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Course Details

Certificate in Process Instrumentation and Control Part 2

Course code: ESIA H4019* Entry Route into programme:
  • Certificate in Process Instrumentation & Control Part 1 or equivalent
Duration: 12 weeks
NFQ level: 8
Method of application: ITB
Schedule: Wednesday : 4.00pm- 8.00pm
Award title: Certificate in Process Instrumentation and Control Part 2*
Credits for Full Award: 5 @ NFQ Level 8
Fee : €600  
Awarding Body: ITB *Subject to Validation

Note :

This course is not being offered in the academic year starting Sept 2013.

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Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicants should have completed the Certificate in Process Instrumentation and Control Part 1 in ITB or an equivalent qualification.


Course Aims

Modern process and manufacturing industries rely on accurate measurement and control of process parameters to ensure products of a very high quality can be produced safely and efficiently.

Technicians working in the process industries are involved in the configuration,
installation, calibration and maintenance of measurement and control systems. This
course is designed to give students the skills and knowledge required to operate in such environments.

Course Content

Piping and Instrumentation Drawings

Instrument flowsheet symbols, instrument tag numbering and letter codes, line symbols for instruments, development and interpretation of piping and instrumentation drawings, standards for piping and instrumentation drawings.

Final Control Elements
Control valve types including: ball valves, globe valves, pinch valves. Control valve
actuators including: pneumatic, hydraulic and electrical actuators. Valve positioners:
operation, fitting and optimization of valve positioners and I/P convertors. Control
valve application, selection, sizing, noise reduction. Control valve characteristics
and rangeability. Other final control element types including: variable speed
driven pumps, thyristor controlled heating elements.

Process Control Methods
Open-loop control, closed-loop control, instrument response time, process lags
including distance/velocity and transfer lags. On-off control, P control, PI control,
PID control. Advanced control techniques including: cascade, ratio and feed-forward
control. Case studies using different control modes.

Controller Tuning
Trial and error tuning methods, reaction curve (open loop) method of controller
optimisation, continuous cycling (closed loop) method of controller optimisation,
adaptive tuning, auto tuning controllers.

Instrument Configuration and Diagnostics Systems
HART communications. Wireless HART communications. Practical configuration
and diagnostics of instruments with HART communications protocol. Field device tool (FDT) communications standard. Practical configuration and diagnostics of devices using FDT communications standard. There is a strong practical element
throughout the course and students will back up their theoretical learning with
practical lab work using modern state-ofthe- art equipment.



Assessment will consist of a final written exam and continuous assessment of
laboratory work throughout the course. Each component will be worth 50% of the
overall marks available.

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