Fundamentals of Substations for Non-Engineers

Fundamentals of Substations for Non-Engineers

September 14-15, 2020 | Online :: Central Time

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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



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Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

You must be logged in for the entire presentation and send in the evaluation after the online course is completed.

Instructional Methods

Case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this course.


Monday, September 14, 2020

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Login

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break

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

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

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

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

Physical Components

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

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 15, 2020

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Login

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

  • 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.



Fundamentals of Substations for Non-Engineers

September 14-15, 2020 | Denver, CO
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1395.00 each

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