TAPI-105: Introduction to Industrial and Pneumatic Controls

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Trade & Apprentice Education
Skilled Trade & Apprenticeship
Academic Level
Course Subject
TAE - Process Instrumentation
Course Number
Course Title
Introduction to Industrial and Pneumatic Controls
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Introduces the basic principles and techniques used in the measuring and controlling of an industrial process. Stresses measuring, tuning, and calibration of pneumatic instrumentation and controls. Examines pressure, temperature level, flow, and analytic control systems. Covers fundamental control techniques including open loop and closed loop control, and three modes of control - cascade, adaptive, feed forward, and feedback. Studies fundamental methods of calibration and repair of pneumatic controllers, transducers, transmitters, and control valves. Laboratory activities.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Introduction: safety, measurement principles, and instrument and control applications.
  2. Process control.
  3. Temperature measuring devices: pressure, level, flow, and analytic.
  4. Automatic control.
  5. Automatic control simulations.
  6. Control integration: measuring devices and automatic control.
  7. Principles and techniques of calibration basic errors.
  8. Pneumatic equipment calibration.
  9. Control valves.
  10. Positioners.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Describe the differences between on-off control and modulating control.
  • Describe the parts of a control loop.
  • Identify and describe the purpose of each component in a closed loop.*
  • Draw a control loop using the proper ANSI/ISA symbols.
  • Describe flow, temperature, pressure, analytic, and level control.
  • Calculate the transfer function.*
  • Use standard instrumentation test equipment properly.
  • Relate transfer function in standard instrumentation signals.*
  • Describe the use of final control elements in a closed loop.
  • Demonstrate safe working practices.
  • Describe the fundamentals of equipment calibration.
  • Calibrate a transducer, transmitter, controller, and recorder.*
  • Use a P&ID to trace a pneumatic circuit.
  • Troubleshoot, repair, and calibrate a pneumatic instrument.*
  • Maintain, repair, and bench calibrate a pneumatic control valve and positioner.
  • Describe types and dynamics of control valves.
  • Select a control valve using  a computer program.
  • Assessment and Requirements

    Assessment of Academic Achievement

    Methods for measuring achievement of objectives:

    1. Tests will be given throughout the semester.  Tests scores represent 50% of the course grade.
    2. Laboratory activities and performance exercises will be done where students will demonstrate an understanding of practical applications.  These will make up 25% of the course grade.
    3. A written final exam will be given which will represent 25% of the course grade.

    Texts, handouts, and/or workbooks will be determined by the TAE Department.


    Approval Dates

    Effective Term
    Fall 2014
    ILT Approval Date
    AALC Approval Date
    Curriculum Committee Approval Date