Testing, Commissioning and Maintenance of Electrical Systems

Online /
Apr 22 - 25, 2024 /
Course Code: 14-0431-ONL24

  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 4 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):
10:00 am to 4:00 pm Eastern

NOTE: 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:

  • Describe how to plan, control and implement the commissioning of electrical systems
  • Discuss the performance specifications, which can be economically verified
  • Pick out the field tests for electrical distribution systems, generators and motors, transformers, switchgear and cables
  • Select among corrective, preventive and preventive maintenance for your electric power distribution system
  • Explain the AC and DC testing of electrical equipment and specify the handover, acceptance and transition to operations

This course provides guidelines to anyone who wishes to know and understand the role of commissioning in a project, whatever its size. The importance of planning and preparation for the project, from engineering to commissioning and start-up, will be emphasized.

This course deals with safety considerations in maintenance and testing procedures for any electrical system's components. It also discusses field testing of all the major components of an electrical system, such as motors, generators, switchgear, protection and control, UPS and battery systems.

Course Outline:

  • AC and DC voltage testing techniques
  • Testing of motors and generators
  • Transformers and switchgear
  • Cables and Accessories
  • Battery system and protective relay system
  • Power distribution system maintenance
  • Grounding, ground resistance measurement
  • Insulating oils, fluids and gases
  • Electrical safety and precautions
  • Overview of commissioning

Who Should Attend
Design Engineers • Electrical Engineers • Commissioning and Testing Engineers • Consulting Engineers • Electrical Technologists • Project Managers • Project Engineers • Plant Managers • Operating and Maintenance Personnel

NOTE: 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. More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day I

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

Overview of Field Test Requirements

  • Development of test regime
  • Outline of typical tests
  • Interpretation of test results
  • Troubleshooting

Basic Electrical Theory

  • DC circuits basics
  • AC circuit laws
  • Impedance and power factor
  • Bridge methods

DC Voltage Testing Techniques

  • Insulation resistance tests
  • Step voltage and high voltage tests
  • Testing power factor correcting capacitors

AC Voltage Testing Techniques

  • Power factor and dissipation factor tests
  • AC high potential test
  • Safety precautions

Insulating Oils, Fluids and Gases

  • Deterioration of oil
  • Oil testing and analysis
  • interpretation of test values
  • Reconditioning used oil
  • Insulating gases


  • Polarity, terminal markings and connections
  • Dry-type transformers: inspection, and acceptance tests
  • Liquid type transformer: inspection, and acceptance tests
  • Routine testing: AC high potential testing, TTR test, polarity test, induced potential test, polarization recovery voltage test, and DC winding resistance tests


Testing of Motors and Generators

  • Insulation resistance
  • High potential test
  • Power factor test
  • Dissipation factor
  • Voltage surge comparison testing

Lightning Protection

  • Testing and commissioning of lightning arrestors and over-voltage arrestors


  • Insulation resistance measurement test
  • DC or AC high-potential testing
  • Power factor or dielectric loss test
  • Circuit breaker contact resistance test

Cables and Accessories

  • Insulation resistance measurement test
  • DC over potential testing
  • Voltage versus leakage current
  • Power factor test
  • Cable fault locating

Battery System

  • Tests for acceptance
  • Performance
  • Service
  • Connection resistance
  • Impedance tests


Protective Relay Systems

  • Classifications of current transformers
  • CT accuracy classes (metering, relaying)
  • Testing instrument transformers (CT, VT)
  • Testing protective relays

Power System Grounding and Ground Resistance Measurement

  • Solidly grounded, ungrounded and resistance-grounded systems
  • Grounding electrodes
  • Factors affecting soil resistivity
  • Methods of ground resistance measurement

Power Quality and Harmonics Monitoring

  • Effects of harmonics on equipment
  • Power quality measurement
  • Recognizing power quality issues
  • Mitigating PQ effects and optimizing energy use
  • Stand by diesel generators and transfer systems

Day IV

Power Distribution System Maintenance

  • Types of maintenance (corrective, preventive and predictive)
  • Canadian Code requirements

Selling Management on the Need for Preventive and Predictive Maintenance Program

Electrical Safety, Arc flash Hazard, Switching Practices and Precautions

  • Lock out and tag out
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Safety grounds

Overview of Commissioning

  • Terminology
  • Objectives
  • Specifications
  • Development of procedures, forms and documentation
  • Interpretation of results

Case Study on Commissioning and Testing

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


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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