By - Jon Brown

Substations for Non-Engineers
May 21-22, 2019 | Indianapolis, IN

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Introduction to Substation Design, May 22-23, 2019 in Indianapolis, IN

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
  • Look at 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


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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


Paason Rojanatavorn, PE, Manager, Civil & Structural Engineering, ABB Power Grids – Grid Integration

Paason Rojanatavorn joined ABB Power Grids – Grid Integration group in 2002 after receiving his BSCE from North Carolina State University.  Mr. Rojanatavorn began his career with ABB as a Civil & Structural Engineer, and has since held positions as Project Lead Engineer, and Manager of Civil & Structural Engineering. As a Civil & Structural Engineer, Mr. Rojanatavorn assumes responsibility as the professionally licensed Engineer of Record on his project assignments.  As the Manager of Civil & Structural Engineering, Mr. Rojanatavorn is responsible for civil & structural engineering resource coordination, hiring/staffing plans, competency gap analysis, performance management, and technical leadership. Mr. Rojanatavorn’s project experiences include HV AIS and GIS transmission substations, HVDC converter stations, and MV AIS and GIS distribution substations.  He currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Dustin Prescott, Market Director, ABB Power Grids – Grid Integration

Dustin is the market director for ABB’s grid integration business in the US.  In his role, Dustin is dedicated to leveraging ABB’s technology and solutions to enable customers to address the ever-evolving grid challenges and meet their goals for modernization, reliability and sustainability.  Dustin holds a mechanical engineering degree and MBA from North Carolina State University.  He has been with ABB for over 10 years where he has held various positions from factory support, front end sales and business development.  He has led project pursuits to help customers solve problems with ABB solutions for utility substations, combined cycle power plants, heavy industrial facilities, offshore production platforms, petro-chemical facilities and many other applications. 


Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

1 S Capitol Ave

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Reserve your room:

please call 1-317-632-1234

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of May 19 – 22, 2019

Room rate through EUCI:

$179.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to April 19, 2019.


Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

EventEarly Bird Before
Friday, May 03, 2019
Standard RateAttendees
Substations for Non-EngineersUS $ 1195.00 US $ 1395.00

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Cancellation Policy

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 April 19, 2019 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

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