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ACIM 6030 - Process and Distributed Control Systems

Automated Controls Installation & Maintenance Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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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.


ACIM 5030 and ACIM 5040



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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

ACIM 6030 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

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


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