This course is for engineers and technicians who need to have a practical knowledge of selection, installation and commissioning of industrial instrumentation and control valves. In many respects a clear understanding and application of these principles is the most important factor in an efficient process control system.
This course is for those individuals primarily involved in achieving effective results for the industrial processes they are responsible for. This would involve the design, specification and implementation of control and measurement equipment. The course focuses on real applications, with attention to special installation considerations and application limitations when selecting or installing different measurement or control equipment.


  • Instrumentation terms, concepts, diagrams and symbols
  • Implement an instrument and wiring number system
  • Overview of the use of PLCs in industrial applications
  • Pressure sources and the basic terms of pressure measurement
  • Level measurement and the basics associated with it
  • Temperature measurement and the various associated transducers
  • Flow measurement techniques
  • Control valve principles and common valve types
  • New technologies such as smart instrumentation and fieldbus
  • Integrate a complete system (considering instrumentation and total errors) as well as selection criteria, commissioning and testing
  • Overview of HMI, SCADA and DCS systems
  • Different tuning rules
  • Latest ISO requirements for a company
  • Overview of HAZOP studies
  • Understand reliability centred maintenance and spare parts analysis
  • Gain appreciation for factory and site acceptance testing
  • Considerations for building in-house panels and installations

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Course Outline

MODULE 1: Introduction, Basic Terms and Definitions

  • Basis measurement and control concepts
  • Basic performance terms and conditions
  • Advanced performance terms and conditions
  • Definitions

MODULE 2: Diagrams and Numbering

  • P & ID symbols
  • Selection criteria
  • Typical applications

MODULE 3: Pressure Measurement

  • Principles of pressure measurement
  • Pressure sources
  • Mechanical transducers and elements
  • Electrical transducers and elements
  • Installation considerations
  • Impact on the overall control loop
  • Selection tables
  • Future pressure technologies

MODULE 4: Level Measurement

  • Principles of level measurement
  • Simple sight glasses and gauging rods
  • Buoyancy tape systems
  • Hydrostatic pressure
  • Ultrasonic measurement
  • Radar measurement
  • Vibration switches
  • Radiation measurement
  • Electrical measurement
  • Density measurement
  • Future level technologies

MODULE 5: Temperature Measurement

  • Principles of temperature measurement
  • Thermocouples
  • Resistance temperature detectors (RTDs)
  • Thermistors
  • Liquid-in-glass, filled and bimetallic
  • Non-contact pyrometers
  • Humidity
  • Installation considerations
  • Impact on the overall control loop
  • Selection tables
  • Future temperature technologies

MODULE 6: Flow and Mass Measurement

  • Principle of flow measurement
  • Differential pressure flowmeters
  • Open channel flow measurement
  • Variable area flowmeters
  • Oscillatory flow measurement
  • Magnetic flow meters
  • Positive displacement
  • Ultrasonic flow measurement
  • Mass flow meters
  • Installation considerations
  • Impact on overall control loop
  • Selection tables

MODULE 7: Control Valves

  • Principles of control valves
  • Sliding stem valves
  • Rotary valves
  • Control valve selection and sizing
  • Control valve characteristics / trim
  • Control valve noise and cavitation
  • Actuators and positioners
  • Valve benchset and stroking
  • Impact on overall control loop
  • Selection tables
  • Future technologies

MODULE 8: Basic Control Philosophies

  • Open loops
  • Closed loops
  • Feed forward and ration control
  • Feedback control
  • Overview of different tuning rules available
  • Cascade control
  • Good practice in troubleshooting
  • Adaptive and self tuning controllers

MODULE 9: Integration of the System, Modern Trends and Other Process Considerations

  • Calculation of individual instruments and total error for the system
  • Selection considerations
  • Testing and commissioning of subsystems
  • RS 232, RS 422, RS 423, RS 485, etc.
  • Fiber optic cables
  • New smart instruments and fieldbus
  • Noise and earthing considerations
  • Materials of construction
  • Linearisation

MODULE 10: Programmable Logic Controllers Introduction to the PLC

  • Digital Input / Output Systems
  • Analog Input / Output Systems
  • Fundamentals of PLC Programming

MODULE 11: ISO, HAZOPS, Reliability Centered Maintenance, Spare Parts Analysis, Testing and Panel Design

  • ISO 9001:2000 in depth
  • HAZOP analysis
  • Reliability centered maintenance and spare parts analysis
  • Acceptance Testing (FAT and SAT)
  • Electrical design of assorted panels


  • System Hardware & Software
  • Components
  • Design & layout
  • Alarms & Reporting

NB: The course description of all EIT "Certificate" courses has been changed to "Professional Certificate of Competency". Some course brochures are not yet updated. The actual certificate received by successful students will include the new title.


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