The importance of appropriate study materials is obvious to anyone who has ever needed
to learn something new. In the electrical trade, education is continuous and essential.
There are several textbooks which I think are really great. I have taken time to describe textbooks which I like. But remember, you will encounter other electrical
instructors who feel strongly about other textbooks. Consider the source. My
recommendations are just the opinion of one man.
Of all the electrical theory textbooks I have encountered, most are totally adequate
for electricians. But there is one which seems more comprehensive. Electricity
by Mileaf. A set of very useful questions and answers are
also available. Click HERE to find out more about
this great book. Click on the Amazon box icon below to buy a new copy.
This book is also available used through ABE Books. Any edition will do.
I usually have a few well used copies for $25 postpaid. Click HERE
to find out about my used copies.
I have even seen it on eBay the auction site for less than $10 plus
shipping. You might be luck. Check it out if you're an eBayer.
A specialized textbook for the math of electrical theory is Math for Electricity and
Electronics by Singer. This book does an excellent job of providing examples of electrical
calculations. I usually have a few copies at $25 postpaid. Send an email to see
if I have one for you. firstname.lastname@example.org
It is available new from the Construction
Bookstore. It might also be found used through
Any textbook can not give an adequate number of practice problems. That's where the
workbooks which I publish come in handy. My Journeyman License Exam Preparation
Calculation Workbook has well over 10,000 practice calculations as does the Masters and
Inspector calculations workbooks,
Blueprint Reading for Electricians
American Technical Publishers has revised their fantastic textbook Blueprint Reading
and the National Electrical Code 2002 Edition. The diagrams are extremely useful. And the
unit tests are comprehensive. It is available from the publisher.
Be sure to purchase the instructor booklet when you buy this workbook. ATP also has a
wonderful selection of other technical books.
American Electrician Handbook
This book is published by McGraw-Hill. It should be in the library of every student of
the electrical trade. When ever an unusual electrical installation, component, or concept
is encountered on the job, this handbook will prove useful. It is available new from the Construction Bookstore. Although it is about a
$100 item, it is worth the price.
If you decide to buy a used copy, try to purchase an edition from 1980 or more recent.
It is also available in earlier editions for about $20 through ABE Books from time to time.
Handbook to the National Electrical Code
This is an extremely useful book which explanation of content in the NEC®. Only the
edition which matched the code in use where you work is appropriate. It will need to be
replaced every three years by anyone who must be on top of the code for estimating,
installations and inspection. It is published by the National Fire Protection Association.
Designing Electrical Systems
This informative comprehensive textbook provides numerous sample problems of interest
to anyone preparing for a license exam. It can be used in conjunction with my workbooks.
Stallcup has an array of support material available to electricians. Any item you purchase
will be well worth the price you pay provided you put in time in hours equal to the
dollars you spend. So a $35 book will keep you busy at least 35 hours to get maximum
The Tom Henry electrical dictionary is a great investment. It is an indispensable tool
for study purposes. Vocabulary is the single most important study area for everyone.
Learning the vocabulary will be time consuming but will return huge benefits.
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Your 2003 International Codes Now!
These new editions, published by the International Code Council,
are now available. The 14-book series includes the International
Building Code, International Residential Code, International
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National Electrical Code
Coming in September! Preorder your 2005
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it's available! The 2005 NEC is loaded with solutions designed to
provide better safeguards, add greater usability, and bring
provisions in line with technology trends. It's a "must"
for anyone who works with electric conductors or equipment.
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