Professional Development Seminar Series

Experience the Power

Seminars that are part of Generac's Professional Development Seminar Series (PDSS) are offered by your local Generac Industrial Power dealer, and were designed to be conducted over a 90-minute period. Ideally they can be scheduled as an early morning breakfast meeting or over an extended lunch hour. This minimizes the impact on individual productivity within your firm. Don’t forget to ask your dealer when Generac’s Power Trip Experience Tour demo trailer will be in your area, and add the hands-on demonstration to your training event.

PDSS Curriculum

GPS – 100 Generator Sizing
Presents methods and calculations for proper sizing of engine-generators. Explores the alternator and engine responses to different types of loads.

Presents different techniques to optimize engine-generator performance.

GPS – 110 Generator Switching
Discusses performance criteria used to select transfer switches to connect engine-generator power into loads. Explores different grounding considerations and techniques for different applications, plus the selection of overcurrent protection and transfer switch controls.

GPS – 120 Paralleling Concepts & Implementation
Introduces generator paralleling and basic concepts of paralleling engine-generators to form larger power systems. Emphasizes paralleling controls for load sharing (real and reactive power), synchronization and protection of paralleled systems.

Discusses control integration, elimination of serial reliability paths and the advantages of parallel power systems over traditional single engine-generator solutions.

GPS – 130 Understanding Generator Reliability
Explores strategies for value engineering projects through utilization of best available technologies and innovations without sacrificing overall power system reliability. Provides guidelines for selection of the system best suited to meet the project’s cost, reliability and performance criteria.

Establishes measures for determination of reliability and provides tools to establish reliability criteria for overall engine-generator power system.

GPS – 140 National Electrical® Code (NEC®)
Presents reasons for standby power generation from the Electrical Code perspective. Explains the various articles and requirements covering standby power generation.

GPS – 150 Generator UL Listing & NFPA Standards
Introduces Underwriters Laboratories’ (UL) standards and the impact of those standards for standby power generation; including the engine-generator set and transfer switch.

Discusses specific NFPA standards and application/installation details for health care, life safety, and fire pumps.
GPS – 160 Generator Provisioning & Installation
Examines engine-generator configurations and the selection of optional items such as block heaters, base tanks, enclosures, etc. Explores standard configurations versus custom options that may be required based on site-specific criteria.

Introduces good design practice guidelines for the installation of engine-generator sets based on site and application specific details. Emphasizes cooling system selection, unit placement, piping requirements, etc.

GPS – 170 Engines & Alternators
Introduces engines and engine technologies used in design and implementation of standby power generation. Discusses fuel types, selection, design criteria for standby generator engine selection and testing required to prototype and validate a product.

Outlines terminology and performance expectations of the engine-generator alternator. Identifies construction methods, temperature rise criteria and the fault capacities of alternators.

GPS – 180 Controls
Discusses the impact of engine-generator controls and the evolution of those controls from simple analog designs to fully integrated digital platforms.

Reviews integrated paralleling control technology and fully explore all paralleling functions.

GPS – 190 Writing Performance-Based Generator Specifications
Presents techniques for effective performance-based specifications for engine-generator sets, generator accessories and transfer switches without manufacturer specific language.

Provides tools for writing specifications and general guidelines applicable to typical standby power generation applications.


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