Power Cable Engineering: Construction, Applications and Testing

Online /
Feb 7 - 9, 2023 /
Course Code: 13-1002-ONL22

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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):

9:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks and lunch)

After participating in the course you will be able to do the following:

  • Specify cables for your application
  • Interpret field testing results
  • Apply necessary criteria for installation of power cables
  • Know installation methods and limitations


Recent changes in technology have made it essential for engineers to update their methods for selecting and installing cable systems. The correct cable system is necessary for efficient implementation and operation of projects. This course deals with theory and engineering practices that are relevant to power cables, providing in depth understanding of cable construction and applicable standards.Worked examples will be used to discuss the cable system design process, which involves cable selection, ampacity determination, and sizing criteria. The course will also present and demonstrate above grade and buried cables installation requirements, covering utility distribution (4 kV - 35 kV) and industrial and power plant (4 kV - 15 kV) cable classes.

Course Outline

  • Basic Concepts of Wire and Cable Construction
  • Conductors
  • Insulating Materials for Cables
  • Testing Techniques
  • Electrical Characteristics of Cables
  • Cable Sizing
  • Cable Installation
  • Exposed Cable
  • Case Studies

Canadian Electrical Code 2018 for cables applications with many examples will be demonstrated.

Who Should Attend
Industrial, Utility, or Plant Electrical Engineers • Nuclear Engineers • Technicians Responsible for the Design, Selection, and Installation of Insulated Cables and Accessories • Consultants • Cable Manufacturers • Installation Contractors

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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 of Wire and Cable Construction

  • Introduction
  • Basic electrical concepts applicable to cable design
  • Conductors and Insulation
  • Insulation shielding
  • Sheathing, armouring, and jacketing
  • Splicing and terminating
  • Conductor and cable: types and applications
  • Cables in fires, Canadian fire code, flame testing,
  • smoke toxicity, fire protection
  • Industry standards and specifications


  • Material consideration
  • Conductor sizes and Stranding
  • Physical and mechanical properties
  • Electrical properties and calculations

Insulating Materials for Cables

  • Basic dielectric theory of cables
  • Fundamentals of extruded polymers
  • Paper-insulated cables
  • Shields
  • Jackets
  • Comparison of insulating materials
  • Sheath bonding and grounding

Day II

Testing Techniques

  • Factory tests vs. field tests
  • DC vs. AC high-potential tests
  • DC high-potential tests
  • Test methods
  • Polarization index
  • Dielectric absorption ratio
  • Pre and post safety considerations
  • Shield resistance test
  • VLF testing
  • Interpretation of test results

Electrical Characteristics of Cables

  • Voltage ratings of cables
  • Review of electrical engineering terms
  • Cable resistance, capacitance, inductance,and conductance

Cable Sizing

  • Conductor sizing criteria
  • Ampacity calculations
  • Voltage drop
  • Short circuit
  • Determination of load
  • Sample ampacity calculations
  • Ampacity tables and computer programs


Cable Installation

  • Introduction
  • Above grade installation techniques: above
  • grade conduit, above grade cable trays

Exposed cable

  • Determining cable tray installation
  • requirements
  • Determining conduit installation
  • requirements
  • Determining cable pulling requirements
  • Direct buried cable
  • Direct buried conduit
  • Concrete encased duct banks
  • Canadian Electrical Code Applications

Case Studies

  • Cables for building and industrial installations
  • Testing of underground and above ground cables


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 been the recipient of 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, USA, Asia and Middle East to industrial customers, electrical consultants and electrical utilities 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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