Electrical Infrastructure B: Introduction to Materials Used in Electrical Equipment

Compare and contrast the purposes for a variety of materials used in electrical equipment design and construction. As a professional who did not focus on material science during your undergraduate studies, it’s important to understand the limitations of various materials you might encounter on the job.

This  half-day, PDH-booster course is part of a three-course group that allows you to earn 28 PDHs in just one week. Take it in combination with the three-day Electrical Infrastructure A course, and the half-day Electrical Infrastructure C course (also a PDH-booster) to complete the 28 PDHs. This course can also be completed individually.

Still looking for more? Enroll in our online Engineering Ethics course for two additional PDHs, bringing your total to 30 PDHs in just one week.


Anthony Sleva, P.E.

Anthony Sleva, P.E.

Mr. Sleva is President of Sleva Associates, an electrical consulting and training company founded in 1995. He is a registered Professional Engineer with a BSEE degree from Pennsylvania State University. During his career, he has designed electrical systems for nuclear ... read more

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze ferrous materials, aluminum, plastics, polymers, ceramics and coatings
  • Discuss various properties and molecular structures of materials
  • Understand the advantages, disadvantage and limitations of different materials in electrical applications

Course Outline/Topics

Advantages, disadvantages and limitations encountered when using different materials in electrical applications will be presented, including:

  • Ferrous Materials
  • Aluminum and its Alloys
  • Kraft Paper
  • Plastics
  • Polymers
  • Composite Materials
  • Elastomers
  • Ceramics
  • Coatings and Finishes

Some materials, such as aluminum and its alloys are very familiar to everyone who works in the electric power industry. Other materials, such as nylon, are generic terms with thousands of different molecular structures. Some materials are impervious to moisture; other materials are susceptible to degradation when immersed in water for prolonged periods of time. These and other properties will be discussed.

Dates and locations to be announced.