Distance - Electrical Design Concepts for Non-Electrical Engineers (1.8 CEUs)


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This course is approximately 4-5 weeks in duration.

Learning Method:

  • The PDDP program is more of a self-guided learning style.

  • You are required to read the notes and materials given, complete the follow-up assignments on your own, send in your questions prior to your 1 hour webinar meeting (if required) and be involved in live discussion via the internet.

  • Once you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate of completion


This course, focused on basic electrical design concepts, is designed to meet today demands for more integration of engineering disciplines in industrial and commercial design, construction and maintenance. It will familiarize you with basic electrical circuits and circuit parameters, and provide a general understanding of the methods used to design low voltage power distribution systems (for voltages 600 volts and below).
You will gain practical understanding of basic concepts such as direct, single-phase, and three-phase alternating current, power, power factor, and inductive loads. You will study basics of electrical generation, transmission and distribution, basic design philosophy and design procedures, electrical construction materials, services, and grounding and power quality concepts. Application of Canadian Electrical Code to design procedures, including relevant sections of the Canadian Electrical Code will be emphasized. You will learn how to communicate effectively with engineers and contractors who are designing or building, upgrading or expanding your plant's electrical distribution.
Instruction will assume that you have no prior electrical engineering education but are currently involved with the electrical equipment and systems

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers of all disciplines
  • Managers
  • Technicians
  • Maintenance personnel
  • Other technical individuals (this seminar is suitable for individuals who do not have an electrical background)

Seminar Outcome

  • Design of Electrical Systems: Gain an understanding of how to design electrical systems
  • Electrical Equipment Used in Electric Power Distribution Systems: Understand thoroughly all electric equipment used in Electric Power Distribution
  • Equipment Diagnostics and Inspection: Learn in detail all the diagnostic techniques and inspections required of critical components of electrical equipment.
  • Equipment Testing: Understand thoroughly all the tests required for the various types of electrical equipment
  • Equipment Maintenance and Troubleshooting: Determine all the maintenance and troubleshooting activities required to minimize electrical equipment downtime and operating cost
  • Equipment Sizing: Gain a detailed understanding of all the calculations and sizing techniques used for all electrical equipment
  • Equipment Selection: Learn how to select electrical equipment by using the performance characteristics and selection criteria that you will learn in this seminar
  • Electric Equipment Protection: Learn about the various types of protection methods used for electric equipment
  • Equipment Codes and Standards: Learn all the codes and standards applicable for electrical equipment

Training Methodology

The instructor relies on a highly interactive training method to enhance the learning process. This method ensures that all the delegates gain a complete understanding of all the topics covered. The training environment is highly stimulating, challenging, and effective because the participants will learn by case studies which will allow them to apply the material taught to their own organization.

Special Feature

Each delegate will receive a digital copy of the following materials written by the instructor:
  1. Excerpt of the relevant chapters from the “ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT HANDBOOK” published by McGraw-Hill in 2003 (600 pages)
  2. Practical manual (200 pages)

The PDDP Distance Education program works as follows:

  • Once you register for this course, you will be sent a login username and password for our online distance website.

  • You will receive the course notes in hard copy through the online website, you will receive a set of notes each week covering the course material.

  • A one hour video-conference session will be conducted by your instructor each week (if required). The objective of this session is to assist in solving the assignments, as well as answer student questions that should be sent to instructor early enough prior to the meeting time. In addition with being able to communicate with the instructor, you will also be able to communicate with other students in the same class and watch their questions being answered as well. (A high speed internet connection is strongly recommended for this feature).

  • Each set of exercises can be completed and submitted by the indicated date and your completed exercise will be marked online and and returned by your instructor.

  • To gain the most from your course, it is highly recommended that you participate fully in all discussions and exercises. Please remember that each course has a form of quiz or exercise at the end to test your understanding of the material. You will be informed of these dates when you receive the course schedule.

*Course commencement date is subject to instructor availability.

Philip Kiameh

Philip Kiameh, M.A.Sc., B.Eng., D.Eng., P.Eng. (Canada) has been a teacher at University of Toronto and Dalhousie University, Canada for more than 24 years. In addition, Prof Kiameh has taught courses and seminars to more than four thousand working engineers and professionals around the world, specifically Europe and North America. Prof Kiameh has been consistently ranked as "Excellent" or "Very Good" by the delegates who attended his seminars and lectures.
Prof Kiameh wrote 5 books for working engineers from which three have been published by McGraw-Hill, New York. Below is a list of the books authored by Prof Kiameh:
  1. Power Generation Handbook: Gas Turbines, Steam Power Plants, Co-generation, and Combined Cycles, second edition, (800 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, October 2011.
  2. Electrical Equipment Handbook (600 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, March 2003.
  3. Power Plant Equipment Operation and Maintenance Guide (800 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, January 2012.
  4. Industrial Instrumentation and Modern Control Systems (400 pages), Custom Publishing, University of Toronto, University of Toronto Custom Publishing (1999).
  5. Industrial Equipment (600 pages), Custom Publishing, University of Toronto, University of Toronto, University of Toronto Custom Publishing (1999).
Prof. Kiameh has received the following awards:
  1. The first "Excellence in Teaching" award offered by the Professional Development Center at University of Toronto (May, 1996).
  2. The "Excellence in Teaching Award" in April 2007 offered by TUV Akademie (TUV Akademie is one of the largest Professional Development centre in world, it is based in Germany and the United Arab Emirates, and provides engineering training to engineers and managers across Europe and the Middle East).
  3. Awarded graduation “With Distinction” from Dalhousie University when completed Bachelor of Engineering degree (1983).
  4. Entrance Scholarship to University of Ottawa (1984).
  5. Natural Science and Engineering Research Counsel (NSERC) scholarship towards graduate studies – Master of Applied Science in Engineering (1984 – 1985).
Prof. Kiameh performed research on power generation equipment with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited at their Chalk River and Whiteshell Nuclear Research Laboratories. He also has more than 30 years of practical engineering experience with Ontario Power Generation (formerly, Ontario Hydro - the largest electric utility in North America).
While working at Ontario Hydro, Prof. Kiameh acted as a Training Manager, Engineering Supervisor, System Responsible Engineer and Design Engineer. During the period of time that Prof Kiameh worked as a Field Engineer and Design Engineer, he was responsible for the operation, maintenance, diagnostics, and testing of gas turbines, steam turbines, generators, motors, transformers, inverters, valves, pumps, compressors, instrumentation and control systems. Further, his responsibilities included designing, engineering, diagnosing equipment problems and recommending solutions to repair deficiencies and improve system performance, supervising engineers, setting up preventive maintenance programs, writing Operating and Design Manuals, and commissioning new equipment.
Later, Prof Kiameh worked as the manager of a section dedicated to providing training for the staff at the power stations. The training provided by Prof Kiameh covered in detail the various equipment and systems used in power stations.
Professor Philip Kiameh was awarded his Bachelor of Engineering Degree "with distinction" from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He also received a Master of Applied Science in Engineering (M.A.Sc.) from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Engineers in the province of Ontario, Canada.
Power Systems Fundamentals, Transformer Engineering, Basics, and Procurement, Design of Industrial Power Distribution Systems and Problems
  • Logistics, Introduction, Background and Prerequisites, Expectations, etc
  • Inductors, capacitors, alternating current, Faraday’s law, magnetic field, three-phase system
  • Machinery principles, magnetic behavior of ferromagnetic materials, energy losses in a ferromagnetic core, core losses, permanent magnets
  • Scope of Electric Power Distribution Engineering and Characteristics of Power Distribution Systems: Utility, Industrial and Commercial Users Perspective
  • Power System Fundamentals, Understanding “Load” and “Key” Design Tools:
    • 3-Ph Power, Voltage-Current Calculations;
    • Active, Reactive Power, Apparent Power, Power Factor and Power Triangle;
    • Power Factor Correction and Shunt Capacitor Compensation;
    • Voltage Drop and Voltage Regulation
    • Load Characterization;
    • Understanding Electricity Bill;
    • Induction Motor Load, Torque-Speed Characteristics, Losses and Efficiency;
    • Selection of Plant Distribution Voltage;
    • Transformer Sizing; and
    • Motor Starting and Voltage Drop
  • Transformer Engineering, Basics and Procurement:
    • Equivalent Circuit and Design Fundamentals;
    • Performance Evaluation: Efficiency and Losses; % Impedance and Voltage Regulation;
    • Transformer Procurement, Specification Writing and Loss Evaluation;Testing;
    • Overloading, Life Assessment and Asset Management
  • Design of Industrial Power Distribution Systems and Problems:
    • Simplified Design Calculations, Transformer Sizing, Selection of Voltage;
    • Motor Starting;
    • One-line Diagram; Quick Cost Estimate
Induction Motor Performance and Procurement, 3-Phase Fault (Short-Circuit) Calculations, Design of an Industrial Power Distribution System and Problems, Protection Design Philosophy, Emergency Power and Uninterruptible Power Systems (UPS), and Design Problems: Simplified Calculations, Guidelines and Techniques
  • Induction Motor Performance and Procurement
    • Design Fundamentals, Equivalent Circuit and Performance Evaluation;
    • Torque-Speed Characteristics;
    • Motor Starting and Voltage Drop;
    • Variable Frequency Drive;
    • Testing, Specification and Applications Guidelines.
  • 3-Phase Fault (Short-Circuit) Calculations
    • Per-Unit Methods of Calculations;
    • Sub-transient Reactance;
    • Source Reactance;
    • Shortcut Methods of Calculations for Industrial Power Systems;
    • Fault Current Distributions.
  • Design of an Industrial Power Distribution System and Problems
    • Selection of Breakers and Switchgears;
    • Motor Control Center - Specification and Evaluation;
    • System Grounding;
    • Reliability, Safety and Design;
    • Quick Cost Estimate.
  • Protection Design Philosophy
  • Emergency Power and Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
  • Design Problems: Simplified Calculations, Guidelines and Techniques
Circuit Breakers, Fuses, Power System Protection, Step-by-Step Procedure in Protection Coordination and Design
  • Circuit Breakers, circuit breaker rating, plain break type, magnetic blow-out type, oil circuit breakers, recent developments in Circuit Breakers, vacuum circuit breakers, sulphur Hexafluoride (SF6) Circuit Breakers, maintenance and inspection of circuit breakers
  • Fuses, Types of fuses, features of current limiting fuses, advantages of fuses over circuit breakers
  • Power Systems Protection:
    • Symmetrical Components and Unsymmetrical Faults;
    • Instrument Transformers;
    • Grounding of Power Systems and Ground Fault Protection;
    • Utility – Industry Interface;
    • Design of Protection Scheme;
  • Power System Protection:
    • Transformer
    • Induction Motor
    • Distribution Feeder
  • Step-by-Step Procedure in Protection Coordination and Design
  • Case Studies and Design Problems
  • Frequently asked questions

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