Electrical Motor Drive Systems

North East Scotland College


Off campus


This Unit has been designed to allow candidates to develop a knowledge and understanding of electrical motor drive systems at both a systems level and at individual component level (e.g. transmission arrangements, electrical protection and starting and braking methods). Candidates will also have an opportunity to consolidate their knowledge of electrical motor drive systems by undertaking an investigation of the reasons for the selection of the component parts in a practical industrial or commercial drive system. On completion of the Unit, candidates should be able to:

Outline factors that influence choice of motor to drive an industrial load; Distinguish different forms of motor to load power transmission systems; Analyse electrical protection arrangements used with electrical motors; Analyse starting/braking arrangements associated with electric motors;
Investigate selecting motor and ancillary equipment for industrial loads.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a general knowledge and understanding of electrical motors. This may be evidence by possession of the following HN Unit: DN4J 34 Electrical Machine Principles. Some knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of rotating systems would also be an advantage.

Start Date




Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length

6 months



SCQF Level




Career Area


Career Sectors

Aeronautical Engineering

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Engineering General

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (including Fabrication and Welding)

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Offshore and Energy