Registration for the winter sessions of two online process heating courses is open. The web-based sessions will begin January 14, 2008.

Two online courses are being offered: Fundamentals of Industrial Process Heating, a six-week course; and Advanced Industrial Process Heating, a nine-week course. The courses are provided by the Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA), in conjunction with the Electrotechnologies Application Center (ETAC) of Northampton Community College. Both courses are conducted completely online. Students receive the course books and CD prior to the start of the course, and the students and the course instructor interact regularly online for the duration of the course.

Fundamentals of Industrial Process Heating is designed to provide an overview of combustion fuels, burners and control basics, and heat transfer in both combustion and electric furnaces. Student will gain a basic understanding of heat transfer principles, fuels and combustion equipment, electric heating, and instrumentation and control for efficient operation of furnaces and ovens in process heating.

Advanced Industrial Process Heating is designed to compliment the fundamentals course, and will provide the student with an in-depth view of the control and efficient operation of industrial process heating equipment. Focus will be on a variety of oven, furnace and kiln types used in industry. Students will gain a general knowledge of instrumentation and control for efficient operation of furnaces and ovens in process heating. They will learn about the wide variety of refractoriness and insulation used in process heating equipment, as well as their operating considerations. The use of vacuum heat processing, recuperators, regenerators, gas atmospheres and quenching will also be presented. Particular attention will be spent on efficient operation of process heating equipment and methods to achieve cost savings.

Course fee discounts are available for IHEA members and for companies that enroll three or more students. Completing each course allows students to earn continuing education credits. The registration deadline is January 4.

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