Course detail: Online Certificate in Process Engineering for Control Practitioners


The importance of knowing basic process engineering for practitioners of Process Instrumentation and Control (PIC) is vital in being able to implement PIC systems correctly. In this course, you will learn the basics of Process Engineering as they relate to PIC.


 Describe the roles of the common instrumentation and control equipment used in the process industry.

  • Understand process dynamics and show their relevance to controller tuning.
  • Describe the inner workings of PID controllers.
  • Recognize different controller types, algorithms, and options, and describe when to use each.
  • Apply the appropriate tuning techniques for different process types and tuning objectives.
  • Employ techniques for quickly assessing the performance of control loops.
  • Identify control valve and instrumentation problems.
  • Find sources of process nonlinearity.
  • Recognize performance issues that are not related to control loop problems.
  • Identify how and when to apply cascade and feedforward controls.
  • Understand the interaction of feedforward and cascade
  • Understand the design, use and tuning of ratio and override controls.
  • Optimize control loop performance.

Who Should Enroll?

This course is geared to all personnel (engineers, designers, technicians, sales personnel, etc.) working in the field of I&C.

Program Accessibility

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to participate in University of Kansas sponsored educational offerings. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in one of our online courses, please email or call 913-897-8530 at least four weeks prior to your anticipated start date.

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Course Resources
U.S. Federal Employee Discount (PDF Document)
Online Certificate in Process Engineering for Control Practitioners (PDF Document)

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