Course Description

Control Functions is the second module of the  Certificate Program in Process Instrumentation & Controls or can be attended as a stand-alone course.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for those who would like to learn about the field of I&C in a condensed time frame and from a practical point of view and/or for those would just like to communicate with I&C personnel. The course is designed to provide attendees with sufficient knowledge to move into the field of I&C. It is applicable to technical and supervisory personnel. It is presumed that participants come from a setting where they can apply the knowledge received.

What You Will Learn

  • The requirements for control rooms and the design of control panels
  • The concepts and implementation of alarm and trip systems
  • The different types of computer-based control systems including PLCs and DCSs as well as review the basic requirements for good operator interface

Course Outline

Session 7 - Control Loops

Overview, Control Function Considerations:
Control Modes (On-Off, Modulating, PID Control)
Control Types (Feedback, Cascade, Ratio, Feedforward)
Controller Tuning (Automatic, Manual)

Session 8 - Programmable Electronic Systems

Overview, Components
Centralized vs. Distributed (PLCs, PCs, DCSs)
Control Room Instrumentation (Controllers, Recorders, Relays, Annunciators)
Application of Current Loop Resistors
Programming languages (IEC)
Fieldbus, System specification
Operator Interface (Graphics, Alarms, Trends, Reports)
Special Design Considerations, Vendor Selection
Testing, Maintenance

Session 9 - Alarm and Trip Systems

Fail-Safe and De-enegize-to-Trip
Elements (Inputs, Logic, Output)
Design, Documentation
Testing (Input, Logic, Output)
Management of Change

Session 10 - Control Centers and Enclosures

A - Control Centers: Overview, Design, Physical Aspects
Security, Fire Protection, Air Conditioning
Electrical/Electronic Considerations, Communication

B - Enclosures: Overview, General Requirements
Documentation, Fabrication, Protection and Rating
Electrical, Pneumatics
Temperature and Humidity Control
Inspection and Testing, Certification, Shipping

Session 11 - Control Valves

Overview, Comparison Table Valve Shutoff
Flashing and Cavitation, Valve Pressure Drop
Installation Notes
The Cv
Valve Bodies
Actuators, Valve Positioners

EXAM for Module II

Note: It is highly recommended that participants attend Modules I, II and III in their sequential order. We are unable to accommodate requests for advanced standing. Participants must complete all three modules including all quizzes and exams in order to be awarded a Certificate in Process Instrumentation & Control. In special circumstances a participant may complete a certificate module outside the regular program schedule on a self study basis. Application for self study must be sent in writing to the Program Director.


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Section Title
Process Instrumentation and Control: Control Functions (Module II)
Mar 17, 2020 to Apr 28, 2020
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $1,195.00
Section Notes
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