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Control Systems

Curriculum development is underway at Chaffey College to address the rapidly advancing field of control systems in industrial automation, building automation, and environmental controls. Designed to prepare students as ISA Certified Control Systems Technicians, the initial course can be integrated into HVAC, Electrical, Mechanical, and CIS programs. More courses are planned as a comprehensive certificate program for students and incumbent workers.

Project Lead: Chaffey College

What are Control Systems?

Control systems are embedded in complex processes across a wide range of industries. For instance, in the Information and Communications Technology field, control systems provide real-time management of the internet, wireless and wireline telecommunications, and computer networks.

Emergence of new technologies in the Energy Efficiency and Utilities industry is driving applications for control systems across many industry segments, such as:

  • Smart Grid utility controls for energy generation, transmission, and distribution
  • Building automation and environmental control systems for commercial buildings
  • Industrial automation and process control.

Along those lines, the Control Systems course covers these topics that can be applied to many fields:

  • Concepts of Process Control
  • Calibration: Maintenance | Repair | Troubleshooting-Fault detection
  • Piping and Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID) Basics
  • Project Start-Up, Commissioning, Loop Checking, Project Organization, Planning
  • Evaluation of Loop Performance
  • P&IDs and ISA Standards
  • Logical Analysis
  • Common Problems
  • Types and Uses of Loop Diagrams
  • Basics of Smart Devices and Digital Controllers
  • Installation Practices
  • Hazardous Area Classification
  • Intrinsic Safety
  • Documentation
  • Calculating and Configuring Smart Transmitters
  • Process Variables: Pressure | Level | Flow | Temperature | Analytical

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