Process Operations


612 Distillation Basics

Presents the basic terminology and methodology of batch and continuous distillation processes. The course builds on the fundamental concepts of vapor pressure, boiling point, and condensation point as the key factors in distillation. The course also illustrates typical tray column components and configuration.

613 Operating Distillation Towers

Addresses changing variables and the effect on other variables, common distillation process problems, and normal operations.

617 Reading P&IDs and PFDs

Explains how to read P&IDs and PFDs, identify the differences between the two, and identify the basic symbols used. Some of the basic symbols include valves, equipment, exchangers, piping, and more.

618 Centrifugal Pump Basics

Examines the purpose and functions of the single-stage, end-suction centrifugal pump; leak prevention methods; types and uses of packing and seals; key pump components and auxiliary functions; proper pump performance; and methods of control.

619 Centrifugal Pumps: Installation, Troubleshooting, and Safety

Explains the steps for successful installation of a centrifugal pump; discusses historical and analytical troubleshooting, including application of a troubleshooting tree; and the major safety precautions associated with centrifugal pumps.

620 Heat Exchangers

Discusses the principles and methods of heat transfer, the common types of heat exchangers — including shell and tube types and plate types — and the advantages and disadvantages of each type of heat exchanger. The course also covers general inspection and maintenance, troubleshooting common problems, and hazard awareness and safety.

621 Valves

Explains the main purpose of valves, the overall design features, simple adjustments and lubrication, and types of valves and their applications.  Also discussed are valve actuators, energy sources, and types of actuators and their applications.

622 Introduction to Cooling Towers

Discusses the four types of wet cooling towers, their advantages, and how they differ from each other. The course also covers the basic design of wet cooling towers, including how they work, the parts and systems, and general maintenance for those systems.

623 Operating and Troubleshooting Cooling Towers

Discusses how to control the different systems in a cooling tower, step-by-step startup and operation of each system, and how to troubleshoot problems that arise in cooling tower operation.

624 Reciprocating Compressors

Discusses the major components, prime movers, cooling system, lubrication systems, process control, startup, shutdown, and troubleshooting involved with reciprocating compressors.

625 Process Chemistry Basics

Explores the building blocks of process chemistry, including atoms, subatomic particals, and elements. The course also discusses the periodic table, electron behavior, and chemical bonding.

626 Process Chemistry: Chemical Combinations and Properties

Explains the basics of chemistry, including chemical properties, chemical formulas and mixtures, chemical bonds and reactions, and pH values.

627 Process Chemistry: Organic Compounds

Describes and illustrates the different functional groups that make up organic compounds and explains how hydrocarbons form.

629 Cargo Trucks

Discusses unloading hazardous material onto cargo trucks and cargo tank trucks. The course covers basic hazardous material markings, labels, and placards. This course also discusses the various packaging types, shipping papers, safe loading and unloading techniques, and security.

631 Tank Cars

Explains the general requirements and steps for loading and unloading tank cars, performing inspections, keeping documentation, handling hazardous materials, placarding, and marking.

633 Reactors

Covers the basic process operation of chemical reactors in an industrial setting. The course also covers the fundamentals of chemical reactions, the various types of chemical reactors, their components, and general reactor operator guidelines.

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