ICTD International Centre for Training and Development

Instrumentation & Control Field Instruments Servicing, Maintenance and Troubleshooting

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About the course

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the delegates will be able to:

  • Operate the most common measuring process parameters
  • Demonstrate the ability to properly set up a transmitter to measure pressure, flow, level and temperature
  • Define and apply control concepts including self-regulating and non-self-regulating processes, positive/negative feedback and process time constant
  • Outline the major control strategies and identify which one to apply in order to effectively operate and troubleshoot a process
  • Use the 5-step systematic troubleshooting process to logically troubleshoot a system regardless of the type of system

## Course Outline

Day 1


  • Span
  • Range
  • Sensitivity
  • Accuracy
  • Resolution
  • Turn down ratio
  • Zero suppression and elevation

### Day 2


  • Measuring pressure
  • Measuring temperature
  • Measuring flow
  • Measuring level

Day 3


  • Operation of 4-20 milliamp loops
  • Basic operation of instrument transmitter
  • Setting up a transmitter
  • Converting units
  • Calibration of instrument loops overview

Day 4


  • Types of processes
  • Self-regulating processes
  • Non-self-regulating processes
  • Process time constants
  • Positive feedback
  • Negative feedback


  • Two position control
  • Proportional control (P)
  • Proportional and Integral control (PI)
  • Proportional and Integral and Derivative control (PID)

Day 5


  • 5-step troubleshooting process
  • Half splitting a process
  • How to perform measurements on the process

Course Methodology

A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:

  • (30%) Based on Case Studies
  • (30%) Techniques
  • (30%) Role Play
  • (10%) Concepts
  • Pre-test and Post-test
  • Variety of Learning Methods
  • Lectures
  • Case Studies and Self Questionaires
  • Group Work
  • Discussion
  • Presentation

Who should attend

This course is intended for all instrumentation and control personnel including general maintenance personnel, plant managers and supervisors, control and instrumentation technicians and engineers, automation engineers, electricians and general engineers.

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