Course Description

A generator must be protected not only from electrical faults (stator and rotor faults) and mechanical problems (e.g. Related to turbine, boilers etc.), but it also must be protected from adverse system interaction arising if the generator goes out of step with the rest of system, loss of field winding etc. There are many abnormal conditions that can result in damage to the generator. Some of these conditions are a result of a failure within the generator or one of its subsystems and others originate in the power system itself.

The generator is one component of a complex system that includes a prime mover, an exciter, and various auxiliary systems. In addition to the detection of short circuits, the generator protection IED is therefore required to detect an array of abnormal conditions that could damage the generator or one of its subsystems.

This 100% online course will cover the main protection requirements for small/medium/and large generators used in power generation into an electric GRID system.

Who Should Attend

•    Protection & Control Technician/Technologist/Engineer (Electrical and Computer)
•    Power maintenance Technicians (Electrical)
•    Industrial Electrical/and Utilities (Electrical and Computer)
•    Protection Design Engineers (Electrical and Computer)
•    Managers/Supervisors




Students have three months from date of registration to complete this online self-directed course.

Course Outline

This 100% online program consists of six training sessions. Pre-recorded training sessions are approximately 60 minutes each and course notes are provided in pdf format. There is one final exam upon completion of all six training sessions. Participants will be given eight weeks to complete the course, including the online exam. The instructor is available by email and will respond to questions within 24 -36 hours.  

Session 1 – Basic Machine Theory and The Synchronous Generator
Session 2 – Introduction to Generator Protection
Session 3 – Winding Faults, Overloads/Overheating Protection, Overspeed Protection and Sudden Loss of Load   
Session 4 – Loss of Excitation Protection and Reverse Power Protection/Motoring
Session 5 – Inadvertent Energization Protection and Sub synchronous Oscillation Protection
Session 6 – Out of Step Protection and Single Phasing Protection
Final Exam

Required Textbook

Protective Relaying Principles and Applications by J. Lewis Blackburn Thomas J. Domin, Third or Fourth Editions available through Amazon.


Patrick C. Van Brunt, B.Sc., P.Eng., is a registered Professional Engineer with over 30 years of experience in the field of Protection and Control Engineering, working mostly in Ontario, Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He developed and delivered Protection & Control training courses for over 10 years at the 3rd largest Electrical Utility in North America as well as worked for 12 years in the field as a Protection & Control Field Engineer at Bruce Nuclear Power Development followed by two years in the department of Protection Design Engineering. He has also work as a part-time Electrical and Computer Engineering professor at Queens University in Kingston Ontario Canada.

Patrick’s engineering activities cover the development of a self-study training program of engineering Protection & Control standards and the delivery/instruction of protection philosophies and control specifications. He assisted in the complete commissioning of Specialized Protection & Control systems, guided and inspected the work of other engineers, monitored contractors on-site, and personally worked on generating plant commissioning and maintenance work. Patrick assisted generating plants in resolving and troubleshooting difficult problems from conceptual engineering to in-service and ongoing maintenance. He also assisted Construction and Maintenance and System Control Operators to resolve difficult and detail intensive technical issues. Patrick is the President of P&I Technologies Inc. - a firm specializing in Protection and Control Engineering.


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Section Title
Protection and Control: Generator Protection (100% online)
Section Schedule
Open Enrollment
Course Fee(s)
Fee + HST non-credit $1,195.00
Section Notes

Open Enrollment (Students have three months from date of registration to complete this online self-directed course)

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