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Electric Power Training Center (EPTC)

Welcome to the Electric Power Training Center. We are devoted to providing the highest quality power system operations training. Our courses are designed for a wide range of audiences, from power plant operators, to dispatchers, or anyone else with an interest in learning about the principles and operation of power generation, transmission and interconnected system operations. In addition to our excellent instruction staff, we are equipped with powerful simulation tools, including the unique Miniature Power System. The MPS is a self-contained, fully operational power system simulator with over 40 full-size panels of operator controls. It includes three generators, a wind farm, four substations, many hundreds of miles of transmission lines, a dispatch center, and a variety of loads spread throughout the system.

Want to learn more? Watch the video​                      

IMPORTANT TRAINING UPDATE: COVID-19

In an abundance of caution regarding COVID-19, the following Electric Power Training Center courses have been cancelled.

  • Real-time Operations and Reliability Readiness: 3/23 – 3/27
  • Overview of Electric Power Systems: 3/31 – 4/2
  • Switching and Grounding: 3/30 – 4/3
  • DC Fundamentals: 3/30 – 4/3
  • Power Plant Operations: 4/7 - 4/16
  • Relaying for Operations Personnel: 4/20 - 4/24
  • Power System Operations for Maintenance Personnel: 4/27 - 5/1
  • Power Plant Operations 5/5 - 5/14
  • Power System Operations for Maintenance Personnel: 5/18 - 5/22
  • Power Plant Operations: 6/2 - 6/11
  • Real-Time Operations and Reliability Readiness: 6/22 - 6/26
  • DC Fundamentals: 7/6 - 7/10
  • Switching & Grounding: 7/6 - 7/10
  • Overview of Electric Power Systems: 7/7 - 7/9
  • Fundamentals of Power Systems: 7/13 - 7/17
  • Relaying for Operations Personnel: 7/20 - 7/31
  • Power System Operations for Maintenance Personnel: 7/27 - 7/31
  • SD Myers Transformer Management 1: 10/20 - 10/22 (Live Online training available linked below)

Further class cancellations will be posted on a weekly basis. Registered attendees will receive a course update no later than one week before their scheduled class begins. We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

EPTC VIRTUAL INSTRUCTOR-LED TRAINING

Fundamentals of Electricity: The Basics Lesson 1

While a typical power system is composed and possesses effects of several elements or characteristics, in this lesson we are going to concentrate on the basics. The elementary characteristics include the introduction to and relationship between voltage, current, resistance, and power in a simple series direct current (DC) circuit. We will briefly introduce the concepts of the atom and the relationship of the subatomic particles; protons, neutrons and electrons as it applies to current flow. This lesson will also introduce the terms and relationship of basic electrical quantities including current, voltage, and resistance through demonstrating the application of Ohm's law. We will further introduce and demonstrate the relationship of voltage and current in a simple power equation, as well as how to identify unknown values by using a combination of Ohm's law and the power equation in a simple series DC circuit. Capacity: 30 students per course time.

  • June 2, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (MDT) Completed   
  • June 2, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (MDT) Completed
  • June 9, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (MDT) Completed             
  • June 9, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (MDT) Completed 
  • June 16, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (MDT) Completed              
  • June 16, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (MDT) Completed 
  • More dates to come

Fundamentals of Electricity: The Basics Lesson 2

Fundamentals of Electricity The Basics Lesson 2 will be the second in the series. The Basics 2 will continue with an introduction to Kirchhoff's Laws with regard to voltage, current and resistance in a series, parallel and series-parallel DC circuits. This will include demonstrating the application of Kirchhoff's Laws as well as a demonstration of applying a combination of Ohm's Law and the Power equation as needed to obtain values of circuit components or segments in order to learn total circuit values. Capacity: 30 students per course time.

  • June 4, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (MDT) Completed          
  • June 4, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (MDT) Completed
  • June 11, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (MDT) Completed           
  • June 11, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (MDT) Completed       
  • June 18, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (MDT) Completed             
  • June 18, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (MDT) Completed 
  • More dates to come

Blackstart Principles

This segment will consist of a Virtual Instructor-Led Training presentation providing an overview of the equipment and system characteristics associated with a system restoration from Blackstart resources IAW NERC Standard EOP-005-3. This will include identifying the system characteristics of Blackstart generation, the Ferranti Rise Effect as well as resources to support voltage and VAR control during a restoration. Additionally, we will explore an example of a Blackstart Restoration plan and address the elements of effective communications and communications protocols IAW NERC Standard COM-002-4. Capacity: 30 students per course time.

  • June 5, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM (MDT) Completed         
  • June 5, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (MDT) Completed            
  • June 12, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM (MDT) Completed              
  • June 12, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (MDT) Completed  
  • More dates to come

Power System Principles I & II (ONLINE PILOT)

This is a self-paced training, the purpose of the Power System Principle module is to conduct a brief review of some fundamental math concepts that are very important to have an enhanced experience when discussing and applying the principles of electrical theory in AC and DC electric circuits. Please disregard the dates: the course is self-paced. Once registered, we will send you instructions on how to take the training. Capacity: Unlimited.

Please contact eptc@wapa.gov directly          

EPTC HOSTING additional COURSES

SAT: Train-the-Trainer (3.5 days) Cancelled

EPTC will be rescheduling this course for a later date.

The goal of this introductory Train-the-Trainer workshop is to translate and teach the Systematic Approach to Training (SAT) concepts in a language that is familiar to system operators. This workshop will also help training professionals from different backgrounds understand how SAT concepts translate into system operator language. This course is not specific to QTD.
 

OES-NA Train the Trainer

July 28 - 31, 2020
This 4-day course will assist those individuals in building a system operator training program, performing job task analysis, formalizing On-the-Job training, developing and administering evaluation tools, and issuing NERC CEHs for their training activities. The course is intended for those individuals responsible for developing, delivering, and coordinating the training efforts for System Operators and operating personnel who have an interest in training development for System Operators. The class activities will include lecture, related exercises, group discussions, simulation demonstrations, and other content related activities. Quizzes will be given after each content area to measure the students' progress and effectiveness of the course delivery. It is strongly recommended, but not necessary, that each participant have a laptop computer in class for completion of assignments.
 
WAPA and DOE personnel: please register via Learning Nucleus in addition to the OES-NA link below.
Non-WAPA personnel: Click here                   to register with OES-NA by July 13, 2020
 

OES-NA NERC Prep Course

October 5 - 8, 2020

This class will be delivered over a 4.0-day period and is intended to assist system personnel in preparing to take the NERC Certification Exam. The class will begin with an overview and review of interconnected operations from a Balancing, Transmission, and Reliability perspective. Participants will then be taken through the NERC Standards and provided with an explanation of how they relate to real-time operations. The course material is intended to not only cover the specifics of the standards, but also to identify their application to real-time operations. The course is culminated with students taking a multiple choice exam reflective of the NERC Content Areas as defined in the NERC Content Outline.

This class is intended for System Operators and any personnel who are preparing to obtain a NERC System Operator Certification Credential. This preparation will assist those individuals who are seeking their initial credential as well as those seeking re-certification. The class will be based on the NERC Standards.

 
WAPA and DOE personnel: contact Pete Miller, pmiller@wapa.gov or Kyle Conroy, conroy@wapa.gov to register. In addition, register via Learning Nucleus.
Non-WAPA personnel: Click here             to register with OES-NA by September 22, 2020.
 

SD MYERS TRANSFORMER MANAGEMENT 1 Cancelled

EPTC will be rescheduling this course for next year. SD Myers is offering Live Online training in the meantime, please visit their training courses here.                                   

Transformer Management 1 is intended to lay a strong foundation for those who are in any way responsible for transformer maintenance. Students will gain a basic understanding of transformers, oil and electrical tests, maintenance principles, and the importance of a reliable electrical power system. It reviews key points in transformer maintenance, including:

  • Conditions that accelerate transformer aging
  • Interpreting test results
  • Chemical, mechanical and electrical management procedures
  • Understanding basic field electrical testing

Class wait List 

Often our classes fill to capacity, and you will therefore see a FULL note on a particular class. If the class you want happens to be FULL, please contact us to be placed on a waiting list. If there is a cancellation, chances are you can be placed into the class. If there is enough interest in a FULL class, we may schedule another class.

EPTC's Cancellation Policy  

Cancellations made 45 days or more before the start of a course will be refunded in full. After this deadline, cancellations will be charged the full tuition unless a substitution for the same class is made.

If enough interest is not generated in a certain class, the EPTC reserves the right to either cancel or reschedule the training.  Please keep this in mind when booking your travel.

Classes Limited to North American Grid

At this time, EPTC classes are limited to attendees whose companies are situated in the North American Grid.

EPTC is a NERC CEH Provider

NERC
The EPTC is recognized by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation                                  as a continuing education provider who adheres to NERC Continuing Education Program Criteria. NERC ID: WAPA_EPTC_001

  • DC Fundamentals
    7/6/2020 - 7/10/2020
    Course Length: 4 Days Starts 1 PM MT This course will present concepts, discussions, exercises, hands on activities, reviews and tests utilizing the Fault Assisted Circuits for Electronics for Training (FACET) system. Includes an introduction to magnetism and electromagnetism. Course will focus on principles of Direct Current (DC) theories and laws including: series, parallel and combinations, switches, power, Kirchoff's laws and Volt-Ampere-Ohm metering. May be used as initial and/or refresher training.
  • Switching & Grounding
    7/6/2020 - 7/10/2020
    Course Length: 4 Days Starts 1 PM MT Includes basic one line reading for switchman, detailed introduction to WAPA Power Systems Operations for Maintenance #1 Safe Switching Procedure; Arc Flash, Personal Protective Grounding, switching communication, and performance practice (using live MPS).
  • Overview of Electric Power Systems
    7/7/2020 - 7/9/2020
    Course Length: 3 Days Starts 8 AM MT Provides a basic overview of electricity and how the electrical power system works. The implications of having an inter-connected nation-wide power system are presented through demonstrations of key concepts in the EPTC’s Miniature Power System.
  • Fundamentals of Power Systems
    7/13/2020 - 7/17/2020
    Course Length: 4 Days Starts 12:30 PM MT This course is a follow up to the Overview of Electric Power Systems and provides a deeper understanding of the generation and transmission of electrical power. Students are provided an up-close view of the material by touring a dispatch center and a high-voltage substation.
  • Relaying for Operations Personnel
    7/20/2020 - 7/24/2020
    Course Length: 4 Days Starts 12:30 PM MT Examines protective relaying from a system operations point of view; theory of operation is melded with real world application. Operational significance of relay actions and indications is explored. 27 CEHs awarded for successful completion (OPS Topics: 27; Standards: 0; Simulation: 10.5; EOP: 8.5).
  • Power System Operations for Maintenance Personnel
    7/27/2020 - 7/31/2020
    Course Length: 4 Days Starts 10:30 AM MT Explores the inter-dependency of the operation and maintenance of the electric power system through hands-on operation of the EPTC's Dispatch Training Simulator and the Miniature Power System.
  • Power Plant Operations
    8/4/2020 - 8/13/2020
    Course Length: 8 Days Starts 8 AM MT Provides in-depth knowledge of power plant operations. Generating equipment and its protection, governor response, and voltage regulating equipment are examined. Concepts including power system dynamics are reinforced by problem solving exercises in the EPTC’s Miniature Power System.
  • Fundamentals of Power Systems
    8/17/2020 - 8/21/2020
    Course Length: 4 Days Starts 12:30 PM MT This course is a follow up to the Overview of Electric Power Systems and provides a deeper understanding of the generation and transmission of electrical power. Students are provided an up-close view of the material by touring a dispatch center and a high-voltage substation.
  • AC Fundamentals
    8/24/2020 - 8/28/2020
    Course Length: 4 Days Starts 1 PM MT This course will present concepts, discussions, exercises, hands on activities, reviews and tests utilizing the Fault Assisted Circuits for Electronics for Training (FACET) system. A review of magnetism and electromagnetism concepts will be followed by Alternating Current (AC) fundamentals including: Measurements, Inductance, Capacitance, Inductive/Capacitive reactance, Transformer Fundamentals, RLC circuits, Series/Parallel resonance. Additional AC topics as time and class pace permits to include: Power, Low/High Pass filters and Bandpass Filters.
  • Power System Operations for Engineers
    8/24/2020 - 8/28/2020
    Course Length: 4 Days Starts 8 AM MT Explores the inter-dependency of the operation and maintenance of the electric power system through hands-on operation of the EPTC's Dispatch Training Simulator and the Miniature Power System.
  • Relaying for Operations Personnel
    8/31/2020 - 9/4/2020
    Course Length: 4 Days Starts 12:30 PM MT Examines protective relaying from a system operations point of view; theory of operation is melded with real world application. Operational significance of relay actions and indications is explored. 27 CEHs awarded for successful completion (OPS Topics: 27; Standards: 0; Simulation: 10.5; EOP: 8.5).
  • Overview of Electric Power Systems
    9/8/2020 - 9/10/2020
    Course Length: 3 Days Starts 8 AM MT Provides a basic overview of electricity and how the electrical power system works. The implications of having an inter-connected nation-wide power system are presented through demonstrations of key concepts in the EPTC’s Miniature Power System.
  • Power Plant Operations
    9/15/2020 - 9/24/2020
    Course Length: 8 Days Starts 8 AM MT Provides in-depth knowledge of power plant operations. Generating equipment and its protection, governor response, and voltage regulating equipment are examined. Concepts including power system dynamics are reinforced by problem solving exercises in the EPTC’s Miniature Power System.
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