The perfect reference for passing the current California Journeyman Electrician's Test. Based on the 1999 National Electrical Code, this book contains 350 pages of questions and answers based on actual electrician's exams over the last few years.
Over a thousand multiple-choice questions – exactly the type you'll find on the exam – cover every area of electrical installation: electrical drawings, services and systems, transformers, capacitors, distribution equipment, branch circuits, feeders, calculations, measuring and testing, and more.
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Chapter 1 Electrical Systems - General Requirements, 13
Chapter 2 Electrical Calculations, 37
Chapter 3 Branch Circuits and Feeders, 59
Chapter 4 Electric Services, 89
Chapter 5 Distribution Equipment, 117
Chapter 6 Overcurrent Protection, 137
Chapter 7 Utilization Equipment, 163
Chapter 8 Measuring and Testing, 183
Chapter 9 Electric Motors and Motor Controls, 203
Chapter 10 Special Occupancies, 223
Chapter 11 Miscellaneous Applications, 245
Chapter 12 Transformers and Capacitors, 257
Chapter 13 Electrical Drawings, 269
Chapter 14 Final Examination, 291
Appendix I State Contractor's Examination Offices, 342
Appendix II Answers to Final Exam Questions, 345
All mandatory rules have the word shall in them. The word shall means
must. If a rule is mandatory, you must comply with it.
All advisory rules have the word should in them. The word should in
this case means recommended but not nessarily required. If a rule is advisory, compliance is discretionary. If
you want to comply with it, do so. But you don't have to if you don't want to.
Learning the Layout of the NEC
Wiring Design and Protection
Wiring Methods and Materials
- Sheathed cables of two or more conductors, as NM cable and AC armored cable 330 through 339)
- Raceway wiring systems, such as rigid and EMT conduit (Articles 342 to 358)
- Busways (Article 364)
Equipment for General Use
- Class II (Article 502): Areas where combustible dust is present, such as grainhandling and storage plants, dust and stock collector areas and sugar-pulverizing plants. These are areas where, under normal operating conditions, there may be enough combustible dust in the air to produce explosive or ignitable mixtures.
- Class III (Article 503): Areas that are hazardous because of the presence of easily ignitable fibers or flyings in the air, although not in large enough quantity to product ignitable mixtures. Class III locations include cotton mills, rayon mills and clothing manufacturing plants.
How to Prepare for the Exam
How to Study
The Answer Sheet
- 1) Richmond is the capitol city of what state?
- (A) Florida
- (B) Maryland
- (C) Virginia
- (D) California
- You should mark answer C for question 1 on the answer sheet.
The Night Before
If you're getting ready to take the electrician's exam and drowning in pages of tables, rules and exceptions, here's the book you need.
You'll find almost a thousand multiple-choice questions to study, each based on actual questions from tests administered over the last few years in states and counties across the U.S. The questions are written just as they are on the exams, except the answers and an explanation are provided below each question. You can test your knowledge by covering up the answers as you go through the book.
Each chapter begins with a basic explanation of the topic, followed by dozens of questions on that particular area of electrical work. There are diagrams to aid you in understanding the subject, and direct references to the National Electrical Code sections or tables that apply to the questions.
- The chapters cover practically all the subjects likely to
- Electrical Systems
- Utilization Equipment
- Electrical Calculations
- Electrical Measuring and Testing
- Branch Circuits and Feeders
- Electric Motors and Motor Controls
- Electric Services
- Special Occupancies
- Distribution Equipment
- Transformers and Capacitors
At the end of the book is a practice exam just like the one you'll be taking on exam day. The answers are given on a separate page. Once you can answer all the questions in the chapters, test your knowledge using the practice exam. If you find you're weak in one area, go back and study that chapter again. By the time you take the real exam, you'll be well prepared. Not only will you have a thorough knowledge of the type of questions you'll be asked, but you'll have had the experience of taking and passing the exam in the comfort of your own home.
Haven't applied to take the exam yet? There's a listing of Contractor's Examination offices and who to contact for an application form. You'll also learn how to prepare for the exam, and what to expect on examination day. This is a tool that every journeyman and master electrician candidate will find well worth their investment.
John Traister held a master electrician's license in Virginia and practiced the trade for many years. Becoming an expert in NEC requirements for all types of electrical installations, he turned to publishing his knowledge in scores of electrical and other technical manuals, trade journals and technical magazines.
Dale Brickner is a licensed master electrician in Florida. He's maintained and installed the full range of electrical systems, up to giant commercial and industrial projects, including major fiber optic networks, highway lighting, signalization and toll collection projects. An electrical inspector, consultant, and author of several technical manuals, he is uniquely qualified to keep the questions in this manual correct and in compliance with the latest NEC.