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Sloppy, dumbed down content, a bad advert for the ECA
on 5 June 2012
Oh dear. As a 16th edition trained electrician intending to 'top up' to the 17th and return to practice, I was hoping that this book would be the ideal thing to read before my course. How wrong I was.
For a start, it clearly hasn't been proofread (or proofread badly) as it is chock full of the sort of silly mistakes you would expect to find in a GCSE english essay (ex: 'The IET has come to the conclusions that...' or 'this fixing method is demonstrates of', etc... although I think MS Word autocorrect is the real culprit, as these are more grammar than spelling mistakes.
I was concerned to find another reviewer citing it as some sort of students textbook, despite the fact it is not in any way meant to replace the regs, even then there are whole sections that are deliberately skipped such as caravans and leisure vehicles. To be clear, it just about made sense to me as a 16th edition trained electrician, but would be very confusing to a new learner. The content seems to be highly detailed in places, going into pages of detail for what I would consider highly specialist work such as generator connection, yet missing other more common areas of work entirely, or dumbing them down to primary school 'battery and lamp' experiment level.
In short, of the many titles available as 'companion guides' to the regs, this is my least favourite. I'll be sticking to the official IET version.