University of Kansas offers Program in Process Instrumentation and Control

  • September 05, 2006
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September 5, 2006 - The University of Kansas is offering a three-part certificate program in Process Instrumentation and Control (I&C). It covers the different phases of I&C from a non-mathematical and practical point of view. The program includes the basic concepts, the engineering, and the installation of control equipment. The series starts with the Introduction to Process Instrumentation and Control class and expands into Field Instrumentation and Process Control Systems (Part 2) and Engineering Documentation for Process Instrumentation and Control (Part 3). The first class is scheduled for November 6-9, 2006; parts two and three will follow in March and May of 2007. The attendees will learn about:

  • The basics of I&C including the different control functions, the types of control loops, and continuous vs. discrete control.
  • The identification and symbols used in I&C.
  • The different types of field instrumentation - with detailed coverage in Part 2.
  • 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 - with detailed coverage in Part 2.
  • The documentation required for I&C, for front-end engineering and for detail design - with detailed coverage in Part 3.
  • The requirements for a successful installation, instrument checkout, and controller tuning. Who Should Apply This program 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 who would just like to knowledgably communicate with I&C personnel. The program is designed to provide attendees with sufficient knowledge to move into the field of I&C. It is applicable to both technical and supervisory personnel. Although there are no prerequisites for the course, it is presumed that participants come from a setting where they can apply the knowledge received. Certificate Requirements The certificate is awarded after the completion of the three parts, which amounts to approximately 100 classroom and hands-on hours. The participants must attain a minimum of 60 percent for Parts 2 and 3 and an aggregate average of at least 70 percent in the program. Part 1 does not have an exam. In addition to the certificate, CEUs, which can be used for ISA and AFE credentials renewal, are available. Note: All three courses are also open to those who do not seek a certificate. Those who do not wish to receive a certificate can take Parts 2 and 3 without having attended Part 1. Instructor N.E. (Bill) Battikha, P.Eng., is a registered professional engineer with over 30 years of experience in the field of Process Instrumentation and Control, working mainly in the USA and Canada. Bill has generated and conducted Instrumentation and Control training courses for many universities and for the ISA. He co-authored a patent and wrote three books on Instrumentation and Controls all published by the ISA with the last one being an ISA best-seller. He is a member of many ISA committees generating new standards. He has designed complete control systems, guided and checked the work of engineering consultants, monitored contractors on site, and personally carried on plant commissioning and start-up. Bill has also performed plant audits and helped construction and maintenance personnel resolve difficult technical issues.
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