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  • Start Date: 3 Jul 2012
  • End Date: 5 Jul 2012
  • Venue:
    The Place Hotel
    Ducie Street
    M1 2TP

  • Start Time: 0930
  • Rates:
    • CIBSE members rate £ 1,238.81 (£ 1032.34 ex. VAT)
    • Non members rate £ 1,348.08 (£ 1123.4 ex. VAT)

B215 Electrical Services Explained (3 days) - Manchester

Key Areas

  • Legislation & guidance
  • Basic electrical principles
  • HV & LV Electricity generation,
  • High voltage distribution and switchgear,
  • Transformers and substation design
  • Low voltage distribution and switchgear
  • Alternative and standby power supplies (generators and UPS)
  • Dangers of electricity and physiological effects of electric shock
  • Explanation of short circuits and fault currents
  • Protective systems using fuses and circuit breakers
  • Lighting & lamps with simple design calculations
  • Wiring systems and final circuits, differences between the ring and radial final circuits
  • Examples of cable sizing calculations
  • Overview of BS7671 Wiring Regs and Electricity At Work Regulations
  • Inspection and testing and certification to BS7671 IEE Wiring regulations and EAWR
  • Periodic inspection and testing of existing installations and Portable Appliance Testing
  • Certification and reporting

Course Content

This three day course will give you grounding in electrical services and equipment and a better appreciation of many of the issues associated with design, installation and maintenance of electrical systems. Delegates will develop their own engineering judgments and confidence when dealing with electrical issues.


Session 1

  • Introduction
  • Power Supplies
  • Electricity supplies at high & low voltage, maximum demand, substations, transformers, metering

Session 2

  • Generators & Uninterruptible Supplies
  • Use of generators & uninterruptible power supply systems (UPS)

Session 3

  • Distribution Switchgear & Protection
  • How main and sub-main circuits are determined, arranged and protected

Session 4

  • Fuses & Circuit Breakers
  • Selection & use for equipment protection
  • Overview of short circuits, earth faults & discrimination between devices.


Session 1

  • Lighting Systems & Control
  • Different lighting & lamp types
  • Electrical supplies and switching arrangements

Session 2

  • Power Circuits
  • Ring mains and radial circuits, their uses & application
  • Motors, starters & overloads

Session 3

  • Wiring Systems & Containment
  • Matching wiring systems to the building
  • Merits & selection of current wiring practices
  • Cabling for fire & emergency lighting systems

Session 4

  • Conductors and Cables
  • What influences the sizing of conductors to ensure safety and reliability
  • Simple cable sizing


Session 1

  • Regulations
  • Overview of the Electricity at Work Regulations and the IEE Wiring Regulations - BS 7671

Session 2

  • Inspection and Testing (I&T)

Session 3

  • Certification, Reporting
  • Portable Appliance (PAT) Testing

Session 4

  • Course Summary
  • A case study of the design and installation of a small electrical installation

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding of simple theory applied to design calculations
  • Understand the differences between high and low voltage systems and equipment
  • Awareness of substation layout of equipment
  • Appreciate the electrical plant and equipment used in main, sub main and final distribution and circuits
  • Knowledge of electric shock and the need for continued electrical safety
  • Appraisal of different type of circuit protection (fuses or circuit breakers)
  • Through simple calculation, understand the basics of lighting design
  • Appreciate the different type of wiring systems available and how to select the best system with regard to installation, maintenance and cost considerations
  • Understand the various factors applied to correct cable sizing
  • Gain an appreciation of BS7671 IEE Wiring Regulations and Electricity at Work Regulations
  • Understand the need for initial and periodic inspection and testing and PAT testing for continuing safety of electrical systems
  • Understand the role of the electrical designer, installer and tester in an electrical installation and their responsibilities concerning certification and reporting

Course timings

Registration and coffee will be at 09.00
Course will start at 09.30and finish at 17.00 each day


Who Should Attend

The course is designed for those wanting an increased level awareness of electrical systems within buildings. As per above the course is useful for non-electrical specialists including Project Managers, Architects, Mechanical & HVAC Engineers, Contractors, Facilities and Building Managers, who require a thorough appreciation of electrical systems in buildings. It is also suitable for those starting out on a career in electrical services design and installation within consultancy, contractors, in-company design engineers.

Trainer - John Woodward

John Woodward is an electrical engineer with over 30 years experience in design and project management of mechanical and electrical building services. He is a Technical Director for an Engineering Consultancy and formerly the Engineering Manager for a major UK Retailer. John is a guest lecturer for the MSc in Building Services at Loughborough University and presents other electrical courses for CIBSE.