Instrumentation, Controls and Electrical Systems Overview for Non-Electrical Engineers - ICE-21

Discipline: Instrumentation, Controls & Electrical
Level: Basic
Instructors who teach this course:


  • About the course
  • Designed For
  • You will learn
  • Course Content
This course provides an introduction and overview of electrical systems, instrumentation, process control, and control/safety systems typically encountered in oil and gas facilities. The focus is to understand terminology, concepts, typical equipment configurations, and common pitfalls in order to improve communication with electrical and I&C professionals. This course covers similar content to our E3 and IC3 courses, but at a more conceptual level. This course is not a prerequisite for taking E3 or IC3, but rather a replacement for those that are not able to take both E3 and IC3.

For the virtual sessions, course hours will be 08:00-12:00 Central US time (GMT-5), Monday-Friday over two weeks.

"Before this course, I hated anything related to electricity, but the instructor managed to put it in a simple way that made me change my perspective about it. He is so knowledgeable which helped us understand difficult subjects easily." - Operations Engineer, Saudi Arabia

"The problems and the overall course documentation were both very good." - Facilities Engineer, United States

"I certainly feel more equipped to discuss instrumentation and controls than before." - Participant
Process, chemical, and mechanical engineers, (i.e. non-instrumentation and non-electrical disciplines), as well as other technical and non-technical professionals with little or no background in IC&E systems. Electrical and Instrumentation Engineers should consider E3 and IC3 for more in-depth coverage.
  • Fundamentals of electricity, such as voltage, current, resistance, power factor, and single/three phase power systems
  • Electrical specifications, such as voltage selection, load lists, and power
  • How to read one-line diagrams and understand the function of the components of power distribution, including transformers, switchgear, MCCs, VFDs, and power distribution
  • The function and considerations of infrastructure components, such as cable, conduit, cable tray, and duct banks
  • Awareness of the concepts behind classification of hazardous locations and equipment specifications
  • Safety risks and mitigation strategies for power systems, including short circuit and overcurrent protection, ground faults, shock hazards, and arc flash
  • Fundamentals of control systems, sensors, controllers, and final elements
  • Key requirements for instrument specifications such as accuracy, signal selection, process conditions, material compatibility, installation considerations, capabilities and limits, and relative cost
  • Basics of specification of shutdown and control valves
  • Control system functions, limitations, and architectures, including PLC, DCS, SIS, RTU, and SCADA; common networking systems, including Ethernet, Modbus and Fieldbus
  • Exposure to the typical documentation and drawings necessary for the design, specification, installation, operation and maintenance of electrical, instrumentation and control systems
  • Fundamentals of electricity
  • Power distribution and motor control systems for oil and gas applications
  • Emergency power systems
  • Hazardous area classification for oil and gas applications
  • Electrical safety in industrial facilities
  • Control system fundamentals
  • Field measurement and control devices
  • Programmable electronic systems (PLC, DCS, SIS, SCADA)
  • Control system networking
  • Drawings and documentation for IE&C projects