Course overview

Industrial Electrical Panels (Essential Design Course)

Learn main features of industrial electrical cabinets (panels) starting from the basics, major accessories you can see inside and design recommendations using AutoCAD. Examples from real-world projects and applications are included.
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 What's included?

This course will introduce the main features of industrial electrical cabinets to you, starting from the basics (such as materials, IP rating, and the color of cabinets used) and then going forward by presenting all the major accessories most industrial electrical cabinets (should) have. I recommend this course to everyone interested in working in the electrical engineering field. It is essential to know the basics of electrical cabinets to recognize and remember your electrical panel's features.

Watch the introduction videos and free preview videos, learn the description of this course and the things you will learn, and then, if you like what you see, enroll and in the course and let's start your learning experience.

Our field of occupation mainly revolves around electrical cabinets. This is where most of our equipment finds a place where you will conduct most of your work. Whether you work in the maintenance or as a PLC programmer, or a designer or an electrician. Yes, we do have some cables going out that connect field devices to our equipment in the cabinet. We will still mostly need to work in and for our electrical cabinets.
As always, with my courses, real-life oriented and with many examples from real-world projects and applications.

In this course you will learn:
  • Different features of industrial electrical panels
  • When not to place busbars and wire ducts across several cabinets - what is the issue here
  • The only appropriate place for the wiring plan inside an electrical cabinet
  • Why a resulting IP rating of an electrical panel might decrease if not taking all things into consideration
  • The ergonomy of an electrical panel - what is this and why is this important
  • Recapitulation on the things we learned - on a real project with as build photos of electrical cabinets
  • Types of enclosures based on the installed equipment
  • The considerations when deciding where to mount a cabinet climate control system (fan)
  • Standard color, materials and IP rating of industrial electrical panels installed inside factories
  • Three typical mechanical configurations of industrial electrical panels
  • What is a mixed type industrial automation electrical cabinet and why I find it to be the kind of all electrical cabinets
  • Why to use two thermostats in an electrical cabinet - redundancy
  • Good engineering practice for cable entries - why a wire duct for the cables
  • Common element to be found on the door of an electrical cabinet
  • Nice to have features - system light, service socket, limit switches and why
  • Where to mount the neutral and ground busbars in a high power electrical enclosure

 Course Content

  • Cabinet types, materials, IP rating and mechanical configurations
  • Cable entry recommendations and practice - wire duct for the cables
  • Busbars and wire ducts across enclosures in a baying system
  • Common elements on the door of a an electrical cabinet
  • Thermostat, fan, lighting, socket and limit switch in an electrical cabinet
  • Mounting the neutral and ground busbar in a high power electrical cabinet
  • Recapitulation on the things we learned - on a real project with as built photos
  • Certificate of Completion
1 section • 16 lectures • 1h 20m total length

 Who Is This Course For

  • Beginner level electrical engineering people
  • Experienced colleagues wishing to refresh their knowledge on electrical panels


  • Background in electrical engineering (high school, college, university)

Ivan Vidovic

Graduated electrical engineer with more than 9 years of experience in the professional design of various industrial electrical and automation systems.
About Ivan
Ivan is a graduated electrical engineer with 10 years of professional experience in the electrical design of various industrial automation systems. On the one hand in the automotive industry (Daimler, VW etc.), on the other hand process industry (TEVA, Coca-Cola, Lactalis etc.). Professional experience from different industries, for example Oil & Energy, Food & Beverages, dairy factories, chemical industry, Automotive( car body manufacturing - Karosserierohbau and industrial paint shops - Lackieranlagen).
International working experience (Germany, Norway, Sweden, Russia, China) I have been working in EPLAN since 2010, since version 1.9.
Eplan Electric P8 Advanced User Certificate.

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