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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.

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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

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 HOSTING additional COURSES

QTS Boot Camp (4 days)

April 14 - April 17, 2020
This new “boot camp-style" workshop combines both the QTD Intro and Advanced courses. The introductory portion of the workshop (Days 1 and 2) teaches QTD users the basic operation and functionality of the software. You will receive hands-on training in the basic features of QTD and a chance to practice what you have learned. This introduction provides a solid foundation for beginners and a helpful review for experienced users. The advanced portion of the workshop (Days 3 and 4) is designed to give participants exposure to the more complex features of QTD.  You will learn how to take your training program to the next level using QTD and how to maximize the full capabilities of the tool.
 
WAPA employees: contact Kyle Conroy, conroy@wapa.gov to register.
Non-WAPA personnel: click here      to sign up for a course.
 

SAT: Train-the-Trainer (3.5 days)

June 23 - June 26, 2020
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.
 
WAPA employees: contact Kyle Conroy, conroy@wapa.gov to register.
Non-WAPA personnel: click here      to sign up for a course.
 

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

October 20 - 22, 2020
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

Please click here      to register.

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
    3/30/2020 - 4/3/2020
    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
    3/30/2020 - 4/3/2020
    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
    3/31/2020 - 4/2/2020
    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
    4/7/2020 - 4/16/2020
    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.
  • Relaying for Operations Personnel
    4/20/2020 - 4/24/2020
    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
    4/27/2020 - 5/1/2020
    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
    5/5/2020 - 5/14/2020
    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.
  • Power System Operations for Maintenance Personnel
    5/18/2020 - 5/22/2020
    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
    6/2/2020 - 6/11/2020
    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.
  • Real-Time Operations and Reliability Readiness
    6/22/2020 - 6/26/2020
    Course Length: 4 Days Starts 12:30 PM MT Provides system operators with system simulations and drills, along with general study of the principles of interconnected system operations that relate to recognizing and responding to system emergencies. 27 CEHs awarded for successful completion (OPS Topics: 27; Standards: 1.0; Simulation: 8.0; EOP: 27.0).
  • 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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