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Electrical Engineering 101

Get familiar with the fundamentals of electricity

This seminar series introduces the fundamental concepts of electrical engineering to those without an engineering background looking to break into or advance their career in the energy sector. 

Electrical Engineering 101 covers the basic properties of electricity, such as power, energy, charge, current and voltage. Concepts such as DC and AC circuit analysis, transformers and electrical machines, interconnected power systems, protection and control, power electronic devices and converters, and renewable energy will also be covered.

The series has been updated and revamped for 2020 – based on input from our industry partners and feedback from previous participants – to ensure that those who complete the series are equipped with the very latest foundational tools they need to speak confidently and contribute effectively in energy-related roles.

Key features

 Industry-approved topics taught by expert instructor

 12-week evening program (starts Jan. 20, 2021)

 Part-time (3 hours per week)

 100% online (winter 2021)

 Receive an official certificate for your resume

The workshop series teaches various basic concepts* of electrical engineering. Successful candidates of this series will be able to:

  • Understand the basic properties of electricity, such as power, energy, charge, current and voltage.
  • Explain the operation of DC and AC circuits.
  • Compute voltage, current, and power in different parts of simple circuits.
  • Explain the theory of operation of transformers and alternators.
  • Identify power electronic devices for different applications.
  • Explain the theory of operation of power electronic converters.
  • Identify power system components, connectivity and functionality.
  • Explain the role of protection and control in power system operation.
  • Identify different renewable energy sources and explain their roles in modern power systems.

* All concepts are also prererequisites for the Professional Master's Diploma Program in Energy and Innovation for which this series can be used as preparation. Please note, however, that completion of this series does not guarantee your admission into this program. 

  • Week 1: Basic concepts
  • Week 2: DC circuits
  • Week 3: AC circuits
  • Week 4: Transformers
  • Week 5: Power systems structure, substations and control
  • Week 6: Interconnected power systems
  • Week 7: Power system protection
  • Week 8: Generation and motors
  • Week 9: Power systems analysis
  • Week 10: Introduction to renewable energy
  • Week 11: Electricity hands-on 
  • Week 12: Review and conclusions

A virtual demonstration in the Schneider Electric Smart Grid Laboratory, Canada’s first university-based smart grid lab, may be used to elucidate some of the key power system concepts learned in this course.

A copy of all learning materials and a mini electronics kit to take home will be provided to all particpants.

$1,300 per person + tax (HST 13%). This is equivalent to approximately $108 per session.

If you need to cancel your registration for whatever reason, please notify us at least 7 days prior to the first seminar to obtain a full refund.

Please contact us, opens in new window if you are an employer interested in sending your employees to take this series as part of ongoing professional development and HR training initiatives. A discount is available for group registrations of six or more. 

Dr. Bhanu Opathella is an Energy Storage Specialist at Amp Energy. Over the last 15 years, Dr. Opathella has worked in the utility industry, clean energy sector and academic research sector. He is an expert on power system optimization, clean energy, techno-economic analysis, smart grid and electricity markets.

Alongside professional engineering activities, Dr. Opathella also works as a visiting lecturer at Ryerson University. Dr. Opathella has co-authored four white papers for IESO, and published more than 15 peer-reviewed research articles. Dr. Opathella has a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario.

Sessions will take place on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. ET. The series will run for 12 weeks from Jan. 20, 2021 to April 7, 2021. 


  • This schedule is subject to change. 
  • A midterm break may be offered. The instructor will discuss this with the class to reach a consensus. 
  • A minimum of six registrants are required to conduct the seminar series. This will be confirmed one week prior to the start date. A full refend or an alternative start date will be provided if the series does not run as scheduled. 

The series is normally taught in-person at the Centre for Urban Innovation, 44 Gerrard St East, Toronto. However, due to COVID-19, sessions will move online, via Zoom, external link, opens in new window, through winter 2021. Two hands-on sessions that normally take place in our labs will be demonstrated virtually.


Ryerson is committed to providing an accessible learning environment. Please contact us if we need to make any accessibility accommodations to ensure your inclusion in this program.

Does Electrical Engineering 101 qualify for a tuition credit for tax purposes?
No, currently, it does not, since Electrical Engineering 101 is delivered as a seminar series and not as part of a postgraduate certificate, undergraduate degree or master's program. However, a full tax receipt will be provided to all participants for their records.

Are participants required to take any exams or assessments to complete the program?
No, they are not. In order to receive a certificate of completion, participants are simply required to attend the in-person sessions, complete any background reading and review any learning materials as directed by the program instructor. There is no formal assessment. 

I already have an electrical engineering degree. Can I still take Electrical Engineering 101?
Absolutely. Even though the series covers the basics, some previous participants have signed up to refresh or update their existing knowledge, especially if it has been a long time since they worked in this field. However, before registering, we would recommend exploring all of our professional development options and/or contacting us to decide which program is the right fit for you. 

Bala Venkatesh

If you have any questions about this program, please contact:

Bala Venkatesh
Academic Director
Centre for Urban Energy at Ryerson University
Phone: 416-979-5000, ext. 552974