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Instrumentation, Automation, and Control Academy

Instrumentation, Automation, and Control Academy

Foundations and Practical Workplace Applications

Module 1: Introduction to Instrumentations

This 40-hour module provides an introduction to instrumentation and major topics covered will be:

  •  Safety, hand tools, calibrators
  • Instrumentation Air Supply Systems/Identification Symbols
  • Pressure Measurement
  • Flow Measurement and Flow Instruments
  • Level Measurement
 
Module 2: Introduction to Control

This 40-hour module covers temperature instruments and measurement, analytical measurement and control, and control loops. 

  • Overview of temperature measurement
  • Thermowells – selection and use
  • Temperature transmitters and switches
  • Thermocouple vs resistance temperature detector (RTD)
  • Overview of analytical measurements
  • Types of probes
  • Transmitters (pneumatic, electronic, and smart)
  • Overview of control function considerations
  • Control modes (on-off, modulating, PID control)
  • Control types (feedback, cascade, ratio, feedforward)
  • Controller tuning (automatic, manual)
 
Module 3: Automation Control

This 40-hour module covers final control elements, PLC and DCS Systems, and analog and microprocessor-based controllers.

  • Valve positioners overview
  • Actuators and their functions
  • Valves-sizing, types and differences
  • VFD overview
  • Process & Instrumentation Diagrams (P & IDs)
  • Control system definition, logic diagrams
  • Relays and ladder logic
  • Communication and DCS basics
  • Programming of PLCs using Boolean instructions
  • Control system architecture
  • PLC program documentation
  • Engineering contractor scope of work, packaged equipment scope of work
  • Single loop controllers
  • Signal isolators and noisy signals
  • Math and equations in single loop controllers
  • Scaling different signals for process
 
Module 4: Control Loops

This 20-hour module will cover valve positioners, control system prints and documentation, loop tuning, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). 

  • Characteristics of valve positioners
  • Pneumatic positioners
  • Electric positioners
  • Digital smart positioners
  • Reading and interpreting electrical schematic and wiring diagrams
  • Drawing electrical schematics and wiring diagrams
  • P & ID – piping and instrumentation diagrams
  • Loop sheets – field and control room
  • Instrument list
  • Open loop / closed loop
  • Ziegler Nichols and Lambda tuning techniques
  • Calculate initial PID settings
  • Tune loops
  • Typical pneumatic heating, ventilation and cooling control systems
  • Typical electrical heating, ventilating and cooling systems
  • Operation of typical pneumatic, electronic controllers used for HVAC
 
Module 5: Advanced Instrumentation

This 20-hour module builds on knowledge gained in Control Loops (Module 4) with programming PLC and DCS and will provide an introduction to Bus Systems, Industrial Process Control Systems, and Networking. 

  • Foundation fieldbus
  • Profibus PA and DP device net
  • Creating function blocks, structured texts, and sequential function charts
  • Linking different systems, HMI design and programming
  • History behind communications
  • Ethernet
  • Modbus
  • Cable testing (cat 5, cat 6, fiber optic)
  • Cable building (cat 5, cat 6, fiber optic)
  • Common practices for different cables
  • Older systems communication