Industrial Electrical Panels Design Course

Learn the main features of industrial electrical panels (cabinets) starting from the basics, major accessories you can see inside, and design recommendations using AutoCAD. Examples from real-world projects and applications are included. 16 lessons in 1h 20m total course length.

Course Description

This course introduces to students the main features of industrial electrical panels. The course starts with 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. This course is recommended to everyone interested in working in the electrical engineering field. It is essential for electrical engineers to learn the basics of electrical panels and to recognize their main parts and features.

Our field of occupation mainly revolves around electrical panels. This is where most of our equipment finds a place and where you will conduct most of your work.

Whether you work in the maintenance, PLC programmer, electrical designer or an electrician, we are sure that you will find this course very useful in your daily work. The course is real-life oriented and with many examples from real-world projects and applications.

In this course you will learn the following topics:

  1. Different features of industrial electrical panels.
  2. When not to place busbars and wire ducts across several cabinets.
  3. The only appropriate place for the wiring plan inside an electrical cabinet.
  4. Why a resulting IP rating of an electrical panel might decrease.
  5. The ergonomy of an electrical panel – what is this and why is this important.
  6. Types of enclosures based on the installed equipment.
  7. The considerations when deciding where to mount a cabinet climate control system (fan).
  8. Standard color, materials, and IP rating of industrial electrical panels installed inside factories.
  9. Three typical mechanical configurations of industrial electrical panels.
  10. What is a mixed type industrial automation electrical cabinet.
  11. Why use two thermostats in an electrical cabinet – redundancy.
  12. Good engineering practice for cable entries.
  13. The common elements found on the door of an electrical cabinet.
  14. System light, service socket, and limit switches.
  15. Where to mount the neutral and ground busbars in a high power electrical enclosure.

Course Summary

  • 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

Who Is This Course For

  • Beginner level electrical engineers
  • Experienced engineers wishing to refresh their knowledge on electrical panels


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

About Instructor

Ivan Vidovic

Ivan is a graduated electrical engineer with 10 years of professional experience in the electrical design of various industrial automation systems: automotive industry (Daimler, VW, etc.), and process industry (TEVA, Coca-Cola, Lactalis, etc.). Professional experience in 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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Course Includes

  • 17 Lessons
  • Course Certificate
  • Lifetime Access