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An Introduction to Electrical Code, Drawings, Controls and Lighting Systems

COURSE NO: E11-001
An Introduction to Electrical Code, Drawings, Controls and Lighting Systems
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course introduces the reader to the National Electric Code (NEC) and some of its mainstream tenets, as well as articles of the code that find common applications in electrical power distribution design. It also informs the reader about the legal and 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. Further, 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.


Finally, 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 presented.


This 11 PDH online course is applicable to engineers of all disciplines, as well as technicians, facilities managers and executives who are not intimately familiar with electrical engineering principles and practices.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding of the National Electric Code (NEC)
  • Understanding the NEC's role in the safe design of electrical power distribution equipment
  • Understanding the NEC's role in the O&M of electrical power distribution equipment
  • Familiarization with commonly used electrical drawings
  • Knowing the relationship between electrical power distribution drawings and the NEC
  • Understanding how PLC's function, their key components and how they are programmed
  • Exploring cost saving ideas related to electrical power in the industrial/commercial sector
  • Understanding of lighting metrics, concepts and principles
  • Understanding of light sources and lighting system design
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "Introduction to Electrical Code, Drawings, Controls and Lighting Systems" which is based on the principles in the book Electrical Engineering for Non-Electrical Engineers, S. Bobby Rauf, Fairmont Press, 2013.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Introduction to Electrical Codes, Drawings, Controls and Lighting Systems (6.4 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifty-five (55) questions to earn 11 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire course document.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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