Electrical Power and Controls for Engineers, Technicians and Managers - 7. 5 PDHs
Webinar - Zoom Platform / 8:30am-5:00pm
November 19, 2021

NYSSPE has partnered with Sem-Train, LLC -  New York State Approved Sponsor

Cost: $325 Members / $350 Non-Members

This course is a one-day, abridged, version of the two-day Electrical Power and Controls for Engineers course. This course comprises a unique combination of electrical power and controls topics. The course begins with coverage of electrical power concepts in the DC, Single Phase AC and Three Phase AC realms in an easy-to-follow approach, illustrated and reinforced by practical applications, examples and numerical case studies or problems.  Electrical power distribution is highlighted. VFD, Variable Frequency Drives, are discussed. VFD architecture and VFD operational analysis are covered. The seminar then segues into the controls topics starting with controls theory, differences between Open and Closed Loop Control Systems and their advantages and disadvantages.

Example of proprietary or custom control systems is covered, illustrated by pictures. Participants are introduced to PLC’s, Programmable Logic Controllers. PLC’s are then compared to DCS Systems, and their pros and cons are highlighted. HMI, Human Machine Interface, and SCADA systems are covered, supported by in-depth exploration of two specific examples. This course is designed for engineers, professional engineers, energy professionals, engineering managers, technical professionals, technicians, facilities managers and other professionals who are not intimately familiar with electrical power and controls disciplines. Participants are kept engaged through questions and answers, discussions and classwork. 

Learning Objectives & Take-Aways 

1.    After attending this course, you will be refreshed on, or introduced to, the principles and concepts of AC and DC power, and associated important concepts like power factor, service factor, etc.


2.    You will appreciate the complexity of AC Power versus DC Power and know the formulas for performing power and current analysis in AC and DC Systems.


3.    You will understand how addition of power factor correcting capacitors results in improvement of power factor in AC systems and the clear and present financial benefits associated with improvement of power factor. All illustrated through formulas and numerical examples.


4.    You will be able to understand the architecture of MCC systems, aided by illustrative pictures.


5.    You will know the difference between three-phase AC, “Y” and “∆ - Delta” configurations of electrical power systems and know the significance of these configurations from practical power distribution and application perspective, i.e. “Star-Delta” starting.


6.    After attending this course, you will be refreshed on, or introduced to, the controls principles, PID Controls and the differences between Open and Closed Loop Control Systems.


7.    You will understand how PLC based control systems work, from hardware and software perspective.   


8.    You will learn how to interpret electrical power distribution one-line schematics and comprehensive wiring diagrams.


9.    You will learn how to interpret control drawings and PLC relay ladder logic diagrams.

10.  You will understand the vital role VFD’s, Variable Frequency Drives, play in implementation of analog control of motors in pump, fan and other motion control applications. 

Speakers Bio:  Professor Bobby Rauf, P.E, C.E.M, MBA; Member, ASEE,
American Society of Engineering Education
Professor Bobby Rauf is the President, Chief Consultant and a Senior Instructor at Sem-Train, LLC. Bobby has over 25 years of experience in teaching undergraduate and post graduate Engineering, Science, Math, Business Administration and MBA courses, seminars and workshops. Prof. Rauf is registered (PE) Professional Engineer, in the States of Virginia, North Carolina, and Wyoming, a Certified Energy Manager and a Certified Ergonomist.
Pro. Rauf was inducted as "Legend in Energy" by AEE, in 2014.  He is a published author of multiple engineering and energy books, and professional Development courses.  He holds patents in process controls technology.