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Entertainment Electrics Classes and Workshops

I'm an ETCP Recognized trainer, and my approach to the classes and workshops I offer is to tailor them for the needs at hand. I teach classes and workshops about topics relating to entertainment electrics and control systems, including setting up power distro, electrical safety, DMX, RDM, Art-Net, sACN, Ethernet, wireless DMX, console programming, lighting CAD and documentation, and more. I’ve put together beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes and hands-on workshops, most of which cover topics that came out of discussions with the organizations involved. The examples below are just a sample of offerings.


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Entertainment Electrics Workshop for Audio, Lighting, & Video Techs
What You Will Learn

Essentials of Electricity

DC electricity • AC electricity • Terminology • Circuits •

Ohm’s Law • Load Calculations • Generator Operation •

Wire Gauges • Color Codes • Types of Loads • Power

Factor • Three-Phase Systems • Harmonics • and More

Practical Applications

Calculating Voltage Drop • Inrush Current • Electrical

Safety • Preventing Ground Loops • Setting up Portable

Power Generators • Feeder Transformer Connections •

Setting Up PD Systems • Electrical Safety • Maintaining

Clean Power • Isolation • and More


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Entertainment Electrics: Advanced Topics

This one-day course covers advanced topics related to larger and more complex power distribution systems commonly found in entertainment and live events, including theatre, motion picture and television production, concert/touring, and more. Some of the topics include understanding harmonics and their effects, harmonic mitigation techniques, K-factor, skin effect, proximity effect, complex impedance, distortion power factor, displacement power factor, and more. A good grasp of electrical power distribution is required, understanding of basic trigonometry recommended.


Current distortion • Harmonics • Triplens •

Crest factor • Effects of harmonics • Voltage drop

• K-factor • The skin effect • The proximity effect

• Equipment over-heating • Equipment de-rating

• Pi filters • Voltage notching • Complex

impedance • The power triangle • Displacement

power factor • Distortion power factor • True

power factor • Harmonic mitigating techniques •

• more


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Entertainment Control Systems:
Building, Testing, and Troubleshooting Network
What You Will Learn

Control Systems

Digital Control Networks • DMX512-A • Remote

Device Management (RDM) • Streaming ACN •

Ethernet • IP Addressing • Subnet Masking •

Network Components • Wireless Systems • Fiber

Optics • Categories of Cable • Network Security • and


Practical Applications

Basics of Digital Networks • Infrastructure

and Best Practices for Setting Up, Testing,

and Troubleshooting Digital Networks •

How To Use RDM • Wireless Networks

Best Practices • Network Security • How to

Configure a Console for Ethernet-Based

Protocols • and More


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Entertainment Lighting & Electrics:
Show Prep, Set Up, Power Distro, and Controls

This two-day course is designed to develop skills for working professionals in the live event production industry. It starts with a classroom session covering the fundamentals of lighting and electrics including safety, circuits, power calculations, and practical skills for beginning and intermediate tech. The hands-on workshop session includes gear prep, set up, testing, and

troubleshooting in a live working environment including setting up consoles and networks using test tools and equipment.


Day One: Foundations

Gear • Tools • Electrical Safety • Circuit Fundamentals • Power Calculations • Practical Considerations • Three-phase Power • Grounding and Bonding • Cabling •

Connections • Metering • Testing and Troubleshooting Systems • Live Monitoring • Portable Power • GFCIs • DMX512-A • RDM • sACN • Art-Net • Ethernet • Wireless Systems • IP Addressing • Subnet Masks • more


Day Two: Hands-On

Documentation • Gear Prep • Set Up • Basic Rigging • Testing • Troubleshooting • Console Set Up • Networking • Visualization • Communication • more


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