Professional Certificate of Competency in Electrical Power System Fundamentals for Non-Electrical Engineers

Course Duration
  • 3 Months
Course Study
Study Mode
  • Online
  • Online Electrical Engineering
Course Location
  • Online
Course Code
Course Code
Course Intakes
  • 5 November 2024
  • 11 February 2025
Course Type
Course Type
  • Professional Certificate
  • UK
  • Industrial Automation, Instrumentation and Process Control
  • Electrical Engineering
Course Fees

Course Overview

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.

Course Benefits

  • You may be eligible to claim CPD points through your local engineering association.
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion from EIT.
  • Learn from well-known faculty and industry experts from around the globe.
  • Flexibility of attending anytime from anywhere, even when you are working full-time.
  • Interact with industry experts during the webinars and get the latest updates/announcements on the subject.
  • Experience a global learning with students from various backgrounds and experience which is a great networking opportunity.
  • Understand the basics of electrical engineering, the fundamentals of electrical design, and the integration of electrical engineering knowledge into the other disciplines.
  • Learn to examine AC & DC motors and review electrical lighting and illumination.
  • Gain in-depth understanding on key concepts of earthing (or grounding) with a strong focus on safety issues, transformers, and power system components in terms of isolators, fuses, and circuit breakers.
  • Broaden your perspective on areas of electrical engineering safety like electrical power system protection, electrical safety, and customer installations.

Course Details

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
  • Fuses
  • 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

Graduates of the Professional Certificate of Competency in Electrical Power System Fundamentals for Non-Electrical Engineers will be able to:

  • An appreciation of the electrical engineering design concepts
  • Able to describe the core components of electrical power systems ( generation, transmission and distribution)
  • Explain the operating principles , construction and performance of synchronous machines
  • Understand faults in power systems, apply power system protection and electrical safety concepts
  • Describe, understand and explain the importance of power quality
  • Have an appreciation and basic understanding of load forecasting and planning

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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Deepak Pais is a highly experienced electrical engineer who has worked across the globe. His career has spanned multiple industries, including zinc mining and smelting, marine and logistics, automobile, and electricity distribution.

Learn about our instructors.

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 program has a 65% attendance requirement in the live webinars in order to graduate from the program.  If you are unable to attend the live webinars, you have the option of watching the recording of completed webinars and sending a summary of what you have learnt from the webinar to the Learning Support officer.  The summaries go towards your attendance requirement for the program.

This program is run online on an intensive part-time basis and has been designed to fit around full-time work. It will take three months to complete.

We understand that sometimes work commitments and personal circumstances can get in the way of your studies, so if at any point you feel that you are struggling with the pace of the course or finding a particular module challenging, you are encouraged to contact your designated Learning Support Officer for assistance.

Registrations are open for our upcoming intakes. Please ensure you book your place at least one week before the start date of the program.

Hear from our students

  I liked most the flexibility in terms of class schedules (as recordings are available) and the effort to bring out the contents from the fundamental level to an advanced level. The course has helped me build a good foundation of electreical systems and build an interest to explore more advanced…  
  The webinars were very good for helping me understand some of the concepts that I could apply to my every day job.  
  Easy access to online materials and webinars.  

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