This professional development course is designed for engineers and technicians who need to understand the basics of electrical engineering, the fundamentals of electrical design, and how to integrate electrical engineering knowledge into the other disciplines within a corporation.
At a glance
- 3 Months
- Professional Certificate
This course will begin with a review of basic electrical circuits and electrical laws. You will learn about the fundamental principles of electrical generation, transmission, and distribution. We will then cover electrical distribution in further detail. Electrical measurements, as applied to single-phase and three-phase systems, will be reviewed.
We will cover earthing (or grounding) with a strong focus on safety issues, before we examine transformers, with an emphasis on power transformers as used in the electrical distribution industry. Power system components in terms of isolators, fuses, and circuit breakers will also be discussed.
The course examines AC and DC motors and reviews electrical lighting and illumination concepts. The impact, especially in the modern world of power electronics, is discussed with a demonstration of the possible unpleasant harmonics that can arise from using this powerful technology.
This then leads to the subject of dealing with power quality. Three major topics covered are electrical power system protection, electrical safety, and customer installations. We will also discuss load forecasting, substation automation, the smart grid, industrial data communications, and carbon trading.
This course is not designed to make you a professional engineer; however, it can help broaden your perspective on different areas of electrical engineering. It will give you valuable skills in relation to electrical engineering, to help you become more productive and safer in your career, and in working with electrical engineers, technicians, and managers.
The course is composed of 12 modules, covering the essential concepts of electrical engineering, including basic electrical circuits and laws, electrical generation, transmission and distribution, earthing, power systems, electrical lighting and illumination, and power quality.
Module 1: Basic Concepts
- Basic theory of charges and current flow
- Electrical parameters – voltage, current, resistance, inductance, capacitance, power, energy, and frequency
- OHMS law and electric circuits
- Single-phase and three-phase systems
Module 2: Electrical Generation, Transmission and Distribution
- Various forms of energy and energy conversion
- Conventional power sources – coal-fired, hydro and nuclear power plants
- Renewable power sources – solar, wind, biomass
- Transmission and distribution of electricity
Module 3: Electrical Distribution
- Electrical distribution systems
- Substations and step down transformers
- Distribution substations
- Distribution feeder supply configurations – radial, ring and mesh networks
- Switchgear construction and components
Module 4: Electrical Measurements and Instrument Transformers for Switchgear
- Measurement of electrical parameters
- Basics of smart metering
- Instrument transformers for switchgear metering and protection
Module 5: Transformers and Earthing Considerations
- Fundamentals of transformers
- Construction of transformer
- Transformer types
- Transformer accessories
- Need for earthing, direct and indirect shocks, touch and step potential
- Transformer earthing considerations
- Earthing system components
- Measurement of earth resistance
- Lightning protection
Module 6: Faults, Fuses and Circuit Breakers
- Electrical faults
- Isolation, switching, and tripping
- Medium voltage circuit breakers
Module 7: Electrical and Rotating Machines – AC & DC
- Basic theory of rotating machines
- DC machines
- Single-phase and three-phase AC machines
- Synchronous machines
Module 8: Electrical Lighting and Electrical Heating in Industries
- Luminaire concepts
- Types of lamps used in industries
- Types of heating
- Welding and electric arc furnaces
Module 9: Power Electronics Basics and Power Quality
- Semiconductor devices, rectifiers, and inverters
- AC Motor control, soft starters and variable speed drives
- Power quality problems – Voltage and frequency variations, interruptions, lighting, surges, and harmonics
- Power quality improvement and harmonic mitigation
Module 10: Power Systems Protection and Electrical Safety
- Protection system basics including relays
- Arc flash hazards and arc flash mitigation
- Safety through better design, installation, and training
- Compliance with company policy and safety legislation
Module 11: Customer Installations and Contractual Aspects
- Customer connections, metering, and tariff structures
- Specification and procurement of equipment
- Equipment installation, commissioning and defect identification
- Contractual matters
- Certificate of compliance
Module 12: Load Forecasting, Planning and Project Evaluation
- Load forecasting and forward planning
- Supply and demand-side management
- The smart grid
- Substation automation
- Carbon credit
To obtain a certificate of completion for EIT’s Professional Certificate of Competency, students must achieve a 65% attendance rate at the live, online fortnightly webinars. Detailed summaries/notes can be submitted in lieu of attendance. In addition, students must obtain a mark of 60% in the set assignments which could take the form of written assignments and practical assignments. Students must also obtain a mark of 100% in quizzes. If a student does not achieve the required score, they will be given an opportunity to resubmit the assignment to obtain the required score.
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You are expected to spend approximately 5-8 hours per week learning the course content. This includes attending fortnightly webinars that run for about 90 minutes to facilitate class discussion and allow you to ask questions. This professional development program is delivered online and has been designed to fit around full-time work. It will take three months to complete.
Registrations are open for our upcoming intakes. Please ensure you book your place at least one week before the start date of the program.
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