Technician Training Boot Camp (TTBC)

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Technician Training Boot Camp (TTBC)

October 4, 2021 - October 8, 2021


Length : 4.5

CEU Credits : 3.6

Course Hours : 8:00am-5:00pm M-Th; 8:00am-12:00pm F

5-Day Intensive Hands-on Training Curriculum

  • Instrumentation Basics
  • Calibration and Maintenance
  • Digital (Smart) Transmitters
  • Control Valves, Positioners, and DVCs
  • Tuning and Troubleshooting Control Systems

Days: 4.5

CEUs: 3.6

PDHs: 36

ISA Technician Training Boot Camp combines a unique technical training course with minimum lecture and maximum hands-on experience. Over 75% of your time will be spent on equipment labs!

This week of intensive training will cover a broad range of technical topics needed to get the job done right. Starting with basic instrumentation fundamentals and ending with the advanced and ultimate in smart technology, this comprehensive program will serve as a vital building block to your professional development and skills enhancement efforts. This course also serves as a solid introduction to other ISA courses that will help you advance your automation and control career.

This course focuses on the knowledge required by a control systems technician with five years’ experience in performing maintenance, calibration and troubleshooting tasks typical of a plant floor environment. It will test an individual’s skill sets and serve as a self-assessment of additional training needs and will:

  • Provide a review of industrial measurement and control concepts and terminology
  • Review and Refresh present skills
  • Introduce new skills

Who Should Attend?

  • Technicians with instrument maintenance responsibilities, and a good working knowledge of instrument fundamentals and terminology.
  • Instrument supervisors needing to understand and evaluate the skill sets required to perform instrument maintenance tasks.
  • Reliability and maintenance engineers needing to learn and/or evaluate instrument maintenance processes.


Course Objectives

  • Provide an overview of industrial measurement and control in order to communicate appropriately with other control system professionals
  • Define a process to properly tune control loops
  • Present a systematic approach for troubleshooting and start-up of single- and multi-loop control loops to maintain good process control systems
  • Describe the operation and maintenance of pneumatic instruments employed in modern process facilities with an emphasis on valves, positioners, controllers, and transmitters
  • Perform proper installation, calibration, and maintenance of electronic instruments
  • Deliver a working knowledge of smart field devices including both digital transmitters and digital valve controllers

DAY 1: Instrumentation Basics

You Will Cover:

  • Conventional analog field devices: Sensor Technologies | Measurement Fundamentals | Standard Signals
  • Loop Characteristics: Current Loop | Power Source
  • Smart Field Devices: Current Practice | Typical Smart D/P Transmitter | Configurations

Classroom/Laboratory Exercises:

  • Calibrate process measurement devices
  • Current loop construction and measurements
  • Configure smart transmitters

You Will Be Able To:

  • Describe the operation of a pneumatic differential pressure transmitters
  • Calibrate a pneumatic d/p transmitter
  • Describe the operation of the 4-20 ma current loop
  • Perform voltage and current measurements in a 4-20 ma current loop
  • Describe the operation of an electronic differential pressure transmitter
  • Calibrate an electronic d/p transmitter
  • Describe the configuration process for a digital transmitter
  • Configure a digital transmitter

DAY 2: Calibration and Maintenance

You Will Cover:

  • Temperature Measurements and Sensor Fundamentals
  • D/P Level Applications: Hydrostatic Head Level Measurement | Bubbler Level Measurement | Level Transmitter | Open and Closed Tank Installation | Remote Seals
  • Calibration and Configuration: Configuring Smart Temperature Transmitters

Classroom/Laboratory Exercises:

  • Calculate span and range values for various level measurement applications
  • Calibrate differential pressure, RTD, and thermocouple transmitters
  • View a three-wire RTD demonstration and identify errors
  • D/P Liquid Level Measurement with elevation/suppression applications

You Will Be Able To:

  • Connect various transmitters for measurements of level, flow, and temperature
  • Calculate measurement ranges for d/p level applications
  • Calibrate various d/p transmitters for level measurements
  • Describe temperature measurements utilizing various sensors and transmitters
  • Calibrate various temperature transmitters utilizing various sensors

DAY 3: Digital (Smart) Transmitters

You Will Cover:

  • Analog vs. Digital Instruments: Analog Limitations | Calibration of Analog vs. Digital Instruments
  • Serial Digital Communications: Modem | FSK | Protocol
  • HART™ Communication: Features | Master/Slave | Point-to-Point | Capabilities of HART

Classroom/Laboratory Exercises:

  • Configure digital transmitters and digital valve controllers and control valves
  • Perform sensor trims and calibrations
  • Use various communication tools to configure smart field devices

You Will Be Able To:

  • Differentiate between analog and digital instruments
  • Configure, re-range, and calibrate smart/digital field devices
  • Communicate with digital devices utilizing computer-based software

Day 4: Control Valves, Positioners, and DVCs

You Will Cover:

  • Analog Positioners:  Operation of Analog Positioners | Calibration
  • Smart Control Valves: Digital Positioners | Diagnostic Tools | Control Valve Tuning
  • Diagnostics: Features | Capabilities

Classroom/Laboratory Exercises:

  • Calibrate and split-range analog positioners
  • Configure, calibrate, and split-range DVCs
  • Use various communication tools to configure DVCs
  • Perform diagnostic tests on smart control valves

You Will Be Able To:

  • Differentiate between analog and digital positioners
  • Configure, split-range, and calibrate analog positioners
  • Configure and calibrate control valves fitted with digital valve controllers
  • Communicate with DVCs utilizing computer-based software
  • Test diagnostic capabilities of digital valve controllers

Day 5: Tuning and Troubleshooting Control Systems

You Will Cover:

  • Review of Feedback Control Concepts and Components: History of Control Operation | Concepts | Pictorial Representation | Disturbances in the Loop
  • Control Modes: Proportional | Integral | Derivative
  • Introduction to Troubleshooting: Purpose of Troubleshooting | Reasons for Troubleshooting
  • Approaches to Troubleshooting: Equipment History | Input/Output (Serial) | Shotgun Approach | Logical Analysis
  • Logical Analysis Troubleshooting: Verify | Identify | Repair | Test | Follow-up on Problems

Classroom/Laboratory Exercises:

  • Demonstrate the operation of components required for closed loop control
  • Tune feedback control loops via a number of different methods
  • Tune using PC-based simulation software
  • Observe operation and tuning of a feedback control loop
  • Diagnose and solve problems with single-loop control loops
  • Troubleshoot several single control loop problems

You Will Be Able To:

  • Define the concepts of PID control
  • Explain component operation in a closed loop control system
  • Use the trial-and-error methods to tune a control system for stated quality control
  • Develop a systematic approach to troubleshooting
  • Identify why a systematic approach to troubleshooting is most effective
  • Follow specified procedures for proper loop check-out
  • Verify, locate, and identify performance problems and the causes of the problems

Course Resources (included with registration)

Textbook: Measurement and Control Basics, Fifth Edition

By Thomas A. Hughes

More Ways to Learn

Want to learn more about the topic? Check out these resources.


Calibration: A Technician’s Guide 

By Mike Cable

Fundamentals of Process Control Theory, Third Edition

by P.W. Murrill

Troubleshooting: A Technician’s Guide, Second Edition 

By William L. Mostia, Jr., P.E.

To Register :



Glen Wood






15995 N Barkers Lndg Rd Ste 143 Houston, TX 77079-2418,

Houston , TX - 77079-2418

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