UA29 Electrical Installation

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Engineering – UA29 Electrical Installation.

This unit can be studied as a standalone unit, or as part of an Edexcel accredited BTEC Level 3 qualification in Engineering.

Aim and purpose

This unit will give you the knowledge and skills needed to install electrical lighting and power circuits. This will include interpreting circuit diagrams, the methods used to protect circuits, and the applicable regulations.

Unit introduction

We all use electricity, almost without thinking about it. Although we are surrounded by and rely on electrical appliances, most people have little understanding of how electricity arrives at its final point of use. This unit will give you an understanding of the circuits regularly found in domestic premises, the components and accessories used, cables, sockets and light switches etc. You will gain some practical experience of constructing and investigating some of these circuits and systems. You will be required to purchase a range of electrical installation materials (cost £75 and be able to video your practical activities as part of your assessment.

The unit will provide an understanding of installations where there is an increased shock risk, mainly to illustrate the hazards associated with these areas. Safety and safe working practices are essential to reduce the risks of working with electricity to an absolute minimum. You will gain a knowledge of selecting types of cable for their insulation properties, current carrying capacity and physical strength, and choosing the correct type and rating of protective devices to prevent over-current. You will also be introduced to how the design and provision of earth-bonding conductors helps prevent electric shock.

On completion of this unit a you should:

1 Be able to interpret lighting and power circuits diagrams

2 Understand the methods used to protect circuits

3 Be able to install and test lighting and power circuits

4 Know the non-statutory and statutory regulations relating to the provision of an electrical installation.