Operation of Standby Generators

Course Date:

Registration Period:

16 hours / 2 days

8.30am to 5.30pm

Singapore Polytechnic

Course Introduction

Emergency generators, provide limited power in the event of a power outage. They consist of an engine, an alternator, control panels, and possibly a fuel storage tank. The engine drives the generator to create electrical power. The emergency generator set will start automatically on power failure of the main electrical power supply and coupled to the emergency switchboard to maintain the electrical supply to essential services.

Improper or poorly maintained generator sets are more prone to failure and are more likely to fail when needed most. The most common engine failures can be attributed to the starting, cooling, lubrication or fuel delivery systems. Failure of the electric generator is often attributed to excessive moisture in the generator windings. These types of failures can be minimized or prevented, by implementing regularly scheduled, comprehensive, generator maintenance and testing programs.

Course Objective

To equip participants with the required written and practical knowledge and competencies to operate emergency standby generators:

a. risk assessment of the emergency generator room and the generators
b. standard operating procedures – checking and fulfilling all the necessary requirement before starting of the engine
c. fault diagnostics and remedies
d. knowledge of the mechanism of the main electrical switchboard and how to operate (synchronizing and putting on load)

Course Outline

• Introduction to Standby Generators
• Components of Emergency Standby Generators
• Operation of Emergency Standby Generators
• Storage of Fuel (diesel) and Fuel Replenishment Plan & Procedures
• Trouble-shooting of Emergency Standby Generators covering tripping and failure
• Safety Instructions/Procedures of handling Emergency Standby Generators
• Hands-on training on operation of Emergency Standby Generators
• Hands-on training on the operation of the Electrical main switchboard
• Written Test
• Practical Test

Suitable for

Operators dealing with Standby Generators

Minimum Entry Requirements / Assumed Skills and Knowledge

Knowledge of Standby Generators

Award / Certification / Accreditation

• Certificate of Performance (electronic Certificate will be issued)
A Certificate of Performance will be awarded to participants who pass the examination and meet at least 75% attendance rate

$470.80  (incl. GST)

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Terms and Conditions

*Please note that once the maximum class size is reached, the online registration will be closed.
You may register your interest, and would be notified if there is new run.

Application Procedure

1. All applications must be made via Online Registration at www.pace.sp.edu.sg
Course fees can be paid by the following payment modes:

a) Credit Cards, Internet Banking, NETS (Not Applicable for company sponsored)
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*With effect from 1 August 2021, cheque payment will not be available.

2. All successful applicants will be notified with a letter of confirmation via email.

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