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EE-101 Closed Circuit Television Surveillance Systems
This seminar will discuss the basic equipment used in video surveillance. This includes cameras, monitors, lenses, switches, multiplexers and recording devices that incorporate digital as well as analog techniques. Applications to intrusion detection and the observation of hazardous security conditions will be explored.

EE-107 ASTM Standards for Electrical Insulating Materials
This seminar will cover the specific details of the voluntary standards development processes that are used by the International Electro-technical Commission (IEC), International Standards Organization (ISO), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), American Standards for Testing of Materials (ASTM), and Underwriters Laboratory Inc. (UL).  The standards and specifications that are issued by these organizations cover almost all products and many services, both in the United States and internationally.

EE-108 Fire Protection Engineering
This course provides an overview of Fire Protection Engineering. It will address an introduction to fire protection and control, building and plant components, detection and warning systems, fire protection methods, design of halon systems, and design of water sprinkler systems. It will address the calculations necessary to determine extinguishing agent concentrations and sprinkler flow.

EE-109 Advanced Fire Notification Systems
This seminar will discuss fire alarms as life safety systems used for the early detection of smoke and excessive temperatures. This presentation will cover the technical aspects of the major components of fire alarms including control panels, power supplies, detectors such as thermostats and smoke detectors, annunciators, signaling devices and remote alarm transmitters. There will also be a discussion of national codes and the New York City fire alarm codes.

EE-110 Principles of Electrical Wiring & Protection (N.E.C. Chapter #2)
Since its adoption in 1897, the National Electrical Code (NEC) is the most widely accepted set of electrical safety requirements in both the United States and the world. The “Wiring and Protection” section of the code is commonly referred to as the “Designing Chapter” because it covers the calculation of electrical loads and the sizing of elements in electrical systems. Chapter 2 of the NEC includes requirements for branch circuits, ground-fault circuit-interrupters (GFCI’s), arc-fault circuit-interrupters (AFCI’s), conductors, over current protection, grounding, and surge arresters. This and other circuit protection devices will be discussed.

EE-111 Wiring Methods & Material for Commercial Applications
(N.E.C. Chapter #3)

This seminar will discuss in detail Chapter # 3 of the Nation Electrical Code. It will include the wiring methods and conductors used in general wiring. Cabinets, cutout boxes, meter socket enclosures, outlet devices, pull and junction boxes, conduit bodies, handhold enclosures and AC armored cables will be discussed. There will also be discussions on type NM, NMC, and NMS nonmetallic-sheathed cables as well as a review of SE and USE service-entrance cables. Also presented is a review of conduits, including the metallic rigid type RMC and the nonmetallic underground type NUCC. Different types of busways, wireways, and raceways will be presented with their applications.

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EE-115 Principles of Electrical Transmission & Distribution Systems (Part # 1)
This seminar provides an overview of engineering, design and operation of electric power systems. Energy delivery is traced from generation through transmission and distribution with a review of the engineering principles behind the systems and components in each area. The seminar places particular emphasis on issues of interest to commercial power consumers such as the interface between the customer and the utility, reliability, power-quality, safety and backup generation.

EE-116 Principles of Electrical Transmission & Distribution Systems
(Part #2)

This seminar continues the study of the engineering, design and operation of electric power systems and the engineering principles behind the systems and components in each area. The seminar includes such topics as per-unit system computations, short circuit calculations, electric power cable systems, application of capacitors, underground network system design and characteristics of loads.

EE-117 Technical Advances in Non-Base Alternative Energy Systems
Alternative energy generation strategies refer to those low carbon dioxide producing technologies being considered as replacements for carbon-based power generation technologies that extract energy from the combustion of coal, petroleum and natural gas. These include primarily wind, solar, and tidal. This presentation will present a comprehensive examination of the physics behind these technologies, current engineering strategies being investigated, comparative economics and their untold drawbacks, and limitations. "  

EE-118 TBA
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EE-119 The Design of a Smart Electrical Grid (Part # 1)
This course presents an overview of the many efforts underway to evolve the existing power infrastructure into a more advanced, more reliable, more efficient and self healing power system through the convergence of emerging technologies, business processes, regulatory policy and customer needs.  Topics covered include challenges and limitations of existing power delivery technologies, enabling technologies such as communications infrastructure and computational algorithms and advanced technologies for distributed energy resources, transmission systems and energy storage.

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EE-120 The Design of a Smart Electrical Grid (Part # 2)
This course presents an overview of the many efforts underway to evolve the existing power infrastructure into a more advanced, more reliable, more efficient and self healing power system through the convergence of emerging technologies, business processes, regulatory policy and customer needs.  Topics covered include micro grids, advanced technologies for substations, distribution systems, load management and an overview of the various smart grid initiatives in the public and private sectors.

EE-121 Protection Devices for Electrical Distribution Systems
This seminar will discuss the engineering considerations for the application of over current protective devices on distribution systems (5kV-15kV). Distribution protection theory will cover design examples to reduce customer outages due to transient faults by applying single phase devices, reclosers, sectionalizers, and automatic load transfer schemes. Time current curve coordination will be included in the material.

EE-122 Protection Systems for Electrical Substations
The coordination of the protective relaying schemes within an electric substation including transformer, bus and distribution circuit relaying will be covered in this seminar. Topics include the transformer inrush/damage curves, differential relaying, time over current relaying schemes and current transformer selection criteria.

EE-123 Electrical Codes for General Use Equipment (N.E.C. Ch. # 4)
Chapter 4 of the NEC covers general requirements, applications and construction specifications for flexible cords and flexible cables. In addition, specific requirements regarding switches, receptacles, switchboards, panel boards, Industrial Control Panels, luminaries, lamp holders, lighting systems, appliances, motors and controllers, air-conditioning and refrigerating equipment are covered as well.

EE-124 Standard Electrical Codes for Special Occupancies (N.E.C. Ch. # 5)
Chapter 5 of the NEC covers the requirements for electrical and electronic equipment and wiring for all voltages in Class I, II and III Locations where fire or explosion hazards may exist. In addition, documentation of all areas designated as hazardous locations is covered in this chapter. Specific requirements regarding Health Care Facilities, Assembly Occupancies, Mobile Homes, Marinas, Boatyards and other locations are included in Chapter 5 as well.

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EE-126 Introduction to Arc Flash & Shock Hazards Protection
This course serves as an introduction to the NFPA-70E Standard for “Electrical Safety in the Workplace” which provides guidance for mitigating the adverse affects of both a shock hazard as well as the hazards due to high incident energy levels produced by an Arc Flash event. NFPA specifically intended this standard to enhance existing electrical safety (or energy control) programs by affording better protection for employees when there is the potential for exposure to energized or live equipment. Detailed information is provided to allow students to fully understand what an Arc Flash event is, what are the primary causes for them and when are they most likely to occur. Incident energy levels are defined by category ranges as well as by levels of Personnel Protective Equipment (PPEs). New shock hazards regulations are also defined in terms of “approach distances” to energized parts. Sample Arc Flash labels are provided for training. Example Arc Flash Studies are presented along with examples of some of the recommended supporting safety documents required by NFPA: such as a Work Place Hazard Assessment, Work Permits, ESOD’s and Energized Work Permits.

EE-127 Design Considerations for Mitigating Arc Flash Levels
This course is a continuation of the Introduction to Arc Flash Hazards Course and focuses specifically on design issues that could not only improve work place safety but also improve the operating performance of the electrical systems. Example single line diagrams, short circuit studies, relay set point selections criteria are presented to show their impact on Arc Flash levels. The importance of maintaining configuration control (of the distribution equipment) is discussed along with recommendations for controlling relay set points. New technologies will be presented as well as advances in equipment design that provides optimum equipment coordination and safe Arc Flash levels.

EE-128 Principles of Electrical Grounding and Bonding (Part # 1)
Proper Grounding and Bonding is essential to the safe design and construction of buildings and equipment. To this purpose requirements are incorporated into the National Electrical Code that cover many different circumstances in which improper Grounding and Bonding could lead to risks of property loss, injury and even death. This course will discuss the fundamental principles on which the NEC requirements are based, will illustrate the requirements with practical explanations and applications, will discuss the effects of electric current on the human body, and will discuss Grounding and Bonding in the context of the more commonly encountered building systems including high and low voltage systems, ungrounded systems, separately derived systems and temporary systems.

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EE-129 Principles of Electrical Grounding and Bonding (Part # 2)
This course is an extension of EE-128. Discussion will center on the application of Grounding and Bonding principles and the NEC requirements to more specific circumstances such as isolated-ground systems, hazardous (classified) locations, health care facilities and x-ray equipment, communications circuits, CATV systems, radio and TV equipment, information technology equipment, electric signs, marinas and boatyards, mobile homes, solar photovoltaic systems, swimming pools, and lightning protection.

EE-130 Fundamentals of Distributed Electrical Power Generation (Pt. 1)
This seminar provides an overview of distributed generation technologies, covering the energy conversion technology, operational characteristics, footprint and other installation considerations. The suitability of the particular distributed generation technologies for different load types is discussed, including combined heat and power applications. The economics of distributed generation are discussed, considering the impact of modularity, fuel cost, scheduling, required levels of availability, utility standby charges, and other factors that need to be considered in evaluating the economic feasibility of a distributed generation project. The course concludes with a number of case studies of distributed generation systems and applications.

EE-131 Fundamentals of Distributed Electrical Power Generation (Pt 2)
This seminar explores the interconnection of distributed generation to utility systems. Common types of utility distribution systems are reviewed and the potential impact of various types of distributed generation on a utility system is examined and mitigation strategies are presented. Utility standby charges and opportunities for energy sales and participation in ancillary service markets are discussed. The IEEE interconnection standard and typical utility interconnection procedures are reviewed.

EE-132 High Voltage Cable Design for Underground Vaults
This seminar will discuss various HV cable constructions.  You will learn about self contained, high and low pressure pipe-type cables, and relatively new solid dielectric cables. Different installation methods will be discussed and compared on practical examples. We will go over cable route design criteria and pulling calculations.

EE-133 High Voltage Cable Design for Overhead Towers
This course will provide basic knowledge of overhead power lines design including tower and wire types, configuration of phases, foundations, grounding and lightning protection.  General engineering calculations will be reviewed.  We will also discuss Right of Way regulations and requirements of National Electrical Safety Code C2-2007. 

EE-134 AC Substation and High Voltage Line Grounding
This seminar will provide an overview of electrical grounding principles for AC substations and high voltage overhead and underground power lines.  Topics covered include purpose and definitions of grounding systems, human body reaction to electricity, system and safety ground, equal potential and single point grounding, soil and ground system testing, step and touch voltages est. The seminar is based on IEEE 80-2000 Standard “Guide for Safety in AC Substations Grounding” and NESC C2-2007 “National Electrical Safety Code”, which was adopted as a law by the majority of states across the US.

EE-135 Grounding for Underground Cables an Vaults
This seminar will cover the second half of Chapter 7 in the NEC. It will include Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3 circuits for remote control/signaling as well as power limited and non-power limited fire alarm systems. Optical fiber cable/raceways and instrumentation tray cable will also be covered. The abbreviated cable designations will be discussed so that the student will be able to determine the specific use of the cable from the abbreviation alone.

EE-136 Electrical Codes for Emergency & Standby Systems
This seminar will cover the NEC requirements of emergency , legally required standby and optional standby systems.  Parts of chapter 7 will be covered along with other sections of the NEC. The course will also cover the different types of power sources used for these systems along with their respective code requirements. In addition the seminar will also cover the requirements of article 705 pertaining to interconnected electric power production sources.

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EE-137 Remote Control/Signaling, Fire Alarm & Optical Fiber Systems
This seminar will cover the second half of Chapter 7 in the NEC. It will include Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3 circuits for remote control/signaling as well as power limited and non-power limited fire alarm systems. Optical fiber cable/raceways and instrumentation tray cable will also be covered. The abbreviated cable designations will be discussed so that the student will be able to determine the specific use of the cable from the abbreviation alone.

EE-138 Electrical Short Circuit Calculations and Analysis
This seminar will present the fundamentals and practical aspects of short circuit calculations and fault analysis, for commercial and industrial facilities.  The course will include system modeling techniques, calculations and practical examples.  This seminar will include an over view of the theory and terminology associated with short circuit calculations including the effects of short circuits, fault sources and the necessary data used in the development of calculations.  In addition the seminar will include how the results of the calculations are used in determining the rating of electrical distribution equipment.

EE-139 Fundamentals of Electrical Protective Device Coordination
This seminar will present the practical aspects and fundamentals of protective device coordination of overcurrent devices used and applied in commercial and industrial facilities.  The seminar will include a discussion on the use of breakers, fuses and protective relays.  A review of the understanding on how to read time current curves will highlight how selective coordination can be achieved between devices.  The basics of equipment protection will be reviewed as well the application of devices which provide adequate protection.  Additionally, National Electric Code requirements for selective coordination will be covered.

EE-140 Fundamentals of Motors and Controls (Pt. #1)
This seminar will cover the basic theory of motors and their operation. There will be thorough discussion of both single and three phase motors. Motor circuit protection will investigated as well as the parameters of required for motor starting and stopping. There will be additional discussions of premium efficiency motors.

EE-141 Fundamentals of Motors and Controls (Pt. #2)
This seminar will encompass the theory and applications of variable frequency drives (VFD’s) and their applications. A heavy emphasis will be placed on these drives with regards to DC motors, Brushless DC motors, Synchronous motors and Wire Wound motors. There will be discussions of Stepper and Servo motors as well as the strategies of motor testing and maintenance..

EE-142 Power Electronics for Motor Control Systems (Pt. 1)
This seminar provides the foundational physics/mechanics and electricity/magnetism for motor control systems. It begins with a brief review of mechanical units, elements, and dynamical equations of motion. It then proceeds to concise coverage of basic electricity and magnetism, including units, elements, and network equations. That is sufficient to introduce electromechanics which consists of magnetic circuits and materials, transformers, and energy conversion. That enables development of primitive machine (motor) models with magnetic force dictated by field energy or coenergy. This culminates with concise design and analysis of standard motor types: synchronous (AC); induction (AC); and DC.

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EE-143 Power Electronics for Motor Control Systems (Pt. 2)
This seminar continues the study of motor control systems. It begins with a concise presentation of semiconductor physics: conductors; insulators, and semiconductors (including PN junctions). That leads to coverage of semiconductor devices for power switching: diodes; bipolar junction transistors; and thyristors (SCR’s), including electrical and thermal ratings. Power modulation, a primary control function, and related power electronics circuits are covered from the standpoints of AC-to-DC conversion and AC voltage controllers. Important aspects of the motor-load combination are covered: torque-speed characteristics; mechanical loading effects; thermal effects; and motor sizing. This culminates with a concise presentation of general control principles and design at the system level. That includes analysis of feedback systems with respect to steady-state and transient response, for the application of torque and speed control to motors. The advanced motor control method known as dq0 analysis is introduced with explanation of microprocessor application to achieve it.

EE-144 Electrical Energy Storage and Delivery Systems (Pt. #1)
Optimal implementation of non-base load power generation strategies, e.g. solar & wind, that are not connected directly to the power grid require a means of storing the excess electrical energy for use when they are not generating power, e.g. no sun or wind, respectively or weather conditions warrant them being turned off. These technologies are also being scaled for use by individuals and small businesses. Furthermore the need to reduce our use of petroleum for transportation and migrate to electrically driven vehicles requires storage technologies whose carrying capacity is equivalent to a “tank of gasoline” and a convenient distribution system for rapid recharging / replenishment of the power source within the vehicle. In this part we will introduce energy storage concepts and focus on the two prominent technologies being developed for the storage of electrical energy storage using electrochemical batteries and fuel cells. This presentation will introduce the technical aspects of developing electrical storage technologies and provide the advantages and disadvantages associated with their implementation.

EE-145 Electrical Energy Storage and Delivery Systems (Pt. #2)
Electrical energy storage is but one of the multiple modalities for storing energy. In this part we will focus on systems that use water (e.g. dams); compressed and combustible gases (e.g. air & hydrogen, respectively); mechanical ( e.g. flywheels & springs); thermal ( e.g. molten salt); and biological systems (e.g. biofuels). These are among the oldest technologies and are in use for commercial applications. This presentation will introduce the technical aspects of these developing storage technologies and provide the advantages and disadvantages associated with their implementation.

EE-146 Development of Electric Power Systems (Pt. #1)
This seminar covers the technical aspects of the development of electric power systems from the 1880’s to the present day. Development is traced from generation through transmission, distribution and load with a review of the engineering principles behind the systems and components in each area. Topics covered include DC generation, AC generation with DC conversion substations, mechanical conversion to DC, 133hz, 125hz, 60hz and 25hz frequency AC systems, 2-phase and 3-phase systems, DC distribution systems, use of batteries in substations and the voltages used for transmission and distribution.

EE-147 Development of Electric Power Systems (Pt. #2)
This seminar covers the technical aspects of the development of electric power systems from the 1880’s to the present day. Development is traced from generation through transmission, distribution and load with a review of the engineering principles behind the systems and components in each area. Topics covered include the implications of reactive power, the problems caused by inductance and capacitance, the discovery of power factor, AC power equations, symmetrical components, AC network distribution, customer loads and system safety.

EE-148 Electrical Transmission Systems Expansion Requirements (Pt.1)
The need for expansion of the electric power transmission system is driven by public policy, the development of remote resources, and the retirement of old generating facilities that are located near load centers. National reliability standards must be respected and the economic performance of the system is improved through the judicious development of new transmission facilities. This course discusses the key drivers and the techniques used for of determining transmission system needs. The student will learn the how, where, and when transmission expansion requirements must be met based on NERC standards, load growth, and distributed resource development.  This course is suitable for both electrical and non-electrical engineers.

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EE-149 Electrical Transmission Systems Expansion Requirements (Pt.2)
The need for expansion of the electric power transmission system is driven by public policy, the development of remote resources, and the retirement of old generating facilities that are located near load centers. National reliability standards must be respected and the economic performance of the system is improved through the judicious development of new transmission facilities. This course discusses the techniques used for of determining transmission system facility expansion. The student will learn the how, where, and when for determining suitable new transmission facilities ranging from new lines through improved utilization of existing facilities.

EE-150 Fundamentals of Relay Protection for Commercial & Industrial Facilities (Part 1)
This seminar will present the application of principles, methods and practical aspects of relay protection for a typical commercial / industrial medium voltage (5 kV & 15 kV) power system.    Part 1 will cover topics related to; Introduction to Power System & Protective Relaying, Relay Input Sources & Instrument Transformers for Relaying, Protection Fundamentals & Basic Design Principles, Grounding System Principles and Protection & Control Schematics.

EE-151 Fundamentals of Relay Protection for Commercial & Industrial Facilities (Pt.2)
This seminar will continue with the methods and practical aspects of relay protection including the application of relay protection to specific equipment and circuit elements including; Bus Protection, Conductor Protection, Motor Protection, Transformer Protection and Generator Protection.  The seminar shall include practical and typical power system examples, attendees will learn application, and selection techniques including general relay setting criteria commonly used in a commercial / industrial power system.

EE-152 Design of Commercial & Industrial Electrical Power Systems (Pt. #1)
This seminar will present the principles of electrical power system design for commercial and industrial facilities.  The basics of electrical design will be presented including; the design process, use and application of drawings and specifications.  Portions of the National Electric Code and electrical safety topics will be presented to discuss how it relates to the design.  Power system planning, various system arrangements, the selection of electrical distribution equipment and system grounding will be presented and discussed how these topics relate to the design of commercial & industrial power systems

EE-153 Design of Commercial & Industrial Electrical Power Systems (Pt. #2)
This seminar will continue with the principles of electrical power system design for commercial and industrial facilities and include; load calculations, fault calculations and importance to determining equipment ratings in the design, overcurrent device selection, transformer and motor circuits calculations, conductor and raceway sizing.  Attendees will review various power systems and understand how the design was performed. 

EE-154 Electric Power Transmission Applications for HVDC and Flexible A-C
This course will examine the technical and economic factors that influence the development of new transmission technologies to improve use of limited rights-of-way, meet construction and environmental constraints, and make the most of market opportunities. The course will discuss the drivers, planning and operating considerations, and lessons learned from actual installations. Topics will include HVDC, FACTS, and applications of advanced substation, control room, and transmission line technologies.

EE-155 Reliable Planning of Resources into Bulk Electric Power Systems
The course will review resource planning issues required for the reliable and economic operation of the electric power system. Discussions will include environmental drivers affecting the resource mix and how these issues are being resolved. The successful integration of newer technologies, such as variable wind and photo-voltaic resources, stationary and mobile storage, and demand resources will also be discussed.

EE-156 Electrical Power Grid Vulnerabilities & Resiliency Strategies (Pt. #1)
This seminar focuses on the vulnerabilities of electric generation, transmission and distribution systems to both manmade and natural hazards and the means to make systems resilient against those hazards.  The seminar begins with a brief overview of electrical power grids and then covers hazards such as aging infrastructure, human error, physical attack, geomagnetic disturbances and finally resiliency strategies such as micro-grids, distributed generation, storm hardening and advanced grid technologies..

EE-157 Electrical Power Grid Vulnerabilities and Resiliency Strategies (Pt. #2)
This seminar focuses on the vulnerabilities of electric generation, transmission and distribution systems to both manmade and natural hazards and the means to make systems resilient against those hazards.  The seminar begins with a brief overview of electrical power grids and then covers hazards such as  major storms, climate change, earthquakes, electromagnetic pulse, cyberattack and finally resiliency strategies such as micro-grids, distributed generation, storm hardening and advanced grid technologies.  EE-157 may be taken independently of EE-156..

EE-158 Performing Electrical Power Analysis Using Industry Models #1
This seminar will present the fundamentals of performing power system design and analysis calculations using industry models.  The seminar will include review of various power calculations to determine system, equipment and circuit component sizes.  Calculations will include individual and multiple continuous and non-continuous loads and voltage drop.  Manual calculations will be compared to computer program calculation results.  In addition, the seminar will include how to interpret the results of various calculations and the impact to designing a power system..

EE-159 Performing Electrical Power Analysis Using Industry Models #2
The second part of this seminar will also have manual calculations that will be compared to computer program calculation results and will include methodology on how to interpret the results.  Additionally, there will be calculations for motor circuits and transformers.

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