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EN-SP Electrical Power Systems for Non Engineers

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  • Investment: US$ 299.00

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This course focuses on the building blocks of electrical engineering, the fundamentals of electrical design, and integrating electrical engineering know-how into the other disciplines within a business or corporation. It begins by reviewing basic electrical circuits and electrical laws. You are then exposed to the basic principles of electrical generation, transmission, and distribution. Electrical distribution is covered in considerably more detail, followed by power system protection and its components in terms of isolators, fuses, and circuit breakers.

The course continues with an examination of AC and DC motors and lighting and illumination. Other major topics include electrical safety, national codes, and customer installations. A topic of great interest to executive management in a company (and indeed municipalities and governments) is load forecasting which is also examined.

The course concludes with modern developments in electrical engineering such as substation automation, smart grids, and industrial data communications.



  • Online electrical course
  • Lectured recordings
  • Study at your own pace
  • Includes one (1) engineering eBook
  • Highly affordable
  • Certificate of Completion



  • The basics of electrical power engineering
  • Basic electrical design rules
  • Practical steps in selection, installation and commissioning of electrical systems
  • How to work more effectively with electrical engineering professionals



Anyone who may work with switchgear, circuit breakers, switchboards and cabling, plus:

  • Civil, mechanical, chemical, mining engineers, technologists and technicians
  • Electrical contractors
  • Managers who are involved with or work with staff and projects in electrical engineering
  • Non-electrical engineers and technicians
  • Non-electrical personnel who want to understand the broader picture
  • Plant and facility engineers
  • Procurement and buying staff
  • Project managers
  • Sales engineers
  • Electrical and instrumentation technicians




  • Units and electrical quantities
  • Voltage, current, resistance, power, energy, frequency
  • Inductance and capacitance
  • Ohm’s law, rms and average values
  • Single and three phase systems
  • Power factor



  • Various forms of energy, energy conversion
  • Modern power station
  • Coal-fired power plant, hydro and nuclear
  • Impact on environment
  • Solar, wind, geothermal
  • Transmission of electricity, distribution
  • Power demand and tariffs, power factor
  • HVDC



  • Electrical parameters – W/VA/VAr
  • Measuring
  • Power and energy measurement
  • Smart metering
  • Measuring voltages, currents and resistance



  • Magnetic fields
  • Electromagnetic fields
  • Transformer operation
  • Step down and step up
  • Construction
  • Single and polyphase transformers
  • Cooling
  • Oils and coolants
  • Efficiency
  • Tap changers
  • Voltage regulation
  • Earthing (also known as grounding) of transformers



  • Need for earthing (grounding), direct and indirect
  • Shocks, touch and step potential
  • Types of earthing (grounding), system and protective earthing (grounding), isolation
  • Earth conductors and electrodes
  • Measurement of earth resistance
  • Lightning protection
  • Bonding connection



  • Incipient and solid faults
  • Need for protection, overloads, overvoltage and overcurrent
  • Fuses, circuit breakers, relays
  • Protection of equipment



  • Isolation
  • Electrical faults,
  • Fuses
  • Isolation, switching, tripping
  • Circuit breakers
  • Components of circuit breakers
  • Medium voltage circuit breakers



  • Basic principles
  • Machines
  • DC motor operation
  • Speed, flux and armature voltage
  • Speed control
  • Single phase AC motors
  • 3-phase induction motor
  • Synchronous machines
  • Torque versus speed
  • Efficiency and power factor



  • Incandescent lamps, high intensity discharge lamps, mercury vapour, metal halide lamps, fluorescent lamps, compact fluorescent lamps, LEDs
  • Luminaire concepts
  • Energy efficiency



  • Principles of heating, electrical heating, resistance heating
  • Welding
  • Electric arc furnaces
  • Induction heating



  • Semiconductor devices
  • Motor controllers
  • Rectifiers
  • AC motors and soft starting
  • Variable speed drives



  • Power quality problems
  • Voltage variations
  • Overvoltage and under-voltages
  • Voltage imbalances
  • Voltage and frequency variations
  • Interruptions and surges
  • Lightning and harmonics
  • Harmonic compensation



  • Key elements of National Electrical Codes (AS3000/NEC/CEC/SANS)
  • Electrical hazards
  • Electrical shock
  • Arc flash and burns
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Safety through better design and installation
  • Work permits
  • Permitted personnel
  • Training and first aid
  • Legislation



  • Metering and billing
  • Tariff structures
  • Connections



  • Design rules, specification, procurement
  • Installation
  • Commissioning
  • Punch list of defects
  • Contractual disputes
  • Certificate of compliance



  • Load forecasting principles
  • Forward planning
  • Supply and demand side management
  • Evaluation of electrical projects



  • The smart grid
  • Substation automation and industrial IT
  • Data communications (including wireless)
  • Cost of carbon/emissions trading



Plan Name Investment
Unlimited Access for 2 Years: US$ 299.00


Behrouz Ghorbanian

BSc, MSc, MIEAust

Behrouz has completed degree courses in Telecommunications and Electrical Engineering overseas. He also completed his studies in Electrical Utility Engineering at Curtin University in 2004. Behrouz started his career in the oil and gas industry where his role got him involved in the maintenance and repair of electronic and navigational marine equipment (VHF and SSB radios, Sat Nav, engine control panels etc). He then moved to the power industry and was involved in the design, installation, and commissioning of substations mainly for consultancies and utilities. He has also established a good reputation in teaching power system protection over his long term services lecturing at Curtin University, and also over the period he worked as a Protection Engineer in New Zealand.

Over the past years, Behrouz has been involved in many major projects across Australia (Port Hedland, Barrow Island, Tamar Valley, Karratha, and Newman for example). His most recent experience is related to cost estimation and risk assessment of major substation projects with a special focus on the secondary systems (Protection, COMMS, SCADA). He has also worked as an Engineering Manager and Senior Project Engineer on major copper mine projects overseas. Behrouz has also gained good knowledge in substation design, HV cables sizing and installation, transmission system design, earthing system design and applications, and power system protection design and applications.

Courses by this presenter

Name Level Release Date
EN-SP Electrical Power Systems for Non Engineers 31-08-2015
EK-SP Inspection, Testing and Commissioning 08-09-2015
AF-SP Arc Flash Protection for Electrical Safety Professionals 26-08-2015
TF-SP Practical Power Transformers 23-09-2015
AC-SP Practical Fundamentals HVAC 07-10-2015
PT-SP Fundamentals of Process Plant Layout and Piping Design 28-10-2015
PD-SP Practical Power Distribution 18-11-2015
ER-SP Practical Earthing (Grounding), Bonding, Lightning and Surge Protection 19-11-2015
MK-SP Best Practice Electrical Engineering in Mining, Building Industry and Utilities 15-01-2016
MKa-SP Understanding Basic Costings for Apprentices and Technicians 15-01-2016
PS-SP Practical Power System Protection 25-01-2016
EY-SP Fundamentals of Electrical Substation and Switchyard Design 28-01-2016
MEY1-SP Role and configurations of substations, system studies, switchyard technical specifications 10-02-2016
MEY2-SP Fault limiting, PFC, harmonic control, protection design 10-02-2016
MEY3-SP Earthing systems, switchyard lightning protection, control and interlocking 10-02-2016
MEY4-SP Switchyard facility planning, GIS SWGR 11-02-2016
MEY-SP Advanced Electrical Substation and Switchyard Design 11-02-2016
MEY5-SP Overview of MV metal enclosed SWGR, MV substation design & specifications 11-02-2016
DIA4-SP Advanced Industrial Automation - Plant Layout and Piping Design 14-02-2016
DIA-SP Specialized Engineering (Industrial Automation) 25-02-2016
BCIIP-SP Relay Theory and Basic System Protection 16-03-2016
SAK-SP Swiss Army Knife of Videos on Engineering Skills 08-06-2016
EN4-SP Electrical Power Systems - Transformers 01-07-2016
EN5-SP Electrical Power Systems - Earthing Systems 01-07-2016
EN6-SP Electrical Power Systems - Power Protection 01-07-2016
PS6-SP Practical Power System Protection - Feeder Protection 01-07-2016
PS8-SP Practical Power System Protection - Instrument Transformers 01-07-2016
PS18-SP Practical Power System Protection - Generator Protection 01-07-2016
PD2-SP Practical Power Distribution - Overview of Power Distribution 18-11-2015
EN3-SP Electrical Power Systems - Measurements and Applications 01-07-2016
EN12-SP Electrical Power Systems - Power Quality 01-07-2016


General Requirements:

No formal electrical education is required as everything is examined from a fundamentals and practical point of view. As such, this is certainly not an advanced course but one focusing on the fundamentals using basic maths to ensure you quickly understand the key concepts.

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