Electric Distribution Fundamentals

Electric Distribution Fundamentals

October 5-6, 2021 | Online :: Central Time


Electric Distribution is unique to the Power Delivery System in that it is the portion closest to the end user. Traditionally, these lines have been radial in nature. Equipment and line construction must be compact to accommodate smaller right of ways, maintain adequate clearances and sturdy enough to withstand the weather-related forces. This course will expose attendees to the equipment, construction practices and protection techniques associated with electric distribution systems. It is intended for those new to this field, regardless of organizational position.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss Alternating Current Systems and Power Delivery
  • Overhead and Underground Distribution Systems
    • Construction Practices
    • Advantages & Disadvantages
    • Equipment
    • Discuss National Electric Safety Code
  • Review Line Sectionalizing for Isolating Faults
    • Types of Faults
    • Coordinating Protective Devices
    • Reliability Indicies
  • Discuss Power Quality Equipment


Tuesday, October 5, 2021 : Central Time

9:00 – 9:10 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Course Timing


Basics of Electricity and the Power Delivery System

  • Ohm’s Law – Voltage, Current, Resistance
  • Reactance – Inductive & Capacitive
  • Power Triangle – Watt (W), Volt Amperes Reactive (VAr), Volt Amperes (VA)
    • Power Factor
    • System Losses
  • Introduction to transformers

Introduction to Overhead Line Construction

  • Poles, Conductor, Guy wires, Anchors, Transformers
  • Three Phase Configurations – cross arm, vertical, double circuit
  • NESC Part II

Introduction to Underground Distribution

  • Cable, Terminations, Transformer, Sectionalizing Cabinet, Padmount Switchgear
  • Underground Service (Single Phase – residential, Three Phase – commercial)
  • Underground Loop – Residential
  • NESC Part III
  • Economic comparison Underground vs. Overhead

System Protection

  • Overvoltage
    • Surge Arresters

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 : Central Time

9:00 – 9:10 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

9:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Course Timing

System Protection (continued)

  • Overcurrent Protection Equipment
  • Fuse, Recloser, Circuit Breaker
  • Coordinating OCP Equipment for Line Sectionalizing

Reliability Indices


Power Quality Equipment

  • Voltage Regulators
  • Power Capacitors

Distributed Energy Resources

  • Solar – residential & commercial
  • Peaking Generators
  • Demand Response


Jerry Josken, Consultant

Jerry holds a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and a 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). More recently, Jerry develops and conducts  professional development programs on the topics of Electric Distribution and Substation Fundamentals and Design. 

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 registrants for three business days after the event

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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 log in each day and be in attendance 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. 

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