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Process Control Essentials
Short Course

Event Description

This course will provide industrial bioprocess personnel with a better understanding of all elements in a PID control loop including the sensor, actuator, process, and controller. Participants will gain hands-on experience operating and tuning loops using pilot scale equipment. Several different tuning methods and control structures will be explored.


Combining lecture and demonstrations, participants will gain the ability to: 

  • Define and understand concepts and parameters of PID control
  • Evaluate the stability of different open and closed loop processes
  • Identify and troubleshoot common control loop problems
  • Tune control loops using different methods
  • Apply and understand the advantages of cascade control loops over single PID control

Intended Audience

Plant operators, maintenance personnel, and engineers of any experience level who use or maintain control equipment and/or DCS systems. Participants will receive a certificate of completion which may be used to document professional development hours.


Dr. Hunter Flodman, Assistant Professor of Practice, University of Nebraska Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Scott Harmeier, Process Optimization Manager, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Columbus, NE

Dates & Locations

Monday, June 25th & Tuesday, June 26th 2018

Othmer Hall
College of Engineering
820 N 16th Street
University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus

Attendees are responsible for their own hotel reservations.


Cost: $600 per attendee
Tuition Reimbursement: Employees of qualifying ethanol plants located in Nebraska may be reimbursed $300 per attendee upon completion of the course.  Reimbursement funds are limited – early registration is encouraged.

Registration Deadline:  Friday, June 8, 2018 (All participants must pre-register.)

Registration Maximum:  Registration is capped at 16 attendees. 

Registration for this event is not yet open. To be added to the waitlist, please contact Matthew Jorgensen at mjorgensen@unl.edu or (308) 293-5884.

Note: Refunds will not be offered for cancelled registrations but substitutions are allowed at the discretion of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


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Matthew Jorgensen
Project  Specialist
Nebraska MEP
(308) 293-5884

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