1 July 2007

Documenting skills is value-add

ISA certification provides an objective, third-party assessment, and confirmation of a person's skills. It gives manufacturing and factory staff the opportunity to differentiate themselves from their peers and gain recognition. InTech covers three certification areas in its monthly Certification department.

ISA Certified Automation Professional (CAP) program

Certified Automation Professionals (CAPs) are responsible for the direction, design, and deployment of systems and equipment for manufacturing and control systems. The following question comes from the CAP study guide, Performance Domain II, Definition: Identify customer requirements and complete high-level analysis of the best way to meet those requirements

CAP question

Which of the following is NOT a benefit of using an agenda for discussions?

A.An agenda assures meeting objectives.
B.An agenda keeps discussion on track.
C.An agenda helps manage time.
D.An agenda allows everyone equal participation.

CAP answer

The best answer is D, an agenda allows everyone equal participation. An agenda does not enforce an individual's participation.

Reference: Marion E. Haynes; Effective Meeting Skills; Crisp, 1998

ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) program

Certified Control System Technicians (CCSTs) calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and repair/replace instrumentation for systems that measure and control level, temperature, pressure, flow, and other process variables.

This question comes from the Level I study guide, Domain 3, Troubleshooting. Level I represents a professional who has a five-year total of education, training, and/or experience.

CCST question

Impulse lines are used with:

A. Head meters
B. Magnetic flowmeters
C. Positive displacement meters
D. Open channel meters

CCST answer

The head meter we refer to here is a flowmeter that uses head (pressure) as a parameter in measuring the fluid flow. 

Impulse lines (sensing lines) connect the process to the pressure transmitter, at a distance, so as to reduce the effect of ambient temperature on the transmitter's operability and life span. Vibration and accessibility are other reasons for locating the transmitter away from the process. 

The key to nailing this question is to know that head is the same as pressure, that impulse lines work in pressure related measurements, and that the other three meters don't use pressure as part of their scheme.

The correct answer is A


ISA Certified Industrial Maintenance Mechanic (CIMM) program

Certified Industrial Maintenance Mechanics (CIMMs) are responsible for preventive, predictive, and corrective maintenance. They are multi-skilled individuals whose expertise is primarily mechanical in nature as opposed to instrumentation or electrical.

CIMMs have a minimum of five years of relevant work experience in the maintenance mechanic field or three years experience and a two-year associate degree in maintenance or a related field.

This question is from Performance Domain III: Troubleshooting and Analysis.

CIMM question

Which types of books and manuals should NOT be part of maintenance resource materials?

A. Engineering books and service manuals for equipment currently in use on-site
B. OSHA safety manuals and books providing information on government regulations pertaining to the facility
C. Service manuals and parts lists pertaining to equipment deemed obsolete and no longer on-site
D. Instructional manuals and reference tables used in daily equipment fabrication activities performed on-site

CIMM answer

The correct answer is C, service manuals and parts lists pertaining to equipment deemed obsolete and no longer on site.

Reference materials on equipment in your facility should be kept only on equipment that is in service or on the shop floor. 

Obsolete reference material should be purged from the shop library.

Reference: Accident Prevention Manual for Industrial Operations; National Safety Council; 2001  Nicholas Sheble (nsheble@isa.org) writes and edits the Certification  department.