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Improving Motor and Drive System Performance

COURSE NO: E06-006
Improving Motor and Drive System Performance
Course Highlights

This online PDH course presents the basics of motor and drive systems and briefly describes important terms, relationships, and system design considerations. It also provides a roadmap for finding opportunities to improve motor performance, as well as exploring the economics of motor systems.


Electric motors, taken together, make up the single largest end use of electricity in the United States. In the U.S. manufacturing sector, electric motors used for machine drives such as pumps, conveyors, compressors, fans, mixers, grinders, and other materials handling or processing equipment account for about 54% of electricity consumption.


To achieve cost-effective operation and maintenance of a motor and drive system, operators must pay attention to the entire system as well as to its individual components. Often, when investigating efficiency opportunities, operators are so focused on the immediate demands of this equipment that they overlook the bigger picture, which includes the ways in which system parameters affect all the equipment.


This 6 PDH online course is intended for electrical and mechanical engineers, contractors, manufacturers, building professionals and others interested in learning more about improving motor and drive system performance.
Learning Objectives

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

  • Detecting the indications of a poor system design
  • Learning about the different types of electric motors
  • Understanding motor operating characteristics
  • Selecting motors and drives for their corresponding applications
  • Understanding load duty cycles
  • Familiarizing with common motor selection problems
  • Understanding the framework for addressing seven efficiency opportunities
  • Familiarizing with the steps that could be considered to improve motor performance
  • Gaining a basic understanding of the economic considerations of motor systems
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the document, "Improving Motor and Drive System Performance" which is based on the U.S. Department of Energy document "Improving Motor and Drive System Performance" publication number DOE/GO-102014-4356.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty (30) questions to earn 6 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire 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

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