Electrical Power and Controls for Engineers, Techs, and Managers - 8 PDHs
Webinar - Part 1 & 2 /11am to 3pm; ET / Cost: $335 Member; $385 Non-Member
October 30 - 31, 2023

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

Part 1: October 30, 2023 - 11:00am to 3:00pm; ET
Part 2: October 31, 2023 - 11:00am to 3:00pm; ET
Cost: $335 Members / $385 Non-Members

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.

Utilization of electrical power in hydraulic machines, i.e., pumps and turbines are discussed, supported by basic introduction to hydrodynamics and culminating to the sizing of pump motors. Application and sizing of fan and blower motors is explained. 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. PLCs 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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Speaker:  Professor Bobby Rauf, P.E, C.E.M, MBA, NSPE Member
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.

Prof. 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.