Electric Distribution Protection Basics

Electric Distribution Protection Basics

April 9-10, 2024 | Online :: Central Time

“Helpful first session for non-distribution engineers to start in their understanding of the topic.” Manager Engineering, Grant County PUD

In our Electric Distribution Protection Basics course our expert instructors start by diving deep into protection philosophies and methods, giving you a comprehensive understanding of the essential principles. Then, we introduce you to the critical single-phase sectionalizing equipment, including fuse cutouts, single-phase recloser, and single-phase sectionalizers.

You’ll learn all about minimum pickup, reach, and maximum available fault current, giving you the tools you need to tackle any line sectionalizing challenge. But we don’t stop there. Our course also covers a full range of device-to-device coordination scenarios, giving you the skills you need to excel in any situation. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to take your electric distribution protection expertise to the next level.

Special discounts are available for groups of five or more so sign up your whole team today!

Learning Outcomes

  • Review of line impedances and their effect on available fault current
  • Identify the types of distribution faults
  • Discuss the operation of various types of overcurrent protective equipment
  • Review overhead vs. underground protection philosophy
  • Review Reliability Indices used to measure outage frequency and duration


Tuesday, April 9, 2024 : Central Time

8:15 – 8:30 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Course Timing


Distribution Protection Basics Overview

  • Line Impedance vs. Fault Current
  • Temporary vs. Permanent Faults
  • Time Current Curves

Protective Equipment

  • Device Ratings, Standards and Application Factors
    • Fuses
    • Expulsion
    • Current Limiting
  • Reclosers
    • Dual timing characteristics
    • Design Options
    • Controls and Setting
  • Trip Saver
  • Sectionalizers
    • Design Options
    • Applications

    Device-to-Device Coordination

    • Fuse/Fuse
    • Fuse/Recloser
    • Recloser/Recloser
    • Sectionalizer/Recloser


    Wednesday, April 10, 2024 : Central Time

    8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
    Log In

    9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Course Timing

    Overvoltage Protection

    • Surge Arrester operation
    • Arrester installation

    Underground Protection

    • OH vs. UG protection philosophy
    • Riser Pole Fusing

    System Reliability

    • Reliability Indices: SAIFI, SAIDI, etc.


    Jerry Josken, Senior Consultant and Instructor, 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 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). Currently, Jerry develops and conducts professional development programs on various power delivery topics for EUCI.

    Martin Bishop, Sr. Consulting Engineer, S&C Electric Co.

    Martin T. Bishop (IEEE Member 1978, Senior Member 1988) received a BS and ME in EPE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He also completed an MBA at the Keller Graduate School of Management. His first position was with Westinghouse in Pittsburgh, PA in the Advanced Systems Technology division. He was the lead engineer on a project to develop new protection systems to detect fallen distribution conductors. Marty worked for 20 years in the Systems Engineering department at Cooper Power Systems where he supervised a group that performed industrial studies, power quality measurements and designed filter systems for large industrial plants. He also participated in the development and application of new relay protection systems using Rogowski coil current sensors. The work developed and applied the first differential protection systems for electric arc furnace transformers. In 2010, he joined S&C as a Sr. Marketing Manager within the Strategic Solutions Business Unit. His group focused on power system applications of STATCOM systems for renewable plants and general power quality applications. He is presently a principal engineer in the Feeder Automation product management group.

    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.

    • Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
    • You will receive a separate email with a unique link to a personalized landing page which will include links to join all sessions of this event.
    • 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


    Electric Distribution Protection Basics

    April 9-10, 2024 | 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. A discount for attending both events is available

    Electric Distribution Three-Phase Overcurrent Protection

    April 10-11, 2024 | 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 08, 2024 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 1.1 CEUs for this event.

    Instructional Methods

    This program will use PowerPoint presentations and group discussions, as well as active participation. Interactive exercises will also be provided

    Requirements for Successful Completion of Program  

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

    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


    Who should attend?

    Distribution engineering and technical personnel of any experience level who desire a better understanding of distribution system protection or need a review of sectionalizing practices.