Electrical Power Equipment - Selection, Commissioning and Maintenance

Online /
Sep 24 - 26, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-0902-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 3 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10 am to 6 pm Eastern (will include 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 do the following:

  • select the most appropriate equipment for your project
  • use diagnostic testing
  • inspect equipment with an awareness of common failure modes
  • apply advanced fault detection techniques
  • cut costs using predictive and preventive maintenance

Many industries are concerned with the maximum efficiency, reliability, and longevity of electrical equipment. Using the latest technology, this course addresses the above objectives by covering the successful operation of motors, variable-speed drives, transformers, generators, rectifiers, inverters, uninterruptible power systems, circuit breakers, and fuses. Participants will learn detailed information about the equipment’s basic design, operating characteristics, specifications, selection criteria, advanced fault detection techniques, critical components, and maintenance issues.

Course Outline:

  • Electrical Switching Stresses
  • Substation Components
  • Major Equipment
  • Low and Medium-Voltage Switchgear and Circuit Breakers
  • Short Circuit in Electrical Protection Systems
  • Coordination of Electrical Protection Systems
  • Distribution Transformers
  • Grounding of MV and LV systems
  • Protective Relaying, Control, and Metering
  • Arc Flash Hazard and Mitigation by Design

Who Should Attend:
Electrical and Mechanical Engineers • Technicians and Technologists • Project Engineers • Power Plant Managers • Outage Managers • Maintenance and Operations Engineers • Marine Inspectors • Computer Technologists • Procurement Managers • Sales Managers • Electricians

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

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Day I

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

Introduction and Overview

  • Substations types
  • Budgeting and financing
  • Design, Construction and commissioning

Electrical Switching Stresses

  • Current interruption in power systems
  • Recovery transients (RV, TRV, RRRV)
  • Voltage Acceptance Criteria
  • Load, capacitor, and inductor switching
  • Lightning considerations

Substation Components

  • Substations Function
  • Air Insulated Substations (AIS)
  • Gas Insulated Substations (GIS)
  • High and Low Profile substations
  • Substations Bus Arrangement: Single Bus, Double Bus Double Breaker, One and Half Breaker Scheme, Double Main and Transfer, Ring Bus
  • Major Equipment


  • Circuit Breaker
  • Fuses (Current and Non-current limiting, Electronic)
  • Air Break Switches
  • Instrument Transformers (Current and Voltage)
  • Surge Arrester
  • Reactor
  • Capacitor Bank
  • Air Insulated Switchgear
  • Bus Bars
  • Control House

Low and Medium-Voltage Switchgear and Circuit Breakers

  • Types of circuit breakers
  • Design criteria and classification of switchgear assemblies
  • Detailed review of ANSI standards
  • Load break switches, ratings, dimensions, construction features, current limiting, and expulsion fuses
  • ANSI Standards and comparison with IEC Standard
  • Arc Resistant Switchgear


Day II

Short Circuit in Electrical Protection Systems

  • Type of faults
  • Causes of Faults
  • Impact of faults on Substation Components

Coordination of Electrical Protection Systems

  • Types of Protection
  • Study Procedure
  • Time Current Curves
  • Fuse to fuse
  • Circuit breaker to a fuse
  • Relay to circuit breaker
  • Backup protection
  • Radial distribution systems

Distribution Transformers

  • Three-phase transformers
  • Impedance transformation through a transformer
  • Classification of transformers
  • Main components of a power transformer
  • Interconnection with the grid
  • Transformer components, maintenance, and troubleshooting
  • Transformer oil and oil Contaminants

Oil Spill prevention techniques

  • Used oil analysis chemical and physical tests



Grounding of MV and LV systems

  • Types of grounding and their characteristics
  • High- and low-resistance grounded systems
  • Grounding and bonding of HV substations

Protective Relaying, Control, and Metering

  • Instrument transformers
  • Intelligent electronic devices (IEDs)/protective relays
  • Computer-based control systems/SCADA systems
  • Sequence of events and fault recording
  • Metering monitoring systems
  • Power quality measurements
  • Integration of protection, control, and metering systems

Arc Flash Hazard and Mitigation by Design

  • Arc Flash hazard
  • CSA Z462 requirements
  • Arc Resistant Switchgears
  • Mitigation alternatives

Preventive Maintenance

  • Setting up a preventive maintenance program
  • Scheduling/monitoring
  • Budgeting/cash control
  • Safety considerations

Life Extension of Transformers and Switchgear Control Equipment

  • Electrical equipment life
  • Limits
  • Mode of failure
  • Tests (Megger, Ductor, Doble)
  • Diagnostic and deterministic procedures
  • Equipment life extension options: replace, rebuild, retrofit

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

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