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Electrical Engineering 101

Introducing fundamental electrical concepts

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. 

The series 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.

At the end of the seminar series, participants will be provided with a record of attendance and a hard copy of all learning materials. 

The series also serves as preparation for CUE's Professional Masters Diploma in Energy and Innovation but please note that it does not guarantee admission into the program. 

New and improved for 2019!

The series has been updated and revamped for 2019, based on feedback from our industry partners, to ensure that participants who complete the series are always equipped with the foundational tools they need to speak with confidence in energy-related roles. 

The workshop series teaches various basic concepts* of electrical engineering. Successful candidates of this series shall 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 Masters Diploma Program in Energy and Innovation.

  • 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 demonstration in the Schneider Electric Smart Grid Laboratory, Canada’s first university-based smart grid lab, will elucidate some of the key power system concepts learned in this course.

 Record of attendance 

 Hard copy of all learning materials 

 Mini electronics kit to take home

$1,300 per person + tax (HST 13%).  

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 9pm. The series will run for 12 weeks from Wednesday, September 11 to Wednesday, November 27. 

Please note that a minimum of 6 registrants is required to conduct the seminar series. This will be confirmed one week before its start date. A full refend or an alternative start date will be provided if the series does not run as scheduled.

Centre for Urban Innovation, 44 Gerrard St East, Toronto. 

Bala Venkatesh
Phone: 416-979-5000, ext. 552974