Electricity Fundamentals for Non-Electrical Professionals

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Aug 1, 2024 /
Course Code: 0805-WEBM24

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  • Syllabus
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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is scheduled for 1 day (3 hours of instruction plus break)

11 am-2:30 pm Eastern

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

  • Be knowledgeable of electricity principles, how they apply in electric power systems, elements of power systems, electricity generation and overview of electricity transmission and distribution
  • Interact more effectively with other work groups involved in electric power system planning, operation and maintenance
  • Apply knowledge of power systems in regulatory work related to electric facilities construction and operation

The course explains the fundamental principles of the electric power system. It describes step-by-step electricity fundamentals, what constitutes an electric power system, how it works, electricity generation types, active and reactive power and power system losses. The course also describes single and three-phase power generation, transmission and distribution configurations, and balanced and unbalanced power.

The course is intended to provide a clear understanding of electricity fundamentals and electric power systems to professionals who, although qualified in their own disciplines, may have yet to receive formal electrical engineering training. However, the course is also designed to benefit engineers seeking to refresh their knowledge of electricity basics and power system fundamentals.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for individuals associated with power system-related work but do not have a direct power system background. For example, regulators, legal services, engineers from disciplines other than electrical engineering, technicians involved in power system-related work, professionals from oil and gas industries, and electricity export/import market specialists will find this course useful. In addition, professionals who need to refresh their current experience and knowledge of electricity basics and power system fundamentals.

More Information

Time: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.

System Requirements

PC-based attendees
OS: Windows 7, 8, 10 or newer

IE 11 or later, Edge 12 or later, Firefox 27 or later, Chrome 30 or later

Macintosh based attendees
OS: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.7 or later

Safari 7+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+

OS: iOS 8 or newer

OS: Android 4.0 or higher


Electricity Basics

  • Fundamentals of electricity
  • Volts, amps, frequency
  • Basic elements in a power system
  • Power and Energy
  • DC System
  • AC System
  • AC versus DC System

What Constitutes a Power System

  • What is a power system?
  • AC power system
  • Generators and how they work
  • Energy sources: Thermal, Hydro, Nuclear
  • Other types of power generations
  • Canadian energy sources

Active and Reactive Power

  • Active and Reactive Power
  • Power factor and concept of Lead-Lag
  • Reactive compensation

Single and Three-phase Systems

  • Single and three-phase power
  • Why do we need three-phase power
  • Balanced and unbalanced systems
  • Symbols and diagrams
  • Phasors: engineers’ tool

Configuration of a power system

  • A typical power system
  • What is a substation?
  • Transformers and their applications
  • How to control a power system?
  • What is a Single Line Diagram (SLD)?


Amitabha Gangopadhyay, P Eng

Amitabha Gangopadhyay, M.Eng., P.Eng, is well recognized in power system engineering, where he has made many contributions to a wide range of power system applications during the past 35 years.

Prior to pursuing higher studies in Canada, Amitabha worked in the utility industry and with English Electric in India. In Canada, Amitabha has worked with Group Schneider, Global Thermoelectric, Fuel Cell Energy and SNC Lavalin in many areas of power system engineering. Currently, Amitabha works in regulatory matters related to the electric reliability of bulk power systems in North America.

His areas of interest are electrical transmission and distribution, protection and smart grid applications. Amitabha holds a Master's Degree from the Memorial University of Newfoundland. He has published several papers in international journals and conferences.

Amitabha is a professional engineer in the province of Alberta.

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Fee & Credits

$225 + taxes

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

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