Whether you are studying electrical engineering, just want to brush up on your skills or just have an interest in the subject, these 8 books should help give you useful knowledge at your fingertips.

Electrical Wiring Commercial 16th Edition

This is a revised edition taking in to account the changes in the National Electrical Code (2017). It is easy to read and understand and has been used by students and instructors in the past. The book contains full-colour photographs and illustrations. The key concepts are explained in a way that makes them easier to understand. There is an emphasis on green technologies as well as developments in installation and electrical design. There is also a lot more in-depth focus on safety in the workplace.

The Lineman’s and Cableman’s Handbook 13th Edition

This handbook has also been updated to the 2017 National Electrical Safety Code and is fully revised to all the latest standards. This is an excellent guide to transmission line and distribution technology. This book explains the practises and principles of distribution line construction, electric transmission, maintenance and operation. The book details the latest techniques, equipment and procedures. There is also a breakdown of the current ANSI, OSHA and ASTM regulations. There are detailed photos and illustrations to assist in comprehension of the material. There are exercises and self-test questions to help reinforce the key concepts and assist students in identifying their weak spots. Some of the concepts covered include :

  • Construction specifications
  • Electric systems
  • Substations
  • Structures and poles made from wood, concrete, steel, aluminium and fibreglass
  • Distribution and transmission circuits
  • Electrical principles
  • Guying poles: hauling, erecting, unloading and setting
  • Restoration of systems in an emergency
  • The smart grid and distribution automation
  • Crossarms, insulators and conductor supports
  • Lightning and surge protection
  • Vegetation management
  • Distribution transformers
  • Line conductors
  • Substation relays and fuses
  • Electrical drawing symbols
  • Grounding
  • Street lighting
  • Underground systems
  • Electrical definitions
  • Formulas and calculations
  • Protective equipment
  • And much much more!

Ugly’s Electrical References, 2017 Edition

Ugly’s Electrical References, 2017 Edition is a reference tool for electrical professionals. This reference book is used worldwide by engineers, electricians, designers, contractors, maintenance workers, students and apprentices. It contains the easy to read and understand electrical information in an easy-to-access format. It has been updated to the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC). This edition features full-colour tables, diagrams and illustrations. There is in-depth coverage of alternative energies. There is also a focus on safety information to the current codes. You will have access to National Electrical Code tables, mathematical formulas, wiring configurations, ampacity, conduit bending and conduit fill information. There are additional aspects included such as life-saving first aid procedures.

Tricky Switchin’ Made Simple

Ever struggled with switching? This manual will give insight into conventional and unconventional use of 3-way, multi-pole and 4-way switches to control power and lighting in ways that are not generally taught at trade schools. This manual can assist learners and experienced electricians and electrical engineers alike. There are a number of difficult switching scenarios that are outlined with ways of making them easier to solve.

Ugly’s Residential Wiring, 2017 Edition

This book features all the information required for residential wiring and is updated to the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC). This book gives all the specific rules, codes and symbols required when wiring homes. This book will help you stay on-task during your wiring of a home and also ensure that you are able to pass inspection without having to redo anything. This book gives lots of information and can help save time and money during the wiring of a dwelling.


Delmar’s Standard Textbook of Electricity

This book is a comprehensive guide to electricity and features practical and theory aspects. There are high-quality illustrations and photos and schematics to make understanding easier. Examples are used to demonstrate the concepts for easier study. This edition is updated to 2014 NEC standards and may need some revision. There is coverage of AC torque motors, AC servo motors, RL time constants, motor nameplate data, AC waveforms, controls, DC fundamentals, experiments to try in a lab type situation as well as mathematical problems.

NFPA 70 National Electrical Code 2014 Edition

This is the 2014 NFPA 70®: NEC® edition which covers the requirements on equipment installation and electrical wiring as at 2014. Minimum provisions for the use of voltage markings, connections, cables and conductors is covered. Chapters address circumstances surrounding industrial machines and equipment and special occupancies. There are specific details on safe installation and use of signalling and communications conductors. This is an essential handbook to understand all the required electrical codes and standards.

DEWALT Electrical Code Reference

The 2017 National Electrical Code is changed from a complex list of standards and codes into a simplified, practical guideline for residential electrical installation through this resource. Great for electrical engineers, electricians and homeowners alike. This manual examines all aspects of residential wiring. Each room of a house is covered in detail. This gives you information on covering receptacle placement, smoke detector installation, crawl spaces and stairwells. Key topics such as bonding requirements and grounding, HVAC circuits, AFCI and GFCI requirements as well as voltage drop calculations are laid out for easy study. There are worksheets to make advanced load calculations simpler. The straightforward diagrams for wiring devices makes this part of things a bit easier. The code references for highlighting critical NEC 2017 requirements is also given every step of the way. This is a practical, up-to-date reference for anyone who might be undertaking residential electrical work.