AC/DC Circuits for Non-Electrical Engineers

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AC/DC Circuits for Non-Electrical Engineers

AC/DC Circuits for Non-Electrical Engineers 2017-08-22T12:21:34+00:00

Course Number: SEM-E-2016

Length of Course: 2 hours – Several topics can be combined to provide up to an 8 hour seminar session

Seminar Location: This seminar is available for on-site training

In AC/DC Circuits for Non-Electrical Engineers, you’ll learn …


  • Key concepts, important laws, and basic principles of electricity
  • AC/DC circuit theory
  • How electrical energy is turned into heat energy
  • How AC inductive and capacitive circuits work


In our daily work as engineers, it isn’t always sufficient to be knowledgeable in our own field of expertise. We are often expected to understand the essential principles or sciences behind other engineering disciplines and specializations. With that in mind, this seminar provides a clear demonstration of basic electrical principles for non-electrical engineers. Having a firm grasp of these fundamentals will not only help you understand the basic theory of AC/DC circuits, but it will also increase your versatility and help you communicate better with engineers in other disciplines.

We will begin with a look at the simplest of DC or battery circuits, and then we will discuss the concepts of voltage, current, and power. We will also examine the relationship between resistors and electrical power, and study how current flowing through resistors generates heat—or, perhaps more precisely, how electrical energy is turned into heat energy. This process takes place in a number of electrical appliances, such as space heaters and water heaters.

In the AC portion of the webinar, we will first give our attention to the fundamentals of AC circuits. Then we will observe how, instead of working with pure resistances, alternating current faces impedance or (imaginary) reactance caused by inductance and capacitance. Numerous pictures and graphs used in this presentation will help show how these aspects of alternating current work. As a result, you will come to understand most of the electrical concepts used in the industrial world. There is no doubt that AC circuit theory can cause engineers a lot of difficulty; however, this webinar will make it easy to see and understand.

Take away and learning objectives

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Fundamentals of DC circuits: voltage, current, resistors, and power (series, parallel, series-parallel combination)
  • Electrical laws: Ohm’s Law, Kirchoff’s Voltage Law, Kirchoff’s Current Law
  • Fundamentals of AC circuits
  • AC capacitive circuits
  • AC inductive circuits
  • RC, RL, and LC parallel circuits
  • Power factor

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Ken Hudspeth, General Manager
Phone 1-877-PDHengineer (1-877-734-3644)