Electrical Engineering Course IV

EE – IV Introduction to Electrical Code, Drawings, Controls and Lighting Systems – 11 PDH



In this 11 PDH course, you’ll learn and get introduced to…

  • NEC, National Electric Code
  • Arc Flash hazard associated with electrical equipment and the NFPA 70 E
  • Examples of National Electric Code application
  • Common electrical standards
  • Electrical drawings and application of NEC to electrical power distribution system design
  • Introduction to PLC’s, Programmable Logic Controllers, and relay ladder logic based PLC programming
  • Illumination and lighting systems


This self-study text introduces the reader to the NEC, National Electric Code, and some of its mainstream tenets
. This text introduces the reader to articles of the code that find common applications in electrical power distribution design. This text informs the reader about legal, regulatory, weight of the code–the fact that it’s not just a voluntary standard. Readers are advised on how to enhance their knowledge of the code and why interpretation of the more profound aspects and interpretation of the code should be conducted by experienced electrical engineers.

Three common types of electrical drawings are discussed. These include a one-line power distribution schematic, a wiring diagram and electrical control drawings. The objective of this segment is to inculcate basic understanding of electrical symbols, electrical drawing conventions and electrical design strategy. In addition, the reader will be provided a brief introduction to PLC Relay Ladder Logic Programming.

The reader is introduced to common industrial and commercial electrical power rate schedules. A few “low hanging fruit” type electrical energy cost savings opportunities are explored.

Fundamental principles and concepts of illumination are introduced. Basic metrics associated with illumination and essentials of lighting system design are covered. Basic computational methods and illumination analysis associated with lighting system design are covered.

Cross-discipline analogies are borrowed from mechanical, hydraulics and civil engineering disciplines, where applicable, to better illustrate the fundamental concepts of electrical engineering. This seminar caters to engineers of all disciplines, as well as technicians, facilities managers and executives who are not intimately familiar with electrical engineering principles and practices. The seminar is based on the principles in the book
Electrical Engineering for Non-Electrical Engineers, by S. Bobby Rauf, Fairmont Press, 2013.

Specific knowledge and skills you take away….

  • Better understanding of the NEC, National Electric Code, and its role in ensuring safe
    design, operation and maintenance of electrical power distribution equipment
  • Familiarization with commonly used electrical drawings
  • Better appreciation of the relationship between electrical power distribution drawings and the National Electrical Code
  • Understanding of how PLC’s function, their key components, and how they are programmed
  • Cost savings ideas related to electrical power in the industrial and commercial sector
  • Understanding of lighting metrics, concepts, and principles
  • Better understanding of light sources and lighting system design