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Power System Protection & Control SGST 9230

Smart Grid Systems & Tech Course

International Fees

International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

​The course builds on the fundamentals of three-phase power system (learned from the prerequisite courses) and teaches a practical approach to power system protection. It begins by introducing how the modern power grid is shifting from centralized to distributed generation architecture, key elements of a protection system, construction of a modern microprocessor-based relay and attributes of a reliable protection system. It then gives a brief overview of short circuit analysis, which is being covered in detail in a concurrent course. The course discusses characteristics of the modern inverter-based generators (wind, solar and battery resources) and how they differ from conventional synchronous generators (thermal and hydro electric generators). The distribution system grounding, which significantly influences protection requirements, is discussed in detail. It covers in-depth protection practices used in the traditional distribution system. New protection practices are discussed to accommodate distributed generation and its operation with the consumers as a microgrid. The course uses operational experiences from installed distributed generator resources and microgrids and relates them to the protection practices introduced in the course. ​The course laboratory exercises involves hands-on experience with a CT (current transformer) saturation simulator and industry standard short circuit simulation programs.




Domestic fees


Course offerings

Winter 2024

Below is one offering of SGST 9230 for the Winter 2024 term.

CRN 90453


Thu Jan 11 - Thu Apr 18 (15 weeks)

  • 15 weeks
  • CRN 90453
  • Domestic fees $2469.32
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 11 - Apr 18 Thu 18:00 - 21:00 Online

Ali Moshref

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees


Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  4. Registration in individual courses will be open to qualified candidates for professional development. Registration approval is automatically granted upon acceptance into the program. Note: BCIT reserves the right to cancel courses. In the event of a part-time studies course cancellation, you will be notified at least two business days prior to the course start. Please ensure that your contact information is current.

In Progress

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the architecture of a centralized versus decentralized power system (benefits, protection challenges).
  • Analyze short circuit conditions.
  • Understand protection system elements (signal sources (CTs and PTs), protective elements (current, voltage, frequency), circuit breakers.
  • Describe protection system schemes (zones, overcurrent, voltage, frequency).
  • Compare the characteristics of protection systems (speed, selectivity and dependability vs. reliability).
  • Discuss microgrid protection challenges.
  • Recognize how non-conventional sources and their characteristics (inverter-based resources such as solar, wind-farm, batteries) are different from conventional.
  • Explain different operation strategies for microgrids (grid-following, grid-forming, etc.).
  • Describe how to interconnect DERs to the distribution system, associated protection challenges and how to overcome the challenges (anti-islanding, power quality, reconnection, etc.).
  • Analyze real examples of microgrids with conventional sources and non-conventional sources (project).

Effective as of Fall 2022

Related Programs

Power System Protection & Control (SGST 9230) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Energy

  1. Smart Grid Systems and Technologies
    Master of Engineering Full-time


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