ETEC2515 Introduction to Process Control

Course Description

This course covers the fundamental principles of process measurement and control equipment and systems. Student will acquire the knowledge required to read and interpret piping and instrument diagrams, understand the terminology and language of control systems, and control strategies. Students will be introduced to a variety of instruments commonly used in industry for measurement and control.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Define terms used in process control such as open and closed loop control, scaling, and proportional, integral, and derivate (PID) control.
  • Describe the application of sensors such as RTD's, thermistors, capacitive level and pressure sensors, and flow meters.
  • Describe the operation and application of final control elements such as heaters, valves, and pumps.
  • Describe the operation and application of transmitters and transducers.
  • Perform conversions between measurement units, sensor units, output units and display units using both English and Metric units.
  • Describe the operation of on/off, proportional and time-proportional control loops.
  • Interpret Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams.
  • Identify and apply appropriate safety procedures.


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3 credits: 2 lectures / presentations, 1 lab, 0 other