This course has been developed for industrial and service company technicians who are interested in developing an understanding of process control and measuring systems. In addition it is suitable for those technicians working in other engineering disciplines who would like to cross-skill in instrumentation and control systems. Learners will be introduced to the methods, techniques and technologies used in industrial process measurement and control. The course content can be tailored to meet the specific requirements of customers’ business operations, processes, procedures and documentation.
An Introduction to Process Control and Instrumentation
- Industrial process measurement – temperature, pressure, flow, level, angular velocity, displacement
- Signal processing – measurement, conversion, linearization, filtering, amplification, system response
- Signal transmission – analogue, 2-wire loop, digital, Fieldbus, HART, FISCO
- Use of instrumentation in a hazardous environment – Zener/galvanic barriers, I.S., ATEX and DSEAR
- System analysis – sensor selection, process considerations, system characteristics
- System modeling – 1st order, 2nd order, response, transfer function,
- Indicators – analogue, digital, recorders, loop powered indicators
- System maintenance – fault finding, root cause analysis, verification, calibration, reporting
- Control types – open loop, closed loop, two-step, three-term, P, P+I, P+I+D, cascade
- Control system regulators – electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic systems
- Control system tuning techniques – ultimate cycle, reaction curve, adaptive
- Alarm systems – window comparators, trip amplifiers, trip sensors, process interlocks
- Process applications – hardware simulation, software simulation, system development software
- Overview of computerised control systems – PLC, DDC, DCS, SCADA
This qualification is available to anyone who is capable of reaching the required standards. Entry on to the course will be subject to interview and considered on previous learning, experience or individual merit. As this is a technical subject a proficiency in English, Mathematics and Science is required.
No specific requirement.
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.