TAPI-120: Instrumentation: Print Reading

Skilled Trade & Apprenticeship
Academic Level
Course Subject
TAE - Process Instrumentation
Course Number
Course Title
Instrumentation: Print Reading
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
TAPI-105 or TAE Apprentice Coordinator/Instructor Permission
Catalog Course Description

Explores drawing, reading, and interpreting standard instrumentation and electrical drawings, diagrams, and schematics. Emphasizes using ANSI, ISA, SAMA, and IEEE standard symbols and other accepted industry protocols. Also stresses appropriate techniques in using drawings, diagrams, and schematics to troubleshoot and locate equipment.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Introduction: diagram and drawing standards.
  2. Symbols library and drawing standards.
  3. Drawing standards and sources.
  4. ISA and SAMA standards: process and instrument drawings, lab b loop tracing.
  5. Instrumentation drawings and diagrams: electrical diagrams.
  6. Wiring diagram and loop diagram.
  7. Piping diagrams: hydraulic diagrams.
  8. Blueprint reading: control valve sectional (lab).
  9. Sheet metal dawings: ventilation systems.
  10. Building drawings: locating components in drawings.
  11. Plant floor: locating component in plants.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Draw a loop diagram.
  • Select the appropriate diagram to use in troubleshooting a problem.*
  • Explain the use of drawings and symbols as a means of communication.
  • Compare the different parts of a diagram.*
  • Interpret instrument components in an instrument diagram.
  • Locate equipment in a facility using a standard drawing.
  • Interpret electrical diagrams and schematics.
  • Develop a drawing using a supplied details.*
  • Describe the operation of a system using a ladder diagram.
  • Trace a signal path on a standard diagram.*
  • 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