In this interactive 3 month LIVE ONLINE course, you will learn:

  • Process control devices and the symbols used to define them
  • The use of specifications to control the design scope of the project
  • How to implement and manage drawing plant modifications from conception to completion
  • How to define and use process flow diagrams, P&IDs, instrument lists, specification forms, logic diagrams, location plans, installation details and loop diagrams
  • How to define and specify vendor criteria for production of plant documentation to order
  • The purpose of a HAZOP in the development of a plant
  • The ISA standards available to assist you in developing and understanding instrument and control documents
  • The scope, responsibility and interaction of each discipline in the completion of a project or plant modification


Course Details


This course is designed for engineers and technicians from a wide range of abilities and backgrounds and will provide an excellent introduction to mastering plant documentation and diagrams. It covers the flow of documentation from design through manufacture to maintenance and operations. The program looks at the applications of each diagram type detailing where and when the document should be used.

During the life span of any plant, a multitude of different vendors will supply plant modifications and equipment as the plant is continuously enhanced. The quality of the documentation produced will vary enormously with each new supplier. You will be given the skills to apply an internationally acceptable set of standards to your plant documentation.


MODULE 1: Role of Plant Documentation, Standards and Specifications

Who sets the standards (ISA, IEC , ISO)
Understanding diagram layouts and formats
Cross references
ISO 9002 and document control

MODULE 2: Fundamentals

Gate logic
Fail safe design

MODULE 3: Piping and Instrument Diagrams (P&ID)

Process flow diagrams
An introduction to the PFD, P&ID, UFD, MFD
Control loops on the P&ID
Mass balance
Functional specifications

MODULE 4: Instrumentation

Document types
Instrument lists
Logic diagrams
Wiring diagrams

MODULE 5: Instrumentation (continued)

Schedules and lists
Block diagrams
Data sheets
Loop diagrams

MODULE 6: Instrumentation (continued)

Circuit function
Fault finding
Standards and symbols

MODULE 7: Electrical

Electrical standards
Electrical document types
Main circuits
Control circuits
Determine function, fault-finding

MODULE 8: Pneumatics and Hydraulics

Layout and symbols
Basic circuits
Deducing principle of operation

MODULE 9: Ladder Logic

Introduction and overview
Standards and layout
Power supply circuits
Circuit design

MODULE 10: Electro Pneumatic Circuits

Truth tables
Fault finding
Principle of operation

MODULE 11: Practical Exercises

Develop basic hydraulic, electrical and pneumatic drawings
Develop P&ID drawings for pressure, temperature, flow and level loops

MODULE 12: Practical Exercises

Detail the documentation for typical instruments
Proceed through development of a full plant set of drawings from flow diagrams and process description to P&ID, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic symbols
Using software to undertake these typical tasks


Please note: Course content is subject to change. Due to rapidly changing technology and based on feedback from students and instructors, the Engineering Institute of Technology courses are continuously being updated and improved.


Learning and Teaching

Benefits of Online Learning to Students

  • Cost effective: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Interactive: live, interactive sessions let you communicate with your instructor and fellow students
  • Flexible: short interactive sessions over the Internet which you can attend from your home or office. Learn while you earn!
  • Practical: perform exercises by remotely accessing our labs and simulation software
  • Expert instructors: instructors have extensive industry experience; they are not just 'academics'
  • No geographical limits: learn from any location, all you need is an Internet connection
  • Constant support: from your instructor(s) and a dedicated Learning Support Officer for the complete duration of the course
  • International insight: interact and network with participants from around the globe and gain valuable insight into international practice 

Benefits of Online Learning to Employers

  • Lower training costs: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Less downtime: short webinars (60-90 minutes) and flexible training methods means less time away from work
  • Retain employees: keep staff who may be considering a qualification as full time study
  • Increase efficiency: improve your engineering or technical employees’ skills and knowledge
  • International insight: students will have access to internationally based professional instructors and students


How Does it Work?

EIT Online Learning courses involve a combination of live, interactive sessions over the Internet with a professional instructor, set readings, and assignments. The courses include simulation software and remote laboratory applications to let you put theory to practice, and provide you with constant support from a dedicated Learning Support Officer.

Practical Exercises and Remote Laboratories

As part of the groundbreaking new way of teaching, our online engineering courses use a series of remote laboratories (labs) and simulation software, to facilitate your learning and to test the knowledge you gain during your course. These involve complete working labs set up at various locations of the world into which you will be able to log to and proceed through the various practical sessions.

These will be supplemented by simulation software, running either remotely or on your computer, to ensure you gain the requisite hands-on experience. No one can learn much solely from lectures, the labs and simulation software are designed to increase the absorption of the materials and to give you a practical orientation of the learning experience. All this will give you a solid, practical exposure to the key principles covered and will ensure that you obtain maximum benefit from your course.




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The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is dedicated to ensuring our students receive a world-class education and gain skills they can immediately implement in the workplace upon graduation. Our staff members uphold our ethos of honesty and integrity, and we stand by our word because it is our bond. Our students are also expected to carry this attitude throughout their time at our institute, and into their careers.

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