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Electrical Substation Design Fundamentals

Study substation design subjects at a level appropriate for those relatively new to the field. Get an introduction to technical requirements, configuration philosophies, design practices, information sources and work processes. Learn the fundamentals of electrical, civil and structural design issues of electric power substations.

This course can be applied to the Electrical Engineering Certificate.

Who Should Attend

Engineers, supervisors, drafting personnel, contract managers, consultants, and managers interested in, or involved with, overall electrical power substation projects.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand substation project chronology and how to develop the scope and identify the constraints for the overall project
  • Be familiar with costs and schedules
  • Explore site grading design, foundations, insulation and insulation protection and structures.

Course Outline/Topics

Electrical Substations, Power Systems, and Deregulation

  • Structure of the electric power system overview
  • Systems for distribution of power
  • Classifications
  • Equipment definitions
  • Design principles

Substation Project Chronology

  • Workflow and project sequence
  • Site identification and acquisition
  • Engineering design, drawings and documentation
  • Construction, testing and commissioning

Developing the Scope/Identifying the Constraints for the Overall Project

  • Safety
  • Power requirements
  • Site constraints
  • Atmospheric
  • Environmental community and societal influences

Costs and Schedules

  • Costs and financial analysis
  • Schedules and impacts

Site Grading Design

  • Substation grade types
  • Drainage and erosion protection
  • Oil spill containment


  • Slab on grade and others

Design Techniques

  • Open air
  • Metal clad switchgear
  • Gas insulated subs/SF6

Bus Configurations & Conductor

  • Types of common configurations
  • Reliability criteria


  • Insulation protection and shielding
  • Clearance
  • Surge arresters


  • Need for grounding
  • Personnel safety
  • Hazardous potentials during faults


  • Materials
  • Design options and considerations
  • Finishes

Principle Equipment

  • General specifications and ratings


  • Core, winding configuration
  • Tap changers
  • Specifications

Circuit Breakers/Switches

  • Design and purpose

Ancillary Equipment

  • Potential transformers
  • Current transformers

Substation Auxiliary Systems

  • Necessity
  • AC station power
  • DC and battery power

Mon.-Wed., May 16-18, 2016


Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Dan Chaply


$1,195 if you register by Wed., Mar. 16, 2016.
$1,295 if you register after Wed., Mar. 16, 2016.

CEUs: 2.1, PDHs: 21

Enrollment Limit: 40

Program Number: 4840-8267

Registration Deadline: Mon., May 16, 2016

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