Essential Concepts of Automation and Control Systems

Online /
Mar 26 - 27, 2024 /
Course Code: 14-0306-ONL24

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  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10:00 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (Will include a 30 minute lunch break)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply engineering fundamentals, concepts and realization of automated system control laws in the automation field
  • Assess the performance of the supervisory, control and data acquisition of various control systems components and 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 control 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.

Simple hands-on exercises and problem-solving sessions will follow lectures.

Course Outline

  • The fundamentals of control systems
  • From Mechanization to Automation and beyond
  • Components of control systems
  • From RTU to PLC and SCADA
  • Distributed versus centralized control methods
  • Measuring and testing
  • Industrial automation
  • SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) design, troubleshooting and commissioning

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

More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Program Outline

Day I

Fundamentals of Control Systems and Automation

  • Systems and controlled systems benefit and historical trends
  • Concepts and principles
  • Linear and non-linear control systems

From Mechanization to Automation and beyond

  • Analog vs digital world
  • Introduction and system theory:
  • Definitions and system terms
  • System functions
  • Elements of a control system
  • Open and closed loops
    Feedback, Feedforward and Cascade loops
    • Proportional, Integral and Derivative control
    • P, PI and PID Tuning methodology

Components of Control Systems

  • Controllers: Theory of operation
  • Hardware architecture: Sensors, Controllers, Actuators, Comms
  • Analog to Digital Conversion
  • Digital to Analog Conversion
  • Number systems in computers
  • Digital logic gates
  • Software architecture: PLC (Programmable Logic Controller), RTU (Remote Terminal Unit),

Embedded solution, Pros and cons

  • Diagnostics
  • Communications: Error Detection, Handshaking, Multiple Attempts

Measuring and Testing

  • Statistics, basic ideas
  • Frequency distributions
  • Measures of central tendency and variation: mean, median and standard deviation

Day II

From RTU to PLC and SCADA

IEC 61131-3 standard for PLCs

SCADA, industrial architecture tool for high-level process supervis0ry management

Distributed versus centralized control methods

  • Communication interfaces: Serial, Ethernet, USB, wireless, networks, web
  • Communication protocols:
    • HART protocol
    • Modbus protocol
    • Ethernet protocol

Industrial Automation

  • Data processing and presentation tools
  • SCADA modes of operation: operator mode, programming mode, maintenance mode, training mode
  • Redundant configurations
  • Hot swapping, plugging, standby, switchover

SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) design, troubleshooting and commissioning

  • An engineering model for distributed automation and control
  • SCADA modules: visualization, databases, alarm handling, reports, logging and data archiving
  • Fault tolerance

    Case Study: Handling Alarms, SCADA/HMI


Corina Rosenberg, P.Eng

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.

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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

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

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