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This course provides guidelines to anyone who wishes to know & understand the role of commissioning in a project. The importance of planning & preparation for the project, from engineering to commissioning and start up, will be emphasized.

Course Outline
After participating in this course, you will be able to:
  • Describe how to plan, control and implement commissioning of electrical systems
  • Discuss the performance specifications, which can be economically verified
  • Pick out the field tests for electrical distribution systems, generator and motors, transformers, switchgear and cables
  • Select among corrective, preventive and preventive maintenance for your electric power distribution system
  • Explain the AC and DC testing of electrical equipment
  • Specify the handover, acceptance and transition to operations
  • Plan, design and implement a maintenance program with broadened knowledge from the course

This course provides guidelines to anyone who wishes to know and understand the role of commissioning in a project, whatever its size. The importance of planning and preparation for the project, from engineering to commissioning and start up, will be emphasized. This course deals with safety considerations in maintenance and testing procedures for all the components of any electrical system.  It also discusses field testing of all the major components of an electrical system such as motors, generators, switchgear, protection and control, UPS and battery systems.


To help participants in accomplishing a smooth commissioning and start up of the electrical system, within the project schedule and cost estimates as well as understand the maintenance and testing requirements.

Who Should Attend

Design engineers, electrical engineers, commissioning and testing engineers, consulting engineers, electrical technologists, project managers, project engineers, plant managers, operating and maintenance personnel and all individuals involved in project execution.

Special Features

This course includes the book Electrical Power Equipment Maintenance and Testing, by Paul Gill, CRC Press.

Program Outline

Day I

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Maintenance strategies

  • Dielectric theory
  • €Insulating materials
  • Failure modes
  • Electrical Preventive Maintenance programs
  • Principles and procedures, checklists and documentation
  • Developing a test program, procedures and schedules, allocation of manpower   
  • Economic models, justification and execution
  • Inspection, verification, validation and testing

Basic Electrical Theory

  • DC circuits basics
  • Ac circuit laws
  • Impedance and power factor
  • Bridge methods

DC Voltage Testing Techniques

  • Insulation resistance tests
  • Step voltage and high voltage tests
  • €Testing power factor correcting capacitors

AC Voltage Testing Techniques

  • Power factor and dissipation factor tests
  • AC high potential test
  • Safety precautions

Insulating Oils, Fluids and Gases

  • Deterioration of oil
  • Oil testing and analysis
  • Interpretation of test values
  • €Reconditioning used oil
  • Insulating gases


  • Polarity, terminal markings and connections
  • Dry type transformers: inspection, acceptance tests
  • Liquid type transformer: inspection, and acceptance tests
  • Routine testing: AC high potential testing, TTR test, polarity test, induced potential test, polarization recovery voltage test, and DC winding resistance tests

Day II

Cables and Accessories

  • Insulation resistance measurement test
  • DC over potential testing
  • Voltage versus leakage current
  • Power factor test
  • Cable fault locating


  • MV Switchgear and MV breakers
  • LV Switchgear and  breakers 
  • Insulation resistance measurement test
  • DC or AC high potential testing
  • Power factor or dielectric loss test
  • Circuit breaker contact resistance test   

Battery System

  • Tests for acceptance
  • Performance
  • Service
  • Connection resistance 
  • Impedance tests

Protective Relay Systems

  • Direct acting trips
  • Integrally mounted relays 
  • Testing instrument transformers . 
  • Testing and calibrating relays, over-current and over-voltage protection

Electrical System Measurement 

  • Potential transformers and voltage converters
  • Current transformers and current converters
  • Power measurement devices and recorders
  • Instrumentation and controls: SCADA, MMI, PLC, RTU
  • Remote monitoring of electrical system, logging and reporting

Lightning Protection

  • Testing and commissioning of lightning arrestors and over-voltage arrestors

Testing of Motors and Generators

  • Insulation resistance
  • High potential test
  • Power factor test
  • Dissipation factor
  • Voltage surge comparison testing.


Power System Grounding and Ground Resistance Measurement

  • Solidly grounded, ungrounded and resistance grounded systems
  • Grounding electrodes
  • Factors affecting soil resistivity
  • Methods of ground resistance measurement

Power Quality, Harmonics and Predictive Maintenance

  • Effects of harmonics on equipment
  • Power quality measurement 
  • Recognizing power quality issues 
  • Mitigating PQ effects and optimizing energy use
  • Stand by diesel generators and transfer systems

Electrical Safety, Arc Flash Hazard, Switching Practices and Precautions

  • Lock out and tag out
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Safety grounds
  • Safety rules and protection against electric shock

Case Study on Commissioning and Testing

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment

Daily Schedule
    Registration and Coffee (1st day only)
8:30    Session begins
12:00  Lunch 
4:00    Adjournment

There will be a one hour lunch break in addition to a refreshments and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.


Ajit Bapat is well known in the electrical distribution field having served over 40 years in the industry. His expertise in the art and science of ground fault protection is acknowledged in North America. He holds Master's Degrees in Business Administration and Electrical Engineering, specializing in power systems and power system protection, and has particular interest in ground fault protection, digital metering systems, microprocessor based integrated systems for protection, metering, monitoring and control of power distribution systems. He is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario and a  senior life member of the IEEE.
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

2.1 CEUs / 21 PDHs

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
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