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Distribution Overcurrent Protection and Coordination

June 13-15, 2012

S&C Electric Company

Chicago, IL


Distribution Overcurrent Protection and Coordination
June 13-15, 2012
Presented by Shay Bahramirad, Ph.D.
Jim Niemira, P.E.

Discover the principles of selective coordination, in which removal of faulted equipment and line sections — followed by system restoration — occurs both quickly and reliably. Learn how new technology protective devices can be applied to improve power quality. This course instructs attendees on the selection and application of overcurrent protective devices for use in medium-voltage electric power distribution systems.


Electric utility engineers, consultants, and others involved in the selection and coordination of overcurrent protective devices used in medium-voltage electric power distribution systems. Also, facilities engineers engaged in the selection of devices for protecting small power transformers, as well as the coordination of those devices with both source-side and load-side protective devices.


Course starts at 8:30AM each day and concludes at 4:30PM on day one and day two and at 3:30PM on day three. Lunch and snacks are provided. 

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Basic protection and coordination concepts
  • Distribution system fundamentals
  • Protective device characteristics and application considerations for circuit breakers/relays, reclosers, sectionalizers, and fuses
  • Coordination of overcurrent protective devices
  • Transformer protection
  • Capacitor bank protection
  • Reliability and power quality considerations 

Throughout the seminar, attendees are given assignments to reinforce the concepts and procedures covered. Also, a comprehensive system protection and coordination example is developed, connecting many of the seminar topics. Software tools for simplifying the coordination process are briefly discussed and demonstrated. 

This course is eligible for 2.0 CEU or 20 PDH continuing education credits.
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