Operational Controls

Course Description

A study of the principles of industrial measurement and control with an emphasis on practical applications aboard ship and in industry. Methods of sensing, measuring and transmitting data from industrial processes; feedback, automatic control systems, closed loop systems, controllers, control modes, and control configurations. Mechanical, electronic, analog and digital control mechanism will be discussed, as will programmable logic controllers.

Learning Objectives

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following STCW elements:

Other Objectives

At the completion of the course, the student will


  1. Fundamentals of Automatic Control

  2. Automatic Controls Methods
    1. ON-OFF Control
    2. Sequential Control
    3. Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) Control
    4. Programmable Logic Control
  3. Sensors and Measurement
    1. Temperature
    2. Pressure
    3. Flow Rate
    4. Level
    5. Speed
    6. Flame Sensors
    7. Combustion Properties
    8. Explosive Gases
    9. Relative Humidity
    10. Salinity
    11. Dissolved Oxygen
  4. Transmitters and Control Signals
    1. Electrical
    2. Pneumatic
    3. Digital
  5. Controller Mechanisms
    1. Pneumatic
    2. Electrical
    3. Digital
  6. Final Control Elements
    1. Pneumatic Operators
    2. Servomotors

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