• Education level
  • Course code ERA315
  • Main area

The course will present real-world applications of control methods for energy processes and power plants. Practical considerations will be made on selecting the best control architecture and including modifications to improve control response.

About this course

Be in control of your energy! How is the operation of a power plant controlled? Energy plants run in autopilot. De¬signing the control systems that form the “autopilot” is not only critical to ensure safety, but also to operate the plant efficiently, reducing the emissions and increasing the eco-nomic revenues.

This course will deal with real world applications of control systems and with all the practical aspects that need to be considered before hitting the “start button” and running the plant. You will learn how to make the controller faster, more robust, and closer to the desired response for different applications.

The course is perfect for you who are studying your Master or PhD program, but also for you who are working and wish to develop yourself in the topic of control. The suggested pace is 30% (60 learning hours over 5 weeks) but flexible pace is possible. You can also take the course on measurement techniques in fluid flow and heat transfer in parallel, which will help you understand how the sensors used to control the process actually work!

You will learn

  • Describe the influence of sensors and data acquisition on control of energy processes and apply different methods to include them in the control design.
  • Apply state-of-practice control techniques to improve the response of a traditional PID controller.
  • Compare different control types and structures, and motivate the selection of the most suitable for a specific process.
  • Design and test a control system in a simulation environment.

Entry requirements

120 credits of which 90 credits engineering and/or natural science and 7,5 credits mathematics. In addition, English course A/English course 6 is required.

You can also apply for the course and get your eligibility evaluated based on knowledge acquired in other ways, such as work experience, other studies etc. Read more in Application information below.




Course syllabus

You can read in detail about the course, it's content and literature and so on in the course syllabus

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Implementation of Industrial Process Control

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Application information

You’ll find the entry requirements in the course description. After submitting your application, the next step is to submit documentation to demonstrate your eligibility for the course. Most academic credentials from Sweden are retrieved automatically. Wait a few days after submitting your application - if you still can’t see your academic credentials om My pages, please upload them.

If you have studied in another country, you must provide transcripts of your academic studies and of your English proficiency. Exactly what you need to submit and how, depends on several factors. You can read more on universityadmissions.se or antagning.se.

If the course requires work experience, you need to provide an employer’s certificate. You can download a template for employer’s certificate below.

No academic qualifications?

Many courses requires that you have previous academies studies, but we validate work experience to assess if you have the knowledge that is equal to the eligibility requirements for the course.

If you don’t have the formal qualifications required, please send in a certificate of employment (current or previous) and a CV/Description of competence that describes your educational and professional background. Please include a short description of your work experience, not only the work title.

Use the CV/ Description of competence template below and fill in the information requested.

You can also use our template for Employers certificate if you like.

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If you have any questions regarding eligibility or application please send an e-mail to lifelonglearning@mdu.se


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