Underground Electrical Distribution Fundamentals

Underground Electrical Distribution Fundamentals

April 5-6, 2023 | Online :: Central Time

“The training is thorough and relevant. All the course materials are top notch. I still use them long after the course is over.” Senior Engineer, NES

“Good course. Very informative. The guys know their stuff.” DSiP Rep, Black Hills Energy

“As a nationally renowned NEC Code Expert I highly recommend all Electricians attend to gain a better knowledge of the utility side of the industry.” Manager of Codes & Standards, Encore Wire Corp.

Electric Power Distributors are seeing increase pressure from communities to move overhead lines underground for a variety of reasons including storm hardening (reliability), aesthetics and new construction requirements.

This course will describe the varying degrees of underground power distribution and move quickly into the design philosophies. Discussion will contrast overhead to underground systems and describe the difference in materials, technology, construction, and operation.

This is the ideal course for engineers and project managers new to underground distribution projects or anyone looking for a more in depth look at underground distribution systems. Special discounts apply for groups of 5 or more so register your whole team today!

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the major materials including conductor types and connecting systems used in underground systems
  • Define Loop Feed Configuration, critical for quick power restoration
  • List pad-mount transformer components and function
  • Contrast operating strategies from overhead to underground systems
  • Analyze typical faults and mitigation methods
  • Discuss operating safety requirements and equipment
  • Compare cost of overhead to underground distribution


Wednesday, April 5, 2023 : Central Time

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.
Log In

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Course Timing


Electricity Basics & the Power System

  • Ohm’s Law
  • Alternating Current
  • Power Terminology
  • Power Quality

Loop Feed Configurations

  • Dip Poles
  • Underground Feeders

Major Materials

Dead Front vs. Live Front (Legacy Equipment)

  • Conductor
    • Direct Buried (NESC Part II Sec 35)
    • Installed in Duct
  • Connecting Systems
    • Molded Rubber Products
      • 200a Load Break Elbows
      • 600a Dead Break Connectors
      • Feed thru Parking Bushings and Parking Stands
      • Arresters
      • Cable Splices

Thursday, April 6, 2023 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Course Timing


Distribution Transformers 

    • Single and Three Phase
    • Bay-o-net Fuses

Pad-mount Equipment

    • Sectionalizing Cabinets
    • Switching Stations
    • Overcurrent Protective Equipment
    • Automatic Throw Over Switchgear
    • Voltage Regulators
    • Capacitor Banks

Safety Considerations

  • Design – NESC 2017 Part II Sections 30 – 39
  • Sec 31 General Requirements
  • Sec 32 Underground Conduit Systems

Operating Underground Distribution Systems

  • Visible Break
  • Grounding 


Jerry Josken, Senior Consultant, EUCI

Jerry holds a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and an 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 develops and conducts professional development programs on the topics of Electric Distribution and Substation Fundamentals and Design for EUCI.

Online Delivery

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.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • 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 attendees for 7 days after the event


Underground Electrical Distribution Fundamentals

April 5-6, 2023 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1195.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 4,780.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 8,365.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 14,340.00 (40% discount)

This event is related and may be of interest.

Fundamentals of Overhead Distribution Systems

April 3-5, 2023 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1195.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 4,780.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 8,365.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 14,340.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before March 03, 2023 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

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

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must be logged on each day for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, and group discussion will be used in this event.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 12.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

CpeEUCI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: www.nasbaregistry.org


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