Electrical Testing and Commissioning

Electrical Testing and Commissioning

This Electrical Testing and Commissioning Training course covers practices and procedures that are essential to the safe start up of any electrical system for the first time, regardless of its size, type or industry.

Electrical Testing and Commissioning is a very special occurrence and poses some unique challenges to electrical personnel. Inexperience and poor planning will inevitably result in prolonged delays in the start up which can lead to costly productivity losses. This course provides invaluable information to anyone who wishes to know and understand the role of Electrical testing, troubleshooting and commissioning of electric power systems.

The importance of planning and preparation for the project, from engineering to testing, troubleshooting and commissioning and eventual start up, will be emphasized. This course deals with safety considerations and testing and start-up procedures for all the components of any electrical system. The course leader will also offer useful guidelines on what to do when things go wrong during this phase of a project. This course provides guidelines to anyone who wishes to know and understand the role of commissioning in a project, whatever its size. The importance of planning and preparation for the project, from engineering to commissioning and start up, will be emphasized. This course includes the safety considerations in maintenance and testing procedures for all the components of any electrical system.

This Electrical Testing and Commissioning course focuses on the building blocks of sound electrical maintenance fundamentals and electrical design, and then integrates that informatio. 

It begins by reviewing basic electrical circuits and electrical laws. You are then exposed to the basic principles of electrical generation, transmission, and distribution. Electrical distribution is covered in considerably more detail, followed by power system protection and its components in terms of isolators, fuses, and circuit breakers.

The Electrical Testing and Commissioning course continues with an examination of AC and DC motors and lighting and illumination. Other major topics include electrical safety, national codes, and customer installations.


WHO should attend

Design engineers, electrical engineers, commissioning and testing engineers, consulting engineers, electrical technologists, project managers, project engineers, plant managers, operating and maintenance personnel and all individuals involved in electrical equipment maintenance, testing and commissioning project execution.


Students receive

  • FREE 100-Page Digital Electrical Maintenance Handbook (Value $20)
  • $100 Coupon Toward any Future Electricity Forum Event (Restrictions Apply)
  • 1.4 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Credits
  • FREE Magazine Subscription (Value $25.00)
  • Course Materials in Paper Format





Management of Start Up & Commissioning Projects
- Kick-off meeting/project management meeting with the client and prime contractor
- Establish clear understanding of the directive priorities
- Understanding that priorities WILL change based on project phase

Turnover Packages
- Redline drawings and colour coding knowledge
- Re-CAD if it's contractual
- Drawing clouds for future possibilities

- RFI, NCR, TDR, IFI, IFC, etc...

- Completions to turnover
- Potentially training client staff on operations after turnover

- IEEE, CSA, ULC and client standards which in most cases exceeed all

- Daily update on all drawings and programming cut sheets

Drawing control, field mark ups and "as built"
- Always have both hard and soft copies...preferably in document control dept. and usb...if there is no paperwork, then it didn't happen

Test sheet document control
- Keeping track of completed tasks via spread sheet or Gantt chart
- Communication with client
- Oscillioscope records to laptop

Deficiency tracking
- Spread sheet
- Communication with client project manager


Commissioning Electric Power Systems
Large Area System Commissioning
Ensuring the system is working completely

- Bump check for rotation
- Motor burn in
- Load test minimum 75% of full load
- Fault and alarm forcing via DCS or SCADA
Using electrical drawings & flow-sheets

Sensing Devices
- Loop check

Isolating devices and isolating points
- Force the trip and clear it from DCS or SCADA
- De-energize and test point to point to loop check all circuits back to the controller if an issue arises
Transformer Commissioning
General Construction, Operation & Safety

- Morning safety meeting
- PERMITS, JSA, FLRA and workface discussion to let others know what you are doing
- Overhead awareness
- Fall arrest harness
- Gloves
- CLEAR safety Glasses
- Speed limits

Field Assembly and Vacuum Filling of Power Transformers
- Handling Transformer Oil, Tap-changers
- Transformer Protective Devices, Bushings, auxiliary devices alarms & trips
- Dry type transformers: inspection, acceptance tests
- Liquid type transformer: inspection, and acceptance tests
- Routine transformer tests: AC high potential testing, polarity test, induced potential test, polarization index test, and DC winding resistance tests
- Transformer Oil test, On Power and Off Power Expectation.
- Breakdown voltage test

Circuit Breaker and Switchgear Commissioning

General Construction, Operation & Safety
- Find the feeder and ensure lockout/zero energy state with YOUR lock on the lock box
- Hot-stick
- Work with operations on the actuation of the auxillary contacts to close the breaker and/or vacuum bottles with zero line side voltage

Metal Clad Switchgear construction and safety features
- Kirk key interlock or similar
- ARC rating labeling, bolted doors, and window with exterioer visual disconnect indication that stabs are out

Commissioning Switchgear

600V Breaker construction and safety features
- Mechanical disconnect, fusing and overload relay if available

Multimeter on low voltage or applied 120VAC with clamp on ammeter if medium voltage

Current Transformers
- Turns ratio impedance test

Instrument Transformers, Test switches, Metering and Relaying Devices
- Work with DCS to trigger various alarms and faults

Insulation resistance measurement test
DC or AC hi-pot testing
Power factor or dielectric loss test
Circuit breaker contact resistance test

Commissioning Control Systems and Instrumentation

Field devices
- Calibrate depending on the device
Input and outputs
- Loop check back to the PLC

Program verification
- Force all critical faults and clear them...then do a dry run

Power up and start-up


PLC and PAC Based Systems
- Ensure that you can see that the field devices are reporting to the controller AND that the scaling is correct

Distributed Control Systems
- Work with the PLC on communications and ensure that the DCS is reading what the PLC is sending

- Much the same as DCS, however more components involved

Commissioning Motors and Drive Systems

Motor checks and testing
- Disconnect the line and load to perform a free rotation test on the shaft front and rear bearings

Wiring & Cable Run
- Ensure that the cable run doesn't exceed the maximum length resulting in capacitive cable charging requiring filtering

VFD checkout and start-up

- For LV you need to test your line and load side de-enegized...SCR's on the front and IGBT's on the back for LV. SGCT's and GTO's depending on MV vitage
- Program the motor nameplate data into the main controller
- Volts per Hertz doesn't require tuning the drive, however sensorless vector requires tuning, but is more accurate while full vector control is most accurate
- Uncoupled rotation test with communication with operations (DCS or SCADA)
- Coupled run with the application
- Remove common mode capacitor on neutral grounded resistance electrical supplies

- Sinusoidal filters are an inductive filter that smoothes out the pulse modulated current frequency current signal only from a VFD, while leaving the PWM voltage alone
- LRC filters smooth out both voltage and current, resulting in harmonic reduction and increased cable run possibility

Servo Systems
- Typically a bookshelf VFD systems configuration not requiring filters
- Fast actuating low voltage motors

Substation Equipment Commissioning

- Ground Grid Design, Grounding (Step & Touch Potentials, Earth Resistivity, Bonding Resistance)

- Testing ground grids and soil resistivity

- High voltage towers and switches

- Outdoor SF6 Breakers

- 3 types and Sulfur Hexafluride breaker and arc interuption

- Other Breaker Types

- Other Substation Equipment

- Plant Start Up Procedures

- Pre-energization checklists

- First energization procedures

- Documentation review and walkdown


Phase rotation and other measured system parameter
- Uncoupled bump test

Systems and their integration
- SCADA or DCS communicating to the field devices and EHouse over various protocols

Energizing sequence
- Application specific

Safety considerations
- Awareness of hazards and understanding what others are doing in your area
- Discuss with operations of other potential events
- Working on live equipment and shock hazards
- Jewelry

Load checks
- Red tape around the load always
- Two way radio unless gas compression application

- Log book and spread sheet
- Correction of defects
- Spare parts

Final acceptance
- Witness and hold final walkdown
- Energize
- Turnover

VFD vs Soft Start vs across the line
- Frequency conrol
- Initial torque
- Ability to have 100% torque at zero speed
- Inrush current
- Power saving
- Cost
- Efficiency
- MCC Bucket Installation and removal


4:00 pm-- Day 2 Wrap Up

Review Quiz
Questions and Discussions

  • Review Quiz
  • Questions and Discussions



Both days:

Start: 8:00 a.m.
Coffee break: 10:00 a.m.
Lunch: 12:00 noon
Finish: 4:30 p.m.



Registration Fees & CEU Credits

The registration fee to attend this training course is $799 + GST/HST.

Register and prepay 14 days before forum date and receive an early bird registration fee of $749 + GST/HST

Register 3 delegates at full price $799, and get a 4th registration FREE!

Earn Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Credits

Successful completion of this course qualifies delegates to receive a certificate of course completion with indicated CEUs.


CEUs are granted by the Engineering Institute of Canada. One CEU is equivalent to 10 professional development hours of instruction.

This course earns 1.4 CEUs.

Course Locations

November 1-2 , 2018

Hampton Inn and Suites Toronto Airport

3279 Caroga Drive
Mississauga, ON

November 19-20 , 2018

Radisson Hotel Ottawa Parliment Hill

402 Queen Street
Ottawa, ON
(613) 236-1133

November 26-27 , 2018

Sandman Hotel & Suites Winnipeg Airport

1750 Sargent Ave.
Winnipeg, MB

November 28-29 , 2018

Sawridge Inn Edmonton South

4235 Gateway Blvd NW
Edmonton, AB

December 3-4 , 2018

Sandman Signature Vancouver Hotel & Resort

10251 ST. Edwards Drive
Richmond, BC

Course Schedule
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On-Site Training Available

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