PIC Module I ‑ Sensors & Symbology

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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 who 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.

Sensors and Symbology is the first module of the Certificate Program in Process Instrumentation & Controls or can be taken as a stand-alone course.

What You Will Learn

  • 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, their principle of operation, the advantages and disadvantages and the application of the different types of sensors for flow, level, pressure and temperature measurements as well as for control valves

Textbook Required

The Condensed Handbook of Measurement & Control, 4th Edition with CD by N.E. Battikha

The instructor has requested you purchase the paper version, not the online version. Textbooks are available for online purchase directly from ISA (International Society of Automation) www.isa.org

List Price: $119.00
Member Price: $95.00
Shipping: Approximately $10.50 - $13 depending on location
Note: Textbook Price and Student Membership is in US Dollars

If you need assistance with purchasing your textbook or signing up for membership, please contact ISA directly in customer service. Phone (919)549-8411 or email info@isa.org.

Course Outline

1 - Introduction

What is Instrumentation and Controls (I&C)?
Selection of Measurement and Control Devices
Equipment Location
Air Supply, Electrical Supply
Installation and Maintenance

2 - Identification Symbols

Instrument Identification and Line Symbols
General Instrument or Function Symbols
(Per ISA Standards)

3 - Analyzer Systems

Overview, Comparison Table
Code compliance
Sampling systems
Testing and Startup

4 - Flow Measurement

Overview, Comparison
Differential Pressure (Orifice Plate, Venturi, Flow Nozzle, Pitot Tube, etc.)
Mass: Coriolis
Positive Displacement
Vortex Shedding
Variable Area (Rotameter)
Ultrasonic: Transit Time
Ultrasonic: Doppler
Weir and Flume

5 - Level Measurement

Overview, Classification
Measurement of Solids, Comparison
Mechanical: Float, Weight and Cable, Tape (Float and Tape)
Buoyancy: Displacement
Hydrostatic: Gage, Diaphragm, Bubbler (Dip Tube), Differential Pressure, Elevation/Suppression
Electrical: Capacitance, Conductivity, Resistance Tape
Waves & Pulses: Sonic/Ultrasonic, Radar, Laser, Beam Breakers
Others: Paddle Wheel, Vibration, Thermal, Radioactive (Nuclear), Load Cells

6 - Pressure and Temperature Measurement

A - Pressure Overview, Comparison Table
Units of Measurement
Gages, Transmitters
Filled Systems and Diaphragm Seals

B - Temperature: Overview, Comparison Table
Resistance Temperature Detector (RTD)

EXAM for Module I

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.