Emergency Generator/UPS System Training

Emergency Generator/Standby Power

This 2-Day Emergency Generator/Standby Power and UPS System training course is designed to assist organizations to identify the many savings to be gained from proper UPS system design.

From portable electrical generators to standby power cogeneration units - from the facility manager to the maintenance technician - this backup power generation course is designed for anyone involved with electrical generation equipment in their plant or facility.

In today's industrial, commercial and institutional power systems environment, nothing can be taken for granted. Severe weather can cause power outages for a few seconds or several days. Explosions and fire can sever lines to your facility. Sometimes we simply experience blackouts because the utility power grid is overloaded and blackouts occur. Critical power situations demand 100 per cent power, 100 per cent of the time. Whatever the cause, lack of electricity at your facility can be devastating, whether you are responsible for a power system at a hospital, a treatment plant providing water for your community, or a banking or telecommunications network facility which must remain deliver a service uninterrupted.


During this course, you will learn what you can do, and should do with standby electrical generators and emergency power generation systems, to make sure your facility will keep running even if the electricity to your plant or facility doesn't.

The UPS Systems part of the course begins with a discussion of the need for UPS systems. It then covers the relative comparisons between various UPS topologies and their modes of operation. The batteries used for UPS systems are also covered How a battery works, their maintenance, safety and testing is throughly discussed.

A solid working knowledge of the typical electrical and electronic components found within a UPS system is explained, as well as how AC is converted to DC and then inverting DC back to AC. When all of the above elements of a UPS are understood, a theoretical rectifier and inverter feedback loop are throughly discussed. This will be followed by a testing and troubleshooting section. Students will be given failure scenarios where they will learn how to determine which circuit component has opened, shorted or significantly changed in value to produce the alarm condition described. The course finishes with a general discussion on UPS system testing and maintenance procedures.

This two-day Electric Generators and UPS system training course is designed to assist organizations to identify the many savings to be gained from proper UPS system design, application, testing and maintenance..



Specific requirements and recommendations for the installation, operation and maintenance of backup power generation equipment Where to find critical information from professional sources such as the EGSA, IEEE, NFPA, NECA and NETA.

What backup system and emergency plan is best suited for your critical power system.

  • How to read and understand vendor drawings and technical information for generators.
  • How and when to successfully test onsite electrical generator equipment.
  • How to work with parallel energy sources Synchronizing procedures and load sharing.
  • How to troubleshoot using a logical, systematic approach to isolate and repair generator problems

After completion of this course, the participant will understand:

  • The various Emergency and Backup Generator, sizing, installation and maintenance
  • Different types of Primary Engines and Turbines
  • Governor Control System
  • Automatic Voltage Regulation System
  • Protection requirements
  • Alarms and shutdown condition
  • Common Parameter Monitoring
  • Testing Requirements-IEEE 282
  • Service Literature and Software commonly used
  • Understand the functionality of different UPS Type
  • Size the UPS and battery bank for an application
  • Recommend solution for a practical implementation
  • Perform Maintenance and Parameter settings on a UPS
  • Perform Battery maintenance and results interpretation
  • Design a complete UPS System and recommend the proper grounding solution


WHO should attend

This course is designed for anyone involved with emergency onsite power generation systems or working in any facility where an emergency power supply is absolutely critical! In this seminar, students are invited to attend from a wide variety of industries, skill-levels, company sizes, and backgrounds. If you're not sure you'll fit in, or will benefit from this class, don't worry - you will - as long as you have an interest in onsite power generators or UPS systems! Students who will benefit from this course include:

All Electrical Maintenance Personnel in:

  • Industrial Facilities and Manufacturing Plants
  • Government Buildings
  • Telecommunications and Banking Systems
  • ISPs
  • Commercial Office Buildings
  • Hospitals and Critical Medical Facilities
  • Waste Water Facilities
  • Water Treatment Facilities
  • Airports
  • Pharmaceutical Labs
  • Colleges and Universities


  • Plant Electrical Engineers
  • Electrical Maintenance Managers
  • Electrical Maintenance Technicians
  • Facility/Plant Managers
  • Consulting Electrical Engineers
  • Emergency Preparedness Compliance Officers
  • Building Engineers
  • Multi-craft & Cross Training Personnel
  • Any personnel needing a basic course in emergency power and standby electrical generators


Students receive

  • 100-Page Generator UPS Handbook - Value $20
  • 1.4 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Credits
  • FREE Magazine Subscription (Value $25)
  • $100 Coupon Toward Any Future Electricity Forum Event (Restrictions Apply)
  • Course Materials In Paper Format




Electrical Generators & UPS Systems - Installation, Testing, Troubleshooting and Maintenance




1. Generators and Prime Movers

Overview: Generator Purpose, Operation & Control

Types of Prime Movers

  • Mechanical to Electrical Conversion
  • Engine Protection


Generator Basic Electrical Fundamentals

Generator Types and Construction

  • Stator
  • Mechanical Components
  • Wye Configuration
  • Delta Configuration
  • Types of Rotors
  • Salient Pole
  • Cylindrical Pole
  • Types of Bearings and Lubrication Systems
  • Sinusoidal Voltage Output
  • Motor vs Generator Comparison
  • Three-phase Generators
  • Components
  • Operation



2. Generator and Engine Controls

Paralleling and Non Paralleling Governor Control

  • Purposes of Generator Excitation
  • Power to the Rotating Electromagnetic Field
  • Locking Rotor to Stator
  • Means of Regulating Voltage
  • Types of Generator Excitation
  • DC Exciters
  • Static Excitation
  • Brushless Excitation
  • Concept of Response Time vs Voltage Levels
  • Voltage regulator function
  • Voltage regulator components
  • Voltage regulator operation
  • Reactive Power Control for Parallel Operations
  • Auxiliary regulator functions
  • Voltage regulator troubleshooting
  • Onsite Generator Controls including PLCs and SCADA Systems


3. Auxiliary Systems

  • Fuel Systems
  • Cooling Systems
  • Exhaust Systems
  • Vibration Attenuation
  • Sound Attenuation
  • Engine Starting Systems
  • Load Banks
  • Emissions Control


4. Generator Protection

  • Short circuit protection
  • Ground fault protection
  • Overload protection
  • Thermal protection
  • Overspeed protection
  • Low field excitation or loss of field excitation protection
  • Generator motoring protection
  • Protection against unbalanced faults
  • Overexcitation protection


5. Generator Applications

  • Cogeneration
  • Emergency Power Systems
  • Legally Required Standby Systems
  • Optional Standby Systems
  • Applicable Codes and Standards


6. Troubleshooting and Maintenance of Onsite Power Generation Systems

  • Developing a Logical Systematic Approach to Troubleshooting
  • Common Generator Problems
  • Recommended Generator Maintenance Practices
  • Electrical Testing of Generators


7. Backup Generator Integration to BAS

  • Alarming and Communication of the UPS to BAS
  • Remote annunciation of the BAS and Backup Generators to BAS
  • Sizing and Selection of the Backup Generator and UPS Systems
  • Transients and effect on the Backup generators & UPS




UPS And Battery Systems

1. Introduction to UPS Systems

  • Power conditioners
  • Uninterruptible power systems
  • Power quality source alternatives
  • Power disturbance cost comparisons


2. Three General Types of UPS’s

  • Kinetic (Motor Generator Sets)
  • Flywheel
  • Static and Components
  • Rectifier
  • Batteries
  • Inverter


3. Three types of Static UPS’s

  • Traditional UPS
  • Static UPS
  • Static UPS with Bypass


4. UPS Operation Overview

  • The Need for UPS System
  • Power System Disturbances
  • Basic Type of UPS Systems


5. Introduction to Batteries

  • Primary Batteries
  • Secondary Batteries


6. Lead Acid Batteries

  • Chemistry
  • Different types
  • Capacity Factors
  • S-Curves
  • Battery Safety and Maintenance
  • Float and Equalize Voltages
  • Load Testing


7. Nickel Cadmium Batteries

  • Chemistry
  • Battery Types
  • Capacity Factors
  • Battery Safety and Maintenance
  • Float and Equalize Voltages
  • Load Testing


8. Passive Electronic Components

  • Resistors Circuits
  • Capacitor Circuits
  • Inductor Circuits


9. Semiconductors

  • Diodes
  • SCR's
  • Transistors
  • IGBT


10. AC to DC Conversion

  • Full Bridge
  • Three Phase
  • Six Pulse


11. DC to AC Inversion

  • Quasi Square wave
  • PWM waveform


12. UPS System Overview

  • Rectifier Stage
  • Inverter Stage


13. UPS System Troubleshooting

  • Basic Use of Test Equipment
  • Rectifier Troubleshooting
  • Inverter Troubleshooting
  • UPS and Backup Generator Integration to Building Automation System



Both days:
Start: 8:00 a.m.
Coffee Break: 10:00 a.m.
Lunch: 12:00 noon
Restart: 1:15 p.m.
Finish: 4:30 p.m.



Registration Fees & CEU Credits

The registration fee to attend this training course is $699 + GST/HST.

Register and prepay 14 days before forum date and receive an early bird registration fee of $649 + GST/HST

Register 3 delegates at full price $699, 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
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On-Site Training Available

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