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Basics of Power Electronics
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

Basics of Power Electronics is a perfect course for any person that is working in a power electronics company but does not hold a PhD. Speed up the learning curve of new staff or facilitate heterogenous team work by leveling up power electronics knowledge in your company !
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

What you will learn?

This course has been built to be accessible to anyone. It will propel you into Power Electronics. It's intended to all staff part of power electronics company, that do not hold an engineering degree. It will turn attendees into professionals able to apprehend, exchange and discuss power electronics systems, designs or parts, both technically or on a marketing aspect.

It includes technical explanations in graphics and videos, but also market trends, power electronics applications and their environment. This course is the only power electronics course mixing technology and marketing in order to bring non-engineers to a new technology understanding level.

Sales team members, marketing and communication experts, will become knowledgable in power electronics technology. This will accelerate the work and exchange within and between teams of a different background.

What to expect ?

As a student, you will go through short and clear videos explaining power electronics topics. Each chapter will be validated through a series of tests, quiz, drag and drop or identification exercises. Additional external content is provided too: links, blog articles, videos and books, in order to know where to look to dive more into each topic.

The course starts with explanations of Alternating Current (AC) and Direct Current principles. It introduces the concept of electric power, its use, and explains the necessity for it. It then defines the role and operation of the different parts of an electric conversion system: resistors, capacitors, transformers and inductors.

A chapter is dedicated to the semiconductor world. It explains in video, how a transistor is made. Each power electronics transistor technology is explained, showing a cut of the components and the current flow. Bipolar, MOSFET or IGBT operations are clearly but simply explained.
We added information about the packaging of these semiconductors, as well as how components are mounted in a power stack or an inverter. The main conversion topologies are also explained. You will learn about Buck, Boost, Half-bridge, Full-bridge and even NPC three-level converter topologies. Examples of real converters with pictures and schematics are added. Apple laptop charger will be no secret for any student.

Last chapters explain the operation, requirements and specificities of the main power electronics applications: rail traction, wind turbines, photovoltaic inverters, motor drives, home appliances and small chargers.


Your brain, a bit of time and some motivation! Everything else is provided...


This course has two different prices depending on your needs.

  • Single user - Price: 290 EUR/person - includes:
    • 6 months access to the course
    • Q&A session with instructors
  • Corporate access - Price upon request - includes:
    • 6 months access to the course
    • Discussion forum for company trainees
    • Downloadable PDF handout
    • Personalization or additional chapters possible

For more information or to register, you can contact Alex by e-mail: or use our Contact form.

How to enroll?

To enroll to the course, you need to:

  • Contact Alex by e-mail:
  • Or place an order on our online shop.
  • Or click here under, fill in the form and wait for us to contact you...
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Course Staff

Alex AVRON teacher picture


Alex built and grew the power electronics department of Yole Développement while authoring more than 15 market reports. He is now teaching competitive intelligence to 3rd year students in addition to building
He holds a Master’s degree in electrical engineering with a major in semiconductors.
Among his superpowers: his ability to summarize complex theories and concepts in very simple few words.

Julie Pouliquen teacher picture


Julie is the founder of a co-working ecosystem called La Cordée. As an expert in community tools and services, she offers her expertise to help shape and design the future of shared services, spaces or knowledge. She holds a Master's degree in entrepreneurship from HEC Paris. She also holds the power to reshape a presentation into a compelling and highly attractive content.

Frequently Asked Questions

What amount of work is needed?

We estimated that by working 1 to 2h a week, you will be able to complete this course in about 5 weeks. This is an optimum time to keep a good pace and make your knowledge progress, while being short enough to make you stay until the end.

Are group or company offers available?

The course has been especially designed for groups or companies. Grouped in cohorts, your teammates can access to specific content, and have open access to a dedicated forum. You and your teams can discuss internal topics in relation to the course content, or share information during the learning process.

Will I be able to design an inverter after this course?

Let's be clear: we don't think so. This course is not equivalent to a Master's degree. We want students to be able to understand any inverter or converter operation, identify every part, and identify the manufacturers, with their specificities and strategies. This course will help you finally talk with engineers, and get what they mean. It will not help you give feedbacks on engineer's work.

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Enrollment in this course is by invitation only