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Introduction to the Proportional Integral Derivative Controller

COURSE NO: E03-045
COURSE PROVIDER: Jeffrey Cwalinski, P.E.
Introduction to the Proportional Integral Derivative Controller
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides an overview of the fundamental equations and parameters used in the Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) Controller.


In an industrial process a parameter such as temperature or flow may need to be regulated to a certain value to ensure that some end product meets specifications. This regulating is done by a device called a controller. The specific type of controller that is described in this online course is the Proportional Integral Derivative (PID) controller. The PID controller is commonly used in various industries, such as, food processing, pharmaceuticals, and semiconductor manufacturing.  An understanding of PID controller operation is necessary to ensure proper application to the process.


This 3 PDH online course is applicable to electrical engineers and professionals who are interested in learning more about PID’s
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Familiarizing with the with PID controller terminology
  • Analyzing the PID controller tuning constants and their effect on the process
  • Recognizing the advantages and disadvantages when compared to the On-Off controller
  • Understanding the various PID equations
  • Learning how the proportional term drives the process to the desired value
  • Discussion of the proportional band
  • Understanding why proportional control alone may not be sufficient for control
  • Learning how the integral term removes offset and learning about the integral windup
  • Understanding the derivative term and the issues arising with its use
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “Introduction to the Proportional Integral Derivative Controller” by Jeffrey Cwalinski, P.E. .
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 3 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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