Electric power has become a necessity of modern life. While some may take their electrical supply for granted, those who work with the electric grid recognize the importance of designing and operating electric systems for reliability, safety, and affordability. If you are new to the electric power industry and need to learn the fundamentals, or if you have considerable experience and want to stay ahead of new technologies, we offer courses designed to impact your career.
Our instructors include a mix of active industry professionals sharing their extensive application experience and UW-Madison engineering faculty helping you better understand the latest research in electric power topics. Whether you are designing new transmission lines, substations, renewable energy systems, or electric vehicles, or tasked with upgrading, operating, and maintaining electrical infrastructure, join us for a course topic that best fits your interests and responsibilities.
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Upcoming Courses by Date
Electrical Grounding and Bonding Per the National Electrical Code
In this course, you will learn about specific facility grounding problems and their consequences, such as fires, electrocutions, and equipment damage. We'll discuss grounding problems experienced on systems 1000V or less and how to avoid them. You'll build a firm foundation of knowledge about grounding and bonding to help you successfully complete your next project.
- Jun. 12-13, 2023 - Madison, WI or Live Online (C760) - $1,295.00
Fundamentals of Solar Power Plant Design
Grasp the fundamentals of solar photovoltaic energy conversion and gain insight into solar power plant design, plant components, the complexities of interconnection requirements, and other essential topics.
- Jul. 25-28, 2023 - Live Online (C978) - $1,795.00
Power System Protection Applications and Performance Analysis
Understanding of Power System Protection is critical for those concerned with power system relays. In this course, learn various protection schemes commonly used in electric utilities along with real-world applications.
- Jul. 31 - Aug. 4, 2023 - Live Online (C981) - $1,795.00
Permanent Magnet Machines and Drives Principles, Design and Applications
Learn about the current applications and future trends of permanent magnet AC machines, review the principles of permanent magnet ac machines, and examine key techniques and tools for designing permanent magnet ac machines. This course will provide you with the skills to control PM machines, including the principles of field orientation, direct torque control, current regulators, and flux weakening. Study the performance of self-sensing control methods for permanent magnet AC machines and learn about the fault modes as well as the proper techniques for minimizing their impact on drive performance.
- Aug. 21-24, 2023 - Live Online (C979) - $1,695.00
Electrical Distribution Principles and Applications
Expand your understanding of the fundamentals of AC electricity as applied to utility electric power distribution systems and recognize the fundamental principles involved in the operation of a three-phase electrical distribution system. Learn how to understand and perform electric circuit calculations, understand and apply distribution planning principles and engineering economics, and be able to select the proper conductors, cables, and transformers to use in a distribution system.
- Aug. 29-31, 2023 - Madison, WI or Live Online (C928) - $1,795.00
Electrical Systems Design for the Non-Electrical Engineer
Take this course to learn fundamental electrical concepts and electrical power distribution design for industrial and commercial systems—1,000 volts and below. Expert instructors will start with basic science concepts and extend them to explain single-phase and three-phase alternating current systems. You will gain a sound understanding of electrical circuits, electrical construction materials, grounding, power quality, arc flash, and applicable national safety and energy codes and standards. This course is intended for those responsible for the design, operation and maintenance of electric power and lighting systems in commercial and institutional buildings and manufacturing plants, and it assumes you have no formal training in electrical engineering.
- Sep. 11-15, 2023 - Madison, WI or Live Online (C910) - $1,995.00
- Apr. 22-26, 2024 - Madison, WI or Live Online (D089) - $1,995.00
- Sep. 9-13, 2024 - Madison, WI or Live Online (D090) - $1,995.00
Underground Electrical Distribution Systems
We'll introduce you to underground components and walk you through the principles of planning, policy, design, construction, cost, and cable testing. You'll work through class exercises in policy, design, system layout, and fuse/protective device coordination. We'll also review operations considerations and NESC safety requirements.
- Sep. 26-28, 2023 - Madison, WI (C842) - $1,695.00
- Sep. 24-26, 2024 - Madison, WI (D091) - $1,695.00
Interconnection of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) to Utility Systems
The past few years have seen an exponential growth in distributed energy resources. This has created new challenges due to Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) being connected to a grid that was not designed for this purpose. This course addresses these challenges and give you the tools that will help in planning and interconnecting DERs to the grid.
- Sep. 26-28, 2023 - Madison, WI or Live Online (C851) - $1,795.00
Analysis of Transients in Power Systems
UPDATE: The next offering of this course will be in-person in Madison, WI from October 9th to 13th. The course will end at noon on the 13th so that attendees can travel home. Enrollment will open soon. Electromagnetic transients are real and disruptive events in power systems. Yet, they are often difficult to study. Receive hands-on experience with practical power systems. Learn to model and analyze actual events in real power systems. Studies include lightning-induced waves, switching transients, and power electronic contributions.
- Oct. 9-13, 2023 - Madison, WI (D052) - $2,195.00
Introduction to Electromagnetic Interference and Compatibility (EMI/EMC) and Best Practices
EMI/EMC is a critical requirement for developing competitive products and systems. You will learn about coupling mechanisms, circuit board layout, conducted and radiated emissions, susceptibility, bonding, grounding, and lightning. The course will focus on sound engineering knowledge with practical application examples.
- Oct. 10-12, 2023 - Madison, WI (C982) - $1,795.00
Fundamentals of Substation Equipment and Control Systems
This course will introduce you to the equipment that makes up an electric substation and guide you through the control and wiring diagrams that control equipment operation. Professional engineers with decades of design and field experience will walk you through typical equipment start-up and troubleshooting procedures. You will gain a practical understanding of how substation equipment is controlled and operated and be able to read trip and close schematics, relate control schematics to their corresponding wiring diagrams, and design straightforward control system schematics.
- Oct. 10-12, 2023 - Madison, WI or Live Online (C849) - $1,895.00
- Feb. 13-15, 2024 - Lake Buena Vista, FL (C971) - $1,895.00
- May 14-16, 2024 - Madison, WI or Live Online (C998) - $1,895.00
Understanding Medium-Voltage Switchgear
This course will be held next on October 17th & 18th, 2023. During enrollment you can choose to attend in-person in Madison, WI or virtually, via Zoom. Enrollment will open soon for the October 17-18, 2023 course. Proper switchgear design and operation is fundamental to safe and reliable medium-voltage (MV) electrical distribution systems. This class is designed to give medium-voltage engineers, designers, specifiers, owners, and operators the tools they need to better understand these valuable system assets. Through a combination of lectures and practical exercises, you'll increase your awareness of switchgear types, applications, layouts, ratings, and protection and control systems.
- Oct. 17-18, 2023 - Madison, WI or Live Online (D067) - $1,395.00
National Electrical Safety Code
This essential course is your opportunity to focus in depth on the rules and provisions of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC ®). During four days of intensive, interactive discussion and team exercises, you will learn the organization and the application of the NESC ® code. You will also learn how to integrate code and regulatory requirements into standard design and operating practices.
- Oct. 17-19, 2023 - Madison, WI (C942) - $1,525.00
Principles of Substation Design and Construction
This fundamental course leads you through a step-by-step study of the substation design and construction process. From initial site review and selection to creating substation layout drawings and equipment specifications, you will consider every phase in detail. Expert instructors with decades of substation design experience will guide you in learning how to develop reliable substation designs, control project costs, and keep your project on schedule. In-class exercises will put you in the design environment and give you the confidence to immediately apply what you've learned in this course to your job.
- Oct. 23-25, 2023 - Madison, WI (C859) - $1,895.00
- Oct. 21-23, 2024 - Madison, WI (D092) - $1,895.00
Power System Analysis Skills for Engineers and Technicians
This introductory course begins with a review of three-phase power calculations, the per-unit system, and phasor algebra—basic tools used in modeling and how to solve nearly all types of power system problems. Learn symmetrical components and how to use them to calculate balanced and unbalanced short-circuit faults, and open-circuit faults on three-phase power systems. In addition, you will learn how to correctly model the various types of transformer connections, phase shifts through delta-wye transformers, and transmission and distribution line impedances.
- Oct. 24-26, 2023 - Madison, WI or Live Online (C890) - $1,795.00
Design of Transmission Lines, Structures, and Foundations
UPDATE: The next offering of this course is planned for November 6th-10th, 2023, in-person in Madison, WI. Look for enrollment to open soon. This in-depth course will provide you with the latest criteria and practical techniques used in the design of transmission line structures and foundations. You will gain a solid understanding of line behavior that will allow you to design new transmission lines and upgrade existing ones. Emphasis will be on the fundamental, physics-based analysis and design concepts used in the civil/structural design of transmission structures and foundations. Expert instructors will elaborate on foundation and line design concepts with design examples using traditional design methods and modern computer software.
- Nov. 6-10, 2023 - Madison, WI (D041) - $2,195.00
- Feb. 26 - Mar. 1, 2024 - Lake Buena Vista, FL (D042) - $2,195.00
National Electrical Code
The National Electrical Code® is the "benchmark for safe electrical design, installation, and inspection to protect consumers and property from electrical hazards," according to the National Fire Protection Association. This course is designed to help you work safely and more efficiently by applying the National Electrical Code to your daily work. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to design electrical systems that are code compliant and will be aware of the liabilities associated with noncompliance.
- Nov. 13-17, 2023 - Live Online (C841) - $1,495.00
- Apr. 16-18, 2024 - Madison, WI (D088) - $1,495.00
Introduction to Power System and Substation Grounding
The next offering of this course will be fully online and will be held December 5-8th, 2023 from 10am-3:30pm Central Time. There will also be an in-person offering May 23 & 24th, 2024 in Madison, WI. Look for enrollment in both the online and in-person offerings to open soon. We will introduce you to the fundamentals of utility power system grounding. You will learn the different system configuration methods and the theory behind common methods. Your expert instructors will walk you through the step-by-step process of substation grounding optimization studies and corresponding design and construction drawings.
- Dec. 4-7, 2023 - Live Online (D087) - $1,495.00
Designing Electrical Overhead Distribution Lines
Learn how to design electrical overhead distribution lines to comply with the recently revised National Electrical Safety Code® (NESC) by participating in group exercises with real-life design problems.
- Apr. 16-18, 2024 - Madison, WI or Live Online (C929) - $1,795.00
Medium-Voltage Electrical Distribution for Mission Critical, Industrial, and Campus Facilities
UPDATE: The next offering of this course will be May 6-10, 2024, and it will be held fully online. Look for enrollment for this online course to open soon. After completing this course, you will better understand the components that make up medium voltage systems used in non-utility applications. You will learn how systems are laid out and how components are designed and selected. You will also better understand reliability and cost trade-offs in design as well as installation requirements in the National Electrical Code and other applicable codes.
- May 6-10, 2024 - Live Online (D068) - $1,695.00
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