Control System Cabling

Instrumentation and control equipment can only operate properly if it is properly connected to meet the power and safety requirements to operate in industry. Wiring and cables come in a variety of specifications to meet the needs of industry. Cables must be properly specified for each type of application and consideration must be given to the electrical and environmental conditions to which the cabling and wiring will be exposed. Technician must be familiar with the wiring and cabling standards in the instrumentation business. Technicians must be aware of proper procedures specified by the manufacturer when connecting simple and complex instrumentation and control system components.

This course has been designed to cover the basic characteristics of wiring and cabling used in the instrumentation and control industry. Participants will learn about their construction, electrical characteristics and available accessories as well as common installation and testing techniques.

Upon completion of this course, participants will have a better understanding about the instrumentation and control cabling and wiring standards used in the instrumentation field. The foundation gained from this course will be used to enhance and expand a technician’s knowledge base through on-the-job training and practical experience at the plant site.

  • Agenda
  • Audience
  • Technical Information

Day 1
Cable Characteristics

    • Conductors, Insulators and Jacket Materials
    • Shields and Armor
    • Cable Selection Criteria
    • Electrical Characteristics
    • Cable Installation, Testing and Accessories

On day 1, participants will learn about the basic characteristics of cables including conductor types, insulations, shields and armor. They will also gain knowledge in the cable selection requirements for a given application. The participants will learn about installation and testing requirements and the various accessories that are available to increase the flexibility of the cabling system.


Day 2
Cable Specifications and Industry Standards

    • Control and Instrumentation Cable Standards
    • General Wiring Practices
    • Hazardous Area wiring Practices
    • Instrumentation and Control System wiring

On day 2, participants will be exposed to applicable control and instrumentation cable standards. Any installation of wire and cables must follow the proper guidelines; therefore the participants must learn the proper installation methods for general and hazardous areas. Once the general wiring practices have been covered the participants will be exposed to the wiring practices used in instrumentation and control system from the basic single loop to the various analog and digital cable connections associated with DCS and PLC control systems.

This course is mainly targeted to instrumentation technicians working in the field as an introduction or refresher.

The course can be applicable to technicians working in other disciplines, equipment purchasers, procurement and storage personnel, job planners and immediate supervisors.

Discipline:    Instrumentation

Delivery type:   Classroom

Provider:    TPL

Possible Instructors: Fully qualified and certified TPL instructor with a minimum of 15 years instructor experience to international delegates in client or offsite locations.

Level:    Skill

Course Version:      0

Length:       2 days

Skills Needed to
Take Course (pre-requisites):
    Anyone taking this course should have some exposure to an oil and gas facility terminology.