H890 - Fundamentals of plant automation and basic knowledge of vessel processes

The goal of this course is to provide students with fundamentals of industrial automation and knowledge of basic Physics laws involved.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Understand the philosophy of an automation system.
  • Review most common electrical laws for practical applications.
  • Use efficiently diagnostic tools such as the Multimeter and oscilloscope.


  • Basic knowledge of physics laws: Ohm, Ampère, Hertz.
  • Grounding, zero voltage reference.
  • Multimeter utilization for mA, V and Hz measurements, signal converters.
  • Digital & Analog & Pulse signals, range, resolution.
  • Probes: PT100, TC, micro switches & limit switches, Transmitters.
  • Orders and feedbacks to/from field (Pump start/stop example).
  • Devices: valves, motor, PID regulator.
  • Microprocessors basic theory, Control logic structure, programming structure, concept of “sequence“, contact logic “Ladder“.
  • Input/Output theory.
  • Binary system, Bool law, Bool math, hex system (principles).
  • PMS & Distribution concepts.


  • Lectures and Workshop held in classroom.

Course outline

General Information

Duration: 3 days
Venue: Genoa

No particular prerequisite is required. Students graduated at basic technical schools electric-electronic oriented are preferable.

Additional information: Minimum 6, maximum 8 participants
Student profile:

Not experienced Automation engineers, new crew technical personnel

Download: Course description as a pdf

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