Seminar Overview

Available in both virtual and in-person, instructor-led formats, this two-day Generators & Emergency Power course is designed for anyone involved with power generation equipment in their plant or facility. Students will learn how to select, install, operate, and maintain generators, as well as how to isolate and repair generator problems. This course can help companies avoid the disastrous consequences of power failure and ensure that facilities continue running even when the electricity doesn’t.

This 2-day seminar is just $1,195. 

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What is Virtual Instructor-led Training (VILT)?

Virtual training offers another solution to your emergency generator training needs. VILT, or Virtual Instructor-Led Training, provides a live audiovisual classroom environment over the internet with 100% instructor interaction. Employees can take virtual emergency power training from the comfort of their own homes or workplace — all that’s needed is an internet connection, a microphone, a webcam, and a computer or mobile device. Full audio and video capabilities equip your employees with the emergency generator skills they need to perform their jobs safely and effectively. 

Virtual training may include emergency generator simulation training. Simulation training creates an immersive virtual environment, which is used to provide hands-on experience with essential emergency power processes and concepts. Simulation training has proven an effective means of improving learning retention while providing practical experience employees can immediately put to work in your facility.

Visit our Virtual Instructor-Led Training page to learn more about the benefits of VILT.

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Day One - Discussion Topics


  • Why Generators are Needed
  • Types of Outages
  • Code Requirements
  • Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and Cogeneration

Electrical Fundamentals

  • Calculate Max Current
  • AC vs. DC
  • Real vs. Apparent Power

AC Generators (Alternators

  • Brushless
  • Zigzag
  • Exciter
  • Voltage Regulator

Alternator Loading

  • Transient Voltages
  • Recovery Time
  • Startup Current
  • Generator Sizing
  • UPS Systems

Generator Grounding

  • Portable vs. Mobile Generators
  • Bonding vs. Grounding
  • Setting up a Grounding System

Protection and Transfer of Electric Power

  • One-Line Diagrams
  • Switchgear
  • Circuit Breakers
  • Transfer Switches
  • Open vs. Closed Transition
  • Load Banks
  • Wet-Stacking

Generator Controls

  • Governors
  • Voltage Regulators
  • PID Loops
  • Load Sharing

Day Two - Discussion Topics

Engine Protection

  • System Control and Monitoring
  • Engine Control Unit (ECU)
  • Emergency Stop
  • SCADA System

Troubleshooting and Maintaining Generator Electrical Components

  • Maintaining Batteries
  • Maintaining Automatic Transfer Switch
  • Governor and Exciter Troubleshooting
  • Checking DiodesElectrical Tests Using the Megohmmeter

Generators – Mechanical

  • Prime Movers
  • Types of Internal Combustion Engines
  • Cooling System
  • Lubrication System
  • Overspeed System
  • Fuel Storage Issues
  • Sound Attenuation
  • Developing a Generator Service Schedule

UPS Systems:  Components, Problems, Maintenance

  • Components
  • Problems
  • Maintenance

The Future of Power Generation

  • Renewable Energy

Fuel Cells

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Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Upon completion of this seminar, the student will receive a certification of completion with 8 classroom hours (.8 TPC Training CEUs) per day attended. Visit our continuing education units page to determine if this class is accepted by  your state licensing agency.

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Optional Certification Exam

A certification exam is available for this course; students may order it at any time after the training is over. Please visit the Testing and Certification page for more information.