by Myrna Velasco, 02 March 2015
from Manila Bulletin
The electric power industry is a system of interconnected networks, hence, the operations and skills of electrical engineers technically operating and manning the lines and related facilities have to be not less than ‘first rate.’
With that as a requirement, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has noted that it has been doing its share in enhancing the skills and competence of the engineers involved in running the power system.
According to NGCP president Henry T. Sy, Jr., “the best way to ensure continuous development of our people and processes is to focus on training.”
He stressed that the first technical convention they had undertaken for electrical engineers was designed as a training tool to “facilitate “cooperation, knowledge capacity building, and technical exchange among the engineers of NGCP and our partners from the DUs (distribution utilities) and EC (electric cooperatives).”
The initial batch of the training program was participated in by 141 engineers –- comprising of 119 from NGCP and 22 from private DUs and the electric cooperatives.
The training activity, it was noted, covered discussions on the “fundamental industry topics” such as system operations, planning and engineering as well as operation and maintenance.
The non-technical aspect of the workshop delved on communication and professionalism, which according to NGCP, was aimed at improving “the soft skills of the engineers.”
The transmission firm noted that it has secured accreditation from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) as a continuing professional development (CPD) provider.
The participants in the training program, it noted, earned 16 of the 45 CPD units required in the renewal of the engineers’ licenses.
Topics at the plenary session included: transmission planning, system operations 101 and safety.
The concurrent sessions’ discussions are on: substation operation and maintenance, power transformer maintenance, network protection, emergency restoration system, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), telecommunications, substation design, and protecting relaying scheme.