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Standby Diesel Generator

6.0 CPD Hours

Standard Rate
£430.00  +VAT
Member Rate
£340.00  +VAT
  • Electrical Services

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This course covers the design techniques for the selection and sizing of standby diesel generators for low voltage distribution systems within a Building Services Environment. The training is primarily aimed at electrical engineers, electricians, technical facility engineers, who want a good grounding and understanding of Standby Diesel Generators and Implications in building services.

Many engineers do not realise that generators have three fault levels, they are three times the impedance of transformers and they produce lower fault currents, compared to Transformers, hence higher harmonic distortion.

We will look at generator decrement and capability curves and demonstrate how these are applied to equipment selection. The course takes you through all aspects of generator sizing, consideration of harmonics, step loads, fuel polishing systems, design applications, specifying, and selecting the most appropriate generator for your building.

The course will provide clear concise notes and summary tables for future reference, to use in your daily activities.

Who should attend?

  • Electrical engineers of all grades
  • Electricians of all grades
  • Building services engineers
  • Property managers of all grades
  • Facility Managers of all grades
  • Building surveyors of all grades
  • Architects

This course is also applicable for anyone involved in the build process and the high-level procurement of electrical installation design or services would find this course useful as a means to increase their understanding and improve their awareness of the generator design and installation requirements.

Agenda for event
Time Description
Session 1
  • Student Exercise
  • Fault level analysis, selection of alternators / governors, selection of circuit breakers
  • Understanding decrement curves and capability curves and the impact of leading power factors and harmonics
Session 2
  • Practical approach to generator fault level analysis and use of decrement curves
  • Understanding fault level classifications and withstand capability of circuit breakers
Session 3
  • Impact of leading power factor on generators and understanding capability curves
  • Classification of governors
  • Consider alternative generator starting systems
Session 4
  • Sizing of standby diesel generators and what to consider
  • Capability of alternators / governors
  • Generator earthing and calculations
  • How to specify Standby Diesel generators


Jackie Portman

Jackie Portman


With a 35-year track record as an accomplished electrical engineer, including a decade in the Middle East overseeing multi-million pound infrastructure projects, I bring a wealth of practical experience to my work. Beyond my engineering achievements, I am passionate about education. I have had the privilege of sharing my knowledge as a lecturer and tutor at various academic levels, from HNC to undergraduate and post-graduate programs. This parallel career allows me to not only apply my technical expertise but also to nurture the next generation of engineers. It's a fulfilling aspect of my professional journey, contributing to both industry and academia.

Live Online - How to join:

This course will be hosted live online on Microsoft Teams.

A Microsoft Teams account is not required, you will be sent a link to join. 

You can choose to join on your preferred web browser, or if you already have the Microsoft Teams desktop app, click 'join meeting'.  You will then automatically join the course through the app.

Course Materials:

The course presentation and any additional materials will be sent to delegates once attendance is confirmed through a secure link.

We are working towards being more sustainable, therefore we do not recommend materials to be printed. 

What is included?

- Full days training with an industry expert trainer 

- CPD Certificate 

- PDF Course materials

Two simple ways to book:

Card - Use the 'Book Now' button at the top of this web page.

Invoice - Please fill in the booking form herePlease note you are only booked onto the course once Training has processed the form.

* If you are having any difficulties please either email us at [email protected] or call, +44 (0)20 8772 3660.

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