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EST 106
Plant Equipment and Controls

Credits: 3
Clock Hours per Quarter: 40

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:20    Lab Hours:20

Develop a good working knowledge of the core equipment used to control and operate conversion facilities, such as first generation and advanced biofuel plants, municipal wastewater treatment plants, industrial food and, beverage processors, pulp and paper mills, and cogeneration facilities. Learn to keep operations functional with high degree of efficiency. Add to each student's Operator Handbook to become familiar with key process, equipment, the principles of process controls, and technical operating procedures. Develop knowledge about equipment's mechanical integrity requirements - the ranges and thresholds with which the equipment can be operated safely and still function as intended. Participate in scenarios to ID and correct abnormal operating conditions. Engage in safety practice to prevent emergencies: using personal protective equipment (PPE), Emergency Rapid Response and Procedures, Lockout/Tag out, and Process Safety Management (PSM).

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Describe how equipment is integrated with processes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of key equipment and safe thresholds for effective operations.
  • Apply knowledge in the terminology, key concepts, and the principles of process controls.
  • Demonstrate fundamental understanding of role of Plant Operator with specific duties to monitor, track, record, document, and correct processes in real-time, with safety as the highest priority.
  • Demonstrate progress toward Handbook development to use as a resource during Cooperative Work Experience.

  • Course Topics
  • Overview of Key Equipment and Operation Safety.
  • Process Drawing and Equipment Standards.
  • Process Control Equipment and Instruments.
  • Piping, Valves, Tanks, and Vessels.
  • Pumps and compressors.
  • Heat exchangers, filters, and dryers.
  • Tools/Meters/Electrical.
  • Controllers and DCS.
  • Mobile tanks and Transportation Vehicles.

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    Year Quarter
    EST 106
    Fall 2015
    Jason Selwitz

    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.