By - Jon Brown

Substations for Non-Engineers
February 23-24, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

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“This class was well thought out and put together with a lot of detailed information to help understand more about substations. I would highly recommend this class to all who seek further education on the basics of substation design and operations.” Sr. Civil Engineer, Kiewit

“EUCI courses have three fundamental characteristics: substance, substance, and substance. Time and money well spent.” Assistant GM-Power Supply, Burbank Water and Power

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Introduction to Substation Design, February 24-25, 2021

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

  • Review the basics of the power system
  • Explore an in-depth section on substations covering their types and differences
  • Describe the various components and all equipment in substations
  • Review possible causes and solutions to substation faults
  • Explain the various factors in and parts to substation safety
  • Engage in an understanding of basic substation drawings and diagrams
  • List the components and tasks involved with managing a substation project



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 log in each day and be logged on 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


Tuesday, February 23, 2021 – Central time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Content Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

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

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 – Central time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Content 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


Anthony Centore, PE, Director of Engineering Services, Pike Engineering

Tony holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering, a BS in Physics from California University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from Robert Morris College, and is a registered professional engineer in multiple states. His 30-year career spans the power space that includes large power transformer design and manufacturing, heavy industry, large melting furnaces controls and power systems to include static var compensation, utility generation station power systems and controls, and utility substation and transmission design.

Jerry Josken, Senior Consultant, Pike Engineering

Jerry holds a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and a MBA from North Central College.  During his 30+ year career with Eaton’s Cooper Power Systems Jerry served in a variety of engineering capacities.   Past leadership positions include Chair of IEEE Rural Electric Power Conference (2012) and GLEMS Distribution Equipment /Controls (2013-2014). Presently, Jerry coordinates Pike Engineering Professional Development Programs.

Online Delivery

Our courses are designed to be the best possible use of your valuable time – get the information you need to improve your position in the market in an interactive, dynamic format.

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

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