Course detail: Online Certificate in Process Control and Advanced Control Strategies


The certificate covers the different aspects of control loop optimization, faultfinding, and application of advanced control strategies from a non-mathematical and practical point of view. The material is rich in practical examples and features many hands-on exercises (labs) using process simulation software to help you understand the important concepts covered during the course.

Learning Objectives

  • 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 training is suited to entry-level personnel who want to understand process control and learn controller tuning techniques, and to experienced personnel who want to further their professional development, including:

  • Control Engineers and Technicians
  • Process Engineers
  • Process Control Specialists
  • Instrumentation Technicians

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
Online Certificate in Advanced Process Control Strategies (PDF Document)
U.S. Federal Employee Discount (PDF Document)

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