Emergency Generators & Standby Power Systems

Emergency Generator/Standby Power

This 2-Day Emergency Generators & Standby Power Systems Training course is designed to assist organizations to identify the many savings to be gained from proper Generator Design, Installation, Testing and Maintenance.

From portable electrical generators to standby power cogeneration units - from the facility manager to the maintenance technician - this Emergency Generators & Standby Power Systems training 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 Emergency Generators & Standby Power 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 Emergency Generators & Standby Power Systems 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:

  • Gain the background needed to operate, maintain and test the various types of generator sets used in on-site power production. Common examples of facilities that heavily rely upon these systems include: data centers, hospitals, banks, airports, water treatment facilities, manufacturing and industrial plants, schools, sports stadiums, and commercial office buildings. As the need for reliable electrical power continues to increase many firms are turning to the use of on-site generators.
  • Understand practical application of operations and maintenance of standby and on-site power generation
  • Follow requirements needed for installation, operation and maintenance of standby generators, transfer switches, batteries and UPS Systems.



WHO should attend

This Emergency Generators & Standby Power Systems 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:

  • Electrical Engineers
  • Consulting Electrical Engineers
  • Plant Electricians
  • Mechanics
  • Electrical Supervisors
  • Electrical Maintenance Technicians
  • Plant & Facility Electrical Maintenance Technicians
  • Building Engineers
  • Building Managers & Superintendents
  • Plant & Facility Managers
  • Stationary Engineers


  • Plant Electrical Engineers
  • Electrical Maintenance Managers
  • Electrical Maintenance Technicians
  • Facility/Plant Managers
  • Consulting Electrical Engineers
  • Emergency Preparedness Compliance Officers
  • Mechanics
  • Building Engineers
  • Multi-craft & Cross Training Personnel
  • Any person 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




Emergency Generators & Standby Power Systems  - Installation, Testing, Troubleshooting and Maintenance



1. Generator Basic Electrical Fundamentals

  • Electrical fundamentals
  • How electricity is produced and controlled in generators and batteries
  • Understanding single-phase and three phase generator wiring configurations
  • Understanding Generator Nameplate Data


2. 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


3. 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


4. Auxiliary Systems

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


5. 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


6. Generator Applications

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




7. Generator Loading And Control

  • Effects of various type loads on generator control: lighting, motors, UPS Systems
  • Parallel operation
  • Protection and transfer of power


8. The Gas, Natural Gas And Diesel Engines As Prime Movers

  • Prime mover types and fuel considerations
  • Mechanical systems operation: fuel, intake air, lube oil, cooling, governors
  • Typical manufacturers, ratings and operation of diesel generator sets.


9. Troubleshooting And Maintenance Of Standby Generators

  • Recommended maintenance practices from: IEEE, NFPA, NETA, EGSA
  • Recommended Generator Maintenance Practices
  • Developing a Logical Systematic Approach to Troubleshooting
  • Common Generator Problems
  • Electrical Testing of Generators
  • Starting Battery maintenance
  • Troubleshooting frequency control problems
  • Troubleshooting voltage control problems
  • Troubleshooting grounding problems


10. Basic Generator Installation Requirements

  • Marking requirements
  • Overcurrent protection
  • Selecting and sizing Cables and Conductors for generator output
  • Protecting live parts
  • Loads supplied – practical applications


11. Transfer Switch Equipment

  • Types and applications of transfer switch equipment
  • The Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS)
  • Load shedding operations
  • Bypass operation
  • Protection considerations
  • Transfer switch equipment maintenance Safer


12. Review Of Safety Issues With Emergency And Standby Power Generation

  • The importance of code and standard requirements
  • The three hazards to protect against
  • Selection of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for work on Standby Power Systems
  • Safe work practices to follow Safer



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 $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

December 10-11 , 2018

Hampton Inn and Suites Toronto Airport

3279 Caroga Drive
Mississauga, ON

December 12-13 , 2018

Sandman Hotel & Suites Winnipeg Airport

1750 Sargent Ave.
Winnipeg, MB

Course Schedule
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On-Site Training Available

We can present this Emergency Generators & Standby Power Systems Course to your electrical engineering and maintenance staff, on your premises, tailored to your specific equipment and requirements. We are ready to help design this program for you. Click on the link below to request a FREE quotation.


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