Electrical Essentials for Control Practitioners

Develop your skills in electrical engineering

The Electrical Essentials for Control Practitioners certificate program assists students in the field of Process Instrumentation and Control (PIC) engineering through theoretical and practical knowledge in electrical engineering.  Students will develop electrical skills through an academic and practical approach to the control of both electrical equipment and industrial PIC in manufacturing, process control, servicing and utility industries.

Details at a glance

Instruction Method: 100% Online
Program Length: October 6 2020 to July 20, 2021 (Three modules)
Fee: Register for the full certificate and save $285. For more information on registering for the full certificate, please contact Program Manager, Chris Abraham

What will I learn?

You will receive valuable training in electrical engineering basics, mathematical expressions and critical thinking, which are essential for success. In today’s high-tech world, electronic control systems play a vital role. A solid understanding of electrons, sensors, semi-conductors, and digital devices will be part of the program.

Upon successful completion of this 3-module program, the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate, design and specify electrical system (power, control and protection).
  • Design and specify low voltage power generation.
  • Design, test, and commission industrial control power systems.
  • Analyze, configure and assist in electrical design of industrial control power systems.
  • Maintain & troubleshoot electrical control equipment.
  • Apply knowledge of electrical safety codes, standards, and practices.

Who should attend?

This certificate program is well-suited for those seeking to learn installation, calibration, maintenance and repair of instruments, including analog and digital control systems, while also learning to troubleshoot equipment and instrumentation.

Certificate Details


Module I: Electrical Fundamentals

7 weeks, 2020-2021 Term: October 6, 2020 to November 17, 2020

1) Electrical Fundamentals
2) Electrical Components and Circuits
3) Direct Current (DC)
4) Alternating Current (AC)

For full details, please go the module page.

Module II: Electrical and Electronic Equipment

6 weeks, 2020-2021 Term: February 23  to March 30, 2021

5) Electrical Measurement and Instrumentation
6) Control and Safety Equipment
7) Solid State Devices
8) Energy Sources and Power Generation

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Module III: Electrical and Control Power

5 weeks, 2020-2021 Term: June 22 to July 20, 2021

9) Power Supply Distribution
10) Electrical and Control Drawings
11) System Control and Analysis
12) Design, Installation and Maintenance

For full details, please go to the module page.

Certificate Requirements

It is highly recommended that participants complete all the modules in sequential order.  The certificate is awarded after the completion of all modules, including module quizzes and final examination. This represents approximately 150 hours of training which includes online sessions, home study, assignments and examination preparation. The participants must attain a minimum of 65 percent for each module and an aggregate average of at least 75 percent in the program.

Required Textbook

Electrical and Electronic Principles and Technology, 6th edition, John Bird. Available from Amazon. Price is $57.74 for paperback.


S (Sam) Basu, Ph.D., P.Eng., is a registered Professional Engineer (retired) with over 40 years of experience in the field of Electrical Engineering (EE), Control and Reliability Engineering. He worked for Ontario Hydro, Ontario Power Generation and Bruce Power in Power plant design, construction and operation. He holds Master of Applied Science (MASc) and Ph. D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Waterloo.  He has presented many papers at conferences and has participated in the development of international standards for nuclear power plant under International Atomic Energy Commission, Vienna. Sam's engineering activities cover the design and development of electrical, control and safety systems including digital systems for Ontario’s nuclear power plants at Pickering, Bruce and Darlington. He was actively involved during the Bruce A nuclear power refurbishment project from start to finish working at the plant site (2004-2012). He defined scope and design requirements, performed design analysis, conducted research, supported construction and commissioning, and provided engineering assistance during operation and maintenance. He guided and inspected the work of engineering consultants, monitored construction work and supported commissioning and start-up. Sam was involved in resolving and troubleshooting problems during all phases of the project, viz., engineering, construction, operation and maintenance. He performed quality assurance audits and dealt with the regulators on matters related to reliability, maintainability, safety, and risk assessment. Over the years Sam was directly involved during the implementation of digital technology in the power plants (microcomputers, programmable controllers, DCSs, control computers and safety system computers).