Course Catalogue.

Electrical Power and Controls for Engineers, Techs and Managers

8 Professional Development Hours

Course description
This course is a one-day, abridged, version of the two-day Electrical Power and Controls for Engineers course. This course comprises a unique combination of electrical power and controls topics. The course begins with coverage of electrical power concepts in the DC, Single Phase AC and Three Phase AC realms in an easy to follow approach, illustrated and reinforced by practical applications, examples and numerical case studies or problems.

Utilization of electrical power in hydraulic machines, i.e. pumps and turbines is discussed, supported by basic introduction to hydrodynamics and culminating to the sizing of pump motors. Application and sizing of fan and blower motors is explained. Electrical power distribution is highlighted. VFD, Variable Frequency Drives, are discussed. VFD architecture and VFD operational analysis are covered. The seminar then segues into the controls topics starting with controls theory, differences between Open and Closed Loop Control Systems and their advantages and disadvantages. Example of proprietary or custom control systems is covered, illustrated by pictures.

Participants are introduced to PLC’s, Programmable Logic Controllers. PLC’s are then compared to DCS Systems, and their pros and cons are highlighted. HMI, Human Machine Interface, and SCADA systems are covered, supported by in-depth exploration of two specific examples. This course is designed for engineers, professional engineers, energy professionals, engineering managers, technical professionals, technicians, facilities managers and other professionals who are not intimately familiar with electrical power and controls disciplines.

Participants are kept engaged through questions and answers, discussions and classwork.

Learning Objectives and Take-Aways

  • After attending this course, you will be refreshed on, or introduced to, the principles and concepts of AC and DC power, and associated important concepts like power factor, service factor, etc.
  • You will appreciate the complexity of AC Power versus DC Power and know the formulas for performing power and current analysis in AC and DC Systems.
  • You will understand how addition of power factor correcting capacitors results in improvement of power factor in AC systems and the clear and present financial benefits associated with improvement of power factor. All illustrated through formulas and numerical examples.
  • You will be able to understand the architecture of MCC systems, aided by illustrative pictures.
  • You will know the difference between three-phase AC, “Y” and “∆ - Delta” configurations of electrical power systems and know the significance of these configurations from practical power distribution and application perspective, i.e. “Star-Delta” starting.
  • After attending this course, you will be refreshed on, or introduced to, the controls principles, PID Controls and the differences between Open and Closed Loop Control Systems.
  • You will understand how PLC based control systems work, from hardware and software perspective.  
  • You will learn how to interpret electrical power distribution one-line schematics and comprehensive wiring diagrams.
  • You will learn how to interpret control drawings and PLC relay ladder logic diagrams.
  • You will understand the vital role VFD’s, Variable Frequency Drives, play in implementation of analog control of motors in pump, fan and other motion control applications.

Why you shouldn’t miss this course - How this course can benefit you, your organizations, and what is unique about this course:

  • Have you ever felt somewhat inadequate and ill-equipped in your technical interface with electrical power engineers, controls engineers, controls technicians, instrument technicians and electricians? If so, then this course or seminar is a must. This course does not require extensive electrical engineering background.
  • Do you, as an engineer, manager, or technician, feel that your knowledge and understanding of the difference between AC and DC power is inadequate or insufficient, then you must not miss this seminar
  • Do you, as an engineer, manager, or technician, feel that your knowledge and understanding of controls theory, electrical/electronic control systems, PLC’s and DCS systems is inadequate or insufficient, then you must not miss this seminar
  • How often do you get a chance to attend a workshop, course, or a seminar that is presented by the author of the book on relevant subject matter - on-line, live, or face-to-face? In this seminar, you will have the opportunity to interact and learn from Bobby Rauf, the author of the text, titled, “Electrical Engineering for Non-Electrical Engineers.”
  • As an engineer, technician or manager have you ever found the concept of power factor, horsepower, apparent power, reactive power, real power, three-phase versus single phase elusive and hard to comprehend? Then, this seminar will present an excellent opportunity to remedy that.
  • How often do you get an opportunity to understand abstract and complex electrical concepts through relatively simple analogies and explanation? This seminar will provide you that invaluable opportunity.
  • Some workshops and courses end up being monotonous monologues from the presenter to the audience. Not this one. In this seminar, you will get an opportunity to exercise the skills and concepts through classwork and engage the instructor in discussions.

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.
  • Engineers and Architects, in all disciplines, who do not possess current working knowledge of electrical power and controls concepts, and respective technologies.
  • 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
  • Candidates aspiring to take the FE or PE exams.
  • Maintenance Engineers and Maintenance Managers
  • Other professionals who’s annual PLP, Performance and Learning Program, includes engineering/technical courses/workshops.
Course Rating
4.1 out of 5

Overall rating of this course by its previous attendees!


Almost all of EPIC's courses offer :

  • 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.

This course can be customized and delivered to a group at your facility saving time and money.
Brochure Downloads

EPIC has many catalogs you can download containing courses in your area!