Electrical Engineering for Jail Design
Thomas Mason, PE
This three hour
online course presents the concepts and examples of use of electrical engineering
in the design of jails and jail renovations. The methods have been successfully
applied to County and City detention centers for adults, detention centers for
juveniles, and district police stations. There is an implication of low- to
medium-security for such jails, but the population periodically included serious
offenders, violent persons under-the-influence and psychiatric patients. Safety
for clients, staff and the public is always the primary goal.
The course includes
a multiple-choice quiz at the end, based upon the course content.
At the conclusion of this course, the student will:
This course is intended for architects, engineers, contractors and construction managers involved in designing and building jails and jail renovations. Interested technical persons will get value for insights into how a relatively isolated section of our society works and how the equipment works to support it.
Benefit to Attendees
The greatest fear in facilities design is not error but oversight. An error should be picked up at one of the many reviews which take place. Something that the original designer misses can easily be missed in each of the reviews.
Narrative: True story. A new multi-story architecture building was erected at a major state university. After construction, it was noticed that no restrooms were included. Restrooms were retrofitted into the stairwells - mens and womens on alternate floors.
This course is
intended to be a shallow but wide discussion of electrical systems in jails.
In some cases new technology is discussed, like contraband detection and IP-TV.
In others, lists are presented, like smoke detectors, heat detectors, pull stations,
strobe-horns and annunciators. Hopefully, these will help avoiding the oversight
The course content is in Electrical Engineering for Jail Design (PDF File). You need to open or download this document to study this course.
Jails are a special
class of institutional buildings. The Codes apply a little differently and the
meaning of heavy-duty takes on new meaning. This course briefly examines the
electrical systems that must be selected and detailed by and electrical engineer
for new construction or renovation.
These sources are offered for reference and educational value. None of the products is particularly recommended by the author or PDHonline.
Jail Lighting Fixture, see http://www.cooperlighting.com/specfiles/productinfopdf/FCC.pdf
is residential and industrial only.]
Surveillance analog cctv at
control relays at http://www.functionaldevices.com/
http://www.clrwtr.com/ABB-Contactors-Contactor.htm [require enclosure]
control valves at