Course Objective

This course is intended to provide an overview of the operations and maintenance of a diesel generator.


Course Description

Topics discussed include applications, diesel engines, electrical generators, controls, economics, preventive maintenance and reliability. The participants will receive description of equipment and operational experience for specific types of diesel generators, including information on various field conditions in a generic manner to cover most manufacturers’ equipment and applications.


Who Should Attend

This is an excellent course for all employees involved in the operations and maintenance of diesel generators. This course would be of specific benefit to those who are involved in the use of diesels as emergency generators which would include most power stations, oil platforms and petrochemical plants.


Course Outcome

At the end of this course participants will be able to operate and maintain a diesel generator.

Course Outline 

Day 1

  • Introduction
  • Diesels as Prime Movers
  • Diesel Systems and Terminology
  • Compression Ratio
  • Bore
  • Stroke
  • Combustion Chamber
  • Diesel Operation
  • Systems


Day 3

  • Generator Fault Finding
  • Rotor Earth Fault
  • Shorted Turns
  • Stator Winding Faults
  • Generator Repair Capability
  • Voltage Regulators and Excitation systems
  • Excitation Principles
  • Static Exciation Systems
  • Brushless Excitation Systems
  • PMG’s
Day 2

Generator Construction

Generator Operations



Reactive Capability

Power Factor

Generator Testing and Commissioning

Load Testing

Load Rejection 

Day 4
System operationsDroop Control

Isochronous Control or Islanded Mode

Black Start Operations

Course Review and Assessment