Fundamentals of Electrical Distribution Systems

Online /
Aug 29 - 31, 2023 /
Course Code: 14-0807-ONL23

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  • Syllabus
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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 usual breaks)

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

  • Explain fundamental electrical system quantities, identify sources of generation, cogeneration issues, and distribution system configuration
  • Describe load characteristics and effects on power costs
  • Describe the major electrical machinery and components used in power distribution
  • Understand the fundamentals of system protection, grounding and power quality problems
  • Understand electrical power metering and how to avoid billing penalties

You will develop an understanding of the electrical distribution system by learning the basic concepts for direct current circuits and extending this knowledge to single-phase and 3-phase alternating current circuits.

The objective of this course is to explain, without using rigorous mathematical derivations, the meaning of electrical quantities, including kVA, kW and power factor. Topics include distribution system configuration, electromagnetic fields, major electrical machinery, system protection, power system metering, and the importance of power quality. You will receive an explanation of load characteristics and their effects on power costs.

Course Outline:

  • Basic Concepts
  • Generation, Transmission and Distribution
  • Distribution System Components
  • Major Electrical Machinery
  • System Protection
  • System Grounding
  • Power Quality
  • Electrical Distribution Systems
  • Electrical Safety
  • Non-Utility Generation

Who Should Attend:
Engineers • Facility and Operations Managers • Technical Specialist • Plant Engineers • Project Engineers and Managers • Engineering Consultants • Architects

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

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day I

Basic Concepts

  • Voltage and current in DC & AC circuits
  • Resistance, Inductance, Capacitance and Impedance
  • Meaning of RMS and average values
  • Ohm's Law
  • Power in DC & AC circuits
  • Power factor
  • Three-phase systems

Generation, Transmission, and Distribution

  • Sources for power generation
  • Transmission, distribution, and utilization systems
  • Co-generation

Feeders, Networks, and Services

  • Radial and loop circuits; networks
  • Residential and industrial/commercial services
  • Utility and code requirements

Distribution System Components

  • Overhead distribution: poles, conductors, and insulators
  • Underground distribution: ducts, cables, and accessories

Electric Fields

  • What is an electromagnetic field
  • What is an electrostatic field
  • Is EMF harmful to humans and equipment
  • Sources, levels, and mitigation

Day II

Major Electrical Machinery

  • Transformers
  • Generators
  • Motors

Load Characteristics

  • Types of loads
  • Demand and diversity
  • Effect on equipment sizing

System Protection

  • Power system faults
  • Requirements of protection systems
  • Fuses
  • Circuit breakers
  • Coordination

Power Metering

  • Cost of power
  • Metered quantities
  • Residential customers
  • Industrial and commercial customers
  • Factors affecting the cost of power

System Grounding

  • What is grounding
  • What is bonding
  • Grounding for electrical safety
  • Grounding and bonding for equipment operation

Electrical Safety

  • Hazards to individuals working with electrical systems
  • Substation Grounding
  • Tolerable limits of touch and step potentials


Power Quality

  • Types and sources of power disturbances
  • Effects of power quality on equipment
  • Equipment to improve power quality
  • Distribution system voltage limits
  • Utility role in providing power quality

Electrical Distribution System Overview

  • Three- and four-wire distribution circuits
  • Substation types and schemes
  • Location selection and design factors
  • Switching components and their ratings

Planning and Design of Electrical Distribution Systems

  • Load Estimates, voltage considerations, and flicker
  • Review of typical distribution systems for industrial and commercial installations
  • Examples and case studies

Non-Utility Generation Overview

  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Interconnection methodologies


Ajit Bapat, P.Eng., M.Eng., MBA

Ajit is well known in the electrical distribution field for his 40 years of expertise in the art and science of ground fault protection.

He holds Master's degrees in business administration and electrical engineering, specializing in power systems and power system protection. He has particular interest in ground fault protection; digital metering systems; microprocessor based integrated systems for protection; and the metering, monitoring, and control of power distribution systems. A member of Professional Engineers Ontario, he is also a senior life member of the IEEE.

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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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