Knowledge is Power: Professional Development in NC & SC
Are you or your staff struggling to specify projects with only a partial understanding of generator systems? What you don’t know could hurt you. Fortunately, there is a way to gain expertise in a variety of standby power topics, using an easy lunch-and-learn format.
The Professional Development Seminar Series was designed by engineers who are experts in the power generation field. These seminars will provide you with a thorough understanding of the applications and advances associated with standby power, so that you can make better decisions for your business.
Modular Sessions for Flexible Learning
National Power offers several options for professional development in NC and SC. Each two-hour seminar — consisting of a 90-minute in-class session and 30-minute outside exercise — was designed specifically for practicing engineers who wish to expand their understanding of current technologies, sizing, codes and standards, switching technologies, and reliable design characteristics surrounding emergency power systems.
Participants who successfully complete an individual seminar will receive two Professional Development Hours (PDH), accredited by the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Those who complete five seminars, as well as the final assessments, will be awarded one Continuing Education Unit (CEU) and/or 10 PDH.
Please read through each of the briefs below to determine which seminar(s) you’d like to attend. Then contact John Dixon at 919-861-6919 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for an open date.
GPS – 100 Generator Sizing Pitfalls
- Presents methods and calculations for proper sizing of engine-generators
- Explores the alternator and engine responses to different types of loads
- Presents different techniques to optimize engine generator performance
GPS – 110 Generator Switching
- Discusses performance criteria used to select transfer switches to connect engine-generator power into loads
- Explores different grounding considerations and techniques for different applications, plus the selection of overcurrent protection and transfer switch controls
GPS – 120 Paralleling Concepts & Implementation
- Introduces generator paralleling and basic concepts of paralleling engine-generators to form larger power systems
- Emphasizes paralleling controls for load sharing (real and reactive power), synchronization and protection of paralleled systems
- Discusses control integration, elimination of serial reliability paths and the advantages of parallel power systems over traditional single engine-generator solutions
GPS – 130 Understanding Generator Reliability
- Explores strategies for value engineering projects through utilization of best available technologies and innovations without sacrificing overall power system reliability
- Provides guidelines for selection of the system best suited to meet the project’s cost, reliability and performance criteria
- Establishes measures for determination of reliability and provides tools to establish reliability criteria for overall engine-generator power system
GPS – 140 National Electrical® Code (NEC®)
- Presents reasons for standby power generation from the Electrical Code perspective
- Explains the various articles and requirements covering standby power generation
GPS – 150 Generator UL Listing & NFPA Standards
- Introduces Underwriters Laboratories’ (UL) standards and the impact of those standards on standby power generation, including the engine generator set and transfer switch
- Discusses specific NFPA standards and application/installation details for health care, life safety and fire pumps.
GPS – 160 Generator Provisioning & Installation
- Examines engine-generator configurations and the selection of optional items such as block heaters, base tanks, enclosures, etc.
- Explores standard configurations versus custom options that may be required based on site-specific criteria
- Introduces good design practice guidelines for the installation of engine-generator sets based on site and application-specific details
- Emphasizes cooling system selection, unit placement, piping requirements, etc.
GPS – 170 Engines & Emissions
- Introduces engines and engine technologies used in design and implementation of standby power generation
- Discusses fuel types, design criteria for standby generator engine selection, and testing required to prototype and validate a product
- Discusses emissions, diesel injection technology, power and engine-generator ratings, RPM considerations, life cycle testing, etc.
GPS – 180 Alternators & Generator Controls
- Outlines terminology and performance expectations of the engine-generator alternator
- Identifies construction methods, temperature rise criteria and the fault capacities of alternators
- Discusses the impact of engine-generator controls and the evolution of those controls from simple relay based designs to fully integrated digital platforms
GPS – 190 Specifications for Engine Generator Sets & Transfer Switches
- Presents techniques for effective performance-based specifications for engine-generator sets, generator accessories and transfer switches without manufacturer-specific language
- Provides tools for writing specifications and general guidelines applicable to typical standby power generation applications
Interested in our Professional Development Seminar Series?
To register, please contact John Dixon at 919-861-6919. Seminars are conducted in select cities throughout NC and SC.
National Power proudly offers the Professional Development Seminar Series to enhance continuing education in NC and SC.