STEM CONNECTIONS

In the STEM Introduction to Process Engineering course, students learn about process control engineering and will be challenged to come up with ideas within the discipline of process control. As they explore and practice the skills associated with process control, students will select a new operational design through experimentation, and will have the opportunity to design innovative solutions to real-world problems, challenges, and needs.

Science

  • Flow, volume, and pressure
  • Capacitance
  • Ultrasonic sound
  • Digital and analog

Technology

  • Windows-based graphical user interface
  • Control software application
  • Mechanical instrumentation
  • USB controller
  • Electronic sensors

Engineering

  • Mechanical drawings, electrical schematics, and process and instrument flow diagrams
  • Design evaluation and selection for process improvement
  • Standard engineering forms
  • System properties, forces, and restraints

Math

  • Units of measurement
  • Arithmetic operations
  • Calibration factor calculations
  • Graphing

STEM INTRODUCTION TO PROCESS ENGINEERING

The purpose of the STEM Introduction to Process Engineering course is to enable students to take on the role of a process control engineer in a real-world scenario. The course explores, educates, and challenges students with the basic skills associated with process control.

Upon completion of the STEM Introduction to Process Engineering course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and define process control engineering and how automatic control systems impact their daily lives
  • Use the basic skills required for the reading and drawing of electrical schematics, mechanical drawings, and piping and instrumentation (PI) flow diagrams
  • Demonstrate how flow and pressure are measured both manually and electronically and how valves and pumps work using a closed-loop fluid system
  • Connect, configure, and operate hardware and software required for automated control including selecting and applying various sensors
  • Discuss the logic of control (PID) and make conclusions while examining real system data output

EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES

  • Multimedia presentation
  • MindSight installation and user guide
  • EduKit PA Basic hardware package
  • EduKit PA Advanced hard- ware package
  • EasyPort USB interface
  • Fluid Lab®-PA closed loop software
  • I/O data cable with SysLink connectors (IEEE 488) at both ends, 2.5 m
  • Analog cable, parallel, 2 m
  • Tabletop power supply unit
  • Tubing cutter
  • Wire cutter

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