Electrical Overhead and Underground Distribution Systems

Online /
Nov 4 - 8, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-0605-ONL24

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  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 5 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

Please note that it is a requirement for all attendees to sign a "Confidentiality Agreement" prior to receiving the course notes for this online offering.

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

  • Identify all the components of a distribution system
  • Describe customer service policy issues, industry standards, and accepted practices
  • Apply the correct standards and codes to the different zones of power distribution systems
  • Select the appropriate overhead and underground distribution system components
  • Implement the latest national and international standards for distribution system components

The course covers the special knowledge and skills needed to implement safe and economical electrical distribution projects efficiently. Through interaction with your instructor and fellow participants, you will learn about planning and design considerations, overhead conductors, structure types and loading, fault protection coordination, arc flash, system grounding and electrical and mechanical characteristics of cables.

Topics covered include designs and ratings of distribution transformers, capacitors ratings and types, protection in distribution systems, and distributed generation. Your learning experience will consist of group discussions of specific situations.

Who Should Attend
Utility Engineers • Consulting Engineers • Project Managers • Engineers • Technicians • Contractors • Inspectors • Safety Personnel • Supervisors • Manufacturers

Special Features:

  • Valuable reference materials
  • Practical experience solving numerical problems
  • Daily question and answer periods
More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day I

General Planning and Design Considerations

  • Electric power system and power distribution
  • Nominal voltage levels
  • Applicable codes, policies, and standards (IEEE, CSA, CEC)
  • Main stages of the design process
  • Reliability of electric power supply
  • Economic considerations
  • Power loading (normal and contingency)
  • Operations and maintenance considerations
  • Aesthetics
  • Route selection and rights-of-way
  • Joint use

Substation Components

  • Substation Types
  • Design, Construction, and Commissioning
  • Substation Diagrams
  • Bus Arrangement
  • Transformers
  • Protective System Elements
  • Circuit Breakers and Switchgear
  • Fuses
  • Instrument Transformers
  • Control House
  • Grounding System

Day II


  • Classification
  • Conductor sizes
  • Mechanical and electrical characteristics
  • Secondary (low voltage) cables
  • Primary cables
  • stranding
  • Manholes
  • Canadian Electrical Code Requirements -2021

Cable Construction, Standards and Specifications

  • Introduction
  • Cable construction (conductors, insulation, shielding, sheaths, jacket)
  • Conductor and cable: types and applications
  • Insulating Materials
  • Cable sizing considerations
  • Cable standards
  • Cable management system

Pole Structure, Type, and Design

  • Introduction
  • Criteria and Design Standards
  • Poles Stresses
  • Equipment on Poles
  • Wood poles and structures
  • Concrete structures
  • Steel Structures
  • Poles Design Methodology


Power Systems Studies

  • Short Circuit
  • Load flow and Motor Starting
  • Power quality and Harmonics
  • Protective device coordination
  • Ground Grid Design

Day IV

Arc Flash

  • CSA Z462-2021 definitions and updates
  • Shock hazards and boundary applications
  • Bolted and Arcing Faults
  • Arc Flash hazards and analysis
  • Arc Flash Mitigations


  • Purposes of grounding
  • Grounding system types, pros and cons
  • CEC/IEEE requirements
  • Grounding standards
  • Equipment and System Grounding and design

Distributed Generation and Electrical Vehicles

  • Conventional methods of power generation: hydro-generation, steam-generation through the burning of coal, liquid or gas fuels, and nuclear
  • Solar Farms and Wind Farms with applications
  • Electrical vehicle (EV) charging and applications based on CEC 2021 rules

Day V


  • Application of low voltage and medium voltage capacitors
  • Shunt vs. series
  • Standards and ratings
  • Application
  • Making currents (energization)
  • Protection and control
  • Economical justification of capacitors’ application

Pad-mounted Distribution Transformers

  • Distribution transformer's theoretical background
  • Equivalent circuit of a single-phase transformer
  • Winding connections
  • Cores’ types
  • Amorphous metal
  • Physical properties
  • Insulating oil / PCB issues
  • Ratings and protection
  • Losses and economical comparison
  • Vault-installed transformers

Questions and Answers, Feedback on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Final Adjournment


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 received the 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, the USA, Asia and the Middle East to industrial customers, electrical consultants and electrical utility customers.

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Fee & Credits

$2995 + taxes

  • 3.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 35 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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