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 Vice President of Services, Kyle Dougherty:

484-905-2115
kyle.dougherty@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.

*Eastern Controls’ Fundamental Instrumentation course is required before enrolling or equivalent field experience.

Overview

Duration: 24 hours | PDH Credits: 24 | Fee: $3,125

This intermediate course on instrumentation will provide experienced professionals with a deeper understanding of instrumentation technologies, applications, and maintenance of level and pressure instrumentation.

This class is a combination of classroom and hands-on training on and at the Process Training Unit (PTU), a full-scale working process skid with online instrumentation and controls. 

Course Details

Day 1

  • Introduction to Level Measurement
    • Overview of principles and applications
    • Measurement techniques: Ultrasonic, Radar, Capacitance, Point Level
    • Advantages and limitations of each technology
    • Influencing factors in measurement accuracy
  • Hands-On Activity 1: Basic Principles
    • Demonstration of level principles using tanks and simple sensors
    • Understanding sensor placement and calibration techniques
  • Ultrasonic & Radar Level Measurement
    • Theory and operation
    • Application examples
    • Advantages, limitations, and installation considerations
  • Hands-On Activity 2: Ultrasonic & Radar Setup
    • Instrument setup in a simulated tank environment
    • Sensor calibration and adjustment for accurate measurement

Day 2

  • Capacitance & Point Level Measurement 
    • Theory and operation of capacitance level sensors
    • Applications and case studies
    • Theory and operation of point-level sensors (capacitance probe, vibrating forks)
    • Advantages, limitations, and installation considerations
  • Intro to Pressure Measurement
    • Overview of principles and applications
    • Measurement techniques: Hydrostatic, differential, differential flow, and process pressure
    • Advantages and limitations
    • Factors influencing measurement accuracy
  • Hands-on Activity 3: Basic Principles of Pressure Measurement
    • Demonstration of basic principles using gauges and transducers
    • Sensor calibration and pressure range selection

Day 3

  • Hydrostatic & Differential Pressure Sensors
    • Theory and operation of hydrostatic pressure measurement
    • Applications and case studies
    • Theory and operation of differential pressure measurement
    • Differential pressure sensors and their applications
  • Hands-On Activity 4: Hydrostatic & Differential Pressure Sensors
    • Setup of hydrostatic and differential pressure sensors in a simulated pipeline
    • Sensor calibration and adjustment for accurate measurement
  • Differential Flow & Process Pressure Measurement
    • Theory and operation of differential flow measurement
    • Applications and case studies
    • Theory and operation of process pressure measurement
    • Types of process pressure sensors and their applications
  • Hands-On Activity 5: Differential Flow and Process Pressure Sensors
    • Setup of differential flow and process pressure sensors in a simulated industrial process
    • Sensor calibration and adjustments for accurate measurement
  • Conclusion & Wrap-Up

Overview

Duration: 8 hours | PDH Credits: 8 | Fee: $750

OSHA initially developed NFPA 70E requirements for safe work practices to protect companies and employees from workplace injuries and fatalities due to shock, electrocution, arc flash, and blast flash. These requirements also assist in complying with OSHA 1920 Subpart S and OSHA 1926 Subpart K. Topics below will be covered throughout the course.

Fundamentals of Electricity and Safety

  • NFPA 70E, OSHA, and company policies
  • Voltage, resistance, current, and power
  • Test equipment safety
  • Various types of building services

Qualified & Unqualified Persons

  • Required training, qualifications, and certifications

Energized Work

  • Permitted and non-permitted work
  • Energized work permit
  • Electrical safety checklist

Definitions

  • Chapter 1, Article 100

Shock, Arc Flash, Arc Blast

  • Hazards, prevention, and safe work practices around the “Big 3”
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Creating “electrically safe work conditions”
  • Discuss “hierarchy of risk control”

*A written evaluation will be given to each attendee and must receive a passing score of 80%

**Attendees to demonstrate “electrically safe work conditions”, testing, and PPE selection

***Current NFPA 70E will be provided

Overview

Duration: 4 hours | PDH Credits: 4 | Fee: $350

OSHA initially developed NFPA 70E requirements for safe work practices to protect companies and employees from workplace injuries and fatalities due to shock, electrocution, arc flash, and blast flash. These requirements also assist in complying with OSHA 1920 Subpart S and OSHA 1926 Subpart K. Topics below will be covered throughout the course.

Fundamentals of Electricity and Safety

  • NFPA 70E, OSHA, and company policies
  • Voltage, resistance, current, and power
  • Test equipment safety
  • Various types of building services

Qualified & Unqualified Persons

  • Required training, qualifications, and certifications

Energized Work

  • Permitted and non-permitted work
  • Energized work permit
  • Electrical safety checklist

Definitions

  • Chapter 1, Article 100

Shock, Arc Flash, Arc Blast

  • Hazards, prevention, and safe work practices around the “Big 3”
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Creating “electrically safe work conditions”
  • Discuss “hierarchy of risk control”

*A written evaluation will be given to each attendee and must receive a passing score of 80%

**Attendees to demonstrate “electrically safe work conditions”, testing, and PPE selection

***Current NFPA 70E will be provided

Overview

Duration: 24 hours | PDH Credits: 24 | Fee: $3,125

This introductory course on instrumentation will provide entry-level professionals with an understanding of instrumentation technologies, terminology, and symbols to work in the field. 

This class will be a combination of classroom and hands-on training on and at the Process Training Unit (PTU), a full-scale working process skid with online instrumentation and controls. 

Attendees will be able to identify, discuss and work on fully functional instruments such as pressure, temperature, level, and flow. 

Course Details

  • Basics of Process Control
  • Fundamentals of Electricity
    • Ohms Law
    • Alternating & Direct Current 
    • Series Circuits 
    • Digital Multimeters 
    • Electrical Safety 
  • Process Variables 
    • Pressure principles and measuring technologies 
    • Temperature principles and measuring technologies 
    • Level principals and measuring technologies 
    • Flow principals and measuring technologies 
    • Analytical principles and measuring technologies 
  • Sensors and Transmitters
    • Device communications 
    • 4.0 to 20.0 mA current loops 
    • Transmitter scaling 
      • Lower range, upper range, and span values
    • Transmitter wiring 
      • 2, 3, and 4 wire wiring 
    • Highway Addressable Remote Transducer (HART) 
      • Emerson 475, Device Care, SMT 70 
  • Troubleshooting 
    • Best wiring practices 
    • Transmitter sizing/scaling
    • Loop Check and troubleshooting

Equipment

  • Multimeters 
  • Handheld, tablet, and laptop HART communicators 
  • Temperature, pressure, level, and flow transmitters 
  • Process simulators

Overview

Duration: 8 hours | PDH Credits: 8 | Fee: $1,195

This introductory course is designed to give entry-level and seasoned professionals the knowledge and tools needed to understand, design, and maintain electrical heat trace systems (EHTs).

This is a one-day class and will cover basic heat trace operation, the information needed to design an effective heat trace protocol, and the proper selection of control and monitoring devices. Participants will gain exposure to various cable types, thermostats, and multi-point controllers in a classroom and hands-on setting utilizing our Process Training Unit (PTU®).

The course objective is to allow individuals to gain a general understanding and exposure to electrical heat tracing and at the end attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the different types of heat tracing cables and their respective applications and limitations
  • Gather the required data for the design of an electric heat trace system and implement that data to create a design
  • Select the controller that is best suited for the application
  • Understand the basics of electric heat trace installation and best practices
  • Diagnose faults and common issues with electric heat tracing systems

Overview

Duration: 8 hours | PDH Credits: 8 | Fee: $1,195

Control Valve Fundamental 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: TBD | PDH Credits: TBD | Fee: TBD

Eastern Controls’ Training Department is able to help you design and structure a course specifically around the needs of your personnel at any given time. We work to create an outline and curriculum to suit your desired audience, which means we can combine courses we currently offer (see above toggles) and/or target areas for improvement needed in your organization.

**We ask that customized courses have at least 4-6 participants

If you are interested in learning more or discussing setting up a custom course for your team, please reach out to our Training Coordinator, Sue McLaughlin at sue.mclaughlin@easterncontrols.com.

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  • Registrants who provide notification to Eastern Controls, Inc. of a course cancellation 14 or more days prior to the course start date will be refunded their course fee in full.
  • Registrants who provide notification to Eastern Controls, Inc. of a course cancellation less than 14 days prior to the course start date will be subject to a cancellation fee of 50% of the course fee.
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  • To cancel your enrollment in a training course, please contact our Training Coordinator, Sue McLaughlin, by phone at 610-325-4600 or by email at sue.mclaughlin@easterncontrols.com.