Electrical Engineering > Electrical Generators, Excitation Systems and Governing Systems - Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

About this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) 

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the various types of generators, exciters, automatic voltage regulators (AVR’s), governing systems, and protective systems.

The focus will be on maximizing the efficiency, reliability and longevity of these equipment by providing an understanding of the characteristics, selection criteria, common problems and repair techniques, preventive and predictive maintenance.

The emphasis of this course is on protective systems, inspection methods, diagnostic testing, troubleshooting, modern maintenance techniques, refurbishment, rewind and upgrade options, as well as advanced methods for preventing partial discharge and other failures.

  • Equipment Operation: Gain a thorough understanding of the operating characteristics of generators, exciters, AVR’s and protective systems
  • Equipment Diagnostics and Inspection: Learn in detail all the diagnostic techniques and inspections required of critical components of generators, exciters, AVR’s and protective systems
  • Equipment Testing: Understand thoroughly all the tests required for the various types of generators, exciters, AVR’s and protective systems
  • Electrical Generator Protective Systems: Gain a thorough understanding of all Electrical generator protective systems including: all electrical relays, tripping mechanisms, protective systems for negative phase sequence (unbalance loading), loss of excitation, over fluxing protection (over-voltage and underfrequency), reverse power (generator monitoring), over-speeding, pole slipping / out of step (sudden increase in torque or weakness in excitation), Class A protection, Class B protection
  • Equipment Maintenance and Troubleshooting: Determine all the maintenance and troubleshooting activities required to minimize the downtime and operating cost of generators, exciters, AVR’s and protective systems
  • Equipment Repair and Refurbishment: Gain a detailed understanding of the various methods used to repair and refurbish generators, exciters, AVR’s and protective systems
  • Equipment Rewind and Upgrade Options: Discover all options available to rewind and upgrade the generator rotor and stator to enhance the output and reduce downtime
  • Efficiency, Reliability, and Longevity: Learn the various methods used to maximize the efficiency, reliability, and longevity of generators, exciters, AVR’s and protective systems
  • Advanced Methods to Prevent Failure: Gain a thorough understanding of all the methods used to prevent partial discharge, and other failures in generators, exciters, AVR’s and protective systems
  • Equipment Sizing: Gain a detailed understanding of all the calculations and sizing techniques used for generators, exciters, AVR’s and protective systems
  • Design Features: Understand all the design features that improve the efficiency, reliability of generators, exciters, AVR’s and protective systems
  • Equipment Selection: Learn how to select generators, exciters, AVR’s and protective systems by using the performance characteristics and selection criteria that you will learn in this course
  • Equipment Enclosures and Sealing Methods: Learn about the various types of enclosures and sealing arrangements used for generators, exciters, AVR’s and protective systems
  • Equipment Commissioning: Understand all the commissioning requirements for generators, exciters, AVR’s and protective systems
  • Equipment Codes and Standards: Learn all the codes and standards applicable for generators, exciters, AVR’s and protective systems
  • Equipment Causes and Modes of Failures: Understand causes and modes of failures of generators, exciters, AVR’s and protective systems
  • System Design: Learn all the requirements for designing different types of generators, exciters, AVR’s and protective systems
  • Engineers of all disciplines
  • Managers
  • Technicians
  • Maintenance personnel
  • Other technical individuals

The VILT will be delivered online in 5 half-day sessions comprising 4 hours per day, with 1 x 10 minutes break per day, including time for lectures, discussion, quizzes and short classroom exercises.

Additionally, some self-study will be requested. Participants are invited but not obliged to bring a short presentation (10 mins max) on a practical problem they encountered in their work. This will then be explained and discussed during the VILT. A short test or quiz will be held at the end the course.

Your specialist course leader has more than 32 years of practical engineering experience with Ontario Power Generation (OPG), one of the largest electric utility in North America. He was previously involved in research on power generation equipment with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited at their Chalk River and Whiteshell Nuclear Research Laboratories.

While working at OPG, he acted as a Training Manager, Engineering Supervisor, System Responsible Engineer and Design Engineer. During the period of time, he worked as a Field Engineer and Design Engineer, he was responsible for the operation, maintenance, diagnostics, and testing of gas turbines, steam turbines, generators, motors, transformers, inverters, valves, pumps, compressors, instrumentation and control systems. Further, his responsibilities included designing, engineering, diagnosing equipment problems and recommending solutions to repair deficiencies and improve system performance, supervising engineers, setting up preventive maintenance programs, writing Operating and Design Manuals, and commissioning new equipment.

Later, he worked as the manager of a section dedicated to providing training for the staff at the power stations. The training provided by him covered in detail the various equipment and systems used in power stations.

In addition, he has taught courses and seminars to more than four thousand working engineers and professionals around the world, specifically Europe and North America. He has been consistently ranked as “Excellent” or “Very Good” by the delegates who attended his seminars and lectures.

He written 5 books for working engineers from which 3 have been published by McGraw-Hill, New York. Below is a list of the books authored by him;

  • Power Generation Handbook: Gas Turbines, Steam Power Plants, Co-generation, and Combined Cycles, second edition, (800 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, October 2011.
  • Electrical Equipment Handbook (600 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, March 2003.
  • Power Plant Equipment Operation and Maintenance Guide (800 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, January 2012.
  • Industrial Instrumentation and Modern Control Systems (400 pages), Custom Publishing, University of Toronto, University of Toronto Custom Publishing (1999).
  • Industrial Equipment (600 pages), Custom Publishing, University of Toronto, University of Toronto, University of Toronto Custom Publishing (1999).

Furthermore, he has received the following awards:

  • The first “Excellence in Teaching” award offered by PowerEdge, Singapore, in December 2016
  • The first “Excellence in Teaching” award offered by the Professional Development Center at University of Toronto (May, 1996).
  • The “Excellence in Teaching Award” in April 2007 offered by TUV Akademie (TUV Akademie is one of the largest Professional Development centre in world, it is based in Germany and the United Arab Emirates, and provides engineering training to engineers and managers across Europe and the Middle East).
  • Awarded graduation “With Distinction” from Dalhousie University when completed Bachelor of Engineering degree (1983).

Lastly, he was awarded his Bachelor of Engineering Degree “with distinction” from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He also received a Master of Applied Science in Engineering (M.A.Sc.) from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Engineers in the province of Ontario, Canada.

To further optimise your learning experience from our courses, we also offer individualized “One to One” coaching support for 2 hours post training. We can help improve your competence in your chosen area of interest, based on your learning needs and available hours. This is a great opportunity to improve your capability and confidence in a particular area of expertise. It will be delivered over a secure video conference call by one of our senior trainers. They will work with you to create a tailor-made coaching program that will help you achieve your goals faster.
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I am very grateful to be able to attend this course. By attending this course I have a better understanding of the fundamentals of the electrical generators, testing and commissioning of generator.

Engineer, Sarawak Energy Berhad

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QAQC Engineer, Sarawak Energy Berhad

It was a great learning experience. I never thought I would learn so much from a VILT.

Electrical Maintenance Supervisor, MPC.

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Electrical Engineer, SEB Power.

This is the first time that I participate in Online Training. Overall, training is good. Trainer is very capable to explain the materials.

Electrical Engineer, ExxonMobil Cepu Limited.

The training is precise and straight to the point with a lot of interactions between the participants and the trainer.

Electrical Engineer, Tenaga Nasional Berhad.

The training is informative and trainer has a very good understanding of the topics delivered. It is a must ATTEND to anyone who want to deepen and sharpening his knowledge on generator systems

Thermal Engineer, Solomon Power.

After attending the course, I now have a clear understanding of the generator excitation and governing system.

Maintenance Electrical Engineer, Solomon Power.

I attended past trainings but this one given more than I could ask for! Will recommend it to my work colleagues.

Technician, Solomon Power.