PEClab Courses

Electric Machinery

This course is about electric machines, which are devices that transform energy using the magnetic field. Electric machines are clasified in electromagnetic converters (transformers) and electromechanic converters (actuator, motors and generators). The course discusses theory, concepts and operating principles of these, by an analysis of their caracteristics, control and applications in the industry, mining and electric traction.

Electric Drives

This course has as a goal to describe the techniques of vector control for motors and generators (Field Oriented Control). This techniques are the state-of-art of drives, and are highly present in the market products. Topics studied include coordinate systems; dynamic operation and torque control for induction machines, synchronous permanent magnet machines and assisted reluctance machines; inverters and embedded software.

Power Electronics

Power Electronics is about the study and application of static power converters operated by electronic semiconductors. It's a combination of areas like Electronics, Power and Control. It has efficiently replaced old techniques of conversion based on rotative electric machines.

Electric Traction

Electric Traction is about the movement of mechanical loads with electrical drive elements. It was born with the invention of the electric motor. The course is focused on railways, trolleybuses, ships, airplanes and cars.

Electricity Generation

This course is about the different ways that electric energy can be generated, transmitted and distributed, with emphasis on the basic principles of operation and each technology limitations. It will deal the different ways of generation that has been used along the time and those who will be used in the future. It will be review the storage technologies for electric energy, mechanism of electric traction and methods of conversion using power electronics.

Electric Machinery Laboratory

This laboratory has as a goal to train students for identify the constructive and operating characteristics of different types of machines, measure their fundamental parameters in steady state and read the results from experiments. Students also will know the basics connection requirements of these devices.

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Automatic Control

Automatic Control has as a goal to guarantee that systems or process raise the purpose and performance for which they were designed, in terms of quality, efficiency, operation costs and security. This course provide the basic methods for describing systems through continuous and discrete mathematical models, analyze its properties and design controllers that ensure an adequate system performance. Analyze and design tools include: i) Modeling by transference functions and block diagrams, ii) Modeling in states space, iii) Analyze in the time domain, iv) Analyze in frequency domain, v) Study of roots location, vi) Design of controllers in time and frequency domains, vii) Introduction to optimal control LQR and optimal estimation using Kalman filters.

Predictive Control

This course covers the fundamentals of optimal control, specifically Multivariable Predictive Control technology, for linear, non-linear and hybrid models, considering objective functions and restrictions, MPC products that control and automations companies provides, and industrial applications that are being developed for mining, energy, transport and others industries.

Intelligent Control

Students will be able to develop solutions based on computer intelligence technologies (expert systems, fuzzy logic, neural networks, genetic algorithms, multi-agent systems) for solving simple problems of modeling, prediction, detection, diagnosis, control and optimization, in real time. Also, they will be in conditions of evaluating potential applications in different industries and disciplines, specially in energy, transport, food, finances and biological systems, in both technology and commercial products. Especial attention on mining applications.


This course trains students for describe and explain the operation of a high level electronic circuit, in terms of functional blocks and its signals. Students analyze circuits using simple mathematical models of electronic devices such as diodes and BJT and MOSFET transistors. Also, they analyze the biasing of an electronic circuit and create an small signal models using it. They study the operation and output in frequency and time domains. Furthermore, the simulate, design and built simple circuits.


This course introduce students in the application of Microcomputers and Microncontrollers technology. Students make an advanced development on a 32-bits microcontroller, programmed in C with extensions that allow a detailed control of hardware. This development includes ad-hoc tools that make easier the programming and debugging of hardware and software.

Power Systems

This course provides the basic principles of operation of a power electric system and its main components. Students analyze qualitative and quantitatively the standard operation of a transmission and distribution system, under technical and economic constraints. They also specify equipment, systems or parts of electric systems and operating guidelines of these systems.

Digital Systems Laboratory

Students measure, design, simulate and built digital circuits of low and medium scale.

Electronics Laboratory

Students analyze and design circuits with integrated components, specially for analog signal processing and communication circuits. They ensure compliance of norms and experimental techniques. They use computing tools apply in electronics. Also, they make innovations through experiences designed by themselves.

This information has been extracted from course programs or introductory slides.

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Signals and Systems

This course prepares students for understand and handle the fundamentals contents of signals and systems analysis. This knowledge is basic for future courses in communications, control and other advanced areas of electrical engineering. Students recognize and classify signals and systems, and differentiate and solve continuous and discrete signals and systems. They interpret and apply concepts of sampling and signal reconstruction. Also, they apply definitions and properties of continuos Fourier transform, discrete Fourier transform, Laplace transform and Z transform, for analyzing and solving continuos and discrete systems.

Digital Systems

Students will be able to analyze and design medium and advanced scale circuits and digital systems, using integrated circuits and logic programmable logic devices.

Power Systems Seminary

Students analyze the performance in steady state of electric distribution systems (substations and power supplies) and design criteria. They understand dynamic models of synchronous generators and their voltage and speed regulators, synchronous and induction motors, and other electric components. Also, they analyze dynamic phenomena in electric systems, apply models of components and available methods of analysis and control. Furthermore, they make studies of transient stability of real systems and dynamic studies of power-frecuency regulation. Moreover, they research about voltage stability.

Automatic Control Laboratory

This laboratory is about the study of practical techniques and control and automation devices. The goals are: i) know the instrumentation, ii) modeling and control, iii) experimentation, iv) data analysis, v) creativity and design, vi) learn from errors, vii) work in team and viii) communication.

This information has been extracted from course programs or introductory slides.