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By volunteering to help retrofit this process control cabinet, eight first-year Instrumentation Engineering Technology students experienced real-world control room technology on an industrial scale.
Working in SAIT’s one-of-a-kind Distributed Control System (DCS) lab in the Spartan Centre for Instrumentation Excellence, the students used the same industrial computers and cabinets that drive real-life processing plants. Industrial automation is universal in how it measures, computes and controls refined products such as petrochemicals, renewables, pulp and paper, and treated waste water.
“The students followed the steps involved in refining or treating a raw product, processing it, then measuring its volume as it is transferred to a client,” says Mark Tarrant, Lead DSC instructor — Instrumentation. “In times like the COVID-19 shutdown, the need for such skills becomes clear — this type of equipment is often used to process the natural gas that generates electricity and heat, and the diesel used to transport food and other essential goods.”