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WTTP 1821: Instrumentation l

This course offers an introduction to the instrumentation trade as it applies to the day to day operation of water/wastewater treatment plants. Topics discussed include process control principles, terminology and troubleshooting techniques. It is important to note that this course is not designed to create tradespersons, but is designed from the viewpoint of plant operators, so they can develop more awareness of the trades and allow them to function more effectively.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify the functional blocks of an automated control system and discuss how the interactions among these blocks affect the entire system.
  • Identify the most common sensors used in the water treatment process and explain basic operating principles, installation considerations and maintenance.
  • Describe the process variables typically found in the water treatment process and describe the devices or elements (final control elements) that change the values of the process variables.

Course topics

Module A: Instrumentation Principles

Module B: Process Measurement

Module C: Final Control Elements

Required text and materials

Students will need to source the following on their own:

  1. American Water Works Association. Instrumentation and Control. 3rd edition. Denver, CO: American Water Works Association, 2001.
    Type: PDF E-Textbook. ISBN: 9781613001493

Students can purchase the above textbook through the following link:


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 70% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

Midterm 1 25%
Midterm 2 25%
Final Exam (mandatory) 50%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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