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Fundamentals of Valves & Actuators for Process Control Systems

  • Date(s)
    Tuesday, 24 September 2019
  • Time(s)
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members: €345
    Non-Members: €395

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.

  • CPD Credit
    7 hours   C1

Learning Objectives

This one day course will provide an insight to valve and actuator technology. It will cover check valves, shut-off valves, solenoid valves, regulators, pressure relief valves, control valves, actuators and valve accessories.

Delegates will learn how to ensure the selection of the optimal valve size, body and trim materials, components and accessories.

Each delegate will learn through active participation using exercises and practical sessions covering the different types of valves.


The primary objective is to give each delegate a practical understanding of valves, actuators and accessories through a comprehensive look at the design and application of valves as an integral part of the piping system. Control valves as the final control element in a process control system will be covered as well as essential maintenance and installation guidance.

The course will cover, but is not limited to;

  • Introduction to valves
  • Valve Types
  • Actuators
  • Comparison of valves and actuator type
  • Relief Valve
  • Control Valve
    • Control Valve Selection: Rotary/Sliding Stem
    • Liquid Valve Sizing
    • Gas Valve Sizing
    • Valve Characteristics – Inherent and Installed
    • Valve Cavitation
    • Valve Noise
    • Positioners and Transducers
    • Valve Application Guidelines
  • Valve Specification
  • Specialty Valves
  • Installation and Maintenance

Who should attend?

This course is focused to the needs of chemical, instrumentation, maintenance, and mechanical engineers and technicians involved in the selection, sizing, specification, installation, operation and maintenance of shutoff, pressure relief, actuators, control valves and control valve accessories. The industries that this course would be relevant to include biopharma, food, water and waste water, chemical and power generation.

Other CPD courses in this series

  • Introduction to Pumps and Pumping Systems 
  • Fundamentals of Valves & Actuators for Process Control Systems
  • Essentials of Pressure Safety Relief Valves
  • Process Control Valves; Sizing, Selection & Application
  • Introduction to the Industrial Steam and Condensate System
  • Intermediate Pumps and Pumping Systems
  • Introduction to Process Measurement
  • Compressed Air
  • Advanced Pumps and Pumping Systems


There are no prerequisites necessary for this course.

Trainer's Profile

Gerard Nagle has previously worked for Emerson Process Management with extensive experience with Fisher control valves. He also has extensive experience with Farris pressure relief valves. Currently, Gerard is a lecturer in DIT Bolton Street in the department of Mechanical Engineering. He lecturers modules on Fluid Mechanics and Unit Operations. Gerard has a M.Sc. in Process Systems Engineering from Cranfield University.



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24 September 2019


"Great presentation"

"Material was well presented and the course was engaging"

"Informative and interesting course – well organised material. Helpful to have visuals as part of the course, i.e. valves, actuators, regulators, etc. Ger is a very knowledgeable instructor and explains concepts well."

"Interesting course, well delivered. Ger was very knowledgeable and excellent at communicating the content."


Confirmation is subject to event fee being finalised. Cancellation fees calculated at 50% of the estimated total bill will be charge for confirmed bookings cancelled less than 5 working days prior to the date of the planned event. A replacement person can attend instead. Cancellations made the day prior to an event will be charged 75% of the total estimated bill. No-shows will be charged the full fee. All cancellations must be confirmed in writing by email. Engineers Ireland will not be liable for any costs in the event of a course being re-scheduled.  This applies, but is not limited, to any travelling, subsistence or consequential expenses incurred by delegates.