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Electrical Engineering Fundamentals for Non-Electrical Engineers

8 Professional Development Hours

Learning Objectives and Take-Aways

  1. After attending this course, you will know the principles and concepts associated with AC and DC electricity, and the distinction between these two realms of electricity. This understanding can be used to apply appropriate mathematics and physics premised techniques, principles and equations for analysing AC and DC systems, in electronics and electrical power domains.
  1. You will know the role played by voltage and current angles in the determination of power factor. The science and engineering theory behind power factor is illustrated using the vector method, graphical representation of voltage and current as a function of time and angle. Participants learn to apply different methods for calculating leading and lagging power factors.
  1. You will understand how addition of power factor correcting capacitors results in improvement of power factors and the physics and engineering based explanation behind “addition of too much capacitance,” and how to avoid it.
  1. You will be able to apply important electrical system concepts, such as, power quality, load factor and service factor, demand, peak demand, distinction between electrical energy and electrical power, and associated engineering computation formulas and methods.
  1. You will know the difference between three-phase AC, “Y” and “∆ - Delta” configuration of loads and sources, and know the significance of these configurations from practical power distribution and application perspective.
  1. You gainfamiliarity with power distribution equipment and instrumentation.
  1. You will understand the role Electrical Code plays in the realm of electrical design, electrical safety and arc flash hazard.
  1. You will learn how to interpret electrical one-line and comprehensive wiring diagrams.
  1. You will understand how electrical power bills are calculated under large industrial and commercial contract scenarios, and take away some tips on electrical cost reduction.

Course description

This seminar or course covers principles of electricity in a simple, easy to understand, format. It is themed after a book published by the instructor, titled: “Electrical Engineering for non-Electrical Engineers.” In the book, as well as this seminar, Rauf uses simple analogies and practical, day to day, examples to illustrate the, otherwise, abstract concepts of electrical engineering. Upon attending this course, participants will be able to perform straightforward and common calculations associated with voltage, current, resistance, circuit analysis, DC, single phase AC, three phase AC, power, power factor, service factor, load factor, and much more. Practical examples of electrical equipment applications, in industrial, commercial and institutional settings are covered. Discussions on electrical equipment, components, safety electronic devices, and test instrumentation are included. Important concepts in electrical safety are introduced. This course is designed for engineers, professional engineers, energy professionals, engineering managers, technical professionals, facilities managers and other professionals who are not intimately familiar or current on electrical engineering principles and practices. Participants are kept engaged through questions and answers, discussions and classwork.

Course Outline:

  • Electrical Engineering Fundamentals
  • Differences between DC and AC electricity, equipment, devices, and concepts
  • DC Power and AC Power and pertinent, important, single-phase and three-phase AC Concepts
  • Common Electrical Instruments
  • Important laws and circuit analyses techniques, DC and AC
  • Transformers and 3-phase AC electricity
  • Voltage regulation and service factor
  • Electrical standards
  • Motors, motor speed, torque, slip, and line current calculation
  • Electronics, elemental electronic devices and printed circuit boards
  • Power factor and power factor correction
  • Electrical Equipment and Instrumentation in Industrial Applications
  • VFD’s, their architecture and their application.
  • Electrical Power System Protection and Pertinent Codes
  • Electronic and electrical safety control devices/equipment
  • Electrical Power Distribution and Control Drawings
  • Electrical Power Bills, Rate Schedules and Cost Reduction Ideas

Who Should Attend?

  • Licensed Professional Engineers, who need to meet the annual or biennial license renewal PDH (Professional Development Hour) or CEU (Continuing Education Units) requirements.
  • Engineersand Architects, in all disciplines, who do not possess current working knowledge of electrical power and controls concepts, and respective technologies.
  • Engineering Managers/Directors
  • Project Managers
  • Facility Managers, Engineering Managers, Program/Project Managers and other executives or leaders who feel a lack of adequate electrical power and controls knowledge to hold meaningful discussions and to make informed decisions with interacting with their power and controls subordinates or colleagues
  • Non-engineers, including technical writers responsible for developing operations and maintenance manuals for electrical or controls equipment
  • Procurement/purchasing professionals who are responsible for acquisition of power and controls equipment
  • Construction Site Superintendents
  • Constructions Company Managers/Executives
  • Maintenance Engineers and Maintenance Managers
  • Other professionals who’s annual PLP, Performance and Learning Program, includes engineering/technical courses/seminars/workshops.
Course Rating
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Online, 5/23/2023


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  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

These course credits will help attendees earn training requirements for their associations or provincial governing bodies.

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