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FTM Accelerator 2017: Basic Entertainment Electrical Training — Nov. 2nd

November 2, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


with Mike Harwood

FREE for IATSE 856 members, permits, & trainees

Registration for general public | $25


Location: William F. White | 2073 Logan Ave. #11


The Course:

Basic electrical theory and electrical safety

  • How basic electricity works and the theory behind it.
  • How electricity travels through a circuit / fixture.
  • How to use it safely and learn the dangers surrounding it.

Electrical systems and how they are used in our industry

  • The electrical systems found in a common building infrastructure & different electrical systems required specifically for our industry.
  • The theory and workings of the advanced electrical systems found in our industry.
  • The interconnecting of the equipment found in our industry and the electrical distribution systems.


Understanding electrical guidelines and codes and how they affect or industry

  • Codes and guidelines that cover the electrical industry as well as our industry.
  • The use of electrical codes and guidelines that allows us to use our unique industry equipment in a safe manner.
  • The use of existing Electrical codes & guidelines, the correct way to design & implement our electrical distribution systems

Designing, implementing and maintaining power distribution systems

  • Understanding the requirements of the job and equipment required.
  • Designing and installing the electrical distribution equipment.
  • Making sure the electrical distribution system works correctly for the duration of the job.


Safe and correct use of the fixtures and equipment used in our industry

  • Basic operation of the fixtures and accessories.
  • The dangers of the equipment and its accessories if not used correctly.
  • Basic troubleshooting of the fixtures.
  • Electrical limits of the fixtures and equipment.


About the Instructor


Mike Harwood in currently the National Director of Technical support and development for William F. White International (WFW). An electronics technician by trade, Mike is involved in researching new technologies, providing industry instruction, and working with suppliers and film crews to ensure WFW stays abreast of the latest innovations in film and lighting technology. Mike has more than 30 years experience in the film industry including behind the scenes work on Titanic and instruction with multiple post-secondary education organizations.



Film Training Manitoba Course Registration Policy


  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older to register and attend the course.
  • Participants must register in advance of the course. No drop-ins.
  • Registration is on a first come, first served basis – unless otherwise specified. Enrollment may be limited.
  • Registration for all courses, including weekend workshops, must be done between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (except holidays).
  • All registrations must be received and confirmed in-person or by telephone with an FTM staff member during office hours.
  • We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.
  • Payment in full is required to secure a spot in an FTM course.



Course Registration

Registration can be done in one of two ways:

In Person – cash, cheque, VISA and MasterCard, and debit are accepted. (Please make cheques payable to Film Training Manitoba.) Our offices are located at 100 – 62 Albert Street, in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. We are open to the public Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.


By Phone – VISA and MasterCard (credit & debit) only. Registrations are accepted via the main line at 204-989-9669.
*We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.


Cancellation Policy

  • Participants must cancel up to 4 full business days prior to the course start date to receive an 80% refund.
  • No refund will be given to participants who cancel within 4 full business days before the course start date, or if they do not attend the course.
  • Film Training Manitoba reserves the right to cancel, or postpone, any course where a minimum registration level has not been met. Participants registered for a course that is canceled will receive a full refund.




* A light lunch will be provided



November 2, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm