GE Launches Lighting and Electrical Continuing Education Program

CLEVELAND, Ohio — (NYSE: GE)  Beginning in June 2007, GE Appliances & Lighting will begin offering lighting and electrical engineers, designers and consultants accredited continuing professional education courses that satisfy learning requirements of the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP). 

Courses available include one–hour presentations at a company's facility, scheduled lectures in easy–to–reach locations around the country and Specifier Technical Tuesday webcasts that will be conducted the first Tuesday of every month.

"The content of our Continuing Education Program reflects the general information needs and continuing education requirements that customers have asked us to address," says Norm Sowards, general manager of commercial and industrial marketing, GE Appliances & Lighting. "We are honored to contribute to the professional development of the specification and design communities."

To learn more or inquire about course scheduling, lighting and electrical engineers, designers and consultants could visit www.geci– or contact a local GE specification engineer.

Courses being offered include:

One Line Design
The most important long–term benefit of the single–line diagram is coordination of the electrical system. Coordination is the sequenced operation of the electrical protective devices so that the device nearest to the fault operates to clear the fault, and no other devices operate. This course examines how to properly design a one–line and gives the engineer helpful suggestions to give the diagram better coordination.

AC Drive Application
This course takes an in–depth look at how to properly specify a motor for VFD use with any brand of VFD. Harmonic mitigation methods are examined to describe how to connect VFDs to a power line and how they change the power line. The class will examine how harmonics affect the specifying of AC motors with AFD. It will use practical applications to demonstrate alternatives for harmonic mitigation.

AC Drive Basics
This course gives a basic introduction to how an adjustable frequency drive works. The first section of the course on AC drives examines the technology and the different applications to use the drives. The second section of the course concentrates on AC motor basics. It examines the terminology and applications of AC Motors.

Series Ratings
This course gives an introduction to the concept of series ratings as applied to low voltage equipment (specifically panel boards, switchboards, circuit breakers and fuses). The material will review the fundamentals of selectivity as it relates to fully rated devices, fully rated equipment, series–rated devices, series–rated equipment and current–limiting products.

Ground Fault Protection
This basic course covers the commonly used methods of ground fault protection on low voltage systems (600VAC and below).

Field Testing of Circuit Breakers
This class fosters understanding of circuit breaker protection fundamentals, basic time current curves and NEMA factory testing. It will cover specific examples of NETA/NEMA field testing.

Motor and Drive Application Basics
Harmonic mitigation methods are examined to describe how to connect VFDs to a power line and how they change the power line. The class will examine how harmonics affect the specifying of AC motors with AFD. It will use practical applications to demonstrate alternatives for harmonic mitigation.

Pump Control Applications
This course will compare and contrast the different methods of electric motors driving pumps. It will review the four methods of pump control and show the proper application for each. The class highlights the pros and cons of the different technologies and presents potential application issues.

Power Management Applications
We use power management to improve facility uptime, manage energy costs, analyze power quality and interface better with related systems. It's all about proactively managing a facility. This first course on PMCS focuses on the hardware (specific device choices).

Switchboard and Switchgear Applications
Many consultants need to know the difference between switchgear and switchboards and understand how each one works. There is also a lot of confusion on the differences between ANSI, UL, and NEMA and how they relate to the product. This class sorts it out and helps consultants understand space considerations, thus making the specification various products much easier.

Ballast Basics
The ballast is a device for starting and regulating the current in fluorescent and HID lamps. Without the help of the proper ballast, a lamp will not work as effectively as it could or possibly not even at all. The ballast provides a high voltage to establish an arc between electrodes, regulates current to stabilize light output, supplies correct voltage for lamp operation and compensates for voltage variations.

Lighting Control and Codes
Selecting the right lamp and ballasts is just one part of controlling energy costs. Another way to control total lighting costs is through lighting control systems and day lighting. This course will cover some options.

The class discusses the two most commonly used building codes affecting the lighting industry today. It will review the lighting requirements of each code and then look at information regarding the federal tax incentives available for exceeding the 90.1–2001 standard.

Dimming and Fluorescent Performance
Learn the Pro and Cons of installing a fluorescent dimming system. Incandescent dimming can provide energy savings and longer life to the lamps. Fluorescent dimming systems are different. Learn how to evaluate and properly apply fluorescent dimming.

Temperature Effects on Lighting
Temperatures inside a facility can do more than make individuals inside the area uncomfortable. The life of a lamp, life of a ballast, and the lumen output are all affected by temperature.

Fluorescent Lighting Applications
The hottest trend in lighting today is replacing HID fixtures with fluorescent high bay fixtures. Debate centers on the use of T8 lamps vs. T5 lamps, and instant start ballasts vs. programmed rapid start ballasts. With less than a two–year payback, this trend seems like a sure winner. But wait, HID fights back. What is in store next year with electronic HID ballasts and CMH® lamps? This workshop will explore the variety of options and how to evaluate.