Operation of Standby Generators

Course Dates:

Registration Closing Date:

16 hours / 2 days

8.30am to 5.30pm

Singapore Polytechnic Integrated Simulator Centre (ISC)

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

  1. risk assessment of the emergency generator room and the generators
  2. standard operating procedures – checking and fulfilling all the necessary requirement before starting of the engine
  3. fault diagnostics and remedies
  4. 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

Assumed Skills and Knowledge
Knowledge of Standby Generators

Award / Certification / Accreditation
Certificate of Performance

Course Fee
Fees Payable:
$440 (excluding GST)

$470.80 (including GST)

Funding Incentives

Withdrawal and Deferment
Withdrawal and deferment notice must be made in writing to the Professional & Adult Continuing Education (PACE) Academy, Singapore Polytechnic via email accordingly:

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For withdrawal cases, the portion of course fee to be refunded is based on the date of notice as follows:

  • 2 weeks before the commencement of the course - Full refund
  • Less than 2 weeks before commencement of the course - 70% refund
  • On or after date of commencement - No refund
  • There will be no refund or transfer of course once the account has been created.
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Registration may be closed once seats are filled up

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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