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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
  • 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
  • Power Plant Operations 8/4 - 8/13
  • Fundamentals of Power Systems: 8/17 - 8/21
  • AC Fundamentals 8/24 - 8/28
  • Power System Operations for Engineers: 8/24 - 8/28
  • Relaying for Operations Personnel: 8/31 - 9/4
  • Overview of Electric Power Systems: 9/8 - 9/10
  • Power Plant Operations: 9/15 - 9/24
  • OES-NA NERC Prep Course: 10/5 - 10/8
  • 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 Series

Fundamentals of Electricity: The Basics Lesson 1 (Limited to WAPA/USBR/USACE)

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: 50 students per course time. Computer access is needed to attend and use our testing features.

  • More dates to come

 

Fundamentals of Electricity: The Basics Lesson 2 (Limited to WAPA/USBR/USACE)

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: 50 students per course time. Computer access is needed to attend and use our testing features.      

  • More dates to come

     

Fundamentals of Electricity: The Basics Lesson 3 (Limited to WAPA/USBR/USACE)

Continuing with a review of Lesson 2, Lesson 3 revisits Kirchhoff’s Current Law, Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law, Ohm’s Law and the Power Equation as it applies in a DC parallel circuit configuration. It includes application of these new concepts with that of to determine electrical values in a DC parallel circuit. Capacity: 50 students per course time. Computer access is needed to attend and use our testing features.    

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Fundamentals of Electricity: The Basics Lesson 4 (Limited to WAPA/USBR/USACE)

Continuing with a review of Lesson 2 and Lesson 3, Lesson 4 combines the theories and concepts introduced in Lesson 2 (DC Series Circuits) and Lesson 3 (DC Parallel Circuits)for Kirchhoff's Current Law, Kirchhoff's Voltage Law, Ohm's Law and the Power Equation as they are applied to determine electrical values (voltage, current, resistance and power) in a DC Series-Parallel circuit configuration. Capacity: 50 students per course time. Computer access is needed to attend and use our testing features.        

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Fundamentals of Generation Series (Limited to WAPA/USBR/USACE):

This is an online training series delivered utilizing the Cisco WebEx Training Platform. The course is broken down into 5 separate 4 hour segments. The series is delivered so a participant can complete the entire series in one 5 day week by attending a separate 4-hour segment each day. Lessons within the course are below. Capacity: 50 students per course time. Computer access is needed to attend and use our testing features.

Lesson 1 Generator Principles (4 Hours, limited to WAPA/USBR/USACE):

This lesson will describe the principle operational theory and components of an Alternating Current (AC) electrical generator covering the concepts of torque angle, the relationship of generator speed and system frequency and the purpose of a generator capability curve. Capacity: 50 students per course time. Computer access is needed to attend and use our testing features.     

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Lesson 2 Mechanical Operations (4 Hours, limited to WAPA/USBR/USACE):

This lesson will discuss the major mechanical components of the prime mover at a hydro-electrical generating station. Topics introduced will be turbine theory, bearings, heat exchangers, pumps and some additional supporting components and structures at a typical hydro-electric generation station. Capacity: 50 students per course time. Computer access is needed to attend and use our testing features.          

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Lesson 3 Speed Governors (4 Hours, limited to WAPA/USBR/USACE):

This lesson will discuss the primary purpose of a speed governor of the mechanical type. The concepts of a speed sensing and speed droop governor will be compared and related to the frequency control of an electrical power system operated as an island and interconnected. There will also be discussions on identifying potential operational issues with a speed governor. Capacity: 50 students per course time. Computer access is needed to attend and use our testing features.   

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Lesson 4 Synchronization Lab (4 Hours, limited to WAPA/USBR/USACE):

This lesson will discuss the operational closing of power circuit breakers during system configurations of energizing, paralleling and synchronizing AC electrical sources. Capacity: 50 students per course time. Computer access is needed to attend and to use our testing features.      

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Lesson 5 Interconnected Power Systems (4 Hours, limited to WAPA/USBR/USACE):

This lesson will review the operation of the North American Bulk Electric System with topics to include events analysis that resulted in the decision to implement enforceable operating standards by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) will be discussed as to their structure and purpose of the NERC Rules of Procedure. NERC standards will be discussed that requires operators to maintain bulk electric system parameters which help to provide a stable and reliable electric power system. Capacity: 50 students per course time. Computer access is needed to attend and to use our testing features.

  • More dates to come   

Fundamentals of Transmission Series *NEW*

Lesson 1 Principles of Electrical Transmission Systems (4 Hours, limited to WAPA/USBR/USACE):
This lesson focuses on the principles of electrical transmission and the characteristics of electricity in an alternating current transmission system. Details found in this lesson include voltage levels, conductor basics, Surge Impedance Loading (SIL) and practical understanding of alternating current in electrical transmission and the associated characteristics of voltage, current and the non-resistive component of reactance. Associated NERC Standards will be discussed. Capacity: 50 students per course time. Computer access is needed to attend and to use our testing features.

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Lesson 2 Transmission Power System Equipment (4 Hours, limited to WAPA/USBR/USACE):

This lesson focuses on transmission system equipment and transmission line elements including conductors, insulators, towers and structures and ground protection. Details found in this course include practical understanding and identification of components and elements of construction of transmission lines and right of way siting. Associated NERC Standards will be discussed. Capacity: 50 students per course time. Computer access is needed to attend and to use our testing features.

  • September 22, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MDT)(Limited to WAPA/USBR/USACE):  Register Here          

 

 Lesson 3 Substations (4 Hours, limited to WAPA/USBR/USACE):

 This course covers the basic equipment found in switchyards and substations. Also included are the function and types of substations, related transmission and distribution systems and how each system is tied to one another. Associated NERC Standards will be discussed. Capacity: 50 students per course time. Computer access is needed to attend and to use our testing features.

  •  September 23, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MDT)(Limited to WAPA/USBR/USACE):  Register Here    

 

Lesson 4 Transmission System Operations (4 Hours, limited to WAPA/USBR/USACE):  

This lesson covers the basic roles and responsibilities of the Transmission system operator including transmission operations, reliability and adherence to NERC standards. The goal of this course is to introduce the multitude of responsibilities a typical transmission Operator has. Capacity: 50 students per course time. Computer access is needed to attend and to use our testing features.

  • September 24, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MDT)(Limited to WAPA/USBR/USACE):  Register Here    

 

Lesson 5 Transmission System Protection (4 Hours, limited to WAPA/USBR/USACE):

This lesson focuses on protective relaying of substation equipment and transmission lines. Details found in this course include practical understanding and identification of protective and control equipment, zones of protection, protection schemes, and relay communication systems. Associated NERC Standards will be discussed. Capacity: 50 students per course time. Computer access is needed to attend and to use our testing features.

  •  September 25, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MDT)(Limited to WAPA/USBR/USACE): Register Here        

 

 

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: 50 students per course time. Computer access is needed to attend and to use our testing features.

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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 Cancelled

EPTC will be rescheduling this course for a later date.

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.
 

OES-NA NERC Prep Course

EPTC will be rescheduling this course for a later date.

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.

 

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

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