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Professional Certificate of Competency in Power Distribution
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Professional Certificate of Competency in Power Distribution
This professional development course is designed for engineers and technicians who need to gain a practical understanding of power distribution, switchgear, power cables, transformers, power factor correction, earthing, lightning protection, and network studies.
This is a practical course in power distribution, focusing on medium voltage (1kV- 36kV) power considerations, switchgear, power cables, transformers, power factor correction, earthing, lightning protection, and network studies.
This course will help you understand practical power distribution fundamentals, determine short-circuit ratings quickly and effectively, and assess the influence of fault levers on switchgear ratings.
We will cover how to select the correct type of switchgear for the right application, and evaluate the advantages of modern state-of-the-art switchgear protection for your applications, including preventative maintenance information. You will also learn how to identify the different applications for various cable insulation types and how to specify correct power cable installation methods.
This course will also help you understand when and how to use single core cables versus three-core cables, as well as how to use and protect power transformers correctly. We will cover the ways of assessing and specifying correct grounding/earthing throughout your electrical network, and how to determine the need for Power Factor Correction (PFC) for your environment.
On top of this, you will learn how to assess the economic justification for installing PFC equipment, correctly specify PFC equipment and be aware of practical consequences, and confidently use computer simulation software to solve and predict power network problems.
The course is composed of 12 modules, covering topics such as correctly implementing the right type of switchgear for the appropriate application, economically selecting and installing the best-suited power cable for a specific use, implementing successful maintenance strategies and procedures, and effectively using software techniques to solve problem areas in your power network.
Module 1: Introduction
History and growth of power distribution
Benefits of 3-phase AC power system
Typical characteristics of an industrial distribution system
Multiple voltage levels in power distribution
Types of distribution arrangements and redundancy
Module 2: Distribution System Planning
The need for system planning
Approach to system planning
Protection of future growth of electricity demand
Location of key assets
Selection of basic system parameters
Planning of electrical system configuration
Selection of appropriate equipment
System studies needed for planning
Software packages used for system studies
Module 3: In-plant Generation and its Integration with Plant Power Systems
Why in-plant generation?
Cost of power interruptions in critical processes
Types of in-plant generation
Parallel operation of in-plant generator with external source
In-plant power generation sources
Integrating in-plant generation with plant distribution
Module 4: Transformers
Power transformers and distribution transformers
Installation of transformers
Fire protection measures for large transformer installations
Module 5: Switchgear
Indoor and outdoor construction
Metal enclosed switchgear basics
Typical switchgear example
Module 6: Circuit breakers
Types of circuit breakers
Comparison of various breakers
Construction of typical circuit breaker
Fault detection of cable installations
Major components and auxiliary systems
Module 7: Low voltage distribution
LV switchgear types
LV circuit breakers
Releases for LV circuit breakers
Module 8: Cables
Types and construction of cables
Basic design, selection, and sizing
Insulating materials for LV and HV cables
Accessories for cable installation
Fault detection of underground cable installations
High voltage power transmission using cables
Module 9: Fundamentals of protection
Need for protective apparatus
Components of protection systems
Protection in distribution systems
Protective relays for circuit breaker application
Role of fuses in LV and MV distribution
Protection integrated in LV devices
Importance of settings and coordination of protective relays
Time and current grading
Module 10: Earthing and safety
Electrical shock – why does it happen?
Touch and step potential (voltage)
Direct and indirect contact
Role of electrical insulation in safety
Avoiding electric shock-different approaches
Earthing of power supply and its safety implications
Role of earthing of equipment enclosures in human safety
Earthing in outdoor installations
Lightning protection of structures
Module 11: Power quality
What is power quality?
Need for improving power quality
Variations in voltage amplitude and reasons
Handling voltage abnormalities
Tackling voltage fluctuations and flicker
Effect of power interruptions and needs of equipment
Redundancy and automation
Power factor and power factor improvement by capacitor banks
Module 12: Asset Management and power system automation
Condition Based Maintenance (CBM)
Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM)
Problems that may be found during switchgear maintenance
Growth of automation in power industry
What is SCADA?
Requirements for the SCADA master station
Requirements for SCADA remote units
Issues relating to SCADA deployment
Power system automation and its functions
Power system automation architecture
Communications with Network Control Center
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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Braam Burchardt is the Principal Member of the consulting firm, Burchardt Technical Services cc, which he established in 1998. He is also the owner of an electrical construction company, RB Electrical. In the past two decades Braam has worked on major mining projects for Rio Tinto, both in South Africa and abroad.
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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