Substations for Non-Engineers
February 26-27, 2018
Nashville, TN

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This course will introduce and provide non-technical people with the basics of a substation and all the general components that are inside a substation. General issues that are involved in the construction, operation and maintenance of substations and switchyards, and detailed safety awareness will be discussed.  It will allow people who are not substation design engineers to know enough to oversee various aspects of a substation and will allow strong oversight of contractors and various substation projects.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore the electric utility system reviewing the components and their function
  • Review the different types of substations and their applications
  • List the components of a substation discussing their purpose and function
  • Discuss examples of non-substation equipment and their use and relationship to stations
  • Review the most common causes of and remedies for substation faults
  • Discuss substation hazards and safety practices
  • Acquire an understanding of the different types of substation drawings and diagrams



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this course


Monday, February 26, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Introduction to Substations

  • Electric Utility System Overview
  • Substation Types and Differences
  • Components and Equipment of Substations, (Including Function and Purpose):
    • Substation Steel
    • Disconnect Switches
    • Main Power Transformer
    • Circuit Breakers
    • Control House
    • Substation Foundations
    • Ground Grid
    • Minor Equipment, (i.e., Insulators, Surge Arresters)
    • Measuring Devices, (i.e., Current transformers, Voltage transformers, Metering)
    • Overhead Bus/Cable
    • Cable Trench and Underground Cable (Power and Control)
  • Examples of Non-Substation Equipment
    • Padmount Equipment/Switchgear
    • Solar Inverters
    • Wind Turbines
    • Energy Storage

Substation Faults

  • Causes
  • Remedies

Safety in Substations

  • Hazards and Safety Practices
  • Electrical Safety: Zones of Clearance
  • Chemical Safety
  • Proper PPE
  • Examples of Dangerous Situations

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

Basic Substation Drawings and Diagrams

  • Sample Substation Designs
  • One-line Diagrams
  • Basic Equipment Symbols

Managing Substation Construction Projects

  • General Process
  • Project Schedule
  • Project Groups and Tasks
    • Project Development
    • Engineering
    • Procurement
    • Construction
    • Testing and Commissioning
    • Asset Management / O&M


Keith Malmedal PhD, PE, P.Eng, Senior Member, IEEE

Keith Malmedal has over 25 years combined experience in electrical power system design and system study, teaching, and research, and is presently the President of NEI Electric Power Engineering, Arvada, Colorado.  He has published over 30 technical papers in subjects ranging from system grounding to distributed generation.  He holds masters degrees in both electrical and civil engineering and his Ph.D research at the Colorado School of Mines was on the effects of renewable energy distributed generation on existing distribution systems in the United States.  He teaches undergraduate and graduate classes at Metropolitan State University of Denver and the University of Colorado at Denver, and has taught short courses related to power systems, machines, protection, renewable energy, and energy policy issues for various IEEE chapters and conferences.

P.K. Sen, PhD, PE, Fellow, IEEE

Dr. Pankaj K. (PK) Sen, PE (IEEE Fellow) is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado. He has decades of experience in teaching, training and research in the broad interrelated areas of in energy systems and electric power, electric machines, power system protection, substation engineering, renewable energy, distributed generation, energy policy, power quality and power engineering education. Dr. Sen is a registered professional engineer in the State of Colorado. He is also an IEEE IAS Distinguished Lecturer.


Millennium Maxwell House Hotel Nashville
2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd
Nashville, TN 37228

To reserve your room, please call 1-615-259-4343 or book online here.
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.

Room Rate:

The room rate is $99.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of February 25 – 27, 2018.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to February 10, 2018. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.


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