Training

From basic instrumentation to control valves, Eastern Controls has you covered with both classroom theory and industry-leading, hands-on lab training to ensure that your technical staff get the most out of your systems. We offer a wide variety of core process courses as well as the option to develop training programs fully customized for your process needs and environment.

Workforce Development Program

The Eastern Controls Workforce Development Program provides our customers’ technical staff a comprehensive mix of classroom theory and advanced, practical training using the very same types of equipment and operational, diagnostic, and troubleshooting procedures used in real world process plants. Our Development Program curriculum comprises a set of core courses that provide the necessary technical knowledge and operational skills typically required in process-focused industries.

Information & Inquiries

If you'd like to learn more about our Workforce Development Program or are interested in creating a customized process training program, please reach out to our VP of Training, Jim DiNunzio:

484-420-2639
Jim.DiNunzio@easterncontrols.com

Courses & Registration

All of our core courses are held on-site at the Eastern Controls facility in Edgemont, PA where we provide both classroom theory and hands-on lab training in our state-of-the-art Process Training Unit® (PTU®), a full-scale, fully-functional process plant. Plan your training schedule by selecting your desired courses from the Course Calendar in the Course Registration section. For more information about any course, click the course title in the Course Details section.

Course Details

Click on any course title below to view the course details. Select the courses you’d like to attend from the Course Calendar in the Course Registration section.

Overview

Duration: 16 hours | PDH Credits: 16 | Fee: $1,500

This introductory course on instrumentation will provide entry-level professionals with an understanding of instrumentation technologies, terminology, and symbols needed to work in the field. This class will be a combination of classroom and hands-on training on the Process Training Unit® (PTU®), a full-scale, working process skid with on-line instrumentation and controls. Attendees will be able to identify and discuss fully functional instruments such as: Pressure transmitters, Temperature transmitters, Magnetic flow meters, Vortex flow meters, Industrial control valves, Radar and guided wave radar, Coriolis mass flow meters, and more.

Course Details

Concepts

  • Basic electricity required for industrial instrumentation
  • Safety
  • Series and parallel wiring
  • 2, 3, and 4 wire loops
  • Control signal types
  • 4-20ma current loops
  • Instrumentation wiring practices
  • Loop check performance
  • Industry specific terminology
  • Vortex shedding flow

Equipment

  • Loop simulator
  • Volt/ohm meter
  • Hand held HART communicator
  • Manufacturer-specific configuration software
  • Coriolis flow meter
  • Electromagnetic flow meter
  • Continuous level transmitter
  • Pressure transmitter
  • Differential pressure transmitter
  • Level switches
  • Temperature transmitters

Overview

Duration: 16 hours | PDH Credits: 16 | Fee: $1,500

This introductory course will provide maintenance and engineering personnel with a basic understanding of numerous pressure and temperature technologies.  This basic portion will focus on concepts applicable to virtually any manufacturer’s equipment as well as the skills needed to set up and maintain such equipment.  Introductions and lectures on the technologies will be followed with in-depth demonstrations and “hands-on” training exercises.  The class will be a combination of classroom and “hands-on training” featuring either the Process Training Unit® (PTU®), a full-scale, working process operation with on-line instrumentation and controls, or live instruments in training stands designed to simulate operating conditions.  At the conclusion of the course, attendees will be able to

  • Recognize a broad variety of pressure technologies and understand the strengths and limitations of each;
  • Recognize a broad variety of temperature technologies and understand the strengths and limitations of each;
  • Work with instrumentation specialists to specify the best type of pressure and temperature technologies for a variety of applications;
  • Set up and commission pressure and temperature devices;
  • Use commonly accepted communication tools to set up and verify the health of the instrument and its signals; and
  • Diagnose and correct problems with pressure and temperature products

Course Details

  • Pressure Transmitters
  • Pressure Gauges
  • Differential Pressure Transmitters – Gauge Pressure Transmitters – Submersible Pressure Level
  • Diaphragm Seals
  • Temperature Transmitters
  • RTD / Thermocouple sensors
  • Displays & Relays
  • Communication Tools & Methods

Overview

Duration: 16 hours | PDH Credits: 16 | Fee: $1,500

This introductory course for level provides maintenance personnel with a basic understanding of numerous level technologies. The basic portion focuses on concepts applicable to virtually any manufacturer’s equipment. Following this introduction, we will proceed with in-depth training on D/P Level systems, Displacer Level systems, Time of Flight (TDR-Radar), Free Space Radar, and other level technologies that would provide a general overview and understanding of process level transmitters. This class will be a combination of classroom and hands-on training working on the Process Training Unit® (PTU®) a full-scale, working process skid with on-line instrumentation and controls designed to simulate real plant operating conditions. At the conclusion of the course, attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize a broad variety of level technologies and understand the strengths and limitations of each;
  • Work with various level instrumentation technologies for a variety of applications;
  • Set up and commission level instruments from point level switches to radar gauges;
  • Use on-board and pc based tools to verify the health of the instrument and its signals; and
  • Diagnose and correct problems with capacitance, ultrasonic, D/P and radar level systems

Course Details

  • Differential Pressure Level Transmitters
  • TDR-Capacitance/Interface systems
  • Displacer Level systems
  • Guided Wave Radar (TDR)
  • Free Space Radar systems
  • TDR/Free Space mapping and configuration software
  • Conductivity Level Switches
  • Vibratory Level Switches

Overview

Duration: 16 hours | PDH Credits: 16 | Fee: $1,500

This introductory course to flow provides maintenance and engineering personnel with a basic understanding of numerous flow technologies. The basic portion will focus on the physics of flow and concepts applicable to virtually any manufacturer’s equipment. Following this introduction, we will proceed with in-depth training on magnetic and Coriolis flow meters. The class will be a combination of classroom and hands-on training on either the Process Training Unit® (PTU®), a full-scale, working process skid with on-line instrumentation and controls, or live instruments in training stands designed to simulate operating conditions. At the conclusion of the course, attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize a broad variety of flow technologies and understand the strengths and limitations of each;
  • Work with instrumentation specialists to specify the best type of flow technology for a variety of applications;
  • Set up and commission flow instruments from differential pressure transmitters to Coriolis flow meters;
  • Use on-board and pc based tools with instruments to verify the health of the instrument and its signals; and
  • Diagnose and correct problems with vortex, magnetic, differential pressure, Coriolis, and ultrasonic flow meters

Course Details

  • DP Transmitters/Primary dp devices
  • Vortex shedding flow meters
  • Electromagnetic flow meters
  • Coriolis flow meters
  • Ultrasonic flow meters
  • Thermal dispersion flow meters
  • Volumetric vs. Mass Flow
  • Field tooling

Overview

Duration: 24 hours | PDH Credits: 24 | Fee: $2,000

This course on instrumentation provides a review of instrumentation technologies, terminology, and symbols needed to work in the field. Understanding P&IDs and basic wiring techniques will be covered, along with how instruments communicate. Students will be exposed to a variety of instrument disciplines including Flow, Pressure, and Temperature in the first two days. The third day will focus exclusively on Level measurement and Time-of-Flight (ToF) technologies. At the conclusion of the course, attendees will be able to:

  • Learn to read and understand P&IDs;
  • Work with instrumentation specialists to specify the best type of instrument technology for a variety of applications;
  • Set up and commission current instrument technologies including Flow, Level, Pressure, and Temperature; and
  • Diagnose and correct problems with instrumentation

Course Details

  • Coriolis, vortex, and electromagnetic flow meters
  • Pressure and differential pressure transmitters
  • Time of Flight (ToF) level instruments including free space radar, guided wave radar, and ultrasonic transmitters
  • Level switches
  • Temperature switches and transmitters
  • Envelope curve evaluation
  • ToF tooling and applications

Overview

Duration: 8 hours | PDH Credits: 8 | Fee: $950

This introductory course will provide engineering and maintenance professionals with a basic understanding of configuring, calibrating, maintaining, and troubleshooting fixed gas detection devices. This class will be a combination of classroom theory, labs, and hands-on training utilizing the Process Training Unit® (PTU®), a full-scale working process skid with on-line instrumentation and controls.

Course Details

Theory of operation

  • Bead (combustible);
  • Electro-chemical (toxic and oxygen); and
  • Infrared (photo acoustic and infrared)

Terms

  • LEL, UEL, NIOSH, OSHA, oxygen deficient, diffusion, vapor density, asphyxiant, etc.

Installation

  • Gas density and sensor placement;
  • Fixed, remote, sample draw; and
  • Safety engineer to determine alarms, number of test points, and sensor spacing

Wiring

  • Type and size of wire to be utilized
  • 2-wire, 3-wire, and 4-wire theory and hookup
  • Relays wiring, ratings, and hookup

Outputs

  • Relays, 4-20ma, Bacnet, Modbus, RS-485

Configuration

  • Use of calibrator, controller, pushbuttons, and Bluetooth

Troubleshooting

  • Functional Components – disassemble and reassemble:
  • Board level voltage checks;
  • Error codes;
  • Tricks and tips from field technicians

Configuration Lab

  • Wire, configure, and functionally test a gas detector from scratch

Calibration Lab

  • Use calibration gas cylinder to perform a correct calibration

Overview

Duration: 16 hours | PDH Credits: 16 | Fee: $1,500

Advanced Control Valve training exposes attendees to a variety of control valve settings, testing, and inspection processes. This course covers bench settings, valve characteristics, seat leak testing, and inspection processes for repairing control valves.

After completing the class, attendees will develop an understanding of control valve settings, testing, and the various steps involved in an inspection process of a control valve. Attendees will experience hands-on learning in the shop, as well as the Process Training Unit® (PTU®).

Course Details

  • Bench set, spring ranges (set & understand)
  • Packing (installation & maintenance)
  • Valve Characteristics (linear, equal percent, quick opening)
  • Properly seating a valve (rotary, linear, pilot)
  • Seat leak classes (Class I through Class VI)
  • Seat leak testing
  • Inspection process for a control valve repair: internal and external inspection, properly documenting inspection, body wall thickness, material verification, trim inspection

Overview

Duration: 16 hours | PDH Credits: 16 | Fee: $1,500

Control Valve Theory & Application Training will expose attendees to a variety of control valve designs and applications. Attendees will recognize the various types of control valves utilized in today’s process control loops. This course will cover an introduction to control valves, ASME piping specifications and connections, valve body and bonnet material selection vs. design conditions, as well as definitions, actuators, assemblies, shutoff capabilities, and process control. Attendees will receive engineering specifications and ASME standards for future reference.

After completing this course, attendees will develop an understanding of control valve design and applications, as well as recognize the various types of control valves utilized in today’s process control loops. Attendees will experience hands-on learning in the classroom and Process Training Unit® (PTU®) area.

Course Details

  • Introduction to Control Valves
  • ASME Piping Specifications and Connections
  • Valve Body & Bonnet Material Selection vs. Design Conditions
  • Definitions: Cv – Flow Coefficient, FI – Pressure Recovery, ANSI Leakage Classification
  • Actuators and Accessories
  • Shut off Capabilities
  • Process Control
  • Definition and understanding of various types of Control Valves (Globe, Ball, and Butterfly)
  • How the Control Valves Function/Operate
  • Body Sub-Assemblies and Differing Actuation Techniques
  • Exposure to Accessories associated with Control Valves
  • Actuators, Positioners, and Digital Valve Controllers

Overview

Duration: 8 hours | PDH Credits: 8 | Fee: $950

This calibration course will start by providing maintenance and engineering personnel with a basic understanding of numerous pressure and temperature technologies. This basic portion will focus on concepts applicable to virtually any manufacturer’s equipment as well as the skills needed to set up and maintain such equipment. Introductions and lectures on the technologies will be followed with in-depth demonstrations and hands-on training exercises. The class will be a combination of classroom and hands-on training on the ECI Process Training Unit; a full scale working process skid with on-line instrumentation and controls.

Course Details

  • Pressure transmitters
  • Differential pressure transmitters
  • Temperature transmitters
  • RTD/ Thermocouple sensors
  • Communication tools and methods

Overview

Duration: 8 hours | PDH Credits: 8 | Fee: $950

The Coriolis Mass Flow course provides maintenance and engineering personnel with a basic understanding of the Coriolis principle. This basic portion will focus on concepts applicable to virtually any manufacturer’s equipment. Following the introduction, we will proceed with in-depth training on density and concentration measurements. The class will be a combination of classroom and hands-on training on the Eastern Controls Process Training Unit® (PTU®), a full scale working process skid with on-line instrumentation and controls.

Course Details

  • Flow history
  • Theory of operation
  • Basic flow theory
  • Accuracy
  • Troubleshooting & Repair
  • Installation
  • Configuration
  • Entrained air
  • Density measurements
  • Use of on-board and PC-based instruments to setup and verify health of interfaces and signals
  • Sizing

Overview

Duration: 8 hours | PDH Credits: 8 | Fee: $950

This course covers Free Space Radar, the type of radar most often used to measure liquid level in tanks. Free Space Radar training is ideal for maintenance and engineering personnel with a basic understanding of electricity and computers. The course provides an in-depth overview on the theory of operation, what applications are suitable and not suitable, installation, commissioning, and troubleshooting. Attendees will also utilize manufacturers’ set-up software for signal analysis and configuration.

Free Space Radar is a combination of classroom and hands-on training utilizing a fully functional radar device at a training station, then practicing on an actual live process demonstrating agitators, turbulence, and dished bottom tanks.

Course Details

  • Radar transmitters
  • Different types of antennas and horns
  • Required tools, interfaces, and software
  • Analyzing radar signals using oscilloscope view within setup software
  • A discussion on different software packages
  • Radar applications (good and bad)
  • Troubleshooting & Repair
  • Set-up and commission of Radar Level instruments
  • Electronic backup on a device
  • Device Configuration

Overview

Duration: 8 hours | PDH Credits: 8 | Fee: $950

This course will start by providing maintenance and engineering personnel with a basic understanding of pH, conductivity and dissolved oxygen analytical technologies. The first phase of the class will be on general theory, technology, communications and applications of analytical equipment. The second phase of the class will proceed with in-depth training on the equipment handling, maintenance, calibrations, troubleshooting, diagnostics and best practices applicable to any manufacturer’s equipment. This class will be a combination of classroom theory, labs and hands-on training on the PTU (Process Training Unit), a full-scale, working process skid with on-line instrumentation and controls.

Course Details

  • Theory of operation for pH, Conductivity, and Dissolved Oxygen
  • Analytical technologies, applications, and communications
  • Troubleshooting
  • Equipment Handling
  • Maintenance
  • Cleaning
  • Calibrations
  • Diagnostics
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