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Specialty Courses


Underground Power Design for Distribution Utilities


Underground Design Considerations

NESC Requirements for Underground Layouts

Equipment and Conductors

Transformer Sizing

Protection Devices
Maintenance Issues

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Time & Location

October 7 - 25, 2024

Day 1 - 8:30am , Last Day - 5:00pm

Online, self-paced

About this Course

The online version of the UTS Underground Power Design for Distribution Utilities course covers the same topics as our classroom version. The course includes lesson exercises, weekly quizzes and a non-proctored online final exam.



Pre-requisite: Attendees need a basic understanding of distribution power systems & line design

Hours: 14    CEUs: 1.4(PDHs: 14)

Training developed for: Staking/Field Technicians; Distribution Line Workers; System and Line Designers; Engineers; Utility Managers; Engineering Managers; System Engineers; Line Inspection personnel; and Electric Utility Contractors. 

This 2-week online course introduces students to the basics of engineering design for underground distribution. The course presents some of the common reasons for designing underground power distribution, advantages and disadvantages of underground vs. overhead distribution and major factors to consider when designing for underground power. Students look at underground cable types, installation, equipment options and applications, and NESC requirements for preparing underground distribution layouts. Students review single and 3-phase transformer sizing and voltage drop calculations. Instruction also includes an overview of protection devices and maintenance issues unique to underground systems.


*Course handbook provided. 

The Course Process

Course Access: Students will be allowed to log in and work at their own pace (within access dates of the course) and will be responsible for checking weekly assignments, course notes and for submitting all assignments by listed due dates.

Reading Assignments: Students will be given weekly reading assignments from UTS handbook provided in course packet, as well as supplements which may be available on the course website.

Lesson Exercises: Students will read and complete online lesson exercises to demonstrate comprehension of basic engineering design concepts and calculations. These exercises are incorporated into the online course lessons and must be completed before weekly quizzes are accessible. 


Quizzes: Students will be given opportunity to demonstrate understanding of material from handbook, worksheets, reading supplements and NESC by completing weekly online quizzes. Quizzes will consist of T/F, multiple choice, and short answer questions. Students will be allowed 3 attempts at each quiz, with highest score retained. Score of 90 or better on the quiz is required to progress to next week’s lesson.

Final Exam: Once all course assignments and quizzes are complete, students will take an online final quiz/exam. Exam proctor not required for this final exam. 1 attempt is allowed for the final exam.

Grading – Course is a Pass/Retake based on final exam score (70 or better). Weekly assignments and quizzes may be factored into final grade.

Certificates: Students will receive a certificate of successful completion (mailed) upon passing the course.

Registration Deadline

Deadline for registration is September 27, 2024. Registrations will be confirmed via email, but participants are not guaranteed space in the class until payment is received. Thank you!


Cancellations/No Shows/Substitutions

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before September 27, 2024 are entitled to a full refund of their registration fee. Registrants who cancel after September 27, 2024 will not receive a refund, but participant substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by September 27, 2024 are responsible for the full registration. 

Registration & Price

Underground Power Design

October 7 - 25, 2024 - ONLINE

Important: When you SUBMIT this Registration Form, you will be taken to a course confirmation page. If you are not routed to this page, please contact us at: 404-890-5514, ext 105 or [email protected]


Pricing - $1130/person

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