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Electrical Engineering for non-Electrical Engineers

Electrical Engineering for non-Electrical Engineers

Electrical Engineering for non-Electrical Engineers
December 2, 2014; 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$250 per person

This one-day course will teach attendees basic principles of electricity in a simple, easy-to-understand format. This course will enable attendees to accomplish straightforward and common calculations associated with voltage, current, power and power factor. Attendees will learn to use charts and tables as alternate means for current, voltage and power estimation. Practical examples of electrical applications in industrial settings will be covered. Electrical equipment, components, devices and test instrumentation will be discussed. Important concepts in electrical safety will be introduced. 

Engineers, technicians and facility managers who are not intimately familiar with electrical engineering principles and practices. 

  • Principles of Electricity, AC and DC
  • Electrical code and safety
  • Electrical equipment and instrumentation in industrial applications including motors, transformers, switchgear, protection devices, power/energy monitoring systems
  • Electrical Control Systems: PLCs, relay ladder logic, drives and sensors, examples of automation systems including robots
  • Understanding electrical drawings and documentation
  • Understanding electrical power bills and ways to reduce energy costs


Fred I. Denny, Ph.D., P.E. recently retired from McNeese State University where he was a member of the electrical engineering faculty.  Before coming to McNeese, he served as an electrical engineering faculty member at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge and worked in the electric utility industry, serving in various engineering and management positions at the Southern Company in Birmingham, Alabama and at the Edison Electric Institute in Washington, DC.   Dr. Denny received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering.  He is a licensed as a Professional Engineer in Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana.  He is a Fellow of the IEEE and currently serves as a Program Evaluator (PEV) for ABET.  Dr. Denny has authored many publications on electrical power engineering and energy policy.

Seyed M. Aghili, PhD, P.E. is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and currently serving as the Head of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Louisiana.  Dr. Aghili received his M.S. and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology.  He received his B.S. in Industrical Technology-Plant Engineering and M.S. in Management Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  His teaching and research interests are in E-learning in engineering, digital systems design, computer network engineering, network routing algorithms, microcontrollers, fuzzy logic controllers, artificial neural networks, and robotics.  Dr. Aghili is a Microsoft Certified System Engineer and Cisco Certified Network Associate.  He is a two-time Pinnacle Excellence Award recipient.


  • $250 per individual. Cost includes lunch, refreshments and parking
  • 0.8 CEUs and 8 PDHs awarded to participants
  • Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover accepted
  • Checks should be made payable to McNeese State University and mailed to the following address: 
​          McNeese State University
          Institute for Industry-Education Collaboration
          Box 91834
          Lake Charles, LA 70609

Phone: 337-562-4268
Fax: 337-562-4272

To download a registration form, click the link below. Please return the completed form via email to: or fax to: 337-562-4272
Registration form IIEC.pdf