This 720-hour program, consisting of three 240-hour levels, is designed to provide you with theoretical knowledge of all aspects of the instrumentation and control technician trade as well as practical training necessary to complement your on-the-job training experience.
Applied Trade Practices and Procedures
Apprentices will learn safe work practices, the application of tools and equipment, and lock – out and tag – out procedures for equipment. They will also gain an understanding of policies and procedures related to government safety regulations, manufacturer’s recommendations, and industry standards in the application of safe work practices.
Computers and Documentation
The apprentice will perform operations on computers in accordance with manufacturers’ and installed software recommendations, draw Process and Instrument (P & I) electrical and loop diagrams and produce computerized presentations and technical documentations by incorporating information from multiple sources.
Electrical Theory and Applied Trade Calculations I
Electrical fundamentals and mathematical calculations will be covered in this introductory course. Apprentices will explain the principles, operation and application of electrical test equipment used in the instrumentation trade. They will explain the application of electrical control devices as well as assemble and test electrical control devices used in typical industry applications and they will assemble, analyze and troubleshoot electrical circuits, applying mathematical tools and using electronic test equipment according to typical industry applications.
Electronic Systems I
The apprentice will be able to assemble, measure and troubleshoot semi-conductor components and circuits used in the industrial process controls industry. They will describe recommended procedures and use electronic test equipment and also assemble, measure and troubleshoot basic logic gate circuits and schematics, according to government regulations, manufacturer’s recommendations and approved industry standards.
In this course apprentices will describe the operation and application of pressure, temperature, level and flow measuring devices and calibrate temperature, pressure, level and flow by applying theory and performing laboratory experiments and install instruments and control systems according to government regulations, manufacturer’s recommendations and approved industry standards.
Computer Control Systems
The apprentice will describe Distributed Control Systems (DCS), Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA); interpret electrical circuits, design, build and test ladder diagrams, troubleshoot for DCS’s and PLC’s according to operating specifications; and troubleshoot Computer Communication Set-Up procedures for DCS’s, PLC’s and related communication systems.
The apprentice will describe discrete control devices used in the instrumentation and control industry; read, interpret and draw control system electrical schematics for electrical control circuits that interface with electric motors (single/three phases) and electrical solenoid valves; and install and connect discrete controls using various pilot devices, starters and motors.
Electrical Theory and Applied Trade Calculations II
The apprentice will describe magnetic principles and solve problems applied to the operation of transformers, describe the operation and perform inductance calculations related to magnetic devices such as; solenoids and relays according to manufacturer’s recommendations. They will also build circuits and test the operating characteristics of capacitors, inductors and resistive devices as applied to DC and AC motors, impedance networks and polyphase circuits. In addition apprentices will learn to select materials used in the trade and describe the construction and operating characteristics of AC motors, DC motors and generators according to manufacturer’s recommendations, specifications and standards.
Instrumentation and Controls I
The apprentice will be able to disassemble, assemble, stroke, size and select various types of solenoid valves. They will wire, connect and calibrate on/off control systems and proportional, integral and derivative control (PID) systems and install, calibrate and troubleshoot various types of control valve petitioners, as well as troubleshooting common control valve problems all in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations, specifications, and industry standards.
The apprentice will calibrate process measuring devices using prescribed test equipment. They will also wire, connect, test and calibrate measuring devices as applied to instrumentation and control systems according to manufacturer’s recommendations and specifications.
The apprentice will be able to describe the operating principles of analyzers related to analytical process measurement, describe the fundamentals of analyzer sampling systems according to the manufacturer’s design, and calibrate a variety of analyzers and describe recommended maintenance procedures.
At the end of this course, apprentices will be able to identify symbols and explain the operation of solid state devices. In addition they will test and troubleshoot voltage regulation of power supplies and amplifier performance, as well as switching devices; trace and interpret schematics and diagrams for motor drives, and configure, connect and test control wiring for final control elements.
Fluid Power Systems
Fundamentals and applications will be covered in this course including symbols, the hazards of industrial fluid power systems, and the operating principles of industrial hydraulic systems. Apprentices will assemble and test industrial pneumatic systems and hydraulic and pneumatic control circuits of industrial systems all according to manufacturer’s recommendations and specifications.
Instrumentation and Controls II
Apprentice will assemble and test control systems and components commonly found in industry; tune controllers using a variety of methods according to approved industry standards and troubleshoot controller systems to rectify common system problems.
Programmable Logic Controllers and Distributed Control Systems
The apprentice will configure and program Programmable logic controllers (PLC) and Distributed Control Systems (DCS), and troubleshoot DCS/PLC systems using problem solving techniques.
Instrumentation and control technicians work in a variety of industrial environments and repair, maintain, calibrate, adjust and install industrial measuring and controlling instrumentation. This instrumentation ensures that all machines in a plant are safe and running correctly.
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