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AEST – Automation Engineering Survival Training (October 2017)

October 9, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Do you have what it takes to survive in the world of process automation?
Sharpen your process automation know-how with this intensive week of expert-led lecture and hands-on exercises covering practical, real-world automation survival skills.

Automation Engineering Survival Training is a unique process automation engineering experience designed to hone your process automation knowledge and skills. This intensive technical training boot camp for automation engineers combines lecture and hands-on labs with bonus features, including a plant tour and networking event, to maximize your learning experience.

ISA’s seasoned “Survival Expert” will guide you through a fast-paced and rigorous course of topics from process measurement fundamentals through advanced automation, and everything in between! This course also serves as a solid introduction to other ISA engineering courses that can assist in the advancement of your process engineering career.

Who should attend?
New automation, control system, or process control engineers
Recent process engineering and other engineering graduates
Seasoned engineers looking to refresh their process automation knowledge and skills
Individuals wanting to learn more about process automation.

Watch our Survival Training video on YouTube!

DAY 1: Measurement Basics & Documentation
You will be able to:
Discuss the role of measurement and control in industrial processes
Differentiate between continuous, batch, and discrete control
Discuss the fundamentals of process control
Apply specific ISA Standards to interpret symbols and drawings associated with process control documentation
Discuss and apply the most common methods and devices used in temperature, pressure, level, and flow measurement

DAY 2: Control Valves & Strategies
You will be able to:
Compare various types of final control elements
Size valves for any flow condition likely to be found in a process plant
Define the concepts of PID control
Explain the operation of the components in a closed loop control system including static and dynamic functions
Use three methods to tune a control system for stated quality control
Apply the operation and function of ratio control systems
Identify real-world control problems as the basis of need for advanced control

DAY 3: Safety & Operator Effectiveness
You will be able to:
Design a graphical hierarchy for navigation
Explain best practices in HMI
Develop an Alarm Management Philosophy
Discuss rationalization, classification, and prioritization of alarms
Describe and use procedures for electrical classification
Describe the basic principles of protection
Select explosion proof apparatus for specific applications
Select the appropriate protective techniques for different hazards
Differentiate between process control and safety control
Analyze the performance of different logic system technologies
Specify and select safety instrumented systems (SIS)

DAY 4: Industrial Security & Project Management
You will be able to:
Identify Local Area Network (LAN) topologies and protocols
Define the different Ethernet varieties and which are best for industry
Discuss the principles behind creating an effective long-term security program
Define the basics of risk and vulnerability analysis methodologies
Specify the requirements for an enterprise-control integration solution
Explain the business drivers involved in integration
Identify project types and overall goals and objectives
Explain the four important objectives critical to automation projects vs. the three objectives typical of other projects

DAY 5: Advanced Process Automation
You will be able to:
Specify the requirements for a batch control system
Effectively structure and subdivide equipment entities
Describe modes and states and how they are applied at the equipment level
Describe the interfaces that are needed between batch control and other systems within an enterprise
Apply the critical areas of automation opportunity identification and project justification
Interpret the best practice methodology for automation project execution

Course Resources (included with registration):
ISA Standard: ANSI/ISA-5.1-2009 – Instrumentation Symbols and Identification
ISA Textbook: Successful Instrumentation and Control Systems Design, Second Edition by Michael D. Whitt

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Event Speaker: Nicholas Sands

Organizer Contact number: 281-978-1838


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Houston, TX 77042 United States
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