Power System Protection and Coordination

This course is not your standard course offered by other vendors. If you have attended other training courses, you will be amazed at what they did not tell you that is necessary to actually achieve protective device coordination in your facilities.

It is co-sponsored by I.E.E.E. ( The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.) with discounts available for I.E.E.E. members.

Based upon 45 years of experience in performing and reviewing coordination studies, it has become apparent that most of the engineers performing such studies lack the requisite basic knowledge to perform a proper study.

Buying coordination software and plotting time vs. current curves does not make one a coordination engineer. Unfortunately, coordination courses from the software vendors do not begin to touch on how to perform valid studies that actually achieve coordination.

This unique and comprehensive course will cover general and detailed principles used in the protection of  medium and low voltage power systems and the principles necessary for proper performance of a protective device coordination study. Knowledge of protective device operating characteristics and their impact on arc flash hazards within a system are crucial. This course is designed to answer your needs as a designer of power systems related to the integration of protection, proper application, function, and safe operation of electrical systems.

Why is this course unique and necessary to be up-to-date in coordination techniques?

  • Probably the only course in the industry which addresses what it truly takes to provide a "fully selective" system of protective devices.
  • Many of the concepts in this course have affected national standards such as those of NEMA and the NEC
  • Covers commercial, industrial, and utility systems and protective devices up to 35-kV
  • 8+ hours are dedicated to coordination analysis of different types of actual systems submitted by the students or selected from similar systems encountered by the instructor.
  • Coordination of critical systems fed by generators, UPS, and inverter systems
  • Arc flash study concepts combined into course along with the effects of arc blast hazards and its impact on coordination studies.
  • Recent arc flash hazard findings for 1ph and 3ph systems 250-V and lower presented
  • Impact of distributed energy sysytems (DERs) such as solar and wind on system protection and coordination.
  • 2008 NEC Article 240.92 changes allow for engineering design of feeder taps using principles of this course without blindly applying older tap rules.
  • Integrates the latest use of current-limiting breakers for achieving coordination and techniques to ensure coordination of current-limiting fuses with breakers
  • All computer software used for device coordination plot time vs. current curves but are they valid and do the plots tell us what we need to know?
  • This course does not teach software. Instead, it teaches what all of the other courses leave out including "What time-current curves cannot tell you about coordination."
  • Most courses do not teach fundamentals or actual equipment and protective device limitations that impact coordination
  • Class sizes are kept small to optimize your personal learning experience
  • Information not limited to a specific manufacturer of equipment or software
  • Hands-on experience in relay and breaker operation plus multi-tap transformer impedance testing performed by students in lab exercises
  • Design "rule-of-thumb" tips provided to minimize system redesign
  • Information exceeds that of any other similar course on the market
  • Previous attendees included engineers from large manufacturing and petrochemical plants, utility companies, government agencies, nuclear and other power generation plant engineers, and even electrical equipment manufacturers such as General Electric and ABB. For attendee comments and feedback click here.

Course Structure

Although the depth of the material is geared for electrical engineers, many plant electrical technicians responsible for system protection and equipment have found the material extremely useful in their job. More details are available in the course brochure or in the topical listing.

This course is structured to provide information and methods needed to conducting a short circuit and protective device coordination study for both low voltage and medium voltage distribution systems.  Materials include tips and techniques not found in other courses or books on the subject.  These tips are guaranteed to save you time and avoid mistakes in your system designs. In addition detailed coverage of proper protective device selection and application is provided.  The instructor's 45+ years of experience in commercial, industrial, government, and utility systems will guide you in techniques that can be used during the initial layout of a one-line diagram so the protective devices in a system can be coordinated. Because the instructor is a full time practicing engineer, you will be able to draw from the instructor's current real world experience in these topic areas.

Unlike other industry courses, It is not training in how to use a specific type of software. You do not even need to bring a computer to class.  Whether you use such as EasyPower, EDSA, SKM, ETAP, or Cyme, or a "stubby pencil", you will benefit from this course. Twelve hours are devoted on the fourth and fifth days to actual practical examples of system design with coordination as the goal.  The practical examples have been taken from actual power systems including those brought to class by the students, not "canned" systems typical of other courses. Students will make all technical decisions during the practical examples.

During short lab exercises, students will test actual relays or breakers and thus receive "real world" experience in how digital relays, electro-mechanical relays, and molded-case breakers perform against published curves.  

Additional lab exercises will analyze transformer percent impedances to provide the students expanded knowledge of per-unit calculation procedures and fundamentals. These exercises will be especially useful when transformers are set on taps that do not match the system nominal voltage.

Course Materials

The student will receive a 200+ page workbook that exceeds the quality of training manuals of most courses of this type. Unlike most courses, each workbook  page contains a single lecture slide and appropriate comments by the instructor designed to facilitate and  minimize note taking by the student and to provide a more useful future reference.

Lastly, each attendee will receive a CDROM/DVD that captures all of the audio and projections of the lecture during the last day during the sample problem sessions.

Typical Daily Schedule

Days 1-3: Lecture

Day 4 and 5: Actual sample problems for various types systems in which students analyze and coordinate the protective devices in the chosen systems. Sample problems are extracted from those submitted by students or from actual systems encountered by the instructor. The samples are designed to expose the student, to the maximum extent possible, to real world problems. In addition, time is devoted to per-unit calculations, relay test result analysis, and current transformer burden calculations using real world equipment. A CD is provided that captures all on screen audio and video during days four and five.

Continuing Education Credits

3.3 CEU's (33 PDHs) will be provided for through the I.E.E.E. Education Program  for those students needing professional continuing education credits.

Price:  $2,200.00 (US)

(There is a 10% discount available for I.E.E.E. members registering at any time in addition to any other discounts offered. See registration form for early registration and other discounts. )

Refresher or CEUs Needed?

If you took this course many years ago and need a refresher or expansion of your knowledge based upon your experiences in performing studies, you can attend the course at a much lower rate. The full CEUs would also be available for the refresher because new equipment appears all of the time to solve coordination problems and industry criteria and codes are constantly changing. See the registration form for information and pricing.

Dates, Locations, and Registration Forms

See "Training" webpage.


Participant slots are limited to 12 to maximize student involvement.


Payment is not required until one week prior to the course. Registration merely guarantees your space in the class.


The course runs from 8 AM Monday through 10 AM Friday.

See course information for CEU/PDH's. If you cannot register for the planned dates, please send us an email of your intentions or date preferences.



Do you have your own preferred dates and locations in mind? If so, contact us.


The above courses. related to fundamentals of power system design. are planned for the calendar year shown and are joint effort training offered by Quadrelec Engineering, the I.E.E.E. Educational Program, and at times EasyPower Inc. of Portland Oregon, developers of the EasyPower® software.  The courses are designed to give the student working level engineering skills in both the topic area.   For a current course brochure click here

To optimize your training funds, on-site training at your facility is also available for seven or more students. Course material for on-sites can be customized to your needs with minimal cost increases in the per-student published prices. Training at sites outside of the U.S. may have other requirements.

[$$] The classes noted with this symbol are coordinated with EasyPower Inc. and subject to their training dates. Check the EasyPower Support/Training website for EasyPower® hands-on classes that may be offered the week after these courses. Attendance at these sessions will optimize your training experience. During our course you will learn the analysis fundamentals prior to learning to use the software. This will enhance your learning experience at the EasyPower Regional Hands-On session.

Previous participants have included students from the following industries:

Pulp and Paper, Petrochemical, Major Manufacturing Plants, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army Corps of Engrs., FAA, nuclear generation (Canada), nuclear material processing plants, hydroelectric generation, numerous consulting engineers, utility companies, international oil and gas companies, ASCO, Kohler, and General Electric.

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