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Fundamentals of UPS and Battery Systems

Course Description

This 4-day intensive workshop is designed to provide professionals with the essential skills and knowledge to effectively manage, maintain, and troubleshoot Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems and batteries. The course combines theoretical insights with extensive hands-on training, focusing on UPS technology, battery management, and practical troubleshooting techniques. Participants will engage in real-world scenarios, utilizing advanced equipment and simulators to master the complexities of UPS systems and battery maintenance, with references to NERC standards.

Course Objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the architecture and operation of various UPS systems.
  • Perform critical battery tests and maintenance procedures to ensure system reliability.
  • Diagnose and troubleshoot common issues in UPS systems and battery packs.
  • Implement best practices in UPS system installation, testing, and maintenance, adhering to NERC standards.

Day 1: Overview and Operation of UPS Systems

  • Introduction to UPS systems: Types, significance, and components.
  • Operational stages of UPS systems: Rectification, DC Bus, and Inversion.
  • Hands-on: Discovery of UPS components using scopes and meters to trace and understand the flow through various components.

Day 2: Battery Management and Maintenance

  • Detailed study of battery technologies: Types, application in industrial settings, selection criteria, failure modes, and maintenance strategies.
  • Hands-on Training: Performing battery capacity, load bank, impedance, and conductance tests, focusing on application-specific considerations.
  • Hands-on: Identifying and addressing common battery issues, emphasizing the selection of appropriate battery types for specific applications.

Day 3: Advanced Troubleshooting Techniques

  • Advanced troubleshooting strategies for UPS systems, with an emphasis on practical, real-world solutions.
  • Overview of protection systems and emergency response strategies for UPS system failures.
  • Hands-on: Complex troubleshooting exercises using both simulators and actual UPS equipment.

Day 4: Maintenance Planning and NERC Standards

  • Developing a comprehensive UPS and battery maintenance plan, incorporating CSA Z463 and NERC standards to ensure compliance and best practices.
  • Case studies on the application of NERC standards in UPS and battery maintenance.
  • Hands-on: Final project – Developing and presenting a maintenance strategy that meets regulatory requirements.

Hands-on Training

  • Equipment and Simulators: Access to a wide array of UPS systems and batteries for practical learning.
  • Scenario-Based Exercises: Real-world troubleshooting and maintenance challenges.
  • Interactive Projects: Collaborative projects to deepen understanding of system integration, maintenance complexities, and regulatory compliance.

Who Should Attend

  • Electrical and Maintenance Technicians
  • Facility and Operations Managers
  • Energy Systems Engineers
  • Professionals responsible for ensuring power system reliability
Next Fundamentals of UPS and Battery Systems Courses
September 17 – 20, 2024 Sherwood Park, AB OR24482 $3599.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
October 21 – 24, 2024 Lloydminster, AB OR24483 $3599.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
November 18 – 21, 2024 Edmonton, AB OR24709 $3599.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
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  • Amanda Cardinal, Syncrude
    I found the course interesting. Personally, I do not have much experience with UPS, but after taking this, I feel like I might be able to assist with a PM. There was also some good info on batteries and their maintenance that I will take back to my current role.
  • Bradley Demott, Epcor
    The course was interesting with good knowledge. I loved being able to build and take apart equipment for hands-on testing.
  • Colin Rowsell, Syncrude
    Excellent course, especially considering it's the first run. Lots of equipment to test, measure, and play with. I would recommend it to others who work on UPS and batteries.
  • Rory Tiessen, Syncrude
    We had a lot of opportunities to ask questions, and the instructions for the lab were clear. We also had a lot of fun and no one got hurt as there was a good focus on safety.

Course topics

I. Fundamentals of UPS Systems

Objective: Understand the basic architecture, types, and operational principles of UPS systems.

II. Discovering UPS Components

Objective: Identify and understand the functions of key UPS components using diagnostic tools.

III. Battery Technology and Applications

Objective: Learn about different battery types and their specific applications in UPS systems.

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I. Fundamentals of UPS Systems

Objective: Understand the basic architecture, types, and operational principles of UPS systems.

  • Overview of UPS System Types (Online, Line-interactive, Offline)
  • Key Components of UPS Systems
  • Operational Stages: Rectification, DC Bus, Inversion
  • Importance of UPS Systems in Industrial Settings
  • Basic UPS System Configurations

II. Discovering UPS Components

Objective: Identify and understand the functions of key UPS components using diagnostic tools.

  • Introduction to Diagnostic Tools (Scope and Meter)
  • Tracing the Electrical Flow through UPS Components
  • Rectifiers, Batteries, and Inverters Overview
  • Safety Precautions in Handling UPS Components
  • Practical Component Discovery Exercise

III. Battery Technology and Applications

Objective: Learn about different battery types and their specific applications in UPS systems.

  • Types of Batteries Used in UPS Systems
  • Application-Specific Battery Selection
  • Battery Failure Modes and Maintenance Strategies
  • Conducting Battery Capacity and Load Tests
  • Safety Considerations in Battery Maintenance

IV. UPS System Maintenance and Testing

Objective: Perform maintenance and testing procedures to ensure UPS system reliability.

  • Preventive Maintenance Practices for UPS Systems
  • UPS Testing Procedures (Load Testing, Battery Testing)
  • Identifying Common UPS System Failures
  • Troubleshooting Techniques for UPS Systems
  • Documentation and Record Keeping

V. Advanced UPS Troubleshooting Techniques

Objective: Diagnose and troubleshoot complex issues in UPS systems using advanced strategies.

  • Advanced Diagnostic Tools and Techniques
  • Scenario-Based Troubleshooting Exercises
  • Protection Systems and Emergency Response
  • UPS System Recovery Procedures
  • Implementing Redundancy and Failover Mechanisms

VI. Developing a UPS and Battery Maintenance Plan

Objective: Create a comprehensive maintenance plan for UPS systems, incorporating CSA Z463 guidelines.

  • Understanding CSA Z463 Maintenance Guidelines
  • Components of a UPS Maintenance Plan
  • Scheduling and Conducting Regular Maintenance Checks
  • Maintenance Plan Documentation and Compliance
  • Case Study: Implementing a Maintenance Plan in an Industrial Setting

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  • Norm Jewitt

    Years of Experience
    39

    He began his career in the electrical trade by engaging in construction activities at a potash mine located west of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Since then, he has accumulated experience in various facets of the electrical trade, including construction, commissioning, and maintenance.Norm has contributed his skills to the commercial, industrial, and mining sectors. Additionally, he successfully managed...

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    • Nathan Janz, Inter Pipeline Ltd
      Norm was very knowledgeable. He would throw in an example or have a story about a job he had done, which had helped me understand the material we were going through.
    • Shawn Thistle, Syncrude Canada
      Norm was great, a very knowledgeable guy, and answered questions with relatable stories.
    • Doug Power, ChampionX
      Norm was personable and relatable to real life scenarios. He was patient and helpful to those who had struggle and helped along the way to keep everyone up to par.
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  • I found the course interesting. Personally, I do not have much experience with UPS, but after taking this, I feel like I might be able to assist with a PM. There was also some good info on batteries and their maintenance that I will take back to my current role.

    Amanda Cardinal, Syncrude
  • The course was interesting with good knowledge. I loved being able to build and take apart equipment for hands-on testing.

    Bradley Demott, Epcor
  • Excellent course, especially considering it's the first run. Lots of equipment to test, measure, and play with. I would recommend it to others who work on UPS and batteries.

    Colin Rowsell, Syncrude
  • We had a lot of opportunities to ask questions, and the instructions for the lab were clear. We also had a lot of fun and no one got hurt as there was a good focus on safety.

    Rory Tiessen, Syncrude

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