British Columbia Institute of

Important Notice: Natural gas heat restored on Burnaby Campus


ELEX 8170 - Industrial System Electrical Design

Electrical and Computer Engineering Part-time Studies Course

School of Energy

Course Details

Industrial systems commences with a study of safety considerations for electrical power systems. The Canadian Electrical Code, building codes, and IEEE standards are used for assigned design projects in the areas of commercial and industrial power distribution, protective device co ordination and protective relaying, lighting design, and grounding system design. Projects will incorporate designing various components of industrial systems.





Fall 2018

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2018 term.

CRN 34442

Tue Sep 04 - Tue Dec 04 14 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 04 - Dec 04 Tue 18:30 - 21:30 BBY SW05 Rm. 1850


Kathy Manson

Course Outline




  1. Labs and tutorials to be scheduled outside of class hours, schedule to be determined. Registrants who are not BTech Electronics students must have program Head approval. Please contact Kelly Voros at 604-451-6892 or for more information or to be placed on a waitlist if the course is full. 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.

This course offering is in progress and full. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

In Progress and Full

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

Prepare Single Line Drawings

Feeder Design For Industrial & Commercial Buildings

  • Select conductor size based on CEC requirements.
  • Calculate voltage drop of feeder.
  • Determine short circuit rating of conductor.
  • Determine protection of feeders.
  • Identify cable types.
  • Select conduit size.

Branch Circuit Design

  • Identify types of branch circuits - lighting & motor.
  • Identify essential components of each type of branch circuit.
  • Design each type of branch circuit based on CEC requirements.
  • Determine loading requirements of buildings.

Grounding Design

  • Define grounding terms.
  • Explain intent of grounding.
  • Design electrical system and equipment grounding according to CEC rules and IEEE recommendation.
  • Use IEEE recommendations for signal cable grounding.

Protective Devices

  • Analyze requirements.
  • Select and use fuses.
  • Select and use breakers.
  • Select and use various types of protective relays.
  • Understand CEC rules for protection of feeders, branch circuits and transformers.

Fault Current

  • Define symmetrical & asymmetrical fault.
  • Perform fault current calculations at various parts of an electrical system.

Power Distribution Design

  • Analyze different systems.
  • Explain various types of radial systems.
  • Explain various types of primary selective systems.
  • Explain various types of secondary selective systems.

Substation Design

  • Differentiate outdoor vs indoor.
  • Select transformer types.
  • Select primary protective devices.
  • Select secondary protective devices.
  • Use protective relaying for substations.
  • Protect against surge voltage.
  • Operate and use surge arrestors.

System Coordination

  • Coordinate a typical industrial or commercial electrical system.
  • Select all the required components.
  • Plot curves of all selected protective devices.
  • Analyze the coordination.


  • Define lighting terms and units.
  • Analyze various lighting sources.
  • Design indoor and outdoor lighting layout to IES standards.
  • Interface Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) to lighting controls.

Building Code

  • Analyze building code requirements for electrical rooms and vaults.

Effective as of Fall 2006

Related Programs

ELEX 8170 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Energy

  1. Electronics
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology

Books & Supplies

The BCIT bookstore carries textbooks, general reference books, software, and stationery. Please visit for more information.

Fall 2018

Books for Fall 2018 offerings of this course are available in the following BCIT online bookstores. Please choose the bookstore appropriate for the offering you are considering.

BCIT Burnaby Bookstore

If you are taking this course, but are not taking it through either Distance Education or Online Learning, nor at the BCIT Downtown Campus (DTC), please purchase books for this course at the BCIT Burnaby Bookstore.

Image not available
2018 Canadian Electrical Code Part 1 (C22.1-18) With Quick Reference
Author Code
Copyright 2018
Binding Packaged & Collated
ISBN 978-1-48831-343-1
Price $187.95

Image not available
Electrical Machines, Drives & Power Systems
Author Wildi
Publisher Ph
Copyright 2006
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-0-13177-691-3
Price $223.50


Interested in being notified about future offerings of ELEX 8170 - Industrial System Electrical Design? If so, fill out the information below and we'll notify you by email when courses for each new term are displayed here.

Contact Information

Suggest course days and times

If you are interested in taking this course on-campus (classroom delivery only) and would like to see it offered on specific days and/or at specific times, please indicate your preferences below. Day and time suggestions are not applicable to online courses.

The personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the College and Institute Act (RSBC 1996, Ch.52). BCIT will use this information to communicate with you regarding relevant BCIT programs, courses and services. This information is only used by authorized BCIT staff. Email communication sent to and from BCIT is routed through the United States of America. If you have any questions about BCIT's collection and use of this information, please contact BCIT’s manager of Information Access and Privacy.

Programs and courses are subject to change without notice.

Find Courses

Payment Changes At BCIT

We've changed the way we accept payments.

Find out more

Course Navigation, Related Links & Tools

Registration News

Registration is currently open for the Fall 2018 term.

The sneak preview for the Winter 2019 term starts Fri, Oct 19 at 8:30 am (PDT).

Students may register for Winter 2019 term courses online, by phone, mail or in-person starting Wed, Oct 24 at 9:00 am (PDT).

Classroom Locations

Classroom locations are subject to last minute changes. Please check the Part-time Studies Classroom Locations listing at on the first day of any course you are registered for.

Part-time Studies Financial Aid

Will you be studying at BCIT part-time? Do you need assistance funding your studies? Find out if you qualify for Part-time Studies financial aid ›