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Apr 01

37th Annual Hands-On Relay School (Mar 27-Apr 01)

This professional training course designed for relay technicians, electrical/power plant technicians, engineers and protective relay test specialists offers students the opportunity to exchange ideas, resolve problems in open forums, and learn preventative and corrective methods through hands-on labs. Eight tracks are available: Basic, Distribution, Transmission, Generation, Electromechanical, Computerized Relay Testing, Automation/Integration and Theory. Students also attend six hours of open classroom lectures covering system protection topics, where they can select from 12 topic choices. The school is co-sponsored by Western Energy Institute and Eastern Washington University. CEU credits available.

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General Details

Program Location
Eastern Washington University
526 5th St
Cheney, Washington 99004

Who Should Attend
• Relay technicians
• Electrical/power plant technicians
• Engineers
• Protective relay test specialists

Learn more about the upcoming Hands-On Relay School by reviewing the event brochure.

Registration Price
School fee of $700 USD includes electronic copies of lecture notes, Sunday night reception, Tuesday night Suppliers’ Showcase, Wednesday night banquet meal, break refreshments, and campus parking fees. Click the “Register Now” button above to begin the student application process.

General Cancellation Policy
Your full registration fee will be refunded if WEI receives your written cancellation notice by March 4, 2022. Cancellations made after March 4 are subject to a processing fee of $350. Students who do not attend and have not cancelled by March 18 are responsible for the full application fee. Substitutions may be made at any time. Cancellations and substitutions should be emailed to: zoren@westernenergy.org

Participation Policy
Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public. Recording is not permitted for any portion of the event.

For more information contact Diana Zoren, Director of Strategic Initiatives at (971) 255-4965.

Agenda

The Hands-On Relay School is held on the Eastern Washington University campus in Cheney, Washington. Evening events and Sunday check-in registration are held at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington, or as noted.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Facilitator Lab Set-Up

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Registration + Reception

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Lab Facilitator Meeting

Monday, March 28, 2022

6:45 AM – 7:30 AM
Registration

7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Opening Announcements
Safety Presentation
Overview Lectures
Concurrent Open Lectures
Introduction to System Protection
Lecture Series

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Hands-on Lab Instruction

5:00 PM
Optional Social Get-Together

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Concurrent Open Lectures

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Hands-on Lab Instruction

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Suppliers’ Showcase

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Hands-on Lab Instruction

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Hands-on Lab Instruction

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Banquet & Entertainment

Thursday, March 31, 2022

7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Hands-on Lab Instruction

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Hands-on Lab Instruction

Friday, April 1, 2022

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Closing Remarks

8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Friday Feature Presentations

Hotel + Travel

DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center
322 N Spokane Falls Court
Spokane, WA 99201
Phone: (509) 455-9600

Please contact the hotel directly at (509) 455-9600 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) and the ‘WEI Hands-On Relay School’ room block to receive a special rate of $139 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until March 13, 2022, or until the WEI room block is full.

Ramada by Wyndham Spokane International Airport
8909 West Airport Drive
Spokane, WA 99224
Phone: (509) 838-5211

Please contact the hotel directly Monday-Thursday between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (PST) at (509) 777-3053 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $153 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until February 27, 2022, or until the WEI room block is full.

Track Details

Objectives of the Hands-On Relay School

The Hands-On Relay School is a professional development short course that trains protective relay technicians, electrical/power plant technicians, engineers, and protective relay test specialists.

Students are enrolled in one of eight tracks for the duration of the school: 

• Basic
• Distribution
• Transmission
• Generation
• Electromechanical
• Computerized Relay Testing
• Automation & Integration
• Theory

Students participating in these tracks will:

• Become familiar with manual or computerized test methods for a variety of protective relays and test equipment.
• Gain valuable knowledge relating to relay applications and operating characteristics.
• Exchange ideas and resolve problems in an open forum.
• Learn preventative and corrective maintenance methods.

BASIC:
This track is for those students who wish to focus on the calibration, maintenance, testing, and understanding of basic relays. The selection may include overcurrent, differential, distance, reclosing, voltage, or frequency relays. This track is an excellent choice for beginning technicians. 48 Students Maximum.

DISTRIBUTION:
This track is for those students who wish to focus on the testing and understanding of multifunction microprocessor relays and recloser controllers used for distribution protection. The selection of relays may include overcurrent, transformer differential, reclosing, synch-check, and frequency protection. 18 Students Maximum. Laptop Computer Required.

TRANSMISSION:
This track features both electromechanical and microprocessor-based multifunction relays used for protection of transmission equipment, including distance and line current differential protection. 24 Students Maximum. Laptop Computer Required.

GENERATION:
This track features electromechanical and multifunction microprocessor relays used for transformer and generator differential, over-excitation, stator ground, reverse power, synch-check, negative sequence, and loss of field protection of generators. 24 Students Maximum. Laptop Computer Required.

ELECTROMECHANICAL:
This track focuses exclusively on electromechanical relays used for line, bus, transformer, or generator protection. More hands-on effort is spent on troubleshooting relay problems, calibrating relays, adjustment techniques, and verifying results. 15 Students Maximum.

COMPUTERIZED RELAY TESTING:
This track is intended for technicians who already understand relay operating principles, have experience in manual testing, and are ready to learn computerized testing methods. Student Maximum Varies. Laptop Computer Required.

AUTOMATION & INTEGRATION:
This track is intended for technicians who have basic familiarity with microprocessor-based relays and would like to learn more about their integration into substation communications systems. This includes rudimentary metering and alarming (SCADA) up through complex process buss-style centralized protection. Student Maximum Varies. Laptop Computer Required.

THEORY:
This track provides more in-depth training on the application and theory of operation of protection systems utilized in the power system. This track does not normally include any hands-on training with relays. 30 students maximum.

Application Process

Application Process and Fees

• School fee of $700 includes electronic copies of lecture notes, Sunday night reception, Tuesday night Suppliers’ Showcase, Wednesday night banquet meal, break refreshments, and campus parking fees.
• Payment is due by the start of the school. There will be a $50 late fee assessed to any registrant who has not paid by 30 days after the school.
• Priority is given to utilities providing Lab Facilitators, Lecturers, Steering Committee Support, and Western Energy Institute member utilities, if the Application is received by January 15, 2022. The remaining slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Applicants select which track they wish to attend in order of preference. Every effort will be made to place students into their preferred track, but track placement is by availability and subject to the priorities as described above. Many tracks will fill up and students may not be able to get their preferred track.
• Students will be notified in writing no later than February 4, 2022, of their acceptance into the school and track placement. You are not accepted to attend unless you receive the confirmation of acceptance from WEI.

Call for Lab Facilitators
If you are an experienced relay technician who is willing to share your knowledge with others, you can attend the Hands-On Relay School as a Lab Facilitator. Lab Facilitators work with groups of three students testing relays and may attend all classroom lectures and school activities. Lab Facilitators are not required to pay the application fee and their company receives priority points for students applying for the school. Learn more and apply here.

Onsite Safety + Health Info

Safety + Health Code of Conduct

For the safety of our members, WEI strongly recommends that all attendees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before attending an in-person program. Attendees who have not been fully vaccinated may be subject to additional restrictions or requirements based on government and/or health agency recommendations as well as regional, local, or venue rules.

The safety of program attendees and WEI employees is our top priority. Therefore, attendees must agree and adhere to the following requirements prior to registering for an in-person program. If an attendee refuses to abide by these guidelines in meeting rooms or in public areas, they may be asked to leave. WEI also reserves the right to ask related questions onsite at each program. If WEI is required to limit capacity leading up to an event due to local rules or recommendations, we will consider registrations in the order in which they were received until the number is met.

WEI continues to monitor all federal level CDC and public health agency recommendations, as well as local ordinances, as a policy baseline for in-person programs. In absence of more restrictive rules set by the local government or venue, WEI requires that attendees adhere to the following:

    • Attendees must STAY HOME and not attend any WEI event if they feel ill, actively experience COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive or presumed to be positive with COVID-19 within 14 days prior to the event dates. Likewise, any attendee that has tested positive or was presumed to be positive within 14 days prior to the event date, must not attend. A full refund will be provided to any attendee who cancels for these reasons.
    • If an attendee becomes ill, begins to experience COVID-19 symptoms, or learns they may have been exposed to someone who has tested or is presumed to be positive with COVID-19, at any time during a WEI event, we ask that they promptly dismiss themselves and notify the onsite WEI staff member via phone immediately so that proper sanitation and additional follow-up measures can be taken, as appropriate.
    • Masks may be required at any given time, but fully vaccinated attendees may forego masks if they wish to do so, unless health recommendations state otherwise. WEI does not intend to require proof of vaccination status but reserves the right to do so if required by applicable local health guidance or it deems it necessary.
    • All attendees are expected to follow CDC guidelines as it relates to washing their hands after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing and before eating.
    • It is the attendee’s responsibility to ensure their own safety and that of others, but WEI will have spare masks, hand sanitizer, and signage with guidance reminders onsite. Steps may also include health and symptom screenings.
    • Attendees should follow any social distancing guidelines in place at the time of the event based upon current guidance including the local public health guidance at the event location which WEI will provide links to in advance of registration. In doing so, everyone is asked to be respectful of the different comfort levels of other attendees regarding personal space, contact (including handshaking), or other physical interactions.
    • Attendees should read and closely monitor communications from WEI as changes could occur any time including before and during the program.

While COVID-19 is top of mind, there are several other safety measures that WEI takes to keep our attendees safe. Each program will have announcements related to emergency and safety response plans appropriate to the venue. If you have any questions or concerns related to safety, please alert WEI staff immediately.