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SPARKS APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR 2019 SPECIAL FEATURE: SMART TECHNOLOGY HALL OF SHAME

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To find out more email: sparks@electric-center.co.uk or visit www.electric-center.co.uk/careers Alternatively, why not drop by your local Electric Center branch and take a look around?

Find your nearest Electric Center by downloading our easy to use Branch Locator App. Search ‘Electric Center’


The weather might not be warming up just yet but this month at SPARKS HQ is set to be a scorcher! We’ve literally been inundated with messages from you so keep those pics of your work coming in! We’ll upload as many pics as we can to Insta, Twitter and Facebook. You might even make the next issue of the mag! Woooo!

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o, how are you enjoying the world of electricity? Becoming a qualified electrical installer is a fantastic career choice and you should be very excited about where your career could take you. Remember if you do every job to the best of your abilities and keep up to date with the regs, you’ll never be short of work!

This year we celebrated ten years of the SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year competition! Woop! Woop! Huge congrats to every student who took part, you should all be extremely proud of yourselves for representing your colleges and getting this far at such an early stage in your careers. Go you! The winner managed to pocket £5K worth of kit! Nice one Ben! If you didn’t take part this year, don’t be disheartened, why not get practising and enter next year’s competition. Check out pages ten to 13 to find out more. Entries will open in September. SPARKS is back on the road visiting colleges this month, so we look forward to meeting some of you very soon. If you’d like us to visit your college please get in touch.

Celia Matthews Managing Editor

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FEATURES 01. Editor’s Note 04. News 06. Digital Column and #FixPix 08. Schneider Electric Competition

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10. #SPARKSAOY19: Meet the Winner of SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year 11. #SPARKSAOY19: Meet the Runner-up 12. #SPARKSAOY19: The Final Countdown 14. Through the Keyhole: Tameside College 16. The Energy Future is Electric 18. Engineering Talent: Where is Your Go-To Place for Learning? 20. Prove Your Skills with the ECS Card 22. Confident Loop Impedance Testing 24. The All New Wiska Tool Kit 26. Put X-Cut Pliers in Your Toolbox 28. Kickstarting Home Automation

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30. ReSet Your Thinking 32. Knowledge is Key to Smart Lighting 34. Driving Energy Efficiency 35. The Van for You 36. Shedding Light on a New Torch Range 38. Think Outside the White Box 40. More Than Just Switches & Sockets 41. Kahoot! Challenge 42. CEF Launches New Priced Trade Catalogue 44. Business Skills: Luke Wichard


46. Things They Don’t Teach You in Class 48. Warning! Is Your On-Site Guide Genuine? 50. 20 Questions with Little Miss Electrical 52. Bosch Competition

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54. Wiring Containment Accessories Questions 57. Home Automation Multiple Choice Questions 58. Smart Home Technology True or False Questions 59. Electrical Equipment and Accessories Wordsearch 60. Current-Using Equipment True or False Questions 61. Word Maze

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INDUSTRY NEWS READ THE FULL STORY IN THE NEWS SECTION OF

SPARKS-MAGAZINE.CO.UK ARE YOU BEING PAID ENOUGH? The National Minimum Wage and National Living Wages increased on 1st April. Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate of the National Minimum Wage if they are either under 19, or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship. Apprentices over 19 who have completed the first year of their apprenticeship are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age. As of 1st April, the minimum apprentice hourly wage went up from £3.70 to £3.90. For 18 to 20-year-olds, the minimum is £6.15, £7.70 for 21 to 24-year-olds and £8.21 for 25-year-olds and over. The wages go up each year with a view to keeping pay proportionate to inflation.

FIRST APPRENTICES BLAZE A TRAIL FOR NEW STANDARD The first set of candidates undertaking the new Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) Apprenticeship Trailblazer have successfully passed their end-point assessment. The successful candidates undertook the final part of their apprenticeship at the Banham Academy in London - the first end-point assessment centre of its kind delivering the FESS standard. Former Fire and Security Association Chair Pat Allen said: “It has been a long but very worthwhile journey now that we have an apprenticeship written by employers to meet their requirements for the workforce of the future. This standard encompasses a high level of comprehensive training not seen before in the fire and security systems sector.”

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SURVEY SHOWS TRADESPEOPLE PREFER BUYING IN MERCHANTS THAN ONLINE Despite the general increase in online sales, recent research has highlighted that tradespeople still prefer more traditional methods of buying equipment. Research by in-vehicle secure storage brand Van Vault covered a number of trades, including builders, electricians, plumbers and carpenters. It showed that when buying secure storage solutions for their van, the preferred choice is to purchase in-store. According to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, online sales in February were up 9.4% yearon-year, currently running at 17.6% (worth £1.19 billion). Despite this, the study of 300 tradespeople revealed that merchants are going against the current retail grain, with stores being the first choice, rather than online.


SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC PLAYS PART IN SPURS’ NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART STADIUM

ECA EDMUNDSON APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR AWARD 2019 NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES

Tottenham Hotspur’s stunning new stadium was officially opened in April – and Schneider Electric had a big role to play. The £1 billion, 62,062-seater stadium is the largest football ground in London. Schneider Electric is the Official Stadium Energy Management Supplier for the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and will distribute all power supply to the stadium and integrate key systems. David Hall, VP Power Systems, Schneider Electric UK & Ireland, said: “This state-of-art stadium is a prime example of how the stresses associated with hosting and attending live events can be alleviated through digitisation and automation. “The venue boasts a next-generation customer experience for sports fans, visitors and the wider community that can only be achieved with the latest technology.”

You’ve got until Friday 21st June to get your entries in for the ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award. The winner will be recognised as an industry ambassador and be involved with ECA campaigns and events during the year. They will also receive prizes including a £1,500 cash prize, a state-of-the-art toolkit and a unique study trip overseas hosted by a major electrical industry manufacturing company. There are also great prizes for two runners-up, including a £750 cash prize, a state-of-the-art toolkit and a certificate of commendation. Past winners of the ECA Edmundson Award have gone on to a range of careers, including running their own companies in the UK and taking high profile jobs internationally.

SUPER ROD PRY IS “POCKET-SIZED HERO” FOR INSTALLERS Super Rod has launched an innovative new pry tool for trade professionals to give easy access to fuse carriers and ensure safer electrical isolation while working on appliances. The Super Rod Pry is a patented tool which has an angled pry tip that can easily access and remove fuses from fused spur carriers located in hard to reach locations. Malcolm Duncan, Managing Director at Super Rod said: “It is a handy and inexpensive tool which will be a pocket-sized hero for any number of different trades that regularly work on fuse carriers, enabling them to work smarter and safer.” The Super Rod Pry is now available from CEF branches across the UK.

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DIGITAL COLUMN

#FIXPIX

BY TOM TRACEY, DIGITAL EDITOR

Social media is a fantastic way to build your brand, whether you want to go down the self-employed route or work for someone else. Of course, you can’t actually do your job through a computer or phone, but social media has so many great benefits for you as a budding electrician. > It acts as a portfolio for your work, and you can map the progress you make through your career. > It gives you the chance to make connections with brands and others in the industry – you never know when this may be handy! The Twitter community is very good at giving hints and tips. > It allows you to stay on top of industry news and trends, which can only be a good thing! We love sharing images of your work – many of you have already reached out to us and sent in photos, which we love to show off on our social media channels. Make sure you get in touch with us – you never know, your work could feature on our Instagram, Twitter, Facebook… or even in the magazine!

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Everyone loves a good wiring pic. If you’ve worked on something epic, make sure you take a photo and tag us in it on social media with #FixPix so that you can get the recognition you deserve!

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Electricity usually travels at around 90% of the speed of light (270,000km/s) .

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Although you can be electrocuted and not die, the word ‘electrocute’ is derived from ‘electro’ and ‘execute’ (to kill).

Thomas Edison is credited with inventing more 2,000 items, in than cluding fuses, sockets and sw itches. Iceland meets 99.99% of its s electricity need le ab through renew y nl sources – mai d hydropower an geothermal.

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Mosley Street in Newcas tle-upon-Tyne was the firs t to be lit by electric light bulbs in 1879.

Elise, who is a Level 2 student at North Kent College, got in touch with us as she was struggling to find an apprenticeship. We shared her story and photos of her work and she secured an apprenticeship just two days later! Harness the power of social media – if you are a student looking for an apprenticeship, or know a business looking for an apprentice, get in touch with us! We would love to help you connect.

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MYSCHNEIDER

ELECTRICIAN COMPETITION

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OF SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC TESTING EQUIPMENT AND LED SITE LIGHTING Don’t miss out on this exclusive offer from Schneider Electric – only for SPARKS readers! The Rapitest kit is a compact testing device with both audible and visual identification, including a socket tester to check for correct wiring and a highly specified multimeter for more advanced applications. The powerful Thorsman LED work lights are flexible, sturdy and waterproof. The state-of-the-art LED technology offers uniform illumination with no dazzle risk, both indoors and outdoors. The handheld version comes with a hook, clip and strong magnet for multiple mounting possibilities, and offers an ultra long life of 50,000 hours.

HOW TO ENTER… SIMPLY VISIT www.schneider-electric.co.uk/electricianpartner to find out more and start your journey with us! Use promo code SPARKS250 on the registration form before Tuesday 27th August 2019 to enter this fantastic prize draw.

Good Luck! mySchneider Electrician portal is a free online hub with everything you need in one place, from training and business advice to product exploration through virtual reality and videos.

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The popular Student’s Guide to BS 7671 has been updated to the 18th Edition IET Wiring Regulations This book helps you to: ■ Understand technical terminology ■ Learn how to find the information you need, every time ■ Improve confidence when working with BS 7671

Designed specifically to help those studying for a career in the electrotechnical industry, the guide makes it easy to work with BS 7671.

Get your copy now at: www.theiet.org/studentguide-sparks The Institution of Engineering & Technology is registered as a Charity in England and Wales (No. 211014) and Scotland (No. SC038698). The IET, Michael Faraday House, Six Hills Way, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 2AY, UK.

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MEET THE 2019

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BEN KIDNER After seven heats, a two-day final and a lot of incredible electrical work, the SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year 2019 competition is finally over. Ben Kidner, 19, is a third-year apprentice at Bridgwater and Taunton College, and he came out top at the Grand Final! SPARKS: What advice would you give to those entering next year?

“I’ll definitely believe in myself more!”

Ben: Definitely take it up, it’s a big confidence booster and I’ve seen the results. I’ve seen the improvements since day one, especially with the extra hours you do practicing.

WINNER SPARKS Magazine: Congratulations Ben! How do you feel? Ben Kidner: Over the moon! It’s a real confidence boost, especially considering I was the best runner-up rather than a regional winner. I was the underdog! SPARKS: What’s your favourite thing about the industry? Ben: It’s the best trade out there. You can progress onto so many other things. SPARKS: What about your least favourite thing? Ben: When you’re chasing all day. I prefer second fixing, and turning it all on and seeing what you’ve done, you get this sense of achievement.

SPARKS: Where do you see yourself in five years? Ben: Ideally with my own company. Once you officially get qualified, you’re not fully ready – it takes years to know what you’re doing, so I’ll see what the future holds. SPARKS: Has taking part in this competition changed how you feel about your future? Ben: Yeah, it makes me happier, when I look round and see what I’ve done, it makes me feel like I’m better than I think I am. I’ll definitely believe in myself more!

QUICKFIRE QUESTIONS SPARKS: Worst haircut you’ve ever had? Ben:

A topknot!

SPARKS: Favourite chocolate bar? Ben:

Dairy Milk

SPARKS: Go-to brand for tools?

SPARKS: How did you cope with the task?

Ben:

Ben: I was a bit under pressure when I first started. But I just needed to take a step back, calm down and get back to it. After that, it was alright.

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SPARKS: Favourite TV series? Stranger Things on Netflix

SPARKS: Ultimate holiday destination? BEN:

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MEET THE

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Chris Davenport, who is studying Level 3 at Farnborough College of Technology, was the 2019 Apprentice of the Year runner up. We caught up with him about why he loves the industry and his future plans… SPARKS: Why did you decide that electrical is for you? Chris: I’ve always been tinkering with electronics, and I thought the best way to progress my career is to go with electrics and move on from there. SPARKS: Where do you see yourself in five years? Chris I’d love to be working at a theme park, working on the rides, doing electrics there, mixing it up a bit.

SPARKS: Has taking part in SPARKS Apprentice of the Year changed how you feel about the future? Chris: I’ve actually grown to be fond of conduit, I used to hate it! SPARKS Magazine: What’s your favourite thing about the electrical industry? Chris Davenport: It has to be lighting, when you finish a job and it lights up and it looks amazing. You get the reward of your work, knowing you’ve created something that makes a difference.

THINK THIS COULD BE YOU NEXT YEAR?

SPARKS UK ELECTRICAL APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR 2020 WILL OPEN FOR ENTRIES IN SEPTEMBER 2019 Check out the Events page on our website: www.sparks-magazine.co.uk/events


THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Whilst they were anxiously waiting to find out who would be crowned the winner of the SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year, we chatted to all the finalists about why they chose electrical, and their plans for the future.

BEN REEVES

MIDLANDS REGIONAL WINNER (NORTHAMPTON COLLEGE, L3)

WILL FRAPPLE

ZACK DUXBURY

SOUTH WEST REGIONAL WINNER (PETROC, MID DEVON CAMPUS, L3)

NORTH WEST REGIONAL WINNER (BURNLEY COLLEGE, L3)

SPARKS: Where do you see yourself in five years?

SPARKS: What’s your favourite thing about the electrical industry?

SPARKS: Why did you decide that electrical was for you?

Ben: I’d like to be set up on my own, travelling around working in different places, maybe different countries!

Will: It’s practical and it takes a bit of thinking, it just suits me really!

Zack: When I was younger, there was a fault on something in our house. An electrician came round and I was intrigued by it! Then we did it in school and I started enjoying it.

SPARKS: Has taking part in the SPARKS competition changed how you feel about the future? Ben: One hundred per cent, yeah, before I never would have done anything like this. But when you get people behind you, pushing you into it, it helps open your eyes to what you can achieve.

SPARKS: Has taking part in the SPARKS competition changed how you feel about the future? Will: It’s given me a bit of confidence!

SPARKS: Has taking part in the SPARKS competition changed how you feel about the future? Zack: It will help me because it goes on your CV and people recognise it. I think it’s also made me more confident in my own work.

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ELLIOTT DIX

WALES REGIONAL WINNER (CARDIFF AND VALE COLLEGE, L3)

BRADLEY SMITH

NORTH EAST REGIONAL WINNER (DERWENTSIDE COLLEGE, L3)

SPARKS: What’s your favourite thing about the electrical industry?

SPARKS: Where do you see yourself in five years?

Elliott: It’s electric! Just kidding… it’s clean, unless you’re in the attic. People like you, it feels good when you say, “I’m an electrician”… not that I’ve said it yet!

Bradley: Maybe starting to look at working away. When I qualify I want to stay with my company for a bit and then go and travel and see what else is out there.

SPARKS: Has taking part in the SPARKS competition changed how you feel about the future?

SPARKS: Has taking part in the SPARKS competition changed how you feel about the future?

Elliott: Yeah, you’ve got to think more about the job you’re doing at the competition.

Bradley: I’ll be a lot more relaxed when it comes to doing my AM2, because it won’t be a shock to the system going in, building something and having someone mark you.

Well done to all our finalists!

DARREN OATES HEAD JUDGE

“The standard has been phenomenal. The standard of installation we’ve judged on has been immense. Each and every one of you needs to take a bow”

We look forward to 2020!

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THE KEYH LE Tameside College’s construction department offers a wide range of courses at all levels across construction including brickwork, ground craft operations, carpentry & joinery, electrical installations, fitted interiors, painting & decorating and plumbing & heating. Tameside College, including the construction department, received an Ofsted ‘Good’ rating in 2018, further adding to its reputation with sector employers and students. The focus on growth within the construction industry, combined with excellent employer relations has led to record recruitment in 2018/19. Plans for a state-of-theart construction centre in 2021 will further enhance the college’s position as a leading training provider in Greater Manchester.

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The electrical team consists of six members of staff who cover all courses. Every student receives upto-date industry standard training. During the full-time course, the construction department hosts an annual ‘Pathway to Construction’ day, which consists of an internal competition, with students competing from all areas for various prizes. During this day, all employers associated with the college’s various departments attend the event, take part in judging, have a look around and speak to the students and staff.

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Tameside’s construction department has a partnership with the Cross Construction Apprenticeship Taskforce, who support the event and fund placements and apprenticeships directly from the ‘Pathway to Construction’ day. This has led to a very successful conversion rate from full-time learners to apprenticeships. This all adds to the excitement of studying at Tameside College and in 2021 the students will be studying in a £9 million purposemade, state-of-the-art Construction Skills Centre.

“In 2021 the students will be studying in a £9 million purpose-made, state-of-the-art Construction Skills Centre.” Each course level has its own workshop, with bays for all students and a bespoke assessment area for all practical tasks. In addition to these, each class has a ‘virtual classroom’ online, where all content for the technical side of the course and the learning journey is located.

Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner visiting the college for the ‘Pathway to Construction’ event in 2018.

The virtual classroom has had a major impact on the ‘pass first time’ approach to the technical side of the qualifications, as well as aiding and reinforcing the practical elements of the courses on offer.

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“Electrical technology, and not just stacks of insulation, can have a major role in achieving carbon reductions”

THE ENERGY FUTURE IS ELECTRIC

Paul Reeve CEnv, Director of Business at ECA, tells us how energy targets are creating the need for an electric future. Recently, the Government’s Committee on Climate Change recommended that from 2025, new homes should not be connected to gas, to reduce domestic carbon emissions. The CCC doesn’t shy away from pushing the Government towards a low carbon future, but it will be reaching for the tin hats since this would mean the end of gas boilers and cookers. The CCC is really underlining that the UK’s energy future is increasingly electric. > TIME TO DECARBONISE According to popular site MyGridGB, generating a kilowatt hour of electricity in the UK in 2007 typically churned out 510g of CO2. By 2018, this figure had nearly halved to 265g. Yet, even with huge economic uncertainty ahead, the UK government is working to a 2030 ‘super-target’ of 100g per kWh. To get there, we will need changes in three key areas of UK activity, all of which rely strongly on electrical energy.

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Electrical energy will need to be ‘decarbonised’ more, which means moving from gas to renewables, along with increased energy storage and smarter grid systems, while keeping our nuclear generation capacity going. We will also need a less carbonintensive transport system. Despite the hype, the UK is still in the early phase of electric cars. In 2018, 6% of UK car registrations were

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electric or hybrid, but the scope for electrical vehicles and a supporting infrastructure is huge. The third move is ramping up energy efficiency, the most costeffective way to reduce emissions and operational costs. LED lighting – a key reason why the UK has reduced its overall energy usage – shows that electrical technology, and not just stacks of insulation, can have a major role in achieving carbon reductions. Even when considering alternative fuels such as hydrogen, the commercial route to a hydrogen economy will rely on electrolysis, driven by cheap renewable energy. Visit: www.eca.co.uk

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DID YOU KNOW? IN 2018 ONLY 6% OF CARS WERE ELECTRIC OR HYBRID


Engineering Talent hosts authentic and reliable learning content helping you to understand and interact with a wide variety of industryspecific skills. Taking its cue from current streaming services, it has been developed to be engaging and familiar, by being intuitive and accessible at any time through any internet connected device. You can enjoy unlimited viewing of the content – we pull all the materials from multiple sources into one place and best of all, each piece of content is validated by us to ensure its suitability for you. We make sure it is relevant for the sector, industry and the standard of the qualifications you are working to. Accessible anywhere and at any time, there’s always something new to discover as the library continues to evolve in finding the best content to keep up to date with the latest practices from the industry. Our partners for electrical are already Electude and Learning Lounge and it continues to grow all the time. Over the coming years, Engineering Talent will become a vast searchable library across multiple industries of engineering, but in this early release we have focused on your sector, electrotechnical.

ENGINEERING TALENT Where is your go-to place for online learning?

In addition to all this content for updating and understanding, we also wanted to give you the potential to become the best electrical engineer. We’ve embedded the UK’s leading apprenticeship Talent Portal into Engineering Talent, there to assist you in finding that dream job opportunity.

“To access the training materials ask your training provider to book a free, no-obligation trial”

To register free for Engineering Talent please visit www.engineeringtalent.org.uk

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Opportunity Awaits Looking to find a job you love or develop your skills in engineering and manufacturing industries? Join us, it’s free! Designed for the engineering and manufacturing industries, our mission is to help those with a keen interest in engineering to find the career they want and achieve their ambitions.

To register free for Engineering Talent please visit www.engineeringtalent.org.uk and to access the training materials ask your training provider to book a free no obligation trial by emailing customercare@eal.org.uk or by calling 01923 652400.


PROVE YOUR SKILLS WITH THE ECS CARD Whatever stage you’ve reached in your apprenticeship, you’re probably already thinking about your future, when your dedication to work and training are rewarded with a fulfilling job and growing bank account!

Proving what skills and qualifications you’ve achieved is essential during your apprenticeship and your working life - whether it’s to allow you access to construction sites, or to progress throughout your career. The ECS Card provides this proof for you. Holding an ECS Card shows that your skills and qualifications have been checked and verified by the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme. It’s the only card scheme for electrotechnical operatives in the UK that’s partnered with CSCS, and it’s recognised and endorsed by the electrical industry.

you with the JIB or you can apply for one at any stage of your apprenticeship. Once you’ve got your card, download the MyECS app to show your virtual ECS card with pride!

> ECS APPRENTICE CARD You may well already have received your first ECS Apprentice Card if your training provider registers you with the JIB. If not, they can still register

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> ECS GOLD CARD Once you complete your training, you can receive your ultimate ECS gold card - this becomes your employment ‘passport’ and shows that you are trained to the Level 3 industry standard. If you have, or when you gain, the 18th Edition Wiring Regulations qualification, you can apply for ECS Registered Electrician status. Your college or training provider will be able to give you more information, so ask them about the JIB and ECS cards. You can also visit the ECS website for more information. Good luck with your apprenticeship! For more details visit: www.ecscard.org.uk


Prove your skills with the ECS card

 Get your Apprentice ECS card while you’re training.

When you've completed your apprenticeship you can apply for your ECS gold card straight away - and also get ECS Registered Electrician status if you have the 18th Edition Wiring Regulations.*

Download the MyECS app to show your virtual card from your mobile!

*If you hold the 17th Edition Wiring Regulations qualification you can gain an ECS gold card when you complete your apprenticeship. You can then upgrade to Registered Electrician status once you have the 18th Edition. To find out more visit www.ecscard.org.uk/apprentice


CONFIDENT LOOP IMPEDANCE

Peter Wade of Megger talks about the latest developments in loop impedance testing.

as little as eight seconds, compared with the customary 15 seconds.

As an electrician, you’ve almost certainly carried out a non-trip loop impedance test which produced a result that didn’t look right. Repeat the test and often you’ll get a different result; repeat it again and you may get a third different result! This is confusing and wastes time. Usually, these uncertain results are due to electrical noise or high levels of harmonics. One possible solution is to link out the RCD protection and carry out a high current loop test. This is not generally acceptable, however, as faults can be introduced during reconnection after testing and additional safety precautions are required. Fortunately, there’s now a better way. A multifunction installation tester (MFT) has been developed that provides dependable non-trip loop testing on “difficult” circuits and also saves time on unproblematic circuits.

Because non-trip loop tests can be influenced by noise, conventional testers make multiple measurements and display the average of the results. Instead of simply calculating an average, the new MFT uses modified hardware and a unique algorithm that considers noise and harmonics, delivering dependable results even in difficult conditions. > CONFIDENCE DISPLAY The new MFT has a built-in confidence display. When a loop test is initiated, this shows a broad arc. As the instrument homes in on a dependable result, the width of the arc decreases until it is just a single dot. On quiet circuits, getting a highconfidence “single dot” result takes

“With the new MFT, you save time because the result is ‘right first time’!” For more information email: info@megger.com

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On noisy circuits, the confidence arc takes longer to diminish to a single dot and if the circuit is very noisy, the arc may open out again before shrinking to the dot. Nevertheless, you still save time because the result is “right first time”! Non-trip loop impedance testing has moved on! The old problem of strange and varying results has been solved with an innovative instrument that saves time for its users whether the circuit under test is noisy or quiet.

DEFINITIONS MFT: MULTIFUNCTION INSTALLATION TESTER


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MFT1741 With the newest, patented pending algorithm for earth loop impedance testing, Megger introduce the MFT1741. ¢ Fast, repeatable 3-wire no–trip loop test results on normal circuits ¢ 3-wire loop test results from noisy circuits that are repeatable and in which you can have confidence. ¢ Built–in confidence meter that indicates the reliance you can place on your loop measurement ¢ Results unaffected by RCD or RCBO impedance These new features combined with those of the well liked MFT1701 series of toughness, ease-of–use and reliability make the MFT1741 a very attractive package. To find out more scan the QR code or call 01304 502 102 Megger Ltd, Archcliffe Road, Dover, CT17 9EN, T. 01304 502101


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> PERFECT SOLUTION The KA Range is the perfect solution for internal installations, such as: twin & earth cable, extending ring circuits, spur lighting, adding light fittings with switch and loop, wiring centres for lighting and smoke detectors. Available in three different sizes, the KA offers IP55 protection and is halogen free. With versatile mounting options and cable retention thanks to our clever ZER strain relief rings, the KA is the ideal solution for internal applications.

Our ESKV SPRINT cable glands offer IP68 (5 bar 30 mins) / IP69 protection, meaning our glands can withstand high pressure and temperature spray downs at close range. Furthermore, our patented clamping cage offers superior strain relief and versatility thanks to the wide range of insert options available. With a built-in gasket, no thread gasket is required, making installation even easier and more hassle free. Our M20+ model offers 6.2 – 12mm clamping range, one size does all!

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As an apprentice, filling your toolbox with the best tools to get the job done is vital. Every electrician needs a good pair of pliers in a toolbox to cut wires, plastic, screws and nails.

The KNIPEX range of X-Cut diagonal cutting pliers cut with ease, are lightweight and comfortable to use. The box joint design gives maximum stability and gives the pliers a large jaw opening to easily cut through any wire. The X-Cut has a 40% improvement in power transmission compared to other diagonal cutters of a similar size – so you can use 40% less effort! And if you need a precise cut through fence wire, fine strands of flexible cable and even the finest single wires, you’ve got it with the X-Cut.

> ROCK-HARD CUTTING The X-Cut accurately cuts through soft wire up to 4.8mm and hard wire up to 2mm. The rock-hard cutting edge bites cleanly through nails, barbed wire, piano wire and spring steel without sustaining any damage. You can quickly shorten the length of mechanical engineering components and the edges slice swiftly and precisely through hard plastics like cable ties. Have no worries about working in the tightest of spaces either; the lightweight X-Cut has a narrow head for exactly that purpose.

in a van where condensation may occur. Some models also come with an integrated tether attachment point, so you can hook them to your tool belt when working at height to prevent falls. > PLIERS SPECIALISTS KNIPEX, the pliers specialist, has been at the forefront of innovation in the pliers industry for over a century, providing high quality tools that meet the toughest demands. There’s a lot of power in these small pliers that fit snugly in every toolbox.

Forged from oil-hardened, high performance chrome vanadium steel and chrome-plated, these tools are set for a long life. The chrome plating is corrosion resistant so they will survive even if kept permanently

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“The X-Cut has a 40% improvement in power transmission, so you can use 40% less effort!”


KICKSTARTING

HOME AUTOMATION Research has shown that smart energy is the main driver for a connected home, taking priority over security, entertainment and appliances. A smart heating system is often the first step taken towards home automation, with smart devices such as lights and alarms following later.

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DID YOU KNOW? OVER 80% OF DOMESTIC ENERGY CONSUMPTION IS USED ON HEATING AND HOT WATER

> SMART HEATING While there is still much apprehension around some smart technology, the concept of smart heating is already becoming familiar territory. Controlling heating via smartphones is now commonplace, as manufacturers and even energy companies develop their own systems. With no need for complex re-wiring, a smart heating system is one of the quickest and simplest ways to add automation. Many systems come with industry standard UK wallplates, allowing installers to simply switch a traditional thermostat for a smart one. The system is up and running as soon as the controls are commissioned.

hot water – that’s more than quadruple the amount spent on lights, tumble dryers, washing machines, cookers and televisions put together. Smart heating systems not only offer convenience; they also offer significant cost savings by not wasting energy. With the smart home concept set to grow rapidly in the coming years, it’s important for installers to get to grips with changing demands now – and heating is the ideal place to start.

“A smart heating system is one of the quickest and simplest ways to add automation”

> SMART HOME Homeowners can also now take their smart home to the next level and control heating on a room-by-room basis, thanks to innovative additions like smart radiator thermostats which create designated ‘heating zones’. Cold in bed? No problem – turn up the heating in the bedroom without the need to heat the rest of the house. Over 80% of domestic energy consumption is used on heating and

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THINKING Concerned by a high risk of false activations? Sick of replacing broken glass from a manual call point? Need a solution for indoor and outdoor use? ReSet your thinking with Safety Technology International.

The EN54-11 ReSet Call Point mimics the feel of breaking glass without the need to replace broken parts, offering the benefits and environmental advantages of a resettable operating element. The appearance of real glass maintains operator deterrence and a visible warning flag confirms activation, with a key allowing the unit to be quickly and easily reset.

“The Euro Stopper guards against both accidental and malicious activations”

> RESET CALL POINT

Both ReSet models are available in a variety of colours, in order to suit all applications: red, green, yellow, blue, white and orange.

There are four electrical arrangements available with the ReSet Call Point: Single Pole Changeover, Double Pole Changeover, Conventional Fire Model (470, 680 ohms) or Sav-Wire 2 Wire Systems.

Red models are supplied with a house flame logo and green models with a running man logo, unless a custom label is specified. All other models will be supplied with standard function marking, again unless a custom label is specified.

Offering solutions to both indoor and outdoor challenges, the Waterproof ReSet Call Point conforms to IP67 certification.

As the industry expert in call point protection, STI’s range offers protective covers for MCPs, from integral covers and alarmed devices, to IP rated models. These covers are specifically designed to prevent false alarms - whether accidental or malicious.

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> EURO STOPPER Providing a versatile solution to false fire alarms, the Euro Stopper guards against both accidental and malicious activations. The tamper-proof Euro Stopper cover consists of sturdy UV-stabilised polycarbonate housing which retrofits over call points and emergency switches, providing an extra barrier of protection for your ReSet Call Point. A Multi Kit version of the Euro Stopper allows users to assemble the multifaceted product to suit their own desired application, with the choice of a red or green housing shell. The protective cover is also available in five alternative colours: black, blue, orange, white and yellow. For more information contact sales@sti-emea.com, call 01527 520 999 or visit www.sti-emea.com


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KNOWLEDGE

IS KEY TO SMART LIGHTING “The biggest benefit of the AOne is the ease and speed of installation”

new installation. Installers can use existing dimmable fixtures or upgrade to Aurora’s ‘Smart Inside’ luminaires or lamps. With the AOne, customers can create schedules, groups and select scenes, enabling programming for on/off lighting or dimming, mood setting and lighting for one or multiple rooms. Furthermore, it allows integration with a variety of other smart systems.

There are several smart lighting solutions on the market, but often they are complex, and require significant planning, space, time and investment. Therefore, training is a must for each system to enable installers the opportunity to offer services for systems that they have recommended. > REVIEWING CUSTOMER REQUIREMENTS

Upon installation, the customer has complete control from a remote control or mobile, from anywhere, anytime, by one or multiple users.

When smart lighting is requested, the first things you should consider are the existing lighting, the customer’s expectations and their budget. You can then determine the most appropriate system and lighting products required.

> THE FREE AONE INSTALLER PROGRAMME Aurora has a free installer programme for qualified electricians to learn about the smart lighting products on the market and the designs that can be achieved.

> WHAT IS THE AONE? Aurora’s AOne range and the AOne Smart Installer training programme enable you to offer services for differing customer requirements, fulfil expectations and offer a good value smart system. Designed specifically with the contractor in mind, Aurora’s AOne smart lighting and control solution is

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Jeff Richardson from the Aurora Lighting Group reveals the various smart lighting options available to electricians and what needs to be considered to meet customer requirements.

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DRIVING ENERGY

EFFICIENCY

The Smart Home system from SALUS offers an extensive range of connected products that enable homeowners to run their home from their phone, tablet, computer, or even via a Smart Assistant. It is also an effective way to drive energy efficiency and save money on bills - and not just via the thermostat.

Heating accounts for 53% of money spent on gas and electricity in the UK. However, by replacing a traditional thermostat with a SALUS smart thermostat that can learn behaviours and adjust accordingly, homeowners can save £180-£300 per year on heating bills alone. > SMART HOME SYSTEM With SALUS Smart Home, devices can interact. Its multiple rule options mean there is more scope for reducing energy expenditure. For example, the system can detect when the user leaves or returns home and will turn the heating off and on automatically. A schedule can be set and over time the system will learn the user’s habits and program itself.

The heating can work with other smart devices in the home, including doors, windows, lighting and security cameras. By linking a smart plug and door sensor, the system can be set so that when the door is opened, it switches on the nearest light and turns down the heating until the door closes. When combined with underfloor heating, the savings can be around 20-30% more than conventional heating systems.

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Dean Jepson, European Managing Director at SALUS, said: “It’s estimated that 25% consumers in the UK own at least one smart home device, and latest research suggests that 50% of consumers are likely to install smart heating products in their homes over the next five years. This represents a lucrative opportunity for installers to grow and help customers realise real savings.” > SMART HOME DEVICES SALUS devices currently include: smart plugs, door and window sensors, an electric monitor for data on any appliance, a range of Boiler

Plus compliant thermostats and an array of UFH thermostats. Smart radiator controls, smart buttons, an Appstat, and smart relay are also available. A water leak detector, smoke alarm and CO alarm are set to join the range soon.

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THE VAN FOR YOU

“We lead the field when it comes to light commercial vehicle technology”

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DID YOU KNOW? MERCEDES-BENZ OFFERS AFFORDABLE TOP OF THE RANGE, APPROVED USED VANS, PERFECT FOR WHEN YOU'RE STARTING OUT

The Mercedes-Benz Vito range has a new engine range offering improved economy, lower emissions and enhanced comfort through noise and vibration reductions. The mid-sized Vito is the vehicle of choice for many electrical engineers. Since January, this model has been offered as standard with a leather steering wheel and gear selector, comfort driver’s seat, automatic headlights and parking sensors. All of this comes in three trim levels – PURE, PROGRESSIVE and PREMIUM – enabling you to identify the right vehicle for your needs and budget.

> BEYOND THE VITO If you’re thinking of something a little different, the award-winning Mercedes-Benz Vans family comprises the small Citan and larger Sprinter ranges, as well as X-Class pickups. All boast premium quality, exemplary comfort and industryleading safety specifications. They also offer attractive wholelife operating costs based on outstanding fuel-efficiency, reliability and durability, and strong residual values – the perfect van to take you into the world of work! > CONVENIENT FOR YOU For tradespeople like you who rely on their vehicles in order to do their jobs, Mercedes-Benz Vans is committed to keeping you moving. In addition to a comprehensive portfolio of flexible, cost-effective funding solutions, it offers fixed-price Service Care maintenance plans. Mercedes-Benz Dealers appreciate the importance of vehicle uptime. Many workshops offer extended opening, meaning vans can be

maintained and repaired at your convenience, so they are always available for use when needed. > APPROVED USED VANS The Mercedes-Benz Approved Used banner assures customers for pre-owned vans of the same exacting commitment to quality and workmanship as those acquiring a new vehicle. Each Approved Used van undergoes a comprehensive mechanical and bodywork inspection and comes with 12 months’ MoT. The support package includes a Mercedes-Benz approved warranty, mechanical breakdown insurance, and free MobiloVan emergency roadside assistance. Managing Director Steve Bridge said: “We lead the field when it comes to light commercial vehicle technology, and together with our Dealer partners can be relied upon to keep our customers out on the road and earning.” For more information visit: www.mbvans.co.uk

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SHEDDING ON A NEW

TORCH RANGE Lighting experts Luceco have unveiled their new inspection torches and work lights. They have been extensively tested to offer the perfect solution for a huge variety of jobs, with high lumen variation, USB charging capability and multi-shadow prevention.

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of up to 1,300 lumens, a durable polycarbonate structure, four-hour battery life on full output and a 50% brightness mode to offer flexible light for a variety of situations. This is accompanied by the all-new Magnetic Work Light, offering a strong magnetic base and 1,000 lumens for all those tricky to light places. Luceco’s Inspection Torches are perfect for shedding light on hardto-reach places. Coming in 1.5W,

The work light range consists of a rechargeable Clamp Work Light with 360-degree rotation; this powerful light boasts a brightness

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3W, 5W and 10W versions, all torches feature clever technology to prevent multi-shadowing, which can sometimes obscure the area, hindering a thorough inspection. The 3W, 5W and 10W models also have the capability to charge other devices, such as phones and tablets, meaning users should never be caught without battery power as long as they have the versatile inspection torch to hand. These new products are now available to purchase across all outlets stocking Luceco products, including Argos and Screwfix. For more information on the new range of work lights and inspection torches, please visit: www.luceco.com


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THINK OUTSIDE THE

“Think outside of the box-fix option and choose something tailored to your client”

WHITE BOX

White plastic box-fix units with rocker switches are the go-to wiring accessory, but there are so many different options. Gavin Williams, Hamilton Litestat’s Head of Marketing, talks us through some of the alternatives. There is so much choice in wiring accessories – something to suit every taste and budget. White plastic solutions are popular, and Hamilton’s Vogue collection is a good example, providing a modern twist on the classic. However, have you thought beyond this? > THINK BEYOND PLASTIC Metal finishes are hugely popular, from polished stainless steel through to brass and copper. Hamilton’s Hartland and Sheer box-fix metal collections are great alternatives, while the heavy-duty Metalclad range is on-trend for industrial interiors. Wooden is also an eyecatching option in both classic and contemporary styling. > ROCKER THE BOAT Instead of the usual rocker switch, try a toggle switch. They add character to a room and bring a new level of attention to detail. > FIX UP, LOOK SHARP Visible fixing screws are not to everyone’s taste; this can be addressed with Hamilton’s CFX solutions. Available on several designer collections, the faceplates are held firmly in place with a patented four-point clipping system, concealing the fixings for a sleek, stylish finish.

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> PICK’N’MIX With Hamilton’s Linea CFX range there’s even more choice. Available in five designs, you can match or contrast elements thanks to its twopart plate design. Customisation can go further by choosing black or white insert surrounds. > BUILD YOUR OWN Some complex wiring projects require an instant on-site solution rather than off-the-shelf options. Hamilton’s Grid-IT and Vogue Micro-Grid products allow separate modules to be selected and clipped together to create any combination. Available in 1-12 gang front plates, words or symbols can be chosen for easy identification. Hamilton’s Grid-IT solutions are available in almost any plate style for an effortlessly coordinated finish. Instead of automatically reaching for white plastic, think outside of the box-fix option and choose something tailored to your client.

HOT TIP TOGGLE SWITCHES AND DIFFERENT FINISHES CAN ADD CHARACTER TO A ROOM


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MORE THAN JUST SWITCHES & SOCKETS Every property requires switches to turn things on and off, and sockets to provide power to electrical appliances. As the main interface between the building’s occupants and the electrical installation which powers it, switches and sockets are the bread and butter of an electrician’s job. Yet little consideration is paid to the appearance and function of such devices, with customers often choosing the cheapest option or settling for a standard white moulded finish because they’re not aware of what else is available. > THE FINISHING TOUCH Decorative switches and sockets provide the ideal finishing touch to a home. They can be chosen to match handles, taps or other décor in a room, creating a uniform look that can’t be achieved with a white moulded finish. In commercial properties such as hotels or restaurants, decorative devices can be used for a smart finish or to blend into surroundings. In a Victorian guest house, for example, gold dimmers would be very attractive. In a luxury penthouse apartment, chrome screwless sockets would be in keeping with the style.

hook for keys. With so many switches in a home, it makes sense to turn them into multi-function devices. Sockets can be transformed with the addition of a handy shelf, where mobile phones can be placed to keep them off the floor or other surfaces while they’re charging. No more dangling cables or phones

As well as appearance, function should also be considered. A light switch can do much more than just control the light, thanks to handy accessories which can turn the switch into a note holder or hanging

getting in the way! It’s a small addition that makes a big difference. > AVAILABLE OPTIONS As an electrician, it’s important to be aware of the wide range of wiring device options available. Going above and beyond with a customer’s switches and sockets can really pay off, both for them and for you. For more information on Lisse Screwless Deco and Schneider Electric’s other wiring device ranges, including virtual reality tours and videos, register free for mySchneider Electrician portal: schneider-electric.co.uk/ apprentice-electrician

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CHALLENGE! Are you potty for power tools? Crazy for circular saws? Doolally for drill bits? We’ve set up a Kahoot! challenge with our Power Tools by HiKOKI quiz. You’d better be fast! The challenge is only open until 15th May - if you have the highest score at the end of the challenge, send us a screenshot and a prize will be heading your way!

To take on the challenge, download the Kahoot! App on the App Store or Google Play and enter the

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Send your winning screenshot to: tom.tracey@sng-publishing.co.uk or DM us on Twitter @sparksmagazine or Instagram @sparks_magazine_

With the SPARKS Kahoot quizzes, speed is key as you race to beat your classmates and get the most answers correct. Find them on the ‘Learning Resources’ page of our website:

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BUSINESS LUKE SKILLS: WICHARD Luke Wichard is the owner of My Trusted Electrician, his own electrical business that operates throughout South London. He also runs a YouTube channel under the same name where he shares his day-to-day work and electrical tips. In this two-part interview, we talk to Luke about the ins and outs of running an electrical business.

Luke Wichard: My Trusted Electrician is an open book. I wanted to grow the company from nothing and produce great content, tips and ethics for both customers and selfemployed electricians. SPARKS: How did you fund starting up your business? LW: I had no funding. My girlfriend sold her car for £700. I gave her my car and spent the £700 on a second-hand Renault Kangoo. At the time I was fortunate to work for a company with flexible hours. I started work very early and finished at noon. I used my afternoons, evenings and weekends to work for a local builder. The hours were a killer. The first job paid for our house bills and personal expenses. The second job funded the tools and materials I needed to start my business. SPARKS: What are your top tips for establishing your business in your community and getting jobs? LW: Decide who you want to work for. If you want to work for builders, send them pictures of your work and your day rate. If you want letting agents, ask in branches. Provide them with your documentation (copy of liability cover, DBS certificate, etc.). If you want homeowners, advertise where they will see it. Don’t sit around doing nothing.

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SPARKS: How do you retain customers? LW: Promise 100% and give 110%. There are great things you can do for your customer that don’t cost anything, such as providing information. If you’re carrying out a quote for a new consumer unit, why not print off some information about the importance of a non-combustible amendment 3 board for the potential customer? SPARKS: What are your best tips for pricing jobs properly? LW: Don’t ask what everyone else is charging! Don’t be a sheep! You know how much you need to earn and roughly how long the job will take. Don’t be scared that the customer will say “no”. Price it as a job worth doing. SPARKS: Do you have any employees? LW: At the moment, I don’t. I’m trying something new. It’s a bit risky and it’s safer to try it alone. I have lots of electrician friends in a similar predicament. If one of us acquires a large job, we help each other out.

HOT TIP DON’T BASE YOUR PRICES ON WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS CHARGING FOR SIMILAR JOBS My Trusted Electrician

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“Promise 100% and give 110%”

TO BE CONTINUED IN OUR AUTUMN ISSUE…

SPARKS Magazine: Great to meet you Luke! Can you tell us about My Trusted Electrician?


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The SPARKS Apprentice of the Month award celebrates students and apprentices who are passionate about the future of the electrical industry, going above and beyond in their apprenticeships to set the standards of the industry. Lecturers and employers can nominate their student or apprentice by sending an email or direct messaging any of our social media channels. Tell us the student’s name, company or place of training, why you nominated them and a photo of them and their work.

THE AWARD WILL LAUNCH IN SEPTEMBER 2019.

Send to: tom.tracey@sng-publishing.co.uk For more information on the competition and how to enter visit:

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Y E H T S G N I TH H C A E T T ’ N O D S S A L C N I U YO Ever wondered what you might learn once you take the leap onto the tools after all of this studying? We asked a group of professionals and college tutors what they have learnt as electricians outside of the classroom.

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WARNING! IS YOUR ON-SITE GUIDE GENUINE? The IET has become aware that there are a number of fake copies of the On-Site Guide to BS 7671:2018 in circulation, many of which have been found by students studying at colleges around the country.

IET’s Student’s Guide to the IET Wiring Regulations has first-hand experience of this problem occurring:

Fake versions of the On-Site Guide, IET Wiring Regulations and other books that have been identified aren’t just exact copies of the originals. They often contain mistakes that can potentially have catastrophic consequences if the fake guidance is followed. > RISKS TO STUDENTS? Students studying BS 7671 also need to consider the effect that the wrong information could have if followed in their course-work or exams. Steven Devine, Senior Engineer at the IET and author of the

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“When I was teaching at Cambridge Regional College, two students found that they had different answers to the same question, one of which was completely wrong and referred to a conduit size that didn’t exist. On comparing their copies of the On-Site Guide, we found that one was very obviously different from the others being used in the class as it was a fake. This would have affected the student’s results and if used during an exam he may have failed.” > WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR The fake copies of the On-Site Guide to BS 7671:2018 that we’ve seen so far have been quite easy to spot when compared to a genuine copy as the blue of the cover is different and there is information missing from

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some of the tables. Although there is a hologram inside the front cover which initially looks accurate, the vast number of other differences are extremely worrying.

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WIRING ACCESSORIES You will need access to the latest edition of the IET Wiring Regulations (BS 7671:2018) to help answer these questions.

correct action to be taken regarding Q1 The electrical accessory packaging is…? a

Leave it where the accessory has been installed as it might be useful later

b

Collect all packaging and dispose of in suitable PVC bin liners for general refuse collection

c

Identify and save the manufacturer’s information and discard the rest in general waste

d

Identify and save the manufacturer’s information, sort waste paper, cardboard and plastic and dispose of according to local requirements

information contained Q2 Manufacturers’ with wiring accessories should be…? a

Discarded

b

Kept for future reference

c

One copy kept for the installer and one for the customer

d

Kept and passed to the customer

electrical accessory can be defined Q3 An as which one of the following? a

Current-using equipment

b

A device other than current-using equipment

c

Both a device and current-using equipment

d

All parts of a wiring installation

In a low-voltage installation, the Q4 maximum current rated industrial type plug to BS EN60309-2 is…?

Ans.

outlets used in domestic or Q5 Socket similar locations shall be…? a

To BS1363 and shuttered type

b

To BS 546 and shuttered

c

Shuttered type

d

To BS EN 60309-2 round pin only

Ans.

outlets on a wall must be located Ans. Q6 Socket to ensure they are…? a

A suitable height for the customer

b

At a height to prevent mechanical damage to the socket

c

At a height to prevent mechanical damage to the socket and associated plug

d

200mm above the floor or work surface

Ans.

Q7 A metal-clad socket outlet will require…? Ans. a

A protective conductor to be connected from the earth terminal on the socket to the metal-clad back-box

b

A protective conductor to be connected from the back-box to the main earthing terminal of the installation

c

Sufficient fixing screws to ensure earth continuity between the socket and the back-box

d

Electrical isolation between the socketoutlet and the back-box

Ans.

Ans.

In the location of a swimming pool, a Q8 junction box for low voltage systems shall not be installed in…?

a

16A

a

Zone 0

b

32A

b

Zone 1

c

63A

c

Zone 2

d

125A

d

Any zones

Ans.

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On a caravan park, the maximum number Q9 of socket outlets that can be grouped Ans. together in any one enclosure is…? a

Four

b

Three

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Two

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a motor caravan, the accessories used Ans. Q11 In to support pendant luminaires must…? a

Be suitable for the mass of the luminaire

b

Be suitable for the mass of the luminaire and the forces caused by the vehicle movement

c

Be suitable for the forces caused by vehicle movement

d

Not be used to support a luminaire in a caravan

One

The requirements for socket outlets used Q10 in a marina location, where loads will not Ans. exceed 63A, are…? a

Sockets to be to BS 1363

b

Sockets to comply with BS EN 60309-1 and be IP44

In an amusement park or similar location, Q12 the socket outlets designed to supply Ans. lighting must be…? a

Clearly identified

b

Placed out of arm’s reach

c

Sockets to comply with BS EN 60309-2 and be IP44

c

Placed out of arm’s reach and identified for purpose

d

Sockets to be rated at IP44

d

Used for all lighting associated with the amusement park

WIRING CONTAINMENT ACCESSORIES The following questions relate to steel and PVC conduit containment systems.

Q1. Identify the British Standard series that applies to cable conduit systems.

Answer: ................................................................................................................................................................................

Q2.

What is the first requirement concerning the installation of cables in a new conduit containment system?

Answer: ................................................................................................................................................................................

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Q3.

Identify the following steel conduit accessories:

a)

b)

c)

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A galvanised steel conduit system has been installed in a commercial laundry. What action must be taken to prevent the build-up of condensation inside the conduit system?

Answer: ................................................................................................................................................................................

Q5.

In an installation where the protective conductor is formed by a steel conduit, what are the requirements regarding separate protective conductors?

Answer: ................................................................................................................................................................................

Q6.

To prevent the premature collapse of a conduit system in the event of a fire, what precaution must be taken?

Answer: ................................................................................................................................................................................

Q7.

List the conduit accessories required for the conduit installation shown below:

Answer: ....................................................................................................

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Q8.

State the best method of bending:

a) Steel conduit: .................................................................................................................................................................

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b) PVC conduit: ...................................................................................................................................................................

...............................................................................................................................................................................................

Q9.

List the steel trunking containment accessories required for the following installation layout.

Motor starter units

Indicator lamp

1.5m 2.5m

3 – phase motor

50mm x 50mm Galvanised steel trucking

Note: The trunking installation will need to be closed at each end.

Answer: ................................................................................................................................................................................

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Q10. In question 9 a flexible conduit will be required to mechanically link the steel trunking to the electric motor terminal box, list the accessories required for this section of the installation.

Answer: ................................................................................................................................................................................

...............................................................................................................................................................................................

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HOME AUTOMATION These questions cover Outcome 4 of Unit 605, Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment 2357-13 / 91 (or EAL equivalent).

of the following can be classed as Ans. Q1 Which a simple form of home automation? a

A 1-way light and dimmer switch

b

A central heating timer / controller

c d

Home lighting can be controlled Q5 automatically by the following methods, except…? a

Light sensor

b

Timer

A cooker control panel

c

Double-pole switch

A ring final circuit

d

Smartphone app

most appropriate time to install Q2 The home automation is…?

Ans.

one of the following is not suitable Ans. Q6 Which for home automation?

a

After the basic circuits have been installed

a

Security system

b

Following commissioning of the basic circuits

b

Opening / closing of window blinds

c

During the first re-inspection of the installation

c

Heating and air conditioning

d

During construction of the installation

d

Walking and caring for pets

A lighting system that operates when a Q3 person enters a room uses which of the following devices in order to operate?

Ans.

A smart meter can be installed to provide Q7 data concerning which one of the Ans. following supply systems?

a

A sensor

a

Electricity

b

An actuator

b

Oil

c

A heat detector

c

Coal

d

A passive switch

d

Woodchip

one of the following is not a Q4 Which wireless component?

Ans.

Ans.

smart meter can provide accurate Q8 A information for…?

a

WiFi

a

The consumer only

b

Bluetooth

b

The service supplier only

c

ZigBee

c

Both consumer and supplier

d

Coaxial

d

The local authority

Ans.

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SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY This section covers Level 3 (2365-03), Unit 305 Learning outcome 7 (or EAL equivalent).

QUESTIONS

Q1

Smart home technology is also known as ‘Home Automation’.

Q2

The two main areas that smart home technology covers are security and customer safety.

Q3

Smart home technology can be controlled wirelessly.

Q4

Smart home security includes cameras, locks, curtains/blinds and lighting.

Q5

Only smart electrical energy meters can be installed in domestic premises.

Q6

ZigBee is a communication protocol used in home automation.

Q7

A smart meter can store data for energy consumption and tariff information.

Q8

The data collected by a smart meter in a customer’s home can only be shared with the customer.

Q9

The abbreviation CAD refers to the design of the customer’s electrical installation.

Q10

A suitable app on a smartphone can be used to control electrical equipment located in domestic premises from a remote position.

TRUE

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CURRENT-USING EQUIPMENT You may need to refer to your notes, text books or various Parts including Part 5, Chapter 55 of BS 7671: 2018 Requirements for Electrical Installations.

QUESTIONS

Q1

The term ‘accessory’ can be used to describe both current-using and non-currentusing equipment.

Q2

An electrode water heater can be described as current-using equipment.

Q3

Where a step-up transformer is used, a non-linked switch may be used as a means of disconnecting the transformer from the supply.

Q4

An auxiliary circuit can only be supplied from a main circuit via a transformer.

Q5

An electric motor rated at 0.25kW and not part of a piece of current-using equipment does not require protection against overload.

Q6

The term ‘luminaire’ is used to define the light source (i.e. lamps), the control gear that may be required and the means of supporting and protecting the lamps.

Q7

The references B22 and E40 are examples of the type and size of lamp-holder that may be used.

Q8

A lamp ballast that is thermally protected or rated as Class P can be mounted on a flammable surface.

Q9

A low pressure, mercury, high frequency discharge lighting installation installed in a location where machinery with moving parts are used requires precautions to prevent stroboscopic effect.

Q10

The symbol shown is used to show a ‘Rough service’ luminaire.

TRUE

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WORD MAZE Start at number 1 and complete in a clockwise direction until you reach the centre. The last letter of each word is the first letter of the next word. When completed, you will find, in the shaded boxes, a word that describes attractive components. 1

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13. Prospective short circuit current

6. Type of electric motor winding connection

14. Part of a gear wheel

7. Typical format of a 13A power circuit

15. Goods sold cheaply

8. Type of starter used in fluorescent luminaire

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While many electricians and electrical engineers are fully qualified and do a great job, there are still some people out there who do shocking work (sometimes literally!) and the results can be disastrous. Here’s some examples of what not to do! We teamed up with Crap Electrical UK to showcase some of the biggest electrical tragedies around.

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SPARKS Magazine Summer Issue 2019  

SPARKS Magazine Summer Issue 2019