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Process and Distributed Control Systems ACIM 6030

Automated Controls Installation & Maintenance Course

Course details

Graduates of the Automated Controls Installation and Maintenance program will often be sharing responsibilities for automated system maintenance with highly specialized co-workers or require the support of offsite experts. In many process control environments, classical distributed control systems (DCSs) are giving way to programmable logic controllers (rebranded as programmable automation controllers [PACs]). For contributors from diverse technical disciplines to be effective in maintaining complex systems, a common vocabulary and complementary skills are required. To achieve the course objectives, a Siemens distributed control system platform is implemented and tested. A graphical user interface designed for the control system is studied in theory, observed in operation, and modified to meet specified requirements. Also, the BCIT AFRESH house system will be studied and changes made to a portion of the controls for a simulated geothermal heat exchange process.






Course offerings

Winter 2023

Below is one offering of ACIM 6030 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 89779


Wed Mar 01 - Wed Apr 19 (7 weeks)

  • 7 weeks
  • CRN 89779
  • $1074.84
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Mar 01 - Apr 19 Mon, Wed 17:00 - 20:15 Burnaby SE01 Rm. 117


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. No class on Apr 10, 2023 (Easter Monday). Registration is processed on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED basis. BCIT reserves the right to cancel courses. In the event of a part-time course cancellation, students will be notified at least five business days prior to the course start date. Please ensure your contact information (e.g. personal email address) is current. Check this website frequently to see if someone de-registers if the course becomes full. Please send your inquiries to

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Install, connect, maintain, and troubleshoot process and distributed control systems.
  • Add input and output modules into a distributed control system and terminate electrical control power and twisted-pair communication cables.
  • Modify a Siemens PC-based control system to accommodate the addition of a new variable frequency drive and its associated field devices, programming, and required alarms.
  • Interpret a complex hydronic schematic diagram for the BCIT AFRESH House and relate it to Innotech Maxim FBD (function block diagram) controller programming.
  • Run Innotech Maxim controller simulations and make modifications to accommodate a mechanical retrofit of the BCIT AFRESH House.

Effective as of Winter 2018

Related Programs

Process and Distributed Control Systems (ACIM 6030) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Automated Controls Installation and Maintenance
    Advanced Certificate Part-time


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