Web-based training courses focus on fundamental and advanced concepts of industrial process heating.

Web-based training courses focus on the fundamentals and advanced concepts of industrial process heating.

Students can take the course at home or at work in a flexible web-based distance-learning format. Registration for the online courses -- which have consistently received good reviews, according to its organizers -- opened November 30 and continues through January 15, 2010. The instructor-led, interactive six-week courses -- the fundamentals and advanced concepts -- begin January 25, 2010.

Students will learn about the safe, efficient operation of industrial heating equipment; how to reduce energy consumption; and ways to improve your bottom line. Two courses are offered:
  • Fundamentals of Industrial Process Heating provides an overview of the fundamentals of heat transfer, fuels and combustion, energy use, oven and furnace design, refractories, automatic control, and atmospheres as applied to industrial process heating. Students 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 intended as a complement to the fundamentals course and provides the student with an in-depth view of the control and efficient operation of industrial process heating equipment. Students will become familiar with the oven, furnace and kiln types used in industry. The student will learn about refractories 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 also will be presented.
Both courses offer continuing education credits: 1.6 CEU credits for successfully completing the fundamentals course, and 2.4 CEU credits for passing the advanced course.

The courses are offered by the Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) in conjunction with the Electrotechnologies Application Center of Northampton Community College. For more information, visit www.ihea.org or www.etctr.com.