Electrical Design for Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Facilities

Online /
Sep 26 - 28, 2023 /
Course Code: 14-0926-ONL23

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  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 3 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):
9:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks and lunch)

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

  • Apply electrical design concepts in your work situations
  • Design electrical systems in compliance with the Canadian Electrical Code
  • Determine load characteristics and demand factors of your system
  • Analyze fault currents in AC systems as well as in distribution equipment
  • Increase the efficiency of your substation

This course focuses on basic electrical design concepts and provides an understanding of the methods used to design low-voltage power distribution systems. A practical approach is taken to discussing low and high-voltage electrical circuits, equipment, and systems used in facilities. The course emphasizes the Canadian Electrical Code while teaching the fundamentals of electrical generation, transmission and distribution, design philosophy and procedures, construction materials, services, grounding, and power quality.

The course will prepare you to review electrical systems for compliance with the Canadian Electrical Code. No electrical design experience is required. All topics begin at the fundamentals level.

Course Outline:

  • Review of basic electrical concepts
  • Electrical power generation, transmission and distribution
  • Voltage levels and control
  • Grounding and bonding
  • Power sources and distribution systems
  • Standards, recommended practices, guides and codes
  • Protection and Coordination
  • Protective relaying
  • Case study
  • Step by step designs process for the typical small industrial/commercial facility

Who Should Attend
Electrical Engineers and Supervisors Technologists • Technicians involved in Electrical Systems in Industrial Applications and Commercial and Institutional Buildings and Facilities • Plant, Project, and Facility Engineers • Electrical Contractors and Sales Engineers

More Information

Time: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

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Day I

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

Review of Basic Electrical Concepts

  • Voltage, current, power
  • Resistance, inductance, capacitance
  • Ohm’s law, RMS, average values
  • Three-phase systems
  • Power factor

Electrical Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution

  • Fundamentals of power generation, transmission, and distribution
  • One-line diagrams
  • ANSI practices and standards, electrical drawings, and specifications

System Design Philosophy

  • Load estimates and tabulation
  • Load characteristics
  • Total load considerations and demand factors

Voltage levels and control

  • Voltage classes
  • Transformer connections
  • Voltage control
  • Tolerance limits
  • Voltage drops

Grounding and Bonding

  • Shock hazard
  • Grounding safety
  • Grounding of distribution systems
  • Arc flash hazard

Day II

Power Sources and Distribution Systems

  • Metering and utility billing
  • Distribution circuit arrangements
  • Emergency and standby power
  • UPS integration

Power Quality

  • Non-linear loads
  • Voltage regulation and Power Factor correction
  • Harmonic filters

Standards, Recommended Practices, Guides, and Codes

  • Introduction to Canadian Electrical Code
  • Key relevant sections of the Canadian Electrical Code

Electrical Equipment

  • Review of electrical distribution equipment
  • Transformers: theory, types, connections
  • MV Fuses, MELI Switchgear metal clad switchgear, MV breakers,
  • LV switchgear, LV breakers, LV fuses


  • Starting Methods
  • Motor control centers
  • CEC requirements

Electrical Construction Materials

  • Switchboards
  • Panelboards
  • Busways
  • Cables, wires, raceways, devices, boxes


Protection and Coordination

  • Types of faults
  • The nature of fault currents in AC systems
  • Methods of fault current analysis
  • Phase to phase and phase to ground faults
  • Limiting the available fault current level

Protective relaying

  • Interrupting ratings,
  • Protective device coordination

Facility Automation

  • Energy management
  • Integration of metering, protection, control, and communication

Case Study
Step by step designs process for the typical small industrial/commercial facility

  • Load estimates
  • Selection of circuit arrangement
  • Selection of voltage levels
  • Selection of transformer ratings
  • Selection of protection elements
  • Development of the design

Questions and Answers, Feedback on Achievement of Learning Outcomes


Ajit Bapat, P.Eng., M.Eng., MBA

Ajit is well known in the electrical distribution field for his 40 years of expertise in the art and science of ground fault protection.

He holds Master's degrees in business administration and electrical engineering, specializing in power systems and power system protection. He has particular interest in ground fault protection; digital metering systems; microprocessor based integrated systems for protection; and the metering, monitoring, and control of power distribution systems. A member of Professional Engineers Ontario, he is also a senior life member of the IEEE.

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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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