Power Cable Engineering

Mississauga, Ontario /
Dec 12 - 13, 2018 /
Course Code: 09-1002-2357

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After participating in the course you will be able to do the following:

  • specify cables for your application
  • interpret field testing results
  • apply necessary criteria for installation of power cables
  • know installation methods and limitations

Recent changes in technology have made it essential for engineers to update their methods for selecting and installing cable systems. The correct cable system is necessary for efficient implementation and operation of projects. This course deals with theory and engineering practices that are relevant to power cables, providing basic understanding of cable construction and applicable standards.

Worked examples will be used to discuss the cable system design process, which involves cable selection, ampacity determination, and sizing criteria. The course will also present and demonstrate above grade and buried cables installation requirements, covering utility distribution (4 kV - 35 kV) and industrial and power plant (4 kV - 15 kV) cable classes.

Course Outline:

  • Basic Concepts of Wire and Cable Construction
  • Conductors
  • Insulating Materials for Cables
  • Testing Techniques
  • Electrical Characteristics of Cables
  • Cable Sizing
  • Cable Installation
  • Exposed cable
  • Cable Systems Workshop: Design and Installation

Who Should Attend
Industrial, Utility, or Plant Electrical Engineers • Technicians Responsible for the Design, Selection, and Installation of Insulated Cables and Accessories • Consultants • Cable Manufacturers •Installation Contractors

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Daily Schedule
8:00   Registration and coffee (Day I only)
8:30   Session begins
12:00 Lunch
4:30   Adjournment

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.

Day I  Cable Construction, Standards, and Specifications

Welcome, Introduction, Seminar Preview, Learning Outcomes, and Assessment Method

Basic Concepts of Wire and Cable Construction

  • Introduction
  • Basic electrical concepts applicable to cable design
  • Conductors
  • Insulation
  • Insulation shielding
  • Sheathing, armoring, and jacketing
  • Splicing and terminating
  • Conductor and cable: types and applications
  • Cables in fires, Canadian fire code, flame testing, smoke toxicity, fire protection
  • Industry standards and specifications: CSA, UL, ICEA, IEEE, IEC, ASTM, and others


  • Material consideration
  • Conductor sizes
  • Stranding
  • Physical and mechanical properties
  • Electrical properties
  • Electrical calculations
  • Examples

Insulating Materials for Cables

  • Basic dielectric theory of cables
  • Fundamentals of extruded polymers
  • Paper-insulated cables
  • Shields
  • Jackets
  • Comparison of insulating materials

Testing Techniques

  • Factory tests vs. field tests
  • DC vs. AC high-potential tests
  • DC high-potential tests
  • Test methods
  • Polarization index
  • Dielectric absorption ratio
  • Pre and post safety considerations
  • Shield resistance test
  • Interpretation of test results

Day II  Cable Sizing and Installation Consideration

Electrical Characteristics of Cables

  • Voltage ratings of cables
  • Review of electrical engineering terms
  • Cable resistance, capacitance, inductance, and conductance
  • Example

Cable Sizing

  • Conductor sizing criteria
  • Ampacity calculations
  • Voltage drop
  • Short circuit
  • Determination of load
  • Sample ampacity calculations
  • Ampacity tables and computer programs

Cable Installation

  • Introduction
  • Above grade installation techniques: above grade conduit, above grade cable trays, above grade

Exposed cable

  • Determining cable tray installation requirements    
  • Determining conduit installation requirements   
  • Determining cable pulling requirements
  • Direct buried cable
  • Direct buried conduit
  • Concrete encased duct banks
  • Sheath bonding and grounding
  • Examples

Cable Systems Workshop: Design and Installation
Participants will divide into two groups according to interest in industrial and power plant cable applications or transmission and distribution cable applications.

Group 1
Industrial and Power Plant Applications

  • Cable installation, special concerns
  • Surge protection
  • Connecting different cable types
  • Portable cables
  • Open discussion

Group 2
Transmission and Distribution Cable Applications and Development

  • Transmission cable systems
  • Distribution cables
  • Current and future systems
  • Open discussion

Questions and Answers, Feedback on Achievement of Learning Outcomes


Khaled Akida, P.Eng., MBA, M.Sc.

Khaled is a registered professional engineer and general manager of TEEBA Engineering Inc. He has extensive experience in substation design, power system studies, power quality audits, EMF and grounding design, field testing and EHS program settings.

Khaled received his M.Sc. from The University of New Brunswick and his MBA from Laurier School of Business. He has managed and executed various electrical engineering projects for major electrical, industrial and commercial facilities in Canada and the US.

He has various IEEE publications, is a technical reviewer for many IEEE journals and is a certified electrical safety trainer for GE. Khaled has been the recipient of GE Management Award and has many leadership certifications from GE Leadership Development Centre at Crotonville.

As a certified electrical safety trainer by GE Corporate, Khaled has taught many technical courses across Canada, USA, Asia and Middle East to industrial customers, electrical consultants and electrical utilities customers.


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Mississauga, ON L4Z 1T2

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Fee & Credits
  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

$1595 + taxes


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