Principles of Electrification Engineering

Course Aims

This course is intended to provide delegates with an understanding of the key principles of Electrification Engineering with the railway infrastructure.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the delegates will: –

  • Have an understanding of the history and development of the electrified railways from inception to the current day
  • Be aware of the types of electrification systems
  • Have an understanding of the principles of electrical supply feeding
  • Be aware for the need for isolation and bonding systems
  • Have an understanding of the principle electrical and mechanical components and equipment types that make up the electrification systems
  • Have an understanding of the relevant design criteria and the construction processes for both overhead line (AC) and third rail (DC)
  • Have an understanding of the interfaces with other rail infrastructure disciplines as well as outside parties

Course Duration

Two days


There are no particular educational or competence pre-requisites required for this course.

Personal Protective Equipment

The course does not require the delegate to be on or near to track layouts and, therefore, PPE is not required.


At the end of the course each delegate will undertake a written assessment in order to confirm their level of understanding. A Certificate of Training will be awarded on successful completion of the course.