively consistent with regulatory requirements and enterprise policy.
2.6 Quality of work is monitored against personal performance agreement and/or established organizational or professional standards.



3. Test, document and implement engineering solution for induction motor problems.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Solutions to motor problems are tested to determine their effectiveness and modified where necessary.
3.2 Adopted solutions are documented including instruction for their implementation that incorporates risk control measure to be followed.
3.3 Appropriately competent and qualified person(s) required to implement solutions to induction motor problems are coordinated in accordance with regulatory requirements and enterprise policy.
3.4 Justification for solutions used to solve induction motor problems is documented for inclusion in work/project development records in accordance with professional standards.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning and simulated work activities to demonstrate an understanding of typical induction motor problems encountered in meeting performance requirements and compliance standards, motor operating parameters and dealing with motor malfunctions.

* Classroom tutorial activities to consolidate the theory of three-phase electrical systems, operating principles of single-phase motor, three-phase motor, universal motor, controlling devices for various motors, various motor protection devices.

*Practical exercises  involving design and construction of simple electrical motor control circuits and participate in research activities in the application of different control devices for various electrical motors. It involves the development of testing procedure to verify the performance specification, diagnosis of faults in the systems and completion of the commission.

* Research activities to investigate control devices and circuits for various types of electrical motors and applications. It is expected that students would require approximately 20% of course hours to be allocated for independent study to do project research, motor control circuit design, construction, testing and problem solving activities. This unit covers
• Student directed hours involve completing activities such as research work, writing laboratory reports and reading online resources.

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

This unit covers follwing Essential Knowledge & Associated Skills (EKAS) elements:
2.6.37 Induction motors diagnostics
2.18.1 Occupational Health and Safety principles
2.18.2 Electrical Safe working practices

Teaching Schedule

Week                    Topic                                                                                                                                                                             Assessment Task

Week 1 Introduction to course, course guide, assessment, topics breakdown, 

   OHS issues. Electromagnetism, Electric Motor Principles of Operation,
Week 2 Motor construction, Speed torque characteristics                                           -UEENEEG045B 1.1;1.2;1.3;1.4
Week 3 Electric Motor Parameters, Interpreting Manufacturers Data,                       -UEENEEG045B  1.3;1.5
Week 4 Determining Induction Motor  Parameters; Load Characterisitics              -UEENEEG045B   1.1;1.2
Week 5 Contactors , DOL Starting and Reversing Induction Motors                         -UEENEEG045B   1.1;1.2;1.3                   Practical Exercise1
Week 6 Primary Resistance Starters, Autotransformer Starters                                -UEENEEG045B    2.1;2.2                                   
Week 7 Star Delta Starters, Motor selction                                                                      -UEENEEG045B    2.3
Week 8 Develop engineering solutions for induction motor problems                     -UEENEEG045B    2.4                                     Progressive  Test 1
Week 9 DC Injection and Plug Braking,                                                                           -UEENEEG045B     2.5                                 Practical Exercise 2
Week 10 Single Phase Motors, Split Phase Motors, Shaded Pole Motors               -UEENEEG045B    2.5;2.6                           Practica Exercise   3
Week 11 Capacitor Start/Run Motors                                                                               -UEENEEG045B    2.4;2.5;2.6                     Practica Exercise 4
Week 12 Speed Control of Induction Motors                                                                  - UEENEEG045B 2.1;2.5;2.6                       Practica Exercise 5
Week 13 Selection of AC motors,                                                                                     - UEENEEG045B 2.2;2.3;2.6
Week 14 Universal Motor, Motor Protection                                                                    - UEENEEG045B 3.1
Week 15 Variable Speed Drives, Commissioning Procedures of Motor Drives     - UEENEEG045B 3.2;
Week 16 Motor Control Circuits and Motor Dynamics                                                  -- UEENEEG045B 2.5;3.2;3.6                            ProgressiveTest 2
Week 17 Develop engineering solutions for induction motor problems                   - UEENEEG045B  2.1;2.2;2.3;3.2;3.4                                      

Week 18 Assessment feedback, catch-up test, laboratory work catch-up.              - UEENEEG045B   2.1;2.2;2.3;3.2;3.4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Marko Dumovic, Motor Protection and Control, RMIT, Engineering Education Australia, 2000


J.R. Jennesson, Electrical Principles for electrical Trades, McGraw Hill, 2001

Theodore Wildi, Electrical Machines Drives and Power Sytems, Prentice Hall, 2000

Marko Dumovic, Motor Protection and Control, RMIT, Engineering Education Australia, 2000

Other Resources

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Overview of Assessment

This course will be assessed through a range of practical exercises, assignments and progressive tests.

Assessment Tasks

Progressive Tests ( 70%)
Written assessment on:
-Operating conditions and performance of induction motors.
-Selection and application the correct type and size of motor and starting system for a given drive specification.
-Selection of an appropriate size and type of motor for particular application.
-Selection of suitable protection system for a motor application

Practical exercises 30 %
Work performance laboratory exercise involving circuit design, construction and testing of a control circuit for specified electrical motor application.
Laboratory exercises on wiring motor starting, reversing and breaking circuits,
All laboratory exercises must be undertaken according to safe working practice .

This course is graded using the following course grades-

CHD- Competent with High Distinction
CDI- Competent with Distinction
CC- Competent with Credit
CAG- Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC- Not Yet Competent
DNS- Did Not Submit for Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set
in the National Training Package. The students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge
and skills.

To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed
under Assessment Task Section.

Assessment Matrix

                                                                                                                                                            Assessment Types


Competency National CodeCompetency TitlePractical ExercisesAssignmentProject/

Develop engineering solutions for induction motor


Elements 1,2,3  Elements 1,2,3 



Other Information

The skills and knowledge described in this unit require a license to practice in the workplace for work involving direct access to plant and equipment connected to installation wiring at voltage above 50 V a.c. or 120 V d.c.

* In this course, minimum student directed hours are 12 in addition to 48 scheduled teaching hours.
* Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments,  individual student-teacher course-related consultation, and writing reports for practical work.


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Late submission:

Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application
for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. The student will be notified within
no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special
Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days
after the official due date.

Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

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