By - Jon Brown

Substations for Non-Engineers
March 2-3, 2020 | Charlotte, NC

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Introduction to Substation Design, March 3-4, 2020 in Charlotte, NC

This course will provide non-technical individuals with the basic understanding of substations and what they mean to the overall power grid. The course will cover a wide range of topics involved in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of substations and switchyards.  It will also cover important safety topics to be considered.  The intention is that after this course, people who are not substation design engineers will gain a familiarity and confidence to oversee various aspects of a substation and allow them to more effectively manage their responsibilities as they pertain to substation projects.

Learning Outcomes

  • Get introduced to the electric utility grid system including microgrids and substation types and differences
  • Review basic substation drawings and diagrams
  • Review the function and purpose of all major substation components and equipment
  • Discuss what digital substations means and the components of them
  • Review related topics such as: distribution equipment, renewable energy interconnects, energy storage and power quality solutions
  • List the causes and remedies for substation faults
  • Review station security through physical and cyber overviews
  • Expand on managing substation construction projects including the process, schedules, groups and tasks
  • Review safety in substations



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 1.1 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, March 2, 2020

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


    • Electric Utility System Overview
    • MicroGrids
    • Substation Types and Differences

Basic Substation Drawings and Diagrams

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

Components and Equipment of Substations, (Including Function and Purpose):

    • Substation Steel
    • Disconnect Switches
    • Main Power Transformer
    • Circuit Breakers
    • Control House
    • Control and Protection/SCADA
    • 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)

Digital Substations

    • Sensors
    • IEC61850
    • Physical and Operational Changes

Additional Related Topics

    • Distribution equipment
    • Renewable Energy Interconnects
    • Energy Storage
    • Power Quality Solutions

Substation Faults

  • Causes
  • Remedies


  • Physical
  • Cyber

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

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

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

Managing Substation Construction Projects

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

Safety in Substations

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


Sarah-Jane OKeefe, Project Manager, ABB

Raphael Nunes, Sr. Project Engineering , ABB


Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Uptown

508 E M.L.K. Jr Blvd

Charlotte, NC 28202

Reserve your room:

please call 1-800-445-8667. Please make sure to mention the Group Code EUCI

Click here to book online

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of March 1 – 3, 2020

Room rate through EUCI:

$209.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to February 14, 2020.


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