Welcome to another course in the STEP series, Siemens Technical Education Program, designed to prepare our distributors to sell Siemens Energy & Automation products more effectively. This course covers Basics of Control Components and related products.

Upon completion of Basics of Control Components you will be able to:
State the purpose and general principles of control components and circuits
State the difference between manual and automatic control operation
Identify various symbols which represent control components
Read a basic line diagram
Describe the construction and operating principles of manual starters
Describe the construction and operating principles of magnetic contactors and magnetic motor starters
Identify various manual starters and magnetic motor starters, and describe their operation in a control circuit
Explain the need for motor overload protection
State the need for reduced-voltage motor starting
Describe typical motor starting methods
Describe the construction and operating principles of lighting and heating contactors
Describe the operating principles of control relays