Electric Machines

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Course Dates

Time Commitment

4-6 Hours


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A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of 4 CCET modules.

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This online module 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.


  • 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


  • 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)

Modules are divided into shorter segments making it easier to learn at your own pace.

If completing a specialization, all four modules must be purchased together and completed in 180 days. For individual modules, you will have 60 days to complete.

Successful completion requires you to receive an 80% passing grade on the module assessment.

Upon successful completion of 4 modules purchased as a group, you will receive the U-M Certificate in Current and Emerging Technologies.

Select 4 modules 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.

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

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Heath Hofmann

Heath Hofmann, PhD

  • Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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