PIC Module II ‑ Control Functions

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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.

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

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

7 - Control Loops

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

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

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

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

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 1, 2 and 3 in their sequential order. We are unable to accommodate requests for advanced standing. Participants must complete all 3 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.


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 Canada and the USA. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He generated and conducted Instrumentation and Control training courses for over 10 years at many universities and at the ISA.

Bill co-authored a patent and has written three books on Instrumentation and Controls, all published by the ISA, with the last book being an ISA best-seller. Bill is also a member of many ISA committees generating new standards. He has presented papers at many international conferences and has written numerous articles for major technical magazines.

Bill's engineering activities cover the development of engineering standards and the generation of control philosophies and functional specifications. He designed complete control systems, guided and inspected the work of engineering consultants, monitored contractors on-site, and personally carried on plant commissioning and start-up. Bill assisted plants in resolving and troubleshooting difficult problems from conceptual engineering to maintenance. He also performed plant audits and assisted construction and maintenance personnel in resolving difficult technical issues. Bill implemented control systems using microcomputers, programmable controllers, DCSs, and analog instrumentation. Bill is the President of BergoTech Inc. - a firm specializing in on-line Engineering courses.