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This course earns 1.6 CEUs, 16 PDHs and 3.2 AEE Credits toward Re-certification..


Dates, Locations and Hotel Information

Oct 15-16 2018 | Charlotte NC | held in conjunction with WEEC at the Charlotte Convention Center. For recomended hotels and prefered rates please visit

Seminar participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. A block of rooms offering special group rates has been reserved at the hotel where each course will take place. When you call the hotel, be sure to mention AEE, the name of the seminar and any applicable discount code.


This seminar is specifically designed for plant engineers, maintenance engineers, technicians, facilities managers and other facility professionals who would like to gain an clearer understanding of the basic concepts of electrical engineering in a simple, easy to understand format, and to achieve a working knowledge of the essential aspects of electrical engineering principles and practices of greatest relevance and practical value to non-electrical engineers.

Topics will include:

  • Principles and concepts associated with AC and DC electricity, and the distinction between these two realms of electricity
  • The role played by voltage and current angles in the determination of power factor
  • How addition of power factor correcting capacitors results in improvement of power factors and the mystery behind "addition of too much capacitance," and how to avoid it
  • How to comprehend and apply important electrical system concepts, such as, power quality, load factor and service factor, demand and peak demand,
  • The distinction between electrical energy and electrical power, and associated computation methods
  • How transformers work and their voltage transformation role
  • The basics of power distribution equipment and instrumentation
  • The roles that the National Electrical Code (NEC) and NFPA 70 E play in the field of electrical design, electrical safety and arc flash hazard
  • How PLCs work and how to interpret contemporary electrical control drawings
  • How to interpret electrical one-line and comprehensive wiring diagrams
  • How electrical power bills are calculated under large industrial and commercial contract scenarios, and relevant tips on electrical cost reduction

As a participant in this seminar, you'll learn how to perform straight-forward and common calculations associated with voltage, current, power and power factor, and important concepts for understanding optimum operation of motors and generators. For better appreciation of the practical side of electrical engineering, you will also be introduced to basic electronic devices such as diodes, transistors, printed circuit boards, their functions and applications. You'll learn the fundamentals of electrical power distribution systems, control systems and their components, variable frequency drives and applications, programmable logic controllers, and smart motor controllers. Practical examples of electrical applications in industrial settings will be used to demonstrate the topics and procedures covered, and important concepts in electrical safety will be examined.

Who Should Participate?
Those who may significantly benefit from this program include, but are not limited to:

  • Plant engineers or other engineering professionals who do not currently possess adequate working knowledge of electrical engineering
  • Facility managers, engineering managers, program/project managers and other executives or leaders who can benefit from a broader electrical knowledge to facilitate holding meaningful discussions and to making informed decisions when interacting with electrical technicians or other colleagues
  • Non-engineers, including technical writers responsible for developing operations and maintenance manuals for electrical or electrically operated equipment
  • Procurement/purchasing professionals who are responsible for acquisition of electrical or electrically operated equipment
  • Energy managers
  • Maintenance engineers and maintenance managers
  • Patent attorneys and attorneys who specialize in construction, workplace safety workmanship litigation court cases.




  • Fundamentals for Electrical Engineering
    o Voltage, EMF and current
    o Resistance, capacitance and inductance
    o Impedance and AC voltage and current
  • Introduction to Two Basic Electrical/Electronic Instruments
    o Multi-meter
    o Clamp-on ammeter
    o EMF vs. MMF and concept of AC transformers
  • Basic Concepts, Principles, Laws
    o Ohms Law
    o Kirchhoff's Voltage Law
    o Kirchhoff's Current Law
  • Class Activity
  • Circuit Simplification and Analysis Techniques
  • DC versus AC
  • Power, DC and AC
  • Three Phase Transformers
  • Introductions to Motors, Motor Classifications and Other Important Motor Parameters
    o Service Factor
    o Voltage Regulation
    o Calculation of synchronous speed of motors
    o Motor slip
    o Torque vs. power
    o Torque and line current calculation
  • Class Activity
  • Introduction to Two Key Elemental Building Blocks of Electronics and Their Practical Applications
    o Diodes
    o Transistors
  • A Pictorial "Tour" of Electronic PCB, Printed Circuit Board, Its Construction and the Functions of Some of the Devices On- Board
  • Introduction to Common Standards Associated with Electrical Equipment
  • In-Depth Discussion on the Subject of Power Factor
  • Example Illustrating the Quantitative Assessment of Benefits Associated with Improvement of Power Factor
    o Automated power factor correction
  • Class Activity
  • Introductory "Tour" of Common Electrical Power and Control Equipment
    o MCC
    o Motor Starters
    o PLC's, VFD's, SMC's, and more
  • Major Power Distribution System Components

  • VFD's, Variable Frequency Drives
    o VFD Function and its role as an common energy conservation tool
    o VFD's and motor speed calculation
  • A Brief Overview of Electrical Code, NEC, NFPA 70, and Arc Flash NFPA 70 E (2015)
  • Introduction to Safety-Related Electronic Equipment and Application Example
  • Introduction to Three Types of Electrical Drawings
    o One line schematic
    o Wiring Diagram
    o PLC based control drawing
  • Electrical Power Bill Calculation of a Typical Large Industrial or Commercial Electrical Power Consumer
  • Class Activity


BOBBY RAUF , P.E., C.E.M., MBA, currently serves as president, chief consultant and senior instructor at Sem-Train, LLC. He brings to this program more than 25 years of hands-on experience in a broad spectrum of areas within large industrial plant engineering and plant maintenance departments, including electrical, controls, energy and mechanical projects. Mr. Rauf previously served as senior staff engineer at PPG industries, Inc., and has also served as adjunct professor at Gardner-Webb University since 1989, where he has instructed classes in both the B.A. and M.B.A. programs. His teaching experience also includes conducting professional development courses at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He holds a process controls-related patent.


Note: Fees shown are for seminar only and apply to continental U.S. courses listed above only. Application for an AEE certification and exam requires a separate fee. Registering for the seminar does not automatically register you to take the associated AEE exam. Are you registering multiple attendees? You may be eligible for Team Discounts up to $100 per attendee (US only) **How to qualify for team discounts.



Note: Below are standard seminar hours. Please refer to your registration confirmation letter to confirm actual seminar hours for the program for which you have registered.

and Onsite Registration Day 1: 8:15 am
Seminar Hours Day 1: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Seminar Hours Day 2: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


For assistance or questions pertaining to your seminar registration, please contact the registrar directly during the hours of 10:00 am -5:00 pm (eastern time U.S.) at (770) 925-9633, or email at