Cooper Power Systems Announces 2013 Series of CEU and PDH Accredited Workshops Providing Hands-On Learning for Engineers

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Cooper Power Systems, a provider of power delivery, power quality, power reliability, and end-point automation, announced three workshops with a combination of real world, everyday problem-solving skills, professional training materials, and instructors with extensive field experience. Engineers will benefit from the vast experience and extensive practical knowledge the instructors, degreed electrical and power engineers, bring to the workshop.

Cooper Power Systems, a division of Cooper Industries plc will provide presentations, demonstrations, and solve common problems with hands-on participation. Attendees will receive a comprehensive reference manual developed for each workshop.

“Cooper Power Systems is proud to offer these unique workshops focused on real world problem solving skills,” said Mark Thurman, president of Cooper Power Systems. “We are confident attendees will find these [continuing education unit] CEU-accredited workshops to be very beneficial in their everyday applications.”

The three-day Distribution Overcurrent Protection Workshop will provide participants with a hands-on learning experience in applying overcurrent protection schemes. Curriculum has been developed for engineers involved with the design and/or operation of overcurrent protection for utilities or industrial applications. The workshop focuses on overall system coordination rules and daily procedures. Completing this workshop will award attendees 2.1 CEUs and 21 personal development hours (PDHs). This workshop will be available in Toronto on June 4–6; Houston, Texas on Sept. 10–12; and Phoenix, Ariz on Nov. 5–7.

The Cooper Power Systems three-day Capacitors Workshop is intended for engineers engaged in the application and specification of MV and HV power capacitors for electric power systems, and covers key application topics:

  • Capacitor system benefits
  • Capacitor unit design and testing
  • Distribution capacitor application, fusing, switching and capacitor controls
  • Substation capacitor banks – types, design factors and protection
  • Capacitor overcurrent protection – fusing and relays
  • Overvoltage protection – arrester selection, unbalance protection
  • Capacitor switching and breaker selection
  • Maintenance considerations
  • Harmonics – capacitor application considerations, harmonic sources, harmonic filter types and designs
  • Capacitor applications – in series capacitor banks, HVDC and SVC

Accreditation: 2.1 CEUs (US only), 21 PDHs

Workshop Dates:

November 12 – 14, 2013, Greenwood, SC (3.5 days with optional factory tour)

The three-day Volt/Var Regulation and Optimization Workshop will provide participants with an understanding of volt/var control applications and characteristics in electric distribution systems including grounding, feeders, load, harmonics and ferro-resonance. Curriculum has been developed for electrical engineers involved with the design and/or operation of T&D or substation applications.

The workshop will focus on overall system coordination rules and daily procedures, including:

  • Develop an understanding of, and learn advanced techniques for, volt/var regulation and optimization in distribution systems.
  • Learn techniques for dependable and economical distribution voltage and power factor control using regulators and capacitors.
  • Learn the impact of distributed generation (DG) interconnected to the distribution system on volt/var regulation and optimization.

Accreditation: 1.7 CEUs (US only), 17 PDHs

Workshop Dates:

  • April 2 – 4, 2013, Waukesha, WI
  • June 25 – 27, 2013, Seattle, WA
  • October 8 – 10, 2013, Houston, TX

Cooper Power Systems holds more than 50 different workshops and classes annually for the industry. For additional information and registration, visit