Day 4 – Etec Practical Course

By | March 16, 2017

Andre our tutor was back today as we continued on our stage 3 board. It was not super difficult but was great having other electricians there to ask questions and observe how they do things also. There are lots of different ways to wire it that blindly copying will get you into trouble. You have to know what you are doing.

We had one guy from South Africa and another guy from Turkey. There are no shortcuts. It is just a matter of plodding away doing one part at a time.


  • When pulling cables through conduit, stagger it and curve the tip to get over the humps.
  • It’s also important to make sure the connections are tight.
  • The main earth and neutral need to have a double nut.
  • Secure cables to protect against wear and tear especially if cables connect to the other side of the hinged door.
  • Cable tie to make it tidy and secure to side of board.

The easy parts were wiring up the switches, power sockets and light sockets. I studied intermediate switches before hand so that was a huge bonus. Otherwise it’s fairly simple to remember. “Odds in, Even out”.

The trickiest part was the motor control. Andre gave us the circuit diagram and the numbering so it was fairly straightforward but all it took was a wire in the wrong place and it wouldn’t work.

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