• A Q&A with the author of the new ISA book: 
    Control Systems Engineering (CSE) Exam Reference Manual

    ISA recently published the fourth edition of the Control Systems Engineering Exam Reference Manual: A Practical Study Guide by Bryon Lewis, PE, CMfgE, CCNA, CAP®, a Senior Member of ISA who has more than 30 years of experience in electrical, mechanical, instrumentation, and control systems. In this Q&A feature, Lewis highlights the importance and differentiating qualities of this new edition.

    Note: Photographs of the authors and their biographies are included at the bottom of this page.

    Q. Why were you prompted to write this new edition of your book?

    A. A fourth edition of the book was needed to cover the new, 2019 National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) exam specifications.

    Q. Are there any other things that make this edition different than the preceding one?

    A. First of all, the fourth edition has been reduced in page length by about a third, ensuring that only the most applicable, exam-relevant content is included. I didn't want to overwhelm the candidate with information that may not actually appear on the exam.

    Also, the fourth edition is provided in print-rather than pdf-format, making it convenient to bring along as a valuable resource on testing day.

    In addition to covering the 2019 NCEES exam specifications, the updated edition features: all-new content on the variables for wake calculations and sensors relating to rotating equipment and fire protection; and an enhanced section on fluid mechanics, expanded to include practical example problems.

    Q. What are the specific topic areas that the book covers and that are included on the PE/CSE exam?

    A. The book thoroughly covers all the applicable subject matter included on the PE/CSE exam. The specific areas of content are:

    • Fluid mechanics
    • Fundamentals of instrumentation
    • Process analyzers
    • Control valves
    • Pressure-relief valves
    • Process control theory
    • Digital fundamentals
    • Motor controls
    • Industrial electronics
    • Electrical system design for industrial plants
    • Fluid power systems
    • Fundamentals of industrial networking
    • ISA documentation standards
    • Safety instrumented systems
    • State and federal codes for process plant installations



    CSE Reference 4th EdObtain your copy of Control Systems Engineering (CSE) Exam Reference Manual today.
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    Meet the Authors

    Bryon Lewis
    Bryon Lewis

    Bryon Lewis, is a Professional Engineer (PE), licensed in Control Systems Engineering (CSE). He is a Senior Member of ISA, a SME Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE), a Certified Journeyman Electronics Technician in industrial electronics (CET), a Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®), an ISA Level III Certified Control System Technician® (CCST®), and a licensed Master Electrician. He has more than 30 years of experience in electrical, mechanical, instrumentation and control systems.

    Lewis holds letters of recommendation from Belcan Engineering, S&B Engineers and Constructors, Enron Corporation, and Lee College. His design experience includes electrical lighting; power and control systems design for manufacturing and industrial environments; and instrumentation and control for pharmaceutical and petrochemical plants, compressor stations and food production plants. He also has extensive experience supervising the installation of electrical, instrumentation, and control systems.