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professional certificate of competency in

(Main Equipment)

Want a COMPLETE understanding of Substation Design?

Why not ALSO complete the Professional Certificate of Competency in Substation Design (Control, Protection and Facility Planning)?
See page 3 for details

For upcoming start dates, please view our program schedule at:

12 Modules over 3 months


Keep you and your company one step ahead with this comprehensive overview of substation design Live, interactive webinars - learn from industry experts with hands-on experience Bring yourself up to speed in the latest trends and technologies

what you will learn

Calculate substation capacity based on load requirements and decide upon a suitable location Select a suitable configuration of the substation and size the main equipment Plan for appropriate system studies and draw up a specification for system studies Decide on the layout of an outdoor HV switchyard showing main and auxiliary equipment Choose equipment for fault limiting, VAR compensation and harmonic control and adjust the switchyard layout to include these systems Plan indoor substations with medium voltage switchgear and select the required equipment ratings Work out a suitable layout for the MV switchgear and associated equipment

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Attend lessons in an online classroom with your lecturer and fellow students Upgrade your skills and refresh your knowledge without having to take valuable time away from work Receive information and materials in small, easy to digest sections Learn while you travel - all you need is an Internet connection Have constant support from your program lecturer and coordinator for the duration of the program Interact and network with participants from around the globe and gain valuable insight into international practice Learn from international industry experts, based around the globe Live interactive webinars, not just a book on the web Receive a certificate of competency for CPD purposes

presented by

G. Vijayaraghavan
B.E. (Hons) Electrical Vijays experience is primarily in the field of industrial power distribution systems. He has contributed to the design, engineering, commissioning and operation of HV distribution equipment in steel industry for over 15 years which includes outdoor switchyards, indoor MV switchgear and distribution substations. He has also been trained in the operation of large captive power plants forming part of integrated steel plant systems. He has worked as the head of testing of protection and HV equipment in a large 4 MTPA integrated steel plant. He has also served as the head of the electrical and instrumentation group for over 2 decades in a firm of consulting engineers handling several large international projects, including the power distribution systems of large metallurgical industries and the integrated power generation plants, the captive thermal power generation unit of an Aluminium smelting and refining complex and Tonnage oxygen plants associated with steel manufacturing, among several others. Vijay has been associated with IDC/EIT for over 10 years and has designed and presented training programs on various topics related to electrical power engineering. Vijay is a popular lecturer his students often seek his advice in analysing and solving technical problems at work, sometimes long after the completion of the program itself.
Please note: Lecturers are subject to change.

Depending on the functions performed by a substation, the configuration and complexity can be quite varied. The skill of the designer is to anticipate the present and future needs that the substation will cater to, select appropriate design configuration and calculate the ratings of main equipment such as busbars, transformers and switchgear so as to ensure trouble free service over a number of decades. Sufficient thought should be given to the need for maintaining critical substation equipment and appropriate redundancies must be planned as well. This is essential as otherwise the consumers fed by the substation can suffer frequent supply outages, which is undesirable from service as well as financial point of view. It is also necessary to ensure that the substation will work satisfactorily under various normal and not-sonormal situations (such as short circuits and other types of abnormal events which can occur in a system) without any failures. This is done by means of various calculations which are performed to reflect a set of simulated conditions. These calculations are collectively called as system studies. The type of studies will depend upon the complexity and criticality of the substation and the loads connected to it. The simulations are carried out using specialised computer software. A designer should have clear understanding of the studies that need to be performed in a given case and should also be able to decide the conditions that are needed to be simulated for each study. System studies can often bring out problem areas in the design. These need to be addressed by appropriate solutions involving equipment for voltage improvement, fault limiters and flicker compensation. Modern industries give rise to sizeable harmonic components which can result in premature equipment failures by heating and sometimes by harmonic resonance. Harmonic filters and other measures to inhibit resonance will have to be planned in such cases. These studies, when performed at the design stage, permit the designer to include the required corrective equipment proactively and integrate them with the rest of the system by providing proper space and switchgear as a part of the substation design, rather than as an afterthought. These complex issues will be dealt in this program using a simple step-by-step approach through real life examples. At each step, the basic design approach and calculations will be performed by the students to clearly understand the concepts that are being taught.

Presentation format
The certificate program features real-world applications and uses a multi-pronged approach involving self-study, interactive online webinars and homework assignments with a mentor on call. The program consists of 12 modules, over a period of 3 months. Some modules may involve a practical component or group activity. For each module there will be an initial reading assignment along with coursework or problems to be handed in and in some cases practical exercises. Participants will have ongoing support from their lecturer and program coordinator. Program reading material will be delivered in electronic (PDF) format in advance of online presentations. Presentations and group discussions will be conducted using a live interactive software system. Assignments will be submitted electronically and wherever possible, practical exercises will be conducted using simulation software and remote labs.

live webinars
During the program you will participate in 6 live interactive sessions with the lecturer and other participants from around the world. Each webinar will last approximately 90 minutes, and we take student availability into consideration wherever possible before scheduling webinar times. Contact us for details of webinar session scheduling. All you need to participate is an adequate Internet connection, speakers and a microphone. The software package and setup details will be sent to you prior to the program.
Please note: Webinars may last up to 2 hours depending on student interaction and level of content.

Reference Manuals
valued at over US$400
You will receive 4 of our up-to-date technical e-Books to add to your library. Inspection, Testing and Commissioning of Electrical Switchboards, Circuit Breakers, Protective Relays, Cables and PLCs Practical Electrical Substation Safety HV Circuit Breaker Operating Mechanisms - Pneumatic and Compressor Systems Practical Power Transformers: Operation, Maintenance and Testing

Includes 4 free

Over 1400 pages of tables, charts, figures and handy hints

Received upon completion. All materials required for the program will be provided electronically, in smaller, easy-to-read sections.

Please Note: eBooks are available in hard copy at 50% of the recommended retail price. Contact us for pricing details.

program outline
module 1: Role of substations in an electrical network, types and configurations of substations
Networks-an introduction Substations as network nodes Substation types based on their position in the network Optimising the location of a substation Configurations of HV substations based on their bus arrangement (typical SLD) Data on the industrial loads required for the design of the electrical supply substation Load assumptions for residential and commercial consumers Environmental issues in the location of a switchyard and mitigation measures Planning permit and zoning regulations

module 7: Substation equipment for fault limiting, PF compensation

Need for and application of: fault limiting reactors, power factor compensation equipment, static VAR compensators Principles of design and selection of ratings for fault limiting and pf compensation

Want a COMPLETE understanding of Substation Design?

Why not ALSO complete the Professional Certificate of Competency in Substation Design (Control, Protection and Facility Planning)?
This program focuses on the other subsystems that perform essential functions in substations including earthing, lightning protection of outdoor equipment and substation buildings, power system protection, control and interlocking equipment including the auxiliary power sources and various switchyard facilities such as foundation, structures, cable routing, lighting, fire protection and surveillance equipment. Enrol on both the Certificate of Competency in Substation Design (Main Equipment) AND the Certificate of Competency in Substation Design (Control, Protection and Facility Planning) to gain a complete and in depth understanding of substation design. For more details please contact enquiries@eit.edu.au
NOTE: We strongly recommend that students complete the Certificate of Competency in Substation Design (Main Equipment) before commencing on the Certificate of Competency in Substation Design (Control, Protection and Facility Planning)

module 8: Substation equipment for Harmonic control

What is meant by harmonics? The sources of harmonic generation The effect of harmonics on electrical equipment Applicable limits of harmonic distortion THD (V) and THD (I) Harmonic control measures: control at source, control by passive filters, control by active filters Rating of passive filters Integration of filters and PFC during design

module 2: Examples/Case studies of substation location and selection of configuration

Using a given set of data of loads and locations: perform the design of a typical HV substation and develop a suitable configuration, develop the single line diagram, calculate the current rating of busbars and feeders, perform busbar conductor sizing calculation

module 9: Overview of medium voltage (MV) metal enclosed substation equipment

Application of medium voltage in distribution networks Main equipment: metal-enclosed switchgear, isolators, circuit breakers, instrument transformers, distribution transformers Auxiliary systems Control, protection and auxiliary power Cabling in substations Ventilation and fire safety Typical SLD Layout options Work clearances Arc safety and fire safety in MV installations

module 3: System studies required for finalising equipment ratings

Load flow study (active/reactive loads) Short circuit study Harmonic flow Voltage profile and reactive power compensation Stability study Other calculations normally performed for substation design


All you need to participate is an adequate Internet connection, PC, speakers and a microphone. The software package and setup details will be sent to on the program start date.

Basic knowledge of electrical engineering. A good understanding of the theoretical concepts behind power distribution equipment. Work experience in electrical power distribution systems.

module 4: Examples/Case studies of system studies required and system study specifications
Develop the specification for a system study for the substation of the previous module including: studies to be made, points which should be studied, expected outcomes, impact on basic ratings, other issues such as handling excessive fault level and poor voltage conditions

module 10: Examples/Case studies of MV substation equipment design

Add an MV distribution requirement to the HV switchyard of module 6 with associated equipment for pfc and harmonic control. Based on the same: prepare a single line diagram for MV equipment, calculate ratings of pfc and harmonic control equipment

Throughout the program you will participate in hands-on exercises in the form of designing a substation with details being added progressively. This approach will help you put theory to practice immediately!

module 5: Overview of switchyard equipment and their ordering specifications

Main (primary) equipment: Busbars, disconnectors, circuit breakers, instrument transformers, lightning arrestors, power transformers, structures Layout options Sectional and Safety clearances and their influence on the layout Design of busbars (strung/tubular) and interconnections between equipment Interconnecting cables and use of marshalling kiosks

module 11: MV substation design and specifications

Sizing of main equipment of MV substations Layout of typical MV indoor substation Facilities required Switchgear room planning Transformers-Indoor/outdoor options Space for auxiliary supply equipment Cabling as a part of building planning

Participants completing and achieving at least 50% or more in each assignment, as well as attending 65% of the live webinars, will receive the Engineering Institute of Technology Professional Certificate of Competency in Substation Design (Main Equipment).

module 6: Examples/Case studies of substation equipment ratings/ordering specifications

Elaboration of example continued from modules 3 and 4: work out detailed ratings of equipment, update the single line diagram, layout of HV switchyard and sectional views, clearances, internal movements and enhanced clearances

module 12: Examples/Case studies of MV substation equipment layout

Based on the design details of module 11: work out space requirement for the switchgear, work out the space requirement for pfc and harmonic control equipment considering both indoor and outdoor options, prepare a layout in relation to the HV switchyard of module 6
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