Course Details

Basic Electricity

The goal of this course is to prepare learners for partially meeting the curriculum requirements set out in Appendix B Part 147 General Curriculum Subjects for the course, Basic Electricity. The Course addresses the fundamental concepts that are the building blocks for advanced electrical knowledge and practical troubleshooting. Some of the questions addressed are: How does energy travel through a copper wire and through space? What is electric current, electromotive force, and what makes a landing light turn on or a hydraulic pump motor run? Each of these questions requires an understanding of many basic principles. By adding one basic idea on top of other basic ideas, it becomes possible to answer most of the interesting and practical questions about electricity or electronics. Technicians need to be able to practically apply these concepts to be successful in the field of aviation maintenance.

Recommended Prerequisites

Basic Reading Comprehension, Basic Computer Skills, Basic Internet Browsing Skills

What You’ll Learn

Course Module Listing


Pre-Course Survey

Course Introduction

Fundamentals of Electricity

Module Introduction

Composition of Matter

Static Electricity



Module Summary

Module Assessment

DC Circuits

Module Introduction

Ohm's Law and Power

Power and Power Sources

Circuit Protection Devices

Series DC Circuits

Parallel DC Circuits

Capacitors in DC Circuits

Inductors in DC Circuits

Module Summary

Module Assessment

AC Circuits

Module Introduction

Alternating Current


AC Circuits

AC Power

Transformers and Inverters

Module Summary

Module Assessment

Circuit Measuring Instruments

Module Introduction

DC Measuring Devices

AC Measuring Devices


Module Summary

Module Assessment

Electronics and Logic

Module Introduction

Semiconductors and Diodes

Intro to Transistors


Amplifier Circuits

Digital Logic

Module Summary

Module Assessment

Generators, Motors, and Alternators

Module Introduction

DC Generators

DC Generator Characteristics and Maintenance

DC Motors

AC Motors


Generator Regulation

Module Summary

Module Assessment



Post-Course Survey

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DUE-1104181. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are hose of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.