The Profibus International Competence Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University has published its Profibus and Profinet training course schedule through to the end of 2010. Despite the current poor economic climate, MMU reports that demand for Profibus training continues to buck the trend, leading to more places than ever being made available in 2010. In particular, demand for certified Profibus engineers and installers is on the increase, as more of the UK's utilities such as power generation and the water industry standardise on the technology and insist that their subcontactors use only certified personnel on their contracts.
MMU offers courses for engineers, installers, and commissioning and maintenance personnel engaged in all branches of manufacturing and process industries, as well as special courses for undergraduates preparing for careers in advanced engineering.
The courses offered at MMU cover Certified Profibus Engineer, Certified Profibus Installer, Profibus Commissioning & Maintenance, System Design, Certified Profinet Engineer and Profibus Product Development. Related non-Profibus courses are also offered including those for AS-interface and Open-PLC (IEC 61131) programming.
Certified Profibus Engineer Course: 17-19 March, 21-23 Aprril, 19-21 May, 14-16 July, 22-24 September, 10-12 November, 8-10 December (also available on-site for up to eight delegates).
Engineers wishing to build their careers around Profibus in either industrial or process automation, companies wanting to benchmark their technical staff, or consultants seeking a recognised professional qualification in industrial and process networking can now train for an internationally-recognised qualification as a Certified Profibus Engineer. The Certified Profibus Installer Course is a pre-requisite for attending this course.
Certified Profibus Installer Course: 15 March, 19 April, 17 May, 12 July, 19 July, 20 September, 8 November, 6 December (also available on-site for up to 12 delegates).
An essential course for electrical engineers and technicians needing to upgrade their skills to include fieldbus installation, this one-day, hands-on course teaches the design, installation and testing of complete Profibus networks including DP, PA and optical fibre technology. Covering bus layout and termination, grounding rules and practices, the course teaches delegates how to avoid common - but potentially expensive - installation problems.
Profibus Commissioning & Maintenance Course: 16 March, 20 April, 18 May, 13 July, 21 September, 9 November, 7 December (also available on-site for up to eight delegates).
A new one-day course designed as an add-on to the Certified Profibus Installer Course, this course covers the practical techniques of faultfinding on operational Profibus networks. Techniques taught on the course include the use of a modern Profibus analyser and Class-II master (engineering tool) to diagnose network faults, device faults and I/O problems. Students also learn how to use a soft digital storage oscilloscope in conjunction with these tools to diagnose and accurately locate cable, connection and device faults. The Certified Profibus Installer Course is a pre-requisite for attending this course.
System Design Course: 20 July 2010.
This one-day course covers the optimal design of networked automation and control systems. Centred on Profibus and Profinet technology, but also covering the use of Ethernet & AS-i technology and system software, the System Design Course builds on the basic knowledge of the Certified Installer course and provides additional knowledge on designing not only Profibus systems but also how to use Ethernet, Profinet and other technologies appropriately. The Certified Profibus Installer Course is a pre-requisite for attending this course.
Certified Profinet Engineer Course: 2-4 June, 12-14 October 2010.
This course provides a detailed technical knowledge of the Profinet technology and the advantages it offers automation and production processes. At the end of the training there is a theory examination. Participants who pass get the title Certified Profinet Engineer and are awarded an official certificate. Successful participants will have the confidence to evaluate Profinet for their automation requirements and be able to design a proper application.
Profinet Product Development Course: 5 May 2010.
This course, with Manfred Popp, covers the use of Profinet with TCP/IP and real-time protocols. It is suitable for both Profinet product developers and those who want to know more about Profinet and industrial Ethernet. The course content is carefully selected to fit into a one-day schedule and contains the most important aspects of Profinet. The course has been delivered in Germany for a number of years.
Profibus Product Development Course: 24 June, 20 October.
This is a one-day course for product manufacturers and engineering companies who want to develop Profibus products. If you are a manufacturer of drives, transmitters or intelligent valve actuators, you need to implement the latest technology in your products. This one-day course gives an overview of the technology, plus details of the communication protocol, tools and methods to get you started correctly on development of Profibus products.
Certified AS-i Engineer Course: 22-23 June (also available on-site for up to eight delegates).
Also offered by MMU and bookable through The Profibus Group is this two-day course that teaches the theory and latest practice of the Actuator Sensor Interface. Using a hands-on, practical approach, delegates learn how to use AS-i intelligent sensors, actuators and remote I/O in the most efficient and effective way and see how to integrate AS-i into higher fieldbus systems. Delegates build, configure and exercise an AS-interface system from scratch. The course also includes an overview of the AS-i Safety at Work profile (AsiSafe). Successful graduates will receive a Certified AS-i Engineer certificate.
Basic PLC Programming Course: 10-11 May, 24-25 May, 22-23 November (also available on-site for up to eight delegates).
This is a new two-day course designed for those with no previous programming experience. It covers basic ladder and function block programming and leads on to the Certified Open-PLC Engineer Course.
Certified Open-PLC Engineer Training: 12-14 May, 26-28 May, 24-26 November (also available on-site for up to eight delegates).
The Profibus Competence Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) in the UK has introduced a three-day course covering Open-PLC programming using the international standard IEC 61131-3. The course is designed for engineers and technicians who want to gain a recognised qualification in open-PLC programming using IEC 61131-3. The course is suitable for experienced programmers who wish to move to IEC 61131-3 compliant systems.