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Electrical Engineering Fundamentals: Motors, Generators & Power Distribution

COURSE NO: E08-003
Electrical Engineering Fundamentals: Motors, Generators & Power Distribution
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course introduces the reader to the concept of load factor, its role in power quality considerations and electrical energy cost reduction through peak shaving. Significance of electrical equipment service factor and voltage regulation of power distribution systems is highlighted. Electric power bill calculation in residential, commercial and industrial arena is illustrated.


DC and AC motors and generators are introduced. Basic principles and equations governing the operation and performance of electric motors are presented. Common calculations involving electric motors are covered, and illustrated through examples and self-assessment problems. The reader is introduced to the concepts of induction motor slip and the roles that slip and frequency play in determination of the motor shaft speed.


An exploratory tour of power distribution and safety equipment is conducted through the review of motor control center (MCC), power switchgear, electronic safety devices and variable frequency drives (VFD). Pictures and diagrams are used in this discussion to give the reader a "hands- on" feel of common electrical and electronic equipment.

This 8 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:

  • Learning how to calculate load factor, service factor, motor slip and motor shaft speed
  • Learning how to compute voltage regulation and electrical power bills
  • Learning how DC and AC motors and generators are constructed and their operation
  • Familiarity with power distribution and control equipment (switches, breakers, etc.)
  • Introduction to state of the art electrical and electronic safety devices
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "Electrical Engineering Fundamentals: Motors, Generators and Power Distribution" 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):
Electrical Engineering Fundamentals: Motors, Generators & Power Distribution (7.7 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of forty-four (44) questions to earn 8 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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