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Fundamentals of Modern Electrical Substations
2.75 Hour on-demand seminar 
Available Now (15 day access)

This online training program presents an overview of modern electrical substations, the most complex components of transmission and distribution systems, and emphasizes substation importance for reliable and effective operation of power systems.

This training program describes all major, auxiliary and control substation equipment, listing typical engineering issues associated with substation design and engineering and providing recommendations for addressing these issues.


What You Will Learn
  • List typical power system voltages
  • Describe the reasons for voltage transformation
  • Explain the meaning of sectionalization of power systems
  • Describe all major substation components including:
    • Power transformers
    • Switching equipment
    • Substation bus system
    • Instrument transformers
  • Explain when to use each type of switching equipment
  • List all advantages and disadvantages of each type of substation bus system, including:
    • Open air rigid bus
    • Strain bus
    • Gas insulated bus
    • Cable bus
  • Explain what current and potential transformers are used for and what their standard secondary values are
  • Explain why overvoltage protection of substation elements is needed and what major means of this protection are
  • List substation equipment installation options
  • Describe the mission of relay protection systems and criteria they need to meet
  • List types of relay protection schemes
  • Explain what breaker failure protection and reclosing are for
  • Identify the main components of power line carrier communication system
  • Understand the principle of signal transmission using fiber optic cable
  • Know the difference between analogue and digital types of metering equipment
  • Calculate a real value of electrical system parameters using readings of meters and instruments
  • Know the mission and main components of auxiliary A.C. and D.C. systems
  • List types of conditions triggering station alarm
  • Analyze reliability of power supply systems
  • Describe typical substation switching systems, their advantages and disadvantages
  • Clearly understand importance of safety in substation design and engineering
  • List means of substation fire protection
  • Describe steps in substation design and engineering
  • Describe how to improve substation insulator’s performance


How This Online Course Works

Get the best of both worlds with this blended learning approach.

  1. Learn at your own pace and on your own schedule as you first enjoy the internet-streamed, on-demand seminar. Speed up, slow down, or repeat sections of the presentation.
  2. Upon completion, join us for one of our regularly scheduled live online Q&A sessions. A calendar of live Q&A dates and times is provided in the program access instructions you will receive. You can also email your questions directly to the instructor.
Course Access

You will receive immediate online access to the on-demand training presentation. The audio for the online seminar is only available through your computer or other Internet connected device. You will also receive links in your access instructions to PDFs for all the presentation materials in case you want to print or keep a copy.

The on-demand training presentations are available for a total of 15 days from the time any one of the training presentations is first accessed. After 15 days, your access to the on-demand presentations will expire. However the PDF formatted training program slides and other documents you receive are yours to keep.

Your Instructor
Boris Shvartsberg, Ph.D., P.E., P.M.P.

Dr. Shvartsberg is an engineering and project management professional with more than 40 years of practical experience in managing and supervising of highly complicated technical projects for utility companies in USA and Latvia. He has an extensive teaching experience in the European and US colleges and universities. Mr. Shvartsberg is an author of more than 25 publications on electrical engineering and project management subjects. He made numerous successful presentations at International conferences and symposiums. 

Program Pricing
$295 for single attendee, $245 per attendee thereafter.
Special pricing is available for groups. Please click here for more information.

If you have additional questions please email or call (440) 853-1038.
Payment and Cancellations

Payment is required prior to training program access. Payment can be made by Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or corporate check. Your credit card will be charged at the time of registration unless other arrangements have been made.

Cancellations for online training programs can be made before the program access instructions are sent by PGS, and cancellations will result in a credit. For more information on PGS policies regarding administrative matters and complaint resolution, please contact our offices at (440) 853-1038.

Who Should Attend

This training program will benefit  any engineering, management and educational professionals looking to expand their knowledge and experience in modern electrical substations:

  • Electrical engineers and designers
  • Colleges and universities faculty
  • Utility company project management personnel
  •  Construction professionals
Prerequisites and Advance Preparation

This fundamental level online training program has no prerequisites. No advance preparation is required.

Why Choose PGS?

PGS training programs are known for their clear explanations and in-depth content. Register today, and join the over 10,000 industry professionals who trust PGS with their energy training needs.