Electrical Engineering for Non‑Electrical Engineers Certificate Program

This Certificate is a 100% online program. The certificate consists of four modules covering different areas of Electrical Engineering (EE) from basic knowledge to application. It includes electrical engineering basics, electrical equipment, electrical power system, and engineering design and implementation.

What you will learn

Module I: Electrical Engineering Basics

Electrons, current, voltage, resistance, inductance, capacitance, circuit schematics, electro-magnetism, Ohm's law, Kirchhoff's law, Maxwell’s laws, Faraday’s law, power, energy, series circuits, parallel circuits, and series-parallel circuits, RC circuits, RL circuits, RLC circuits. DC circuits, AC circuits, electrical terminology, electrical analysis and calculations.

Module II: Electrical Equipment

Generators, transformers, rectifiers, inverters, UPS, motors, variable speed drive, circuit breakers, switchgears, motor control center (MCC), panels, relays, fuses, contactors, starters, switches, resistors, capacitors, inductors, electrical instrumentation, protective devices, lighting, cables, conduits, cable trays, batteries and cells, analysis and calculations.

Module III: Electrical Power System

Generation, grid voltage and frequency, transmission, distribution, industrial and retail systems, single phase and three phase power, voltage regulation, voltage categories (high, medium, low), protective system, system stability and reliability, electrical faults, tripping, outages, power factor, load factor, service factor, electrical demand, analysis and calculations.

Module IV:  Engineering Design and Implementation

Preliminary and detailed engineering involving requirements and specification, conceptual and detailed design, analysis, documentation, codes and standards compliance, safety and protections features, reliability & maintainability (R&M), quality assurance, procurement, installation, commissioning, start-up, and project management.

Who should attend

This course is intended for non-electrical engineers who would like to learn about electrical engineering (EE) in a condensed time frame and from a practical point of view and/or for those who would just like to communicate effectively with EE personnel in a team environment. The course is designed to provide attendees with sufficient knowledge to move into the field of electrical engineering application. It is applicable to technical and supervisory personnel. It is presumed that participants come from a setting where they can apply the knowledge received.

Course content

This online certificate consists of four modules. Live online sessions are every Thursday, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).


The fee for each module is $1195 OR Register and pay $4400 for the entire Certificate in advance and save $380! Please contact Chris Abraham at 902-494-8042 or 1-800-565-8867 for more information.

Certificate requirements

It is highly recommended that participants complete the four modules in sequential order.  The certificate is awarded after the completion of the four modules, including all quizzes and final examinations. This represents approximately 200 hours of training which includes online sessions, home study, assignments and examination preparation. The participants must attain a minimum of 65% for each module and an aggregate average of at least 75% in the program.

Required textbook

Electrical Engineering for Non-Electrical Engineers, 2nd edition, by S. Bobby Rauf, available at Amazon and book stores.


S (Sam) Basu, PhD., PEng., is a registered Professional Engineer (retired) with over 40 years of experience in the field of Electrical Engineering (EE), and Instrumentation and Control (I&C). 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 PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the 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 and I&C 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 (2004-2008). He defined scope and system requirements, performed design analysis, conducted research, supported construction and commissioning, and provided engineering assistance at the plants during operation and maintenance. In addition to upfront work, he guided and inspected the work of engineering consultants, monitored construction at site and supported plant commissioning and start-up, and spent full time inside the plant. Sam was involved in resolving and troubleshooting difficult problems during all phases of the project, viz., engineering, construction, operation and maintenance. He also performed quality assurance audits and assisted field personnel in solving complicated technical issues.

Over the years Sam was directly involved during the implementation of digital technology in the power plants (microcomputers, programmable controllers, DCSs, digital control computers and safety shutdown computers).