Electrical Power Distribution Engineering

Online /
May 7 - 9, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-0502-ONL24

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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)

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:

  • gain an understanding of the elements of a power distribution system
  • enhance the power quality of your non-utility power generation
  • describe the close relationship between planning and operations
  • increase the power reliability of your system with the knowledge of the impact on it the electrical power distribution system
  • become familiar with the power protection needs of the electrical distribution systems
  • gain a new understanding of power substation, grounding, system and distribution automation and demand side management

Reliability, power quality and interrelationship between operations and planning are some employers' concerns in the power distribution field. This course presents a comprehensive overview of the elements of power distribution systems and then deals with the major concerns and issues. It also covers grounding, electrical system protection distribution automation and non-utility generation; future trends, particularly relating to open access, are also discussed.

You are expected to bring specific problems or questions which will be dealt with during the appropriate sessions or panel discussion.

Course Outline:

  • Electrical Distribution System – An Overview
  • Distribution Systems
  • Electrical Fields, and Magnetic Fields, and EMF
  • System Protection
  • Load Characteristics
  • Distribution Grounding and bonding
  • CEC 2021 applications
  • Power Quality
  • Reliability and Electrical vehicle charging stations
  • Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Who Should Attend
Plant Engineers • Electrical Engineers in Industry • Power Engineering Consultants • Power Distribution System Operations Engineers • Utility professionals and their technical support staff, as well as those electrical engineers who want to switch to electrical power distribution. This course will be a refresher for those with experience and a comprehensive overview for those who are comparatively new to this industry.

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

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day 1

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

Electrical Distribution System – An Overview

  • Power system – generation, distribution and utilization
  • Three and four-wire distribution circuits
  • Distribution System Planning
  • Distribution System Automation
  • Voltage Regulation
  • Transmission
  • Utilization – Residential, Commercial, Industrial


  • Radial and Loop Networks
  • Distribution System Components
  • Overhear lines – Conductor sag and Tension
  • Underground Cables
  • Voltage drop and Power loss calculations

Electrical and Magnetic Fields (EMF)

  • Electromagnetic and Static fields
  • Electrical Machinery
  • Transformers Model
  • Winding and connections
  • Construction and types
  • Motors – Synchronous, Induction and DC
  • Voltage Regulators
  • Applications and restrictions of EMF

Day II

System Protection

  • Fault Current
  • MV and LV breakers
  • Protective devices Ratings
  • MV and LV Fuses
  • Automatic Circuit Reclosers
  • Line Sectionalizers
  • Co-ordination of protective devices
  • Lightning Protection and Surge Protective Devices (SPD)

Load Characteristics

  • Load Factor
  • Diversity Factor
  • Load Types
  • Demand factor
  • Power Metering
  • Tariffs and Pricing (KVA, KW, KVAR)
  • Applications using CEC code 2021

Distribution Grounding and Bonding

  • Equipment Grounding – Bonding
  • System Grounding (ungrounded, solid, resistance)
  • Arcing Ground Faults
  • Source and distribution of ground currents
  • Hazards to individuals working with electrical systems
  • Ground potential rise at electrical substations
  • Tolerable limits of body currents during faults
  • Calculation of allowable step and touch potentials
  • Control of voltage gradient


Power Quality

  • Power as a product
  • Capacitor Banks and PF Correction
  • Types and Sources of Power Disturbances
  • Harmonics and Harmonic Resonance
  • Transients
  • Power/voltage surges
  • Effects of power quality on the supply utility and customers
  • Possible solutions at the customer side and the utility


  • Distribution System Reliability
  • Standby Power
  • Automatic Transfer systems
  • Multiple Sources
  • Uninterruptible Power Systems
  • SPD and TVSS
  • Tolerable Voltage limits
  • Electrical vehicle charging stations

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Concluding Remarks and 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

$1995 + taxes

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

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