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Basic process controls for Chemical Engineers

  • 1.  Basic process controls for Chemical Engineers

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    Posted 02-25-2020 09:19

    I am looking for a course on basic process controls.  Does anyone have any suggestions for a basic process controls course for chemical engineers.   Something through AICHE or IEC?

     

    Thanks,

    Andrea

     



  • 2.  RE: Basic process controls for Chemical Engineers

    Posted 02-26-2020 14:06
    Hi Andrea,

    Thank you for your post. AIChE does not have any course offering on process control at this time. Unfortunately, I do not have insight into offerings from IEC. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

    Thanks,
    Mendy

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    Menachem Horowitz
    AIChE
    Brooklyn NY
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  • 3.  RE: Basic process controls for Chemical Engineers

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    Posted 02-27-2020 06:38
    Try ISA for some control courses.  I attended several ISA control courses over the years and found them very useful.  (ISA.org for Instrument Society of America).

    Rick Agar





  • 4.  RE: Basic process controls for Chemical Engineers

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    Posted 02-26-2020 21:43
    Andrea, have a look at the UK's Centre for Process Analytics and Control Technology (CPACT). They are a very active organisation bringing together industry and academic players, and running a thriving programme of courses, conferences and webinars.

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    Peter Clarke CFSE
    Managing Director
    xSeriCon
    Hong Kong
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  • 5.  RE: Basic process controls for Chemical Engineers

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    Posted 02-27-2020 18:22
    I agree with the suggestion of using some of the many training classes that ISA offers - both online and in person. But, I must make a correction to the organization's name. ISA changed its name in 2000, and again in 2008. The acronym now refers to International Society of Automation.

    Here is a link to ISA's training resources.

    https://www.isa.org/training-certifications/isa-training/

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    Darwin Logerot
    Principal Process Control Consultant
    Emerson Automation Solutions
    Houston TX
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  • 6.  RE: Basic process controls for Chemical Engineers

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    Posted 02-28-2020 22:22
    A Suggestion is for you to inquire first with control system vendors about free seminars.  Understanding of specific upper level controls (Allen Bradley PLCs and Rockwell FactoryTalk) will allow you to be able to accommodate 70% of USA processors.  Their distributors usually have free seminars.  If there is a foreign interest, Siemens would be a secondary programming opportunity.

    Learning PLC and HMI programming will greatly enhance your career options, but please understand this is not a topic you take a school course on and good to go.  Solid understanding of process controls will require putting food on the table.  Not only is the programming element important, but understanding process, instrumentation and controls technology squares up the package.  This will insert you into the depths of start-up of new operations and allow you to certainly polish your wares.  When you look up, everyone else will be looking down at you.  You are "IT".  A mentor will greatly assist you in this pursuit.

    I started in the early 80's when Boolean language was the ticket and have kept current for 40 years throughout the changes in process controls.  Many times I supported myself with automation and controls even being the only chemical engineer in the electrical engineering department of a major consulting engineering firm.

    You will do yourself a great favor by knowing and implementation of automation, instrumentation and controls technology.





  • 7.  RE: Basic process controls for Chemical Engineers

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    Posted 27 days ago

    Thanks everyone for the helpful recommendations.   I will take these into consideration as I plan my training.