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207 Electrical Grounding and Application 3-Day Training



There is a lot of misunderstanding in the subject of electrical grounding. This course will help you understand the subject of grounding and bonding from its basic principles to the most common applications in the industry today. This course will discuss the NEC requirements for proper grounding and bonding, equipment ground fault protection & coordination, lightning protection system grounding & bonding, and substation grounding grids.

After taking this course, you will be able to address the majority of grounding challenges you might find at work. Also, you will be able to apply this newly acquired knowledge to situations not specifically explained in this course.

Why You Should Attend this Course:

Electrical grounding is essential to electrical safety, equipment protection, and continuity of service.  Electrical shock in general, electrocution, uncontrolled arcing ground faults, thunderstorm damage to crucial electronic sensitive devices (computers, telecom, controls, etc.), and many other challenges affecting power quality are consequences of bad electrical grounding.

Since all these adverse consequences are related to bad electrical grounding, it is imperative that the responsible engineer understands how to identify and correct electrical installations with bad grounding.  Additionally, these issues should have high priority when allocating budgets for running a reliably electrical distribution system. 


Basic computer skills
Basic working knowledge of the SKM PTW Software
Students are urged to review:
NEC 2014: Section 250, Grounding and Bonding
IEEE STD 142-2007, Green Book
IEEE STD 1100-2005, Emerald Book
IEEEE Std. 80-2000, IEEE Guide for Safety in AC Substation Grounding

Course Description:

The first part of this course will cover grounding and bonding according to the NEC and other IEEE standards. We will explain the basics concepts on why and how to ground.

Demonstrate that the main challenge is potential difference and that bonding is the preferred solution method instead of having a low resistance to ground (the proposed magic bullet to solve grounding problems). There will be hands-on exercises where you will apply the acquired knowledge to solve grounding challenges.

This course will also cover ground fault protection and coordination. The SKM software will be used to simulate grounding challenges and propose solutions. Again, you will engage in hands-on exercises to solve ground fault protection and coordination problems.

Lightning phenomena will be explained to show why it is important to understand these phenomena when designing adequate lightning grounding systems. Negative effects of direct lightning strikes as well has how this energy is coupled to our electrical system in indirect strikes will also be discussed.

Understand how to calculate step and touch potentials for a reliable and efficient grounding grid for outdoor substations using the formulas contained in IEEE Std
80-2000. The SKM Ground Mat software will be used to provide a hands-on exercise designing an outdoor substation grounding grid and solve a grounding grid challenge.

Students will earn 2.4 CEUs for this course.


Target Audience:

This course is intended for electric power engineers responsible for the designing, maintaining, inspecting, or managing electrical distribution systems. No previous electrical distribution or ground system analysis experience is required.

Course 207 2017 Electrical Ground and Application 3-Day Training
Course Dates September 11, 12, 13 in Torrance, CA
Course Hours 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Wednesday
Course Fees $1,695 for 207 Electrical Grounding and Application 3-Day Training. Does not include hotel or travel costs.
Registration Fees Include 1 Training Manual, Continental breakfast each day from 7 to 7:30 AM, On-site lunches each day, Group dinner on Monday after the class (Torrance, CA only), and an IEEE Certificate of Completion.
Training Equipment SKM will provide a computer with the software installed for the Torrance location only when requested. However, students are highly encouraged to bring their own laptop computers. SKM will provide the latest version of the PTW software prior to the class for installation. License key will be provided on the first day of the course.
Course Location The Torrance DoubleTree Hotel at South Bay address is 21333 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance, CA 90503 and is located 10 miles South of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Airport transportation is approximately $30 for a taxi or $15 for SuperShuttle. The hotel is also conveniently located 2.5 miles east of the beach and the Redondo Pier. Restaurants and shops are within walking distance from the hotel. Parking and wireless internet usage at the hotel is complimentary.

For Torrance DoubleTree Hotel reservations, call 1-800-445-8667 and be sure to ask for the SKM corporate rate of $159 per night.


Please wait for enrollment confirmation prior to booking flight and hotel reservations as classes often become full.  Enrollment is not guaranteed before confirmation.