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The IET’s 13th Professional Development Course

3 - 6 November 2014 | The Kingsway Hall Hotel, London, UK

About the course


Electric Traction Systems (ETS) is a four day course is targeted primarily at an audience of engineers entering the railway traction industry. It will be highly relevant to graduate engineers seeking professional development as well as more senior engineers who have been working in other railway disciplines and are moving into railway traction.

The four day course is presented by expert lecturers and practitioners who have worked on railway systems around the world and aims to provide delegates with a clear, concise grounding in the fundamentals of railway electric traction technology.

It will specifically address current and future practice in traction design, system interface issues and key challenges for energy and emissions in transport from both a technical and managerial view.

The course will also provide the opportunity to undertake:

  • Continued professional development for the engineering professionals working in the railway industry
  • Key knowledge in electric traction systems from the fundamentals to in-depth design across a diverse range of topics
  • Networking opportunities with an international programme of speakers who are experts in this field
  • A closer look at the operation of a rail depot on one of the two technical visits offered


Each day, the course programme will cover a key aspect of Electric Traction Systems, giving you a complete guide to this vital aspect of railway engineering.



ETS 2014 will follow the following daily themes:

  • Day 1: ETS fundamentals
  • Day 2: Drives
  • Day 3: System and interfaces
  • Day 4: Practicalities


Engineering challenges

The last 30 years has seen a significant development in railway traction, with the debate on energy and emissions in transport now high on the political agenda there are key challenges ahead for railway traction engineers, providing many exciting opportunities.

It is therefore increasingly vital that engineers are able to understand the need for maintenance of the infrastructure and the life cycle of electric traction systems used on the railway.



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