IEEE/HKIE Seminar on How to successfully witness a Power Transformer Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) Event

Date: 12 December 2018 (Wednesday)

Time: 18:30 – 20:30

Venue: Room PQ304, PolyU



Power transformers in electrical power system are important asset, expensive, and require long replacement lead time in the event of failures. The power transformer procurement process includes design review and in-process quality control in the manufacturing, and inspectors/engineers are dispatched to witness the transformer factory acceptance tests (FAT). Thorough preparations, knowledge of the transformer test techniques, recognition of factory test limitations of various facilities, etc. will improve the chance of satisfactory outcome. Understanding the safety aspects of the transformer testing process will insure a safe event. Also, the inspector/engineer must be prepared to deal with surprises in real time such as apparent test failures and the techniques in recovering processes. The presentation’s intent is to provide a guide to inspector/engineer attending the FAT to be adequately prepared before he or she sets sail. It points out the dos and don’ts as well as how to deal with surprises, queries beyond your expertise/authority, and other unforeseen logistics etc.



Steve Chan was a 1974 graduate from SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) in Electrical Engineering Technology, and he finished his undergraduate with University of Manitoba in 1978. He started his work career with Federal Pioneer Electric in Winnipeg testing high voltage power transformers while he was attending university program. He then spent a lot of years with an Alberta electric utility as a station design engineer, standards & equipment engineer. Steve also worked for the Delta Catalytic (now part of Jacobs Engineering) for a year on the Ontario’s Iroquois Falls Co-gen project. He then went on as a consultant engineer for an electric utilities company in Alberta. He moved on and worked for ABB’s T&D in Hong Kong, then the ABB’s Power Generation in Beijing, and finally the Alstom Power (Beijing) in late nineties on a few Asian large coal-fired generation projects in China. Steve’s career with BC Hydro includes station equipment, design, standards, quality assurance, and commissioning acceptance engineer. He retired from BC Hydro in 2013 and then stayed on as a consultant Commissioning & Acceptance engineer with the Site Engineering & Acceptance department.



The Seminar is jointly organised by the IEEE PES/IAS/PELS/IES Joint Chapter (HK), and the HKIE Electrical Division, and is supported by Electrical Engineering Department of PolyU and the Electrical Engineering Alumni Association (EEAA) of PolyU.


No prior registration is required. Attendance certificates will be issued at the event. For more details, please visit For enquiry, please contact the Activity Coordinator, Dr. C.T. Tse by


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