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Course Description

Many engineers, engineering managers, technicians and facilities managers are not intimately familiar with electrical engineering principles and practices. This course will provide you with the basic principles of electricity in a simple, easy-to-understand format. 

Please see specific content information below in "Attend and You Will Learn."

Why You Should Attend

Through relatively simple analogies and explanations, you will be able to grasp abstract and complex electrical concepts; perform straightforward and common calculations associated with voltage, current, power and power factor; and be better prepared for technical discussions with electrical engineers and electricians.

Who Should Attend

This course will benefit licensed Professional Engineers; engineers and architects who do not possess current working knowledge of electrical engineering; facility managers, engineering managers, program/project managers, and other executives or leaders who feel a lack of adequate electrical knowledge; non-engineers, including technical writers responsible for developing operations and maintenance manuals; procurement/purchasing professionals; energy managers and construction managers; maintenance engineers and managers; and patent attorneys.

Attend and You Will Receive

  • 15 PDHs/ 1.5 CEUs
  • Reference notebook with activities
  • Networking break and luncheon
  • Certificate of completion from North Carolina State University

Attend and You Will Learn / Expected Outcome

Attend And You Will Learn

  • The principles and concepts associated with AC and DC electricity and the distinction between these two realms of electricity
  • The role played by voltage and current angles in the determination of power factor
  • How the addition of power factor-correcting capacitors results in improvement of power factors and the mystery behind and avoidance of the “addition of too much capacitance”
  • Important concepts in electrical safety
  • The important AC voltage representations in phasor, polar and rectangular forms
  • Configuration of loads and sources
  • How transformers work and their voltage transformation role
  • How PLCs work and how to interpret contemporary electrical-control drawings
  • Interpreting electrical one-line and comprehensive wiring diagrams
  • How electrical bills are calculated under large industrial and commercial scenarios
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