By - Jon Brown

Fundamentals of Substations for Non-Engineers
September 23-24, 2019 | Denver, CO

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Introduction to Substation Design, September 24-25, 2019 in Denver, CO

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 design, 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 and high-level electrical theory
  • Explore an in-depth section on switchyards and substations covering their purpose, types, and configurations
  • Discuss the factors to be considered in substation location and site development
  • Explore the major design issues and how they affect the design of the substation structures
  • List a substation’s physical components and their design concerns and different configurations
  • Explain the function and purpose of a substation’s equipment
  • List the components of a substation P&C system of controls, relays and metering
  • Identify the terminology for SCADA substation components and SCADA’s purpose
  • Review detailed safety planning and precautions for substations and switchyards
  • Explain the steps to managing the construction of 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 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, September 23, 2019

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1 -Power Basics

  • Review a few key contributors to the power industry
  • Review the basic elements of the power system
  • Review concepts such as voltage, current, frequency & power
  • Understand the differences between AC/DC
  • Understand the sources and loads

2 – Purpose of Substations & Switchyards

  • The purpose of substations and the difference between a substation and a switchyard
  • Differentiate between sources and loads
  • Why voltage conversion is a critical part of the utility network
  • Difference between phasing and phase rotation and how to apply this
  • Different types of substation configurations
  • The pros/cons of each configuration
  • Understand the concepts of reliability as applied to different types of substations
  • Identify zones of protection
  • Define breaker failure

3 – Site Considerations

  • Factors to be considered in site selection and development
  • The purpose of Topographic Surveys and Geotechnical Reports
  • Understand grading considerations for new substation site locations

4 – Civil-Structural Considerations

  • Basic information to produce a civil/structural design package
  • Understand how to read the drawings
  • Have a basic understanding of the major design issues and how they affect the design of the substation structures

5 – Physical Components

  • Understand the breakdown of the substation physical components
  • Have a basic understanding of the main design concerns and approaches

6 – Substation Equipment

  • Understand the function of various substation equipment items
  • Determine the important ratings and application of these items
  • The most frequent errors to watch out for
  • How to apply the equipment in a substation

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

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

7 – PC Components

  • The components of a P&C system in a substation
  • How the terms dependability and security are applied to protective relaying
  • Major types of relaying in a substation
  • The function of different systems (control, relaying and metering) in a substation control enclosure

8 – SCADA Communications

  • Terminology used to identify substation SCADA components
  • The purpose of Control, Alarm and Metering SCADA points
  • The purpose of the Points List
  • Telecommunication requirements/considerations

9 – Safety in Substations and Switchyards

  • Safety regulations
  • Personal safety considerations
  • Electrical safety awareness
  • Equipment precautions
  • Chemical safety considerations
  • Danger and hazard awareness
  • Safety planning examples

10 – Managing Substation Construction Projects

  • Follow a substation project timeline
  • Understand a substation project construction sequence
  • Elements of managing a substation project schedule
  • Know some of the construction equipment and tooling used in a substation construction project
  • Elements of quality management on a substation construction project


Jan Risla, Project Manager, POWER Engineers, Inc.

Jan Risla is a Senior Project Manager at POWER Engineers with over 30 years’ experience in the power delivery industry. Mr. Risla is highly skilled in all phases of electrical project design, construction and commissioning. His professional experience includes personal responsibility for design and/or construction of 23 power plants, 47 substations, more than 120 miles of overhead line and more than 60 miles of high-voltage underground cable installations.

Chris Pierce – Senior Project Engineer, POWER Engineers, Inc.

Chris graduated with his BSEE from Ohio University in 2005 and obtained his MBA from Ohio State in 2010 while working for American Electric Power.  He has worked for POWER Engineers for 5 years and has also spent time in his career working for AEP and ABB in a myriad of roles.  Chris is currently the Substation Department Manager in Denver, CO and is a registered Professional Engineer in Ohio.

Sam Moss, Civil/Structural Lead, POWER Engineers, Inc.

Sam Moss is a professional civil engineer with comprehensive experience in design and project engineering for a variety of project types. He is knowledgeable in building codes, seismic design and industrial facilities and has specialized expertise in the design of steel, masonry and concrete structures. Specific design experience includes seismic restraint of equipment, control building design, pipe support analysis and monorail evaluations. As a civil/structural lead for POWER, he is responsible for material selection, load determination, analysis, seismic considerations, code compliance, calculations, specifications, project tracking and documentation. He holds a bachelor’s in civil engineering and a master’s in engineering management from Portland State University.


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4601 DTC Blvd, B-100

Denver CO, 80237


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