Power Engineering Certificate Course Descriptions

ECE 5510  Power System Analysis

Fundamentals of power system planning, operation, and management. Power generation and distribution. Modeling of AC generator, AC and DC motors, transformer and cable. Power flow solution. Modern power system monitoring/control, fault analysis, and transient stability analysis using computer tools. Use of power system simulation tools for power system planning and design.

Prerequisite: ECE 2001 – Electrical Circuits or equivalent


ECE 5512  Power Distribution

Principles of distribution system planning, automation and real-time operation with applications. Concepts of AC/DC Electricity. Three-phase power distribution as well as DC and Hybrid circuits. Load flow calculations, fault analysis, and reliability evaluation. Distributed power resources. Distribution system protection and reconfiguration. Smart distribution technologies. Efficient and resilient energy utilization.

Prerequisite: ECE 3231 – Introduction to Modern Power Systems or equivalent


ECE 5520  Advanced Power Electronics

Advanced converter and inverter topologies for high efficiency applications. Non-ideal component characteristics. Necessary components such as gate drive circuits and magnetic component design (that are not covered in introductory power electronics courses).

Prerequisite: ECE 3211 – Power Electronics or equivalent


ECE 5530  Modeling and Control of Electric Drives

Several topics related to modeling and control of electric drives. Fundamental equations related to inductance and flux variations in a rotating machine, leading to torque production. Reference frame theory and transformations for modeling purposes. Dynamic models of three-phase induction and permanent-magnet synchronous machines. Basic modeling of power electronic converters for electric drives, with focus on three-phase DC/AC inverters. Various control strategies with focus on vector control and different power electronic switching schemes in electric drives.

Prerequisite: ECE 3212 – Electric Machines and Drives or equivalent


ECE  5540  Electrical System Protection and Switchgear
Methods to sense voltage and current in medium and low voltage applications. Voltage sensing techniques include differential voltage amplifiers, shunt voltage measurement, and potential transformers. Current sensing techniques include current transformers, Rogowski coils, series voltage measurement, and Hall-effect sensors. Solid-state and mechanical relays and timing functions. Fuses and circuit breakers at medium voltage levels with focus on ratings, application-specific selection, and response time. Protection methods, e.g. differential protection, of transformers, generators, and cables with focus on distance relays and specialized devices.

Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent

Recommended preparation: ECE 3212 – Electric Machines and Drives or equivalent


ECE 5542  Asset Management and Condition Monitoring of Modern Power System

 Principles of operation, monitoring and asset management of modern power systems. Operation, aging and failure modes as well as techniques for monitoring and diagnosis of power system assets. Power system plant basics and design; factors leading to electrical and thermal over stresses in power networks (fault currents and lightning and switching overvoltage transients) and corresponding mitigation solutions; aging mechanism and failure modes of key assets such as transformers, overhead lines or cabling networks, switchgear and gas insulated substations; modern techniques for diagnosis and condition monitoring such as partial discharge analysis; full life-cycle, reliability centric, predictive asset management strategy, statistics, economics, IT integration and data engineering. The development trend of condition monitoring for emerging applications.

Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent

Recommended preparation: ECE 3001 – EM Fields and Waves and ECE 3231 Introduction to Modern Power Systems or equivalent


ECE 5544  Electrical Insulation System

Introduction to electrical insulation system for low and medium voltages. Gas discharge physics and dielectrics. Sulfur hexafluoride. Outdoor insulation. Dielectric breakdown in liquids and solids. Power capacitors and inductors. MV cables and accessories. Voltage transients in MV power systems. Thermal model for MV transformers (steady-state, transient, and hot-spot temperatures identification and verification). Insulation coordination design for MV transformers—load capacity and service lifting trade-off study based on electrical and thermal over-stress analysis. Insulation system for MV and LV rotating machines (form and random wound)—insulation system optimization for torque density and payload efficiency. Insulation system testing and qualification. Monitoring and diagnosis.

Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent

Recommended preparation: ECE 3001 – EM Fields and Waves and ECE 3231 Introduction to Modern Power Systems or equivalent