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Electric Machines

Understand the fundamental theory and applications of electric drive systems

This online course covers the fundamental theory associated with electric drive systems. The capabilities and limitations of different types of electric machines (DC machines, permanent magnet AC machines, induction machines, and reluctance machines) in drive applications are also covered in detail.

Key Information

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Start Date



180 days

Time Commitment

6-8 hours



Continuing Education Units (CEU)


Program Overview

Course Outline
  • Introduction and Electric Machinery Fundamentals (33 min)
  • Power Electronic Fundamentals (38 min)
  • Fundamentals of Control (32 min)
  • DC Machines (27 min)
  • DC Machines Drives (29 min)
  • AC Machines I (33 min)
  • AC Machines II (33 min)
  • Surface Mount Permanent Magnet Machines (35 min)
  • Surface Mount Permanent Magnet Machine Drives (26 min)
  • Reluctance Machines (33 min)
  • Interior Permanent Magnet Machines (16 min)
  • Induction Machines (36 min)
  • Induction Machine Drives (31 min)
Time Commitment and Work Pace

Each course contains 4-6 hours of online instruction divided into shorter modules to make it easy to learn at your own pace.

You will have 180 days from your course start date to complete the course.

Completion Requirements

Successful completion requires you to view all course modules and receive an 80% passing grade on the course assessment. Upon completing these requirements, you will earn a digital badge for your resume or professional profile.

Certificate Option and Specializations

Upon successful completion of 4 CCET courses, you will receive a U-M Certificate of Achievement.

Select 4 courses from one concentration to deepen your knowledge in a subject or area. If you choose a specialization, your certificate will note the specialization you completed.

Prerequisites & Technical Requirements

There are no prerequisites for this course. A bachelor's degree in a science, engineering, or technical field is recommended but not required.

To view technical requirements, click here.


Administrative/Online Technical Support

Support staff are available via phone and email to help with administrative and technical issues during our normal business hours (Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time).

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the basics of magnetic-field devices
  • Describe how electric machines produce torque
  • Discuss the operation of power electronic circuits
  • Design a proportional-integral (PI) feedback control algorithm
  • Summarize the properties of different types of electric machines

Course Instructor

Heath Hofmann
Heath Hofmann
Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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Digital Badge

Earn a digital badge for your resume or professional profile:

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A certificate in your course of study will be awarded upon successful completion of this program.

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“This program was very suitable for my team and beneficial for us to understand new technologies...[our] engineers can work at their own pace.”

- Supervisor, Ford Motor Company