Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

M. Eng.


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Degree Program

JB Speed School of Engineering

Committee Chair

McIntyre, Michael L.

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Hieb, Jeffrey Lloyd

Committee Member

Hieb, Jeffrey Lloyd

Committee Member

Zurada, Jacek M.


Objective: To identify and develop solutions for known gaps in existing electrical engineering curricula, by creating instruction modules applicable in a variety of settings. These instructional packages include: conductor sizing, conduit routing, how to read and create a P&ID, arc flash calculations, and area classification. With regards to conductor sizing, the importance of specifying the correct size of conductor, the standard sizes of conductors, the types of conductor insulation, and finally detail the calculations of conductor sizing and voltage drop will be discussed. The conduit routing module will introduce the student to basic guidelines of conduit routing as well as to different fittings and seals needed in the running of conduit. This is achieved by walking students through the conduit sizing process, including standard conduit sizes. The P&ID module introduces the standard symbols needed to read and understand a piping and instrumentation diagram. Reserved letters are the first topic discussed in this module, then the types of “bubbles” and connection lines, and finally the types of end equipment. The arc flash module will focus on several ways to calculate the energy of an arc flash, as well as the safe working distance for a given piece of electrical equipment. The area classification course will introduce the importance of designing with this identification system in mind. It emphasizes the four different ways of calculating a hazard radius for equipment, both indoors and outdoors. All of the modules have example calculations as well as design projects for the student to check their understanding.