PROT 405: Industrial Power System Protection

Course Length: 4 Days (PDHs: 30)
Course Based Fees: $2,400*
* Plus Applicable Tax


PROT 405 provides an overview of the principles and schemes for protecting medium-voltage overhead lines and cables, transformers, buses, generators, and motors, and it introduces the fundamentals of wide-area protection in industrial power systems. The course provides basic guidelines for relay application and settings calculation. It also reviews power system faults, industrial power system grounding methods, and instrument transformers.


Engineers who need a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and solutions for protecting industrial power systems should attend this course.


Day 1

  • Power System Faults
  • Introduction to Industrial Power Systems
  • Industrial Power System Protection Fundamentals

Day 2

  • Instrument Transformers
  • Line Overcurrent Protection
  • Class Exercise: Overcurrent Protection Coordination
  • Line Directional Overcurrent, Distance, and Pilot Protection

Day 3

  • Transformer Protection
  • Class Exercise: Transformer Differential Protection
  • Class Exercise: Transformer Overcurrent Protection
  • Bus Protection
  • Class Exercise: Bus Protection

Day 4

  • Generator Protection
  • Class Exercise: Generator Protection
  • Motor Protection
  • Class Exercise: Motor Protection
  • Special Topics in Industrial Power Systems

Note: This course teaches fundamental knowledge but does not provide hands-on experience with SEL relays.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, students can:

  • Identify the challenges and solutions to industrial power system protection problems.
  • Select the appropriate protection schemes for various applications.
  • Analyze power system faults for balanced and unbalanced conditions using symmetrical components.
  • Explain industrial power system topology and grounding methods.
  • Describe current and voltage transformers and their impact on protection scheme performance.
  • Identify, apply, and calculate settings for overcurrent devices in industrial power systems.
  • Describe directional overcurrent, distance, and pilot protection schemes.
  • Identify, apply, and calculate settings for transformer and bus protection schemes.
  • Identify, apply, and calculate settings for generator and motor protection schemes.
  • Identify and apply wide-area protection schemes for industrial power systems.

Student Background and Knowledge

A degree in electrical engineering or equivalent experience is recommended. In addition, we recommend that you complete PROT 401: Protecting Power Systems for Engineers before taking PROT 405 or have the following:

  • A basic knowledge of power systems and power system protection.
  • Familiarity with transformer, generator, and induction motor characteristics.
  • A working knowledge of ac three-phase electrical circuits, trigonometry, basic calculus, complex numbers, and phasor concepts.

Click here to view our recommended reading on these topics:

  • Electric circuit analysis
  • Electric machinery that covers transformers, synchronous generators, and induction motors
  • Power systems that cover symmetrical components, fault analysis, and power system control

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