Electrical Engineering for Non-Electrical Engineers

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Jan 28 - 30, 2025 /
Course Code: 15-0114-ONL25

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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)

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

  • Discover and apply in-depth electrical code requirements, and assess understanding of hazardous location requirements
  • Determine liabilities of non-compliance and design electrical systems in accordance with the code
  • Broaden your knowledge of wire and cable applications
  • Review the requirements of the code to ensure they are accounted for in the design, construction and operation of electrical systems
  • Apply grounding and bonding requirements and gain insight into protection and control requirements in the code
  • Determine the requirements in the code for motor applications, substations and high-voltage lines,

This course focused on basic electrical design concepts, is designed to meet today's demands for more integration of engineering disciplines in industrial and commercial design, construction and maintenance. It will familiarize you with basic electrical circuits and circuit parameters and provide a general understanding of the methods used to design low-voltage power distribution systems (for voltages 600 volts and below).

You will gain a practical understanding of basic concepts such as direct, single-phase, and three-phase alternating current, power, power factor, and inductive loads. You will study the basics of electrical generation, transmission and distribution, basic design philosophy and design procedures, electrical construction materials, services, and grounding and power quality concepts. Application of the Canadian Electrical Code to design procedures, including relevant sections of the Canadian Electrical Code, will be emphasized. You will learn how to communicate effectively with engineers and contractors who are designing or building, upgrading or expanding your plant's electrical distribution.

Instruction will assume that you have no prior electrical engineering education but are currently involved with electrical equipment and systems.

Who Should Attend
This course is a must for non-electrical engineers involved in electrical and lighting systems in industrial plants and commercial and institutional buildings and facilities. It will benefit plant, project, and facility engineers, electrical contractors, as well as sales engineers involved with electrical equipment and systems. No formal electrical education is required. All topics begin at the fundamentals level.

More Information

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

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Day I

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

Basic Concepts

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

Grounding Concepts

  • Grounding for safety
  • Grounding for equipment operation and protection

Electrical Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution

  • Fundamentals of power generation, transmission and distribution
  • One-line diagrams
  • Power quality

Day II

System Design Philosophy

Voltage Levels

  • Transformers
  • Theory, types, connections
  • Types of faults and Fault Current

Overcurrent protection

  • Interrupting ratings
  • Coordination
  • Load study/possible loads
  • Load characteristics
  • Load locations

Standards, Recommended Practices, Guides and Codes

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

Electrical Construction Materials

  • Wires
  • Raceways
  • Devices
  • Boxes
  • Panelboards
  • Motor control equipment
  • Switchboards


Design Procedures

Lighting and Non-motor Branch Circuit Design

  • Harmonics consideration
  • CEC requirements
  • Circuit protection

Motor Branch Circuit Design

  • CEC requirements
  • Motor protection
  • Circuit protection
  • Calculations

Feeder Circuit Design

  • CEC requirements
  • Circuit protection
  • Calculations

Service Design

  • Commercial/Industrial
  • CEC constraints
  • Utility constraints
  • Equipment
  • Switchboards
  • Metering: CTs, PTs

Arc Flash Hazard and Electrical Safety

Case Study

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants 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 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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