Electrical Power and Controls for Engineers, Techs and Managers

Online /
Sep 26 - 27, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-0912-ONL24

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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 essential 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 the addition of power factor correcting capacitors improves power factor in AC systems and the clear and present financial benefits associated with the improvement of power factor. All are 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 see the significance of these configurations from a practical power distribution and application perspective, i.e. “Star-Delta” starting.
  • After attending this course, you will be refreshed on, or introduced to, the control principles, PID Controls and the differences between Open and closed-loop control Systems.
  • You will understand how PLC-based control systems work from a hardware and software perspective.
  • You will learn to interpret electrical power distribution one-line schematics and comprehensive wiring diagrams.
  • You will learn to interpret control drawings and PLC relay ladder logic diagrams.
  • You will understand the vital role VFDs, Variable Frequency Drives, play in the implementation of analog control of motors in pumps, fans and other motion control applications.

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. This 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.

The utilization of electrical power in hydraulic machines, i.e. pumps and turbines, is discussed, supported by a basic introduction to hydrodynamics and culminating in the sizing of pump motors. The 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 and illustrated by pictures.

Participants are introduced to PLCs, Programmable Logic Controllers. PLCs are then compared to DCS Systems, and their pros and cons are highlighted. HMI, Human Machine Interface, and SCADA systems are covered, supported by an 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.

Course Outline:

  • DC Power
  • AC Power and pertinent, important, single-phase and three-phase AC Concepts
  • Power Transformers
  • Electrical Motors
  • Power Factor Correction
  • Electrical Equipment and Instrumentation in Industrial Applications
  • VFDs and Motor Control
  • Electrical Power System Protection, Safety and Pertinent Codes
  • Electrical Power Distribution and Control Drawings
  • Control Systems
  • Control System Architecture,
  • Control Systems’ Application and Programming

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 need to possess current working knowledge of electrical power and control concepts and respective technologies.
  • Engineering Managers/Directors
  • Project Managers
  • Facility Managers, Engineering Managers, Program/Project Managers and other executives or leaders who feel a lack of adequate electrical power and control knowledge to hold meaningful discussions and make informed decisions by interacting with their power and control subordinates or colleagues
  • Non-engineers, including technical writers responsible for developing operations and maintenance manuals for electrical or control equipment
  • Procurement/purchasing professionals who are responsible for the acquisition of power and controls equipment
  • Construction Site Superintendents
  • Constructions Company Managers/Executives
  • Maintenance Engineers and Maintenance Managers
  • Other professionals whose annual PLP, Performance and Learning Program, includes engineering/technical courses/seminars/workshops.
More Information

Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time

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Day 1, 4 hours:

  • DC Power
  • AC Power and pertinent, important, single-phase and three-phase AC Concepts
  • Power Transformers
  • Electrical Motors
  • Power Factor Correction
  • Electrical Equipment and Instrumentation in Industrial Applications

Day 2, 4 Hours:

  • VFDs and Motor Control
  • Electrical Power System Protection, Safety & Pertinent Codes
  • Electrical Power Distribution & Control Drawings
  • Control Systems Introduction
  • Control System Architecture,
  • Control Systems’ Application and Programming


S. Bobby Rauf, BSEE, P.E., C.E.M, MBA

Professor Bobby Rauf has developed and instructed engineering courses, seminars and workshops for over 14 years in the US and abroad.

He holds a patent on an electrical control system. Mr. Rauf has authored three books:

  • Finance and Accounting for Energy Engineers
  • Thermodynamics Made Simple for Energy Engineers
  • Electrical Engineering for Non-Electrical Engineers

Mr. Rauf served as a Senior Staff Engineer, Energy and Ergonomics Program Manager, at PPG Industries, Inc, for over 30 years. He has served as Adjunct Professor at Gardner-Webb University since 1989. He has taught Professional Development Seminars/workshops at UNCC, McNeese University, Texas A&M University, Lamar University, AEE, Association of Energy Engineers, Balfour Beatty, Saudi Aramco and PDHengineers.

Prof. Rauf is a Licensed (PE) Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager. He was inducted as a “Legend in Energy” by AEE in 2014.

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Fee & Credits

$695 + taxes

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

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