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Engineering Operations and Maintainance Courses

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DC Power Systems Maintenance (DCPSM)

Duration: 1 Week

Course Objectives

To train personnel to carry out maintenance, routine checks and fault finding on DC Battery Systems. They shall also learn, to trouble shoot various faults on battery charging systems. This course is designed to equip technical personnel in protection; communication, marine, aviation and industry at large that have battery systems installed but need good techniques of carrying out effective battery maintenance.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge in operation of DC systems
  • Demonstrate the need for DC systems in most control equipment
  • Handle batteries with care, and maintain the batteries in respective stations to the best for assured longer life, better performance and most of all availability of the battery system.

Course Outline

  • Battery design and classification of batteries
  • Battery capacity, battery sizing
  • Application and use of batteries in utilities and the industry
  • Maintenance of various types of batteries
  • Safety as regards to battery systems in various industrial premises
  • General care during maintenance and personnel safety
  • Charging of batteries and charging systems, rectifiers and charging methods
  • Maintenance equipment for battery systems.

Target Group

Technical personnel in power utilities, communication utilities, marine, aviation industry and any personnel involved in servicing of batteries.

Distibution Lines Maintenance (DLM)

Duration: 2 Weeks

Course Objectives

To provide participants with modern concepts and practical techniques involved in distribution line maintenance; demonstrate principles and safe working practices in the construction, maintenance and operation of distribution lines and their isolation from live power systems. The course involves practise, tours to designated distribution centres and line construction sites.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Apply their knowledge, skills and values (competences) so developed during training to new and demanding industrial situations.
  • Apply skills acquired in locating, staking, erecting, setting and guying poles.
  • Apply skills acquired in stringing, joining and sagging line conductors.
  • Apply skills acquired in the improvement of services provided by the distribution departments in power utilities.

Course Outline

  • Electrical Power System Overview
  • Distribution Circuits
  • Distribution lines, Voltages and Selection
  • Line Materials and Equipment
  • Line Types and Characteristics
  • Fundamentals of Line Design
  • Locating and Staking Line
  • Erecting and Setting Poles
  • Guying Poles
  • Mounting Crossarms, Pins and Insulators
  • Stringing Line Conductors
  • Joining Line Conductors
  • Sagging Line Conductors
  • Patrolling and Inspecting Lines
  • Repair and Maintenance of Distribution Lines.
  • Safe Working Procedures and Safety Rules
  • Asset Management

Target Group

Engineers, Technicians, Technologists, Foremen, Linemen and other suitably qualified personnel engaged in distribution lines construction and maintenance.

Generator Inspection, Testing and Maintenance (GITM)

Duration: 2 Weeks

Course Objectives

To provide participants with technical theory and practice in order to enable them to prepare, plan and conduct inspections, tests and maintenance of generators and their associated equipment.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Master basic principles and skills for condition monitoring of generators.
  • Carry out routine maintenance on generators and associated equipment effectively
  • Conduct various tests associated with condition monitoring of generators
  • Apply standard safety rule and regulations

Course Outline

  • Stator frame, Casing, Core and Windings
  • Phase connectors and terminals
  • Coolers; Heat exchangers Cleanliness and leaks.
  • Rotor fan Blades, bearings, wedges and seals.
  • Rotor Centering, Balancing, weights and couplings.
  • Seal and Lube-oil system
  • Cooling system, Exciter and Governor System
  • Stator Core Electrical and Mechanical Tests
  • Stator winding Electrical and Mechanical Tests
  • Rotor electrical and mechanical tests.
  • Seals and bearings tests
  • Thermal sensitivity test and analysis
  • Generator Protection Concepts and Testing methods
  • Maintenance philosophies.
  • Maintenance Management systems set-up

Target Group

Engineers, Technologists, Technicians and Personnel responsible for operations and maintenance of Generators.

Hydropower Maintenance Routines (HMR)

Duration: 13 Weeks

Course Objectives

To provide trainees with technical theory and practice in order to enable them comprehend the principles of maintaining a large power station. The program includes practical demonstrations in the Kafue Gorge power station for the trainees to be acquainted with actual equipment and procedures.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Carry out duties towards the maintenance of the power station.
  • Assist the maintenance engineer or technician in repairing apparatus or equipment, which must be done at the powerhouse or any substation.
  • Trouble shoots and diagnoses maintenance faults.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Engineering Principles
  • Water Hydraulics and Turbines
  • Engineering Diagram Reading (Mechanical and Electrical)
  • Workshop Technology
  • Power Station Auxiliary Equipment
  • Oil Hydraulics
  • Maintenance
  • Safety in Hydropower Plants

Target Group

Power Plant Maintenance and Operation personnel and other suitably qualified personnel.

Maintenance and Troubleshooting of Distribution Systems (MTDS)

Duration: 2 Weeks

Course Objectives

To provide participants with modern concepts and practical techniques involved in maintenance and troubleshooting of distribution systems; demonstrate principles and safe working practices in the operation and maintenance of distribution systems including safe isolation from live power systems. The course involves practise, tours to designated industrial sites and distribution directorates

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Apply their knowledge, skills and values (competences) so developed during training to new and demanding industrial situations.
  • Apply skills acquired in operating and maintaining distribution protection systems.
  • Apply skills acquired in troubleshooting and maintenance of distribution systems.
  • Apply skills acquired in the improvement of services provided by the distribution departments in power utilities.

Course Outline

  • Electrical Power System
  • Types of Distribution Circuits
  • Distribution switchgear
  • Distribution Substations
  • Distribution Transformers
  • Distribution Protection Systems
  • Distribution Automation
  • Distribution cable failures, tests and fault location methods
  • Repair and Maintenance of Distribution Systems.
  • Safe Working Procedures and Safety Rules
  • Asset Management

Target Group

Engineers, Technicians, Technologists, and other suitably qualified personnel engaged in distribution lines construction and maintenance.

Maintenance Management Systems (MMS)

Duration: 2 Weeks

Course Objectives

To provide Course participants with world class best practices management strategies for maintenance planning, organization and implementation. It provides a firm basis for the technical understanding of the development of computerized of maintenance

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Better develop maintenance strategic plans that will ensure fault detection and correction before failure.
  • List, explain and support the possibilities for modernization of systems by maintenance work.
  • Co-act with equipment suppliers to pre-empt maintenance catastrophes and also projectize maintenance planning implementation.

Course Outline

  • Types of Maintenance Programs
  • Primary and Secondary Functions of Maintenance
  • Root Cause Analysis and Failure
  • Reliability of Systems, Equipment and Components
  • Risk and Reliability Management
  • Computerization in Maintenance
  • Projectization for Maintenance Planning
  • Life Cycle Costing
  • World Class Maintenance
  • Target Group

    Maintenance Engineers, Managers, Divisional Heads, Technologists, Planners and other suitably qualified personnel.

Maintenance Planning and Scheduling (MPS)

Duration: 3 Days

Course Objectives

To provide Course participants with technical theory and practice in order to enable them comprehend the principles of maintenance management. The program includes practical demonstrations in the Kafue Gorge Power Station for the course participants to be acquainted with maintenance practices.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Draw up maintenance schedules.
  • Track Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Common Maintenance Practices

  • Reactive maintenance
  • Preventive maintenance
  • Predictive maintenance
  • Reliability centered maintenance
  • Proactive maintenance

Module 2: Scheduling in Maintenance

  • Resource organization
  • Elements of organization
  • Maintenance administrative structures
  • Forecasting of work load
  • Backlog and forwardlog management
  • Materials and resource procurement
  • Allocation of resources
  • The Critical Path Method (CPM) and the Gantt chart
  • Application of MS project software in scheduling

Module 3: Planning Packages and Performance Indicators

  • Deviation process and hardware breakdown structure
  • Business process and hardware break down structure
  • The 52 Week plan
  • The 7 day bar chart
  • Maintenance performance and KPI’s
  • Work package compilation

Module 4: Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS)

  • Basic Requirements of a CMMS
  • Overview and Basic Modules of the CMMS
  • CMMS Implementation
  • Justifying your CMMS
Target Group

Engineers, Maintenance planners, Technologists, Technicians and other suitably qualified personnel.

Overhead Lines Inspection Techniques (OLIT)

Duration: 2 Weeks

Course Objectives

To provide participants with practical techniques and concepts involved in overhead lines maintenance, safe working practices in the construction and maintenance of overhead lines, procedures related to both live and dead line situations and, principles of safe operation and isolation from live overhead lines. The course involves laboratory work, tours to designated lines and substations.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Apply their knowledge, skills and values (competences) so developed during training to new and demanding overhead lines maintenance techniques in power utilities.
  • Apply skills acquired in the improvement of services provided by the transmission departments in utilities.

Course Outline

  • Electrical Power Systems Overview
  • Characteristics and viability of wood poles in transmission systems
  • Characteristics and application of steel structures in transmission systems
  • Visual inspection of wood and steel structures
  • Visual inspection of Disc insulators and other overhead line accessories
  • Visual inspection of steel structure foundations
  • Day time discharge inspection of transmission overhead lines and substations
  • Visual inspection of conductors and Bird interaction with transmission lines
  • Grounding
  • Vegetation/right of way (way-leave) inspections
  • Evaluating Serviceability and Criteria for Reinforcing or Replacing Poles and towers
  • Hands-On Use of Testing Devices
  • Inspection and assessment

Target Group

Suitably qualified personnel engaged in Overhead Lines maintenance.

Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM)

Duration: 1 Week

Course Objectives

Reliability and the overhaul frequency of equipment are not necessarily directly related and the common belief that reliability declines with increasing age is not generally true. The RCM courses aims to provide course participants with technical knowledge on physical assets and their effective upkeep. The course consists of classroom and hands-on training in theory and application of current technology and practices, including safety precautions; mechanical and electrical tests and measuring instruments, to determine applicable and effective maintenance for each equipment failure. Participants will be attached to mainetanance planning departmenets for practice and benchmarking.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Apply the fundamentals of RCM and gain practical exposure to RCM
  • Identify the pitfalls of RCM and develop strategies to avoid them
  • Integrate RCM with Organization Asset Management

Course Outline

Module 1: Reliability Centered Maintenance Concepts and Tools

  • Introduction to RCM
  • Reliability of systems, equipment and components
  • Reliability, maintainability and availability
  • Repairable and non-repairable systems
  • Reliability block diagrams
  • System configuration
  • Reliability functions
  • Implementing RCM
  • How to initiate RCM

Module 2: Root Cause and Failure Analysis

  • Failure identification and analysis
  • Why-why analysis
  • Cause and effect diagrams
  • Failure tree diagrams
  • Failure modes, effects and criticality analysis (FMECA)

Moduel 3: Quality Management in RCM

  • Failure identification and analysis
  • Quality management
  • Purpose of quality management
  • How quality can be achieved
  • General elements related to quality management
  • Quality in maintenance
  • Maintenance technical policies and Eaxamples/case Studies

Target Group

Engineers, Technicians and other suitably qualified personnel involved with equipmanet maintenance

Transformer and Motor Rewinding (TMR)

Duration: 3 Weeks

Course Objectives

To provide course participants with technical knowledge on Transformer and Motor repair and testing procedures. The course consists of classroom and hands-on training in theory and application of current rewind technology, including safety precautions; mechanical and electrical test and measuring instruments. Participants will be attached to motor rewinding and transformer workshops for practical internship.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Understand transformer and motor repair practices
  • Rewind AC motors
  • Disassemble and re-assemble transformers
  • Perform various tests on transformers and motors to ascertain the integrity of the equipment

Course Outline

  • Introduction to RCM
  • Introduction to transformer maintenance and repair
  • Transformer fault detection and repair
  • Transformer dis-assembly and assembly
  • Transformer testing
  • Introduction to AC motor rewinding
  • Preparation of stators
  • Motor rewinding
  • Motor insulation and insulation preparation
  • Motor assembly and testing

Target Group

Technicians and other suitably qualified personnel

Transformer and Switchgear Maintenance (TSM)

Duration: 3 Weeks

Course Objectives

To provide Course participants with technical knowledge on safe and proper maintenance and testing procedures for transformers and switchgears.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Rationalize and Optimize the operations of transformers and switchgears.
  • Perform polarity tests on a potential transformer and undertake the various tests performed on insulating oil.

Course Outline

  • Transformer principles
  • Vector diagrams
  • Transformer classification
  • Transformer construction
  • Cooling
  • Transformer connections, and maintenance
  • Transformers and relays.
  • Technical tours to rehabilitation stations and substations

Target Group

Electrical/Mechanical Engineers, Technologists, Technicians and other suitably qualified personnel.

Transmission Lines Maintenance (TLM)

Duration: 3 Weeks

Course Objectives

To provide participants with practical techniques and concepts involved in transmission line maintenance, safe working practices in the construction and maintenance of transmission lines, procedures related to both live and dead line situations and, principles of safe operation and isolation from live transmission power systems. The course involves laboratory work, tours to designated power stations.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Apply their knowledge, skills and values (competences) so developed during training to new and demanding industrial situations.
  • Apply skills acquired in transmission lines maintenance in power utilities
  • Apply skills acquired in the improvement of services provided by the transmission departments in utilities.

Course Outline

  • Transformer principles
  • Vector diagrams
  • Electrical Power System Overview
  • Transmission lines, Voltages and Selection
  • Cooling
  • Basic Mechanics
  • Towers: Types, Functions, Materials and Characteristics
  • Force Analysis on Transmission Line Structures and Tower Foundations
  • Line Types and Characteristics
  • Insulator Types and Characteristics
  • Connectors and Vibration Dampers
  • Failure Modes of all Equipment
  • Repair and Maintenance of Transmission Lines.
  • Safe Working Procedures and Safety Rules

Target Group

Engineers, Technologists, foremen, technicians and other suitably qualified personnel engaged in transmission lines construction and maintenance.