Control Systems for Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Richmond, British Columbia /
Oct 2 - 3, 2019 /
Course Code: 10-1025-2370

The confirmation of a course and venue depends on early registration; Register early to avoid the postponement or cancellation of a course.
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After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply control laws in the automation field
  • Assess the performance of the various control systems components equipment
  • Solve basic control loops
  • Employ your skills in the design, utilization and troubleshooting of equipment  

Electrical and mechanical engineers need a basic understanding of controls systems and automation. This course provides the fundamentals without delving into complicated mathematical formulas. The course covers the basics of the underlying principles for designing, commissioning and troubleshooting control systems.

Lectures will be followed by simple hands-on exercises and problem-solving sessions.

Course Outline:

  • Control Systems, the Fundamentals
  • Components of Control Systems
  • Construction and Programming Requirements of PLCs
  • Distributed verses centralized control methods
  • Measuring and Testing
  • Industrial Automation
  • GUI Design

Who Should Attend
Engineers • Project Engineers • Technicians and Supervisors Involved in the Design, Maintenance and Testing of Control Systems and Industrial Automation• System Integrators of OEM Equipment • Staff Whose Responsibilities Include Commissioning and Troubleshooting of Control Systems • Project Managers and Others Who Would Like To Know More About Control Systems and Automation. 

Special Features & Requirements

Required Resources:

  • Course participants are expected to have some elementary knowledge about electrical and mechanical design and the analysis of simple systems.
  • In order to gain the maximum benefit from this seminar, participants are encouraged to read the articles “Control Engineering” on
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Daily Schedule
8:00 Registration and Coffee (1st Day only)
8:30 Session begins
12:00 Lunch (provided)
4:30 Adjournment

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.

Day I

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Control Systems- The Fundamentals

  • Automation concepts
  • Control theory brief 
  • Open loop and closed loop (feedback) control
  • Closed Loop Transfer Function
  • Feedforward control
  • PI and PID control

Linear versus Nonlinear Control Systems

Control System Interfaces

Components of Control Systems

  • Controllers: Theory of operation
  • Sensors
  • Actuators
  • Software role and governing architecture
    • PLC Control
    • Embedded Control
    • Pros and cons
  • Quiz/Exercise

Day II

Construction and Programming Requirements of PLCs

  • Basic drivers
  • Industrial applications of control systems

Measuring and Testing

  • Data Processing
  • Using statistics to interpret results
  • Communication interfaces: Serial, Ethernet, USB, wireless, network protocols

GUI Concepts

  • Engineering model for distributed automation and control
  • Diagnostics
  • Fault tolerance

Industrial Automation Trends

  • Redundant configurations
  • Hot swapping and mirroring
  • Voting

Centralized verses distributed control systems

Hands on Demo

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes


Corina Rosenberg

Corina Rosenberg, P.Eng., was System Engineering Manager with Curtiss Wright before recently retiring. She has years of experience in system engineering and control systems. She is also a present member of INCOSE (International Council of Systems Engineering) and has served on the board of TASSQ (Toronto Association of Systems and Software Quality) in the past.


To be announced

Although the venue is not officially confirmed, EPIC courses are generally held at the following location(s):

Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport, Pacific Reach Hotel OP (Richmond LP)
8181 Cambie Road
Richmond Vancouver BC  V6X 3X9

Please confirm with EPIC that the venue has been officially confirmed before making any reservations or travel arrangements.


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Fee & Credits
Early Registration Fee:

$1495 + taxes

Fee after August 23, 2019:

$1695 + taxes

  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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