ISA Certified Automation Professional (CAP) program

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Certified Automation Professionals (CAPs) are responsible for the direction, design, and deployment of systems and equipment for manufacturing and control systems.

CAP question

The branch of automation that deals with the design and implementation of a centralized control system for heating, air conditioning, and ventilation is:

A. atmospheric environmental automation engineering (AEAE)
B. building automation engineering (BAS)
C. air flow engineering (AFE)
D. heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) engineering

CAP Answer

The answer is B, “building automation engineering (BAS).” BAS has become a very important branch of automation in many industries, especially those that require sterile access areas or the need for pressurized gradients from room to room to control particulates.  

HVAC (mechanical) engineers design the equipment and ductwork, but BAS engineers design and implement the control systems that help regulate fresh air intakes, room pressure, temperature and humidity, and recirculation. BAS engineers also aid with placement of smoke detectors and dampers and interfaces to the fire alarm and protection systems.

Reference: Sands, Nicholas P. & Verhappen, Ian, A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge, Third Edition, ISA, 2019.


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