• International Society of Automation News Release
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    On the heels of its successful training event in Houston this past June, ISA announces an even more comprehensive training event in the city this fall

    Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA(7 August 2013) -  Following up on the success and popularity of its intensive technical training event in Houston, Texas, USA earlier this summer, the International Society of Automation (ISA) announced today it will be returning to Houston this fall to conduct six of its most in-depth technical training courses over five consecutive weeks beginning Monday, 30 September 2013.

    ISA Technical Training Camp-Houston Fall 2013 provides the opportunity to gain comprehensive technician, automation engineering, controls, tuning, cybersecurity and digital communications training-taught by ISA's world-renowned subject-matter experts-in one location over a condensed period of time.

    The six courses include:

    • ISA Technician Training Boot Camp (TTBC) 
      30 September - 4 October 2013
      Intensive training that covers a broad range of technical topics, starting with basic instrumentation fundamentals and leading to the latest advances in smart technology.
    • ISA Automation Engineering Survival Training (AEST) 
      7-11 October 2013
      Expert-led lecture and hands-on instruction that covers practical, real-world automation survival skills-from process measurement fundamentals to advanced automation.
    • Tuning Control Loops (TC05)
      14-16 October 2013 
      Instrumentation and controls training that is valuable to anyone who would like to gain a better understanding of how to tune control loops.
    • Using the ANSI/ISA99 (IEC 62443) Standards to Secure Your Industrial Control System (IC32)
      17-18 October 2013 
      A detailed look at how the ANSI/ISA99 standards can be used to protect critical control systems. It also explores the procedural and technical differences between the security for traditional IT environments and those solutions appropriate for SCADA or plant floor environments.
    • Industrial Data Communications Systems (TS06)
      21-25 October 2013 
      Starting from the basics, this course provides the tools needed to design and maintain industrial communications systems on the plant floor. Real-life examples and case histories provide insight into how to apply and maintain control networks effectively in your plant.
    • Advanced Operation of Digital (Smart) Transmitters and Digital Valve Controllers (TS16)
      28 October - 1 November 2013 
      This lab-intensive course focuses on the configuration fundamentals, the calibration process, the measurement of multiple variables and the utilization of computer-based configuration tools for both digital transmitters and digital valve controllers.

    "We're very excited to offer our second ISA Technical Training Camp in Houston," says Dalton Wilson, ISA's manager of Education Services. "The great response surrounding our first training camp event this past June, which included highly concentrated technician, automation engineering and safety courses over four consecutive weeks, was outstanding. We had 83 automation and control professionals enroll across the six ISA courses offered during the event. In recognizing the strong demand for ISA training in the Houston area, we wanted to offer the camp again, but this time it will be even broader and more comprehensive in scope."

    Wilson says he believes the popularity of ISA technical training camps is due to a combination of factors, including:

    • The opportunity to gain the rigorous ISA instruction needed to quickly ramp up career skills and knowledge.
    • The savings and convenience of being able to take multiple ISA courses, over a highly condensed period of time, in the same location.
    • The ample time given for face-to-face interaction with ISA subject-matter experts and instructors.
    • Pre-arranged local plant tours that demonstrate the real-world application of the skills and training being taught during the courses.
    • Numerous social activities that encourage networking, collaboration and relationship building.

    ISA's first Technical Training Camp-Houston 2013, held over four consecutive weeks that began 3 June 2013, attracted automation and control professionals from as far away as Colombia and Angola. In addition to content-rich lectures and hands-on lab exercises, students toured local GE and Emerson facilities to witness, first hand, how the skills and capabilities they were learning are put into practice on a daily basis.

    ISA's upcoming event, ISA Technical Training Camp-Houston Fall 2013, will repeat this same successful formula. Two of ISA's most popular, innovative and value-packed courses-ISA Technician Training Boot Camp and ISA Automation Engineering Survival Training-will again be offered as part of the camp.

    When asked about the upcoming ISA Automation Engineering Survival Training course at this event, ISA expert and course instructor, Scott Sommer, said, "Teaching ISA's Automation Engineering Survival Training is exciting because it showcases the world of automation to engineers of all experience levels. As a result, virtually every engineer who receives the training comes away with concepts they can apply in their own work and projects.

    "In addition," he says, "because the course covers the broad scope of the engineering profession, it helps engineers pinpoint additional needs for training and discovery. Given the changes in the industry, it's essential for automation professionals to continue to increase their body of knowledge and master and apply new skills year after year." 

    Along with ISA's popular technician boot camp and automation survival training courses, four additional courses covering tuning, cybersecurity, control and data communications will be offered as part of this event. 

    Though it will not be offered as part of ISA Technical Training Camp-Houston Fall 2013, ISA's Safety Instrumented System (SIS) Boot Camp is scheduled to take place 21-25 October 2013 elsewhere in Houston.

    Class size for all ISA Technical Training Camp courses (and SIS Boot Camp courses) is limited, and registrations will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Learn more or register today at ISA's Technical Training Course. For additional assistance, email info@isa.org or call +1 919-549-8411.

    About ISA

    Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation (www.isa.org) is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).