Do you have what it takes to survive in the world of process automation?
Sharpen your process automation know-how with this intensive week of expert-led lecture and hands-on exercises covering practical, real-world automation survival skills.
Automation Engineering Survival Training is a unique process automation engineering experience designed to hone your process automation knowledge and skills. This intensive technical training boot camp for automation engineers combines lecture and hands-on labs with bonus features, including a plant tour and networking event, to maximize your learning experience.
ISA’s seasoned “Survival Expert” will guide you through a fast-paced and rigorous course of topics from process measurement fundamentals through advanced automation, and everything in between! This course also serves as a solid introduction to other ISA engineering courses that can assist in the advancement of your process engineering career.
Who Should Attend?
New automation, control system, or process control engineers
Recent process engineering and other engineering graduates
Seasoned engineers looking to refresh their process automation knowledge and skills
Individuals wanting to learn more about process automation
Automation Engineering Survival Training
5-Day Intensive Training Curriculum
Measurement Basics and Documentation
Control Valves and Strategies
Safety and Operator Effectiveness
Industrial Security and Project Management
Advanced Process Automation
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Real-World Plant Tour
All students will participate in a class field trip to a local manufacturing facility demonstrating automation in action in order to relate concepts learned in class to the real-world environment.
As a culmination to an intensive week of training, students will receive their certificates of successful completion for a job well done and the right to say, "I SURVIVED ISA AUTOMATION ENGINEERING SURVIVAL TRAINING!"
*Note: Students must attend the entire week of lab-intensive exercises and lecture in order to receive their certificate of completion.
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Your Automation Survival Experts
Nicholas Sands is currently a process control engineer working for DuPont’s Kevlar® and Nomex® businesses. In his 19 years with DuPont, he has been a business process control leader, site process control leader, process control consultant, and plant control engineer in several different businesses.
Over the last 18 years, Nick has worked on several alarm management projects, both for new plants and existing plants. He led two company alarm management teams from the early 1990s to the early 2000s. He is the author of DuPont’s best practices on alarm management.
Nick is co-chair of the ISA18 standards committee working on alarm management; and was the lead editor for the new standard: ANSI/ISA-18.02-2009, Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industries. He followed Vernon Trevathan as editor for ISA’s The Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge, as well as authored the chapter on alarm management.
Nick's path to instrumentation and control started when he earned his BS in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech. When not working, or reading, Nick and his wife Ruth run a recreational sled dog team.
Scott Sommer, PE, CAP, has over 27 years of experience in automation, instrumentation, and process control design and applications, with 20+ years of batch control experience. During his career, Mr. Sommer has worked for several large manufacturing companies, including Conoco, Celanese, and Wyeth, and several engineering firms, including principal ownership in a growing systems integration firm for nearly 10 years.
His experience from all sides of the automation and systems integration industry has given him a unique vision and insight to effectively and efficiently managing the automation scope and activities of large industrial projects.
Mr. Sommer holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering from McNeese State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in multiple states and is an ISA Certified Automation Professional and Senior Member of ISA. Scott is a frequent speaker and presenter at ISA, WBF, and ISPE conferences.
Past Students Said…
“[He gave a good] Explanation of how to achieve an alarm management program and how to interpret ISA-18.2.” - Kevin Zaderey, Past ISA Student
“[He provided a good] Introduction of the lifecycle concept for alarm management.” - Calvin Lambie, Technologist
“[He provideded an] Excellent introduction to the ISA18.2 standard. I can find immediate application for the information I received today.” - Michael Marshall, President