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.
Addresses changing variables and the effect on other variables, common distillation process problems, and normal operations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discusses the major components, prime movers, cooling system, lubrication systems, process control, startup, shutdown, and troubleshooting involved with reciprocating compressors.
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.
Explains the basics of chemistry, including chemical properties, chemical formulas and mixtures, chemical bonds and reactions, and pH values.
Describes and illustrates the different functional groups that make up organic compounds and explains how hydrocarbons form.
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.
Explains the general requirements and steps for loading and unloading tank cars, performing inspections, keeping documentation, handling hazardous materials, placarding, and marking.
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.