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Process Operations

Course Library

A complete library for all of your process operations training needs.

Operations personnel need to know how to minimize accidents and downtime by promoting safety and efficiency. Whether training new employees or refreshing experienced personnel, OverNite Software, Inc.’s Process Operations library is key.

OSI’s Process Operations library includes 16 versatile courses that are intended for process plant operators, but that are equally useful for maintenance and other plant personnel. The courses in this series range from general knowledge courses including process chemistry and reading P&IDs to courses about specific equipment such as distillation towers, heat exchangers, and reactors.

Our courses are delivered via a state-of-the-art learning management system that allows you to customize curricula, adjust testing parameters, and even customize courses with site-specific content and photos.

Process Operations Course Descriptions

612 Distillation Basics

Distillation Basics presents the basic terminology and methodology of batch and continuous distillation processes.The course builds on the fundamental concepts of vapor pressure, boiling point, and condensation point as the key factors in distillation. The course also illustrates typical tray column components and configuration.

613 Operating Distillation Towers

Operating Distillation Towers covers various distillation tower variables that must be monitored and controlled by the operator.The course content includes how variable changes affect the other variables in a distillation tower. The course also identifies many distillation process upsets, methods for identifying them, and various solutions.

617 Reading P&IDs and PFDs

Reading P&IDs and PFDs explains how to read P&IDs and PFDs, identify the differences between the two, and identify the basic symbols used.Some of the basic symbols include valves, equipment, exchangers, piping, and more.

618 Centrifugal Pump Basics

Centrifugal Pump Basics examines the purpose and functions of the single-stage, end-suction centrifugal pump; leak prevention methods; types and uses of packing and seals; key pump components and auxiliary functions; proper pump performance; and methods of control.

619 Centrifugal Pumps: Installation, Troubleshooting and Safety

Centrifugal Pumps Installation, Troubleshooting, and Safety explains the steps for successful installation of a centrifugal pump; discusses historical and analytical troubleshooting, including application of a troubleshooting tree; and the major safety precautions associated with centrifugal pumps.(45 mins)

620 Heat Exchangers

Heat Exchangers discusses the principles and methods of heat transfer, the common types of heat exchangers — including shell and tube types and plate types — and the advantages and disadvantages of each type of heat exchanger.The course also covers general inspection and maintenance, troubleshooting common problems, and hazard awareness and safety.

621 Valves

Valves explains the main purpose of valves, the overall design features, simple adjustments and lubrication, and types of valves and their applications.Also discussed, are valve actuators, energy sources, and types of actuators and their applications.

622 Introduction to Cooling Towers

Introduction to Cooling Towers discusses the four types of wet cooling towers, their advantages, and how they differ from each other.It also covers the basic design of wet cooling towers, including how they work, the parts and systems, and general maintenance for those systems.

623 Operating and Troubleshooting Cooling Towers

Operating and Troubleshooting Cooling Towers discusses how to control the different systems in a cooling tower, step-by-step startup and operation of each system, and how to troubleshoot problems that arise in cooling tower operation.

624 Reciprocating Compressors

Reciprocating Compressors discusses the major components, prime movers, cooling system, lubrication systems, process control, startup, shutdown, and troubleshooting involved with reciprocating compressors.(30 mins)

625 Process Chemistry Basics

Process Chemistry Basics explores the building blocks of process chemistry, including atoms, subatomic, and elements.The course also discusses the periodic table, electron behavior, and chemical bonding.

626 Process Chemistry: Chemical Combinations and Properties

Process Chemistry: Chemical Combinations and Properties explains the basics of chemistry, including chemical properties, chemical formulas and mixtures, chemical bonds and reactions, and pH values.

627 Process Chemistry: Organic Compounds

Process Chemistry: Organic Compounds defines the terms organic compounds and hydrocarbons.It also describes the different functional groups that make up organic compounds and explains the chemistry of how hydrocarbons form. This course illustrates these concepts and gives examples of each.

629 Cargo Trucks

Cargo Trucks discusses unloading hazardous material onto cargo trucks and cargo tank trucks.The course covers basic hazardous material markings, labels, and placards. This course also discusses the various packaging types, shipping papers, safe loading and unloading techniques, and security.

631 Tank Cars

Tank Cars explains the general requirements and steps for loading and unloading tank cars, performing inspections, keeping documentation, handling hazardous materials, placarding, and marking.

633 Reactors

Reactors covers the basic process operation of chemical reactors in an industrial setting.The course also covers the fundamentals of chemical reactions, the various types of chemical reactors, their components, and general reactor operator guidelines.