Fieldbus Center certifies instrumentation professionals


Fieldbus Center at Lee College now offers a one-day, certified training course for controls and instrumentation sales professionals who need a general understanding of FOUNDATION fieldbus technology. Classes are scheduled for Feb. 24 and May 12, 2006 at the Center in Baytown, TX.

Said to be the first training course of its kind, "Fieldbus for Sales Professionals" is designed for inside and outside sales representatives and service personnel employed by plant automation equipment suppliers. The class does not require previous experience with digital control systems.

It provides an overview of the open, non-proprietary FOUNDATION fieldbus protocol. Attendees study basic fieldbus-related facts and terminology, and learn how to resolve common technology issues. Instructors describe the differences between digital control systems and traditional instrumentation, and explain how fieldbus can be integrated cost-effectively into project bid packages.

The course takes a vendor-neutral perspective on key aspects of fieldbus technology, but can be customized to highlight specific supplier solutions or product features. Attendees learn how to justify expenditures on fieldbus controls and answer technology return-on-investment questions.

The new course is part of the Fieldbus Center's comprehensive training curriculum covering digital control technology. Fieldbus Foundation certifies the Center's FOUNDATION fieldbus courses.

More information is available on the Fieldbus Center Website .

—Jeanine Katzel, senior editor, Control Engineering,

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