Practical Process Engineering

Topic Process Plant

CPD Hours 25

This is an IChemE approved training course and not delivered directly by the Institution. For more information about the course, contact the training provider directly.


An integrated knowledge of mechanical, electrical and control engineering is necessary to liaise with professionals from different disciplines and understand their jargon.

This course combines lectures, workshops and live demonstrations in a 1MW process plant for combined heat and power generation. Through hands-on activities you will get familiar with a broad range of equipment and instrumentation, the way they are connected to the electrical panels and integrated into the control system. This will boost your confidence in understanding systems common to many industries and commercial settings.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • liaise with mechanical, electrical and control engineers using their jargon
  • identify equipment and instrumentation in a process plant
  • identify the main components in industrial control panels
  • read complex piping and instrumentation diagrams, utility layouts, single-line diagrams and electrical schematics
  • apply your multidisciplinary skills for basic troubleshooting.

Who will benefit?

  • Early-career professionals with design, operation, maintenance and safety responsibilities
  • Electrical, mechanical and chemical engineers, chemists, physicists and other scientists seeking to gain practical experience in a safe environment

Course outline

Day 1

A practical introduction to process plant

  • Process plant implementation
  • Plant documentation
  • Plant tour
  • How to read complex P&IDs (workshop)
  • Identifying components in a process plant (workshop)
  • Line walks in a process plant (live demonstration)

Day 2

Mechanical systems

  • Operating utilities in a process plant (live demonstration)
  • Rotating equipment: pumps and compressors
  • Industrial utilities (workshop)
  • Systems for the transport of solids and fluids (live demonstration)

Day 3

Electrical systems

  • Basic electrical concepts
  • Elements in power distribution
  • Understanding your building electrical system (live demonstration)
  • Electrical schematics
  • Working with electrical schematics (workshop)
  • Industrial control panels (live demonstration)

Day 4

Control systems

  • Introduction to programmable logic controllers
  • Control systems integration
  • Tracing signals through the process plant. Basic concepts in communications (live demonstration)
  • Troubleshooting for maintenance (workshop)

How to register

To see the facilities where the training takes place, go to the upcoming dates list on the right-hand side, and click the 'Find out more' button at the bottom. Payments can be made via purchase order or debit/credit card here.

Previous delegates said

"Really useful to physically compare diagrams with the real plant. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and feel like I've gained a good foundation across multiple areas of engineering that I was missing from my science background."

Joseph Kershaw, MChem graduate at Rolls Royce.

"I liked the holistic approach to the course, to get a good overall understanding of different aspects to plant specification and design. It was great to have different experts from their fields explain parts as well."

George Fudge, Design Engineer at WASE Ltd.

"Extensive training in project implementation, plant documentation, utilities (HVAC, compressed air, chilled water), mechanical equipment, control systems and electrical circuits. Highly recommended course for young professionals who want to learn the 'industry language'!"

Farhad Beik, Process Engineer at Wellstone Ltd.

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