Fundamentals of Substations for Non-Engineers

September 14-15, 2020


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

Purpose of Substations & Switchyards

Site Considerations

Civil-Structural Considerations

Physical Components

Substation Equipment

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Login

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

PC Components

SCADA Communications

Safety in Substations and Switchyards

Managing Substation Construction Projects


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.


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.