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You can continue to build your knowledge this fall with online learning opportunities.


Back-to-school season is looking very different in 2020 than in previous years. But although there are fewer opportunities for in-person learning, the options for learning online have expanded. Here are some of the different platforms and courses that people new to the electrical industry or industry veterans can explore for the fall.

BlueVolt eLearning Platform

BlueVolt is an online learning platform that powers Milbank University. Milbank’s online courses cover products and product lines like enclosed controls and NEMA enclosures. Some recent courses cover our products with heavy duty lever bypass and the 60 Amps meter disconnect. Other manufacturers and distributors also offer courses to help further your knowledge of the electrical industry.

Look for courses that offer BlueBucks, which can be redeemed for gift cards to hundreds of retailers across the U.S.

YouTube

YouTube offers millions of videos covering every topic there is, which makes it a great resource for free online learning. This includes channels that could be of particular interest to electrical contractors. Try Electrician U, run by Dustin Stelzer, a Master Electrician from Texas who wants to reach electricians “who are seeking a far deeper understanding of the invisible force they work with.” If you’re a tool person, check out Mike’s Tool Shed. This professional electrician reviews different tools he’s worked with and talks about his experience in the industry. To get an academic approach, try Craig Michaud’s channel. Michaud is an electrical instructor at Porter and Chester Institute and posts videos covering topics like installing a GFCI circuit breaker, conduit bending, wiring basics and more.

Milbank also has a YouTube channel on different products and product lines as well as some background on who we are and the people who work for us.

National Association of Electrical Distributors

The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) jumped at the opportunity to provide online resources once meeting in person became more difficult. NAED resources for COVID-19 include guidelines for reopening as well as webinars covering topics about how to deal with changes in the industry. NAED also provides an online Learning Center with a catalog of courses covering different manufacturers’ products as well as other training such as overcoming unconscious bias. Looking to step up your game? Consider the Electrical Products Education Course (EPEC) offered in three tiers and providing information about individual products, their applications and how they are interrelated with other products in electrical systems.

National Electric Code Online Training

The adoption of the 2020 National Electric Code (NEC) is moving forward, if a bit slower than originally planned in some areas due to COVID-19. The NFPA is offering online training covering this latest edition in addition to other online training opportunities and online certification training.

CFE Edu

CFE Media publishes multiple publications for engineers and also works to provide continuing education through CFE Edu. This platform offers online courses that engineers can take for continuing education credit through industry groups, such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP) for engineers, covering topics including cybersecurity and HVAC systems. Milbank is currently sponsoring a course about designing electrical distribution systems that can be taken free of charge through the end of October.

No matter what your role is within the electrical industry, there is an online learning opportunity for you! Check out some of the options listed here or explore what Milbank has to offer including our wide variety of metering products or our customizable enclosed controls.

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