Electrical Distribution Design Workshop

Back to Calendar

Electrical Distribution Design Workshop

Electrical Distribution Design Workshop

Date: January 11-14, 2021
  • Day 1: Jan 11, 2021 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Day 2: Jan 12, 2021 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Day 3: Jan 13, 2021 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Day 4: Jan 14, 2021 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Online
This event is now closed for online registration

Electrical Distribution Design

No matter how large or small your utility, it is important that you understand and can properly apply the engineering principles that underlie distribution system planning, design, construction and maintenance. At stake is safety (for the public, for your customers, and for your workers) as well as the ability of the system to delivery adequate and reliable service.

This four-part interactive course will be held online. The program is intended for:

  • Electrical Managers and Superintendents
  • Technicians
  • Crew Leaders and Crew Members
  • Engineering Staff
  • And anyone else routinely involved with the electrical distribution system

About the Instructor

Instructor: R. John Miner, Collaborative Learning – Collaboration Unlimited
John Miner is a registered professional engineer and an accomplished executive manager and educator with over 45 years of experience in the electric utility industry.

He is President of Collaborative Learning, Inc. of Austin and San Antonio, Texas, a firm that presents management and technical education programs and, through Collaboration Unlimited, provides management consulting services to the electric utility industry.

John is a frequent presenter at MMUA workshops and was formerly General Manager of Rochester Public Utilities and Chief Operating Officer for the Austin, Texas, Electric Utility Dept. He has been a course instructor for APPA for 30 years.

John is a senior life member of the IEEE and past chair of the IEEE Committee on Technology Accreditation Activities.

A 1-hour orientation is required for this course. The orientation will be held on Thursday, January 7 from 11 AM-Noon. The purpose of the orientation is to familiarize everyone with the online interactive training. Details will be emailed to registered participants.


Monday, January 11 - 8:30 AM-12:30 PM

Introductions/Overview of Course

Review of Alternating Current (AC) Electricity

  • Voltage & current sine waves & frequency
  • Resistance, reactance & impedance
  • Phase relationship, power factor & phasor concepts
  • Power triangle

Three-Phase AC Electricity

  • Wye & delta circuit connections
  • Phasor relationships & phase rotation
  • Phase balance
  • Three-phase power
  • Application examples/exercises

Tuesday, January 12 - 8:30 AM-12:30 PM

Introduction to Customer Load Estimation

  • Electrical ratings of loads
  • Connected load and demand
  • Load diversity
  • Customer load data
  • Application example & exercise

Distribution Transformers

  • Transformer theory
  • Transformer impedance
  • Transformer loading
  • Transformer features & specifications
  • Application examples/exercise

Wednesday, January 13 - 8:30 AM-12:30 PM

Medium Voltage Underground Cable

  • Cable types and features
  • Cable specifications
  • Cable handling & installation
  • Application examples/exercises

Thursday, January 14 - 8:30 AM-12:30 PM

Underground Distribution Grounding

  • Purposes of grounding & grounding terminology
  • Earth resistivity & grounding resistance
  • Circuit & equipment grounding methods & practices
  • Application examples/exercise

Underground Lightning Protection

  • Nature of lightning & over-voltages
  • Basic impulse insulation level (BIL)
  • Line & equipment insulation coordination
  • Lightning arresters
  • Application examples/exercises

Underground Distribution Inspection & Maintenance

  • Regulatory requirements for maintenance (NESC)
  • Maintenance management principles
  • Underground distribution inspection & maintenance practices

*Agenda subject to change without notice.

Professional Development Hours

Earn up to fifteen (15) Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for attending this workshop. Course eligibility and number of PDHs may vary by state. Attendee is responsible for documenting their Professional Development Hours.   

Registration Fee

Members: $450 per person
Non-Members: $600 per person
NOTE: Registration fee increases $50 on December 4, 2020.

Registration fee covers pre-workshop mandatory orientation, tuition for online instruction, and course materials available via a secure portal. Participants will need to print their own materials, if desired.

NOTE: Registration is limited to the first 40 registrants.

Registration deadline: December 14, 2020 or when full.

Cancellations / Refunds

MMUA charges a $30 per person processing fee for registrations cancelled by December 14, 2020. MMUA must be notified by 4:30 pm on December 14 to qualify. Sorry, no refunds after December 14.


By registering for this event I/we authorize Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA) to photograph me at this event and use such photographs in MMUA marketing materials (both electronic and print). I/we understand that I/we will not be paid for giving this consent.


Contact Theresa Neddermeyer by calling 763.551.1230 or email tneddermeyer@mmua.org.

printable brochure is also available.


Thank You, Annual Sponsors

View all Annual Sponsors

Hometown Connections Helps MMUA Members

Hometown Connections is an American Public Power Association subsidiary that provides products and services designed to help municipal utilities meet today's new and pressing industry challenges. MMUA is a Hometown Connections Affiliate.

For information on AMI, operations, cyber-security, business strategy, customer care, finance and workforce issues, click on the Hometown Connections logo!