101 Intro 1 to SKM Power*Tools 3-Day Training

Interface, Dapper, A_Fault, Captor, Equipment Evaluation



  • To develop a working knowledge of the Power*Tools for Windows DAPPER, CAPTOR, A_FAULT and Equipment Evaluation software study modules
  • Database Concepts, Default Data, Copy/Paste Data, Clone Components
  • One-Line Diagrams, Copy/Paste, Annotation, Custom Symbols, Hide and Expand, UNDO, and Template Libraries
  • Creation, customization and use of Datablocks and Datablock Reports
  • Managing multiple scenarios with Scenario Manager and Data Visualizer
  • Efficient management and use of Equipment Libraries
  • Reporting Options and Customized Output Forms
  • Import/Export Capabilities
  • Merging Multiple Projects and Multi-user Access
  • Custom Queries and User-Defined Fields


  • Basic computer skills
  • Students are urged to review:
    • IEEE Red Book Std 141-1993, chapter 4
    • IEEE Buff Book Std 242-2001, chapters 9, 10 & 11
    • IEEE Brown Book Std 399-1997, chapters 2, 6, 7, 9 & 15

Course Description:

The course involves the discussion of the program interface. Management of multiple scenarios with scenario manager is covered. Demand Load, sizing, load flow, short circuit, load schedules, captor and motor starting calculation procedures are then reviewed. Other topics that will be covered are the efficient management and use of equipment libraries, reporting options and customized output forms, import/export capabilities, merging multiple projects, as well as custom queries and user-defined fields. Students will earn 2.4 CEUs for this course.


Demand Load:

  • Connected, Demand, and Design Load Analysis for Sizing
  • Demand Load Library
  • Input Data Requirements
  • Output Report Overview


  • Feeder and Transformer Sizing Calculations
  • Cable and Transformer Libraries
  • Input Data Requirements
  • Output Report Overview

Load Schedule:

  • Panel, MCC and Switchboard Schedule Representation
  • Input Data Requirements
  • Output Report Overview

Load Flow Studies:

  • Solution Techniques
  • Sources of Supply Representation
  • Transformer, Load and other Component Representation
  • Voltage Drop Snapshot of Motor Startup
  • Input Data Requirements
  • Output Report Overview

Fault Studies:

  • Solution Techniques: Comprehensive Fault Analysis, ANSI Fault Analysis
  • Comparison of Methodologies between Comprehensive and ANSI
  • Contribution Sources Representations
  • Input Data Requirements
  • Output Report Overview


  • Creation of Time-Current Curves from New and Existing Projects
  • Customization of TCC Drawing Layouts and Libraries
  • Using Forms to Print TCC Drawings
  • Export of TCC Drawing to Third Party Application
  • Input Data Requirements
  • TCC Settings Report

Equipment Evaluation:

  • Relationship with Short Circuit, and Equipment Sizing
  • Input Data requirements, Interrupting Rating, Close-Latch Rating, and Test X/R
  • Low voltage device evaluation based on ANSI, IEC and Comprehensive Fault results
  • HV/MV device evaluation based on ANSI, IEC and Comprehensive Fault results
  • Evaluation using bus fault current or worse case current through the device
  • Evaluation Criteria – Pass, Fail, or Marginal
  • Interpretation of PTW Equipment Evaluation results

Target Audience:

This course is intended for electric power engineers responsible for the design and analysis of three phase electrical distribution systems. No previous electrical distribution system analysis experience is required.
Course 101 Intro 1 to SKM Power*Tools 3-Day Training
Course Hours 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM local time. Web training: 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM Pacific Time
Course Fees Click Enroll button below to see latest fees. Does not include hotel or travel costs.
Save $95 for taking both 101 and 102 together. Does not include hotel or travel costs.
Registration Fees Include 1 PTW Training Manual, Use of 1 computer per 2 students (Torrance, CA only), Continental breakfast each day from 7 to 7:30 AM, On-site lunches each day, and an IEEE Certificate of Completion.
SKM will provide a computer with the software installed for the Torrance location only when requested. However, students are highly encouraged to bring their own laptop computers. SKM will provide the latest version of the PTW software prior to the class for installation. License key will be provided on the first day of the course.
Course Locations
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Torrance - South Bay  (Food Menu)
21333 Hawthorne Boulevard
Torrance, California, 90503

Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport  (Food Menu)
1111 Airport Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15231

Crowne Plaza Houston Galleria Area  (Food Menu)
7611 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77024

Four Points by Sheraton-Chicago O’Hare  (Food Menu)
10249 W Irving Park Road
Schiller Park, IL 60176

Web-Based Live Training - This online training will be conducted live by a senior SKM engineer and other SKM engineers will be available via chat or phone to assist with questions.  The same level of instruction, content, and practice projects will still be covered as we normally do. Software activation details will be provided as we get closer to the class.  A hardcopy training manual will be shipped about 10 days before the first day of class. Student within the continental US qualify for free shipping (UPS) of the hardcopy student manual. Students outside of the US are responsible for delivery fees and duties and/or customs fees.

Live online training will be conducted using the GoToTraining platform. We recommend using a Chrome browser for the instant join feature without having to download and install extra software. Consider a dual-monitor setup so that you can view the instructor’s screen while performing hands-on exercises. Alternatively, you can join the meeting on a tablet using GoToTraining’s app or use another computer next to you.
Check your system compatibility before training begins here: https://support.goto.com/meeting/system-check