Professional Certificate of Competency in the Fundamentals of Process Plant Layout & Piping Design

Course Overview


This professional development course is designed for engineers and technicians who need practical skills and knowledge in process plant engineering and piping design.

At a glance

  • 3 Months
Study Mode
  • Online
  • Online
Course Type
  • Professional Certificate
  • Mechanical Engineering

Course Details

Process plants, such as refineries and petrochemical plants, are complex facilities consisting of equipment, piping systems, instruments, electrical systems, electronics, computers, and control systems. The design, engineering, and construction of process plants involve a multidisciplinary team effort.

Plant layout and design of piping systems constitute a significant part of the design and engineering effort. The goal is to design safe and dependable processing facilities cost-effectively.

This course will provide you with practical knowledge and skills that you can immediately implement in your workplace. We will cover the fundamental principles and concepts used in process plant layout and piping design.

The course is composed of 12 modules, covering topics such as plant layout fundamentals and workflow procedures, terminology and symbols used in plant layout, plot plans, elevations and 3D models, principles of chemical process technology, piping and instrumentation diagrams, piping design and engineering principles, piping materials, specifications and piping codes, and the components of piping systems, including fittings, flanges and valves.

Module 1: Introduction to Process Plant Layout and Piping Design

  • Plant layout fundamentals
  • Procedures and workflow
  • Physical quantities and units

Module 2: Introduction to Chemical Processing Methods

  • Unit operations and unit processes
  • Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs)
  • Heating and cooling utilities used in process plants
  • Typical equipment specifications

Module 3: Equipment Used in Process Plants – I

  • Process equipment
    • Reactors
    • Towers
    • Exchangers – Furnaces
    • Vessels
  • Mechanical equipment
    • Pumps
    • Compressors
    • Turbines
  • Equipment foundations and supports

Module 4: Equipment Used in Process Plants – II (Documents)

  • Equipment data sheets
  • Equipment sketches
  • Equipment drawings
  • Equipment nozzle specifications
  • Equipment foundation drawings

Module 5: Plant Layout and Plot Plans

  • Plant layout specifications
  • Codes and safety considerations
  • Development of plot plans
  • Plot plan use by disciplines
  • Sample plot plans and equipment arrangement drawings
  • Layout case studies

Module 6: Piping Materials and Material Specifications

  • Material properties
  • Classification of materials
  • Material specifications (ASTM)
  • Common piping materials
  • Piping specifications
  • Material selection
  • Material testing, inspection, and QA

Module 7: Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs) – I

  • P&ID basics
  • Use of P&IDs by different disciplines
  • Information contained in P&IDs
  • Instruments and instrument symbols

Module 8: Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs) – II

  • Local control, DCS and PLC
  • Discussion of a sample P&ID
  • Control valve manifolds
  • Meter runs

Module 9: Plant Layout and Piping Design Documentation and Tools – I

  • Piping codes
  • Piping specifications
  • Equipment lists
  • Piping line lists

Module 10: Plant Layout and Piping Design Documentation and Tools – II

  • Stress isometrics
  • Piping isometrics and Bill of Materials
  • PFDs, plot plans, and P&IDs
  • 3D models

Module 11: Fundamentals of Pipe and Pipe Fittings

  • Pipe dimensions and pipe representation
  • Use of pipe data tables
  • Pipe joining methods
  • Pipe fittings
    • Elbows
    • Tees
    • Reducers
    • End caps
  • Fitting dimensions and tables

Module 12: Piping System Components

  • Basics of flanges
    • Flange ratings and flange types
  • Flange data tables and their use
  • Different types of valves and their applications
  • Valve data tables
  • Piping restraints
    • Supports, anchors and guides

To obtain a certificate of completion for EIT’s Professional Certificate of Competency course, students must achieve a 65% attendance rate at the live, online fortnightly webinars.  Detailed summaries or notes can be submitted in lieu of attendance.  In addition, students must obtain a mark of 60% in the set assignments which could take the form of written assignments and practical assignments. Students must also obtain a mark of 100% in quizzes.  If a student does not achieve the required score, they will be given an opportunity to resubmit the assignment to obtain the required score.

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Nabeel Ashraf has over 20 years of experience in the area of Civil Construction Design and Mechanical Engineering.

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You are expected to spend approximately 5-8 hours per week learning the course content. This includes attending fortnightly webinars that run for about 90 minutes to facilitate class discussion and allow you to ask questions. This professional development program is delivered online and has been designed to fit around full-time work. It will take three months to complete.

Registrations are open for our upcoming intakes. Please ensure you book your place at least one week before the start date of the program.

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Hear from our students

  The instructor was very knowledgeable. He did an EXCELLENT job with presenting all the material in the time available. I would recommend this course to all beginner engineers for power plant design.  
  Lectures were well presented. Lecturer was very approachable and friendly.  

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