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  • Practical process engineering conducted by the university’s Energy & Bioproducts Research Institute
  • Takes place in a fully instrumented 1MW bioenergy processing plant
  • Course rated “Outstanding” by the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Aston University runs a course to provide multidisciplinary skills to engineers from sectors as diverse as utilities, renewable energy, nuclear energy, pharmaceuticals and food processing.

It is called Practical Process Engineering and is located at the university Research Institute for Energy and Bioproducts (EBRI) which has an on-site fully instrumented bioenergy processing plant. the EBRI pilot plant features a 1 MW gasifier that converts waste fuel into gas and a 400 kW cogeneration engine.

For on-time project delivery and minimal downtime, industry requires engineers to interact with and understand the jargon of specialists from different disciplines. With this in mind, the course was created to provide an opportunity to learn a variety of multidisciplinary skills.

The four-day course provides practical skills needed in the workplace. The trainings are given by a team of professionals on reading complex wiring diagrams, understanding plant diagrams, different types of devices and instruments and how to integrate them into the control system, and some basic troubleshooting actions.

Clara Serrano, Operations Manager of EBRI, said:

“Working with professionals from different disciplines and understanding systems common to many industries such as chemical, petrochemical, energy, pharmaceutical and food and beverage requires an integrated knowledge of mechanical, electrical and control engineering. This four-day course embodies the interdisciplinary nature of these plants and the wide range of concepts and technical documentation that is always associated with them.”

Instruction is delivered through a combination of theory, workshops and live demonstrations, including the ability to operate the plant in cold mode (starting a number of systems without feeding the reactor) from the control room.

the Institution of chemical engineers rated the course as “excellent” and participants receive 25 CPD hours.

The course takes place in March, June and October each year, starting March 7-15, followed by June 27-30, with further dates in October 2022 to be announced.

More details about the course can be found here.

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