Electrical Engineering for Non-Electrical Engineers

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by Jerry Walker
Price: $1,100.00
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Course Overview

The knowledge of electrical engineering has become essential to successfully utilize the electrical energy and operate the electrical equipment not only for the electrical engineers but also for non-electrical engineers. In this course important aspects of electrical engineering required for nonelectrical engineers and the operating principles of some commonly used electrical devices will be covered.

It also includes an explanation of energy engineering terms, an understanding of electrical energy cost and tips on improvement of electrical energy intensity in the industrial and commercial environment as well as providing discussion on the generation of electricity from renewable sources.

The trainer will cover all facets of electrical engineering, including the latest maintenance techniques, and guidelines and rules that ensure the sustainable and safe operation of relevant equipment. Attendees will learn how to select and size all electrical equipment. They will also learn how to specify the main maintenance activities required for all electrical equipment. In addition, the course will cover thoroughly all the compliance concepts associated with electrical equipment.

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

Learning Outcomes 

By the end of the course attendees will:

  • Gain an understanding of the operating characteristics of all electrical equipment
  • Learn about utility generation, transmission and distribution
  • Understand the practical steps in selection, installation and commissioning of electrical systems
  • Master all the diagnostic techniques and inspections required of critical components of electrical equipment
  • Understand thoroughly all the tests required for the various types of electrical equipment
  • Determine all the maintenance and troubleshooting activities required to minimize electrical equipment downtime and operating cost
  • Learn how to select electrical equipment by using the performance characteristics and selection criteria
  • Equipment Codes and Standards: Learn all the codes and standards applicable for electrical equipment


Day 1

Introduction to Electrical Engineering

Electric Power Fundamentals

  • Basic electrical units
  • Circuit arrangement
  • Alternating current relation
  • Transformers
  • Voltage terminology and standards

Electric Circuits Fundamentals

  • AC circuit theory
  • Single phase and three phase systems
  • Inductance, capacitance, and impedance
  • Active power, reactive power, and power factor
  • Examples

Power Quality

  • Introduction
  • Types of disturbances
  • Power quality monitoring
  • Power quality mitigation techniques

Major Electrical Equipment

  • Generators
  • Transformers
  • Motors
  • Capacitors
  • Switchgears
  • Electrical construction materials

Day 2

System Design Philosophy

Electrical Power Generation, Transmission,   and Distribution

  • Fundamentals of power generation, transmission, and distribution
  • Substation concept
  • Overhead vs. underground cables
  • One-line diagrams

Electrical Installation Design

  • Design procedure
  • Design current
  • Nominal setting of protection
  • Correction factor
  • Current-carrying capacity
  • Thermal constrains

Load Characteristics and Conductor Sizing Consideration

  • Load characteristics
  • Load study/possible loads
  • Ampacity tables
  • Voltage regulation calculations

Standards, Recommended Practices, Guides, and Codes

  • Introduction to South African Electrical Code requirements
  • Key relevant sections of the South African Electrical Code


Day 3

Fault Calculation, Safety and Protection System Fundamentals

Dangers of Electricity

  • Electric shock levels
  • Lightning strike prevention and surge protection
  • Effects of inadequate earthing
  • Overloading

Fault types & their effects

  • Active, incipient, passive, transient, asymmetrical
  • Phase & earth faults

Simple calculation of short circuit currents

  • Revision of simple formulae
  • Calculation of short circuit MVA & fault currents
  • Case Studies

Lightning and Lightning Protection

  • Physics of Lightning
  • Electrical Surges due to Lightning
  • Lightning Waveforms
  • Lightning Protection Systems (Evaluation and Selection)
  • Lightning Protection of Electricity Supply Systems
  • Lightning Protection for Buildings

Surges and surge protection

  • Causes and mitigation of surges
  • Ways by which surges couple into electrical circuits
  • Principles of surge protection and commonly used devices
  • Graded surge protection
  • Relative merits of different types of surge protection devices for sensitive instrumentation
  • Surge protection of telemetry and data communication systems


Who should attend?

  • Engineering Managers / Technicians
  • Civil Engineers / Architects
  • Project Engineers / Design Engineers
  • Maintenance Personnel
  • Operations Managers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Plant Engineers
  • Industrial Engineers
  • Systems Engineers
  • Computer Engineers
  • Mine Engineers
  • Process Engineers
  • Surveyors / Structural Designers
  • Facility Managers
  • Energy Advisors & Consultants
  • Inspectors & Municipal Personnel


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Related Courses

Our virtual classes are designed to keep the same levels of engagement and networking as participants would on our on-site public courses. All course sessions are delivered through our easy-to-use online learning platform and is supplemented by case studies and practical group exercises.

Similar to our in-person public courses, you will have live interaction with course trainers and other participants. Our live online courses are led by our experienced trainers, this is done during scheduled times. All registered delegates will receive copies of the course materials electronically.

This course is scheduled to take place live online using virtual learning technology. For dates on our public courses please contact us via the chat option, phone or email.