Demonstrate basic knowledge of marine control systems and automation

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Assessment Template
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Assessment Matrix
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Evidence Guide
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Competency Mapping Template
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Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
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Registered Training Organisations
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Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.


Outline basic actions and functions of automation equipment in marine contexts


Basic concept of an automatic control system is explained using a simple block diagram, correct Australian Standard symbols and layout


Components and operation of automatic control systems are outlined


Relative advantages and disadvantages of different mediums used in shipboard automatic control systems are explained


Explain action of nozzle flapper mechanism in pneumatic instruments


Principle of operation of nozzle/flapper as a pneumatic control system component is outlined


Modifications required to make the simple nozzle/flapper mechanism suitable for use in process control systems are explained


Explain operating principles and application of sensing and transmitting elements


Different methods of measuring level in an unpressurised tank and in a closed pressurised vessel are sketched and outlined


Applications at sea, advantages and disadvantages and temperature ranges of filled system thermometers are outlined


Operating principles of resistance temperature detector and thermocouple are outlined


Different methods for measuring flow on board ships that are suited to remote indication and automatic control are identified


Different methods for measuring pressure on board a ship that are suited to remote indication and automatic control are identified


Explain function of controller element and associated hand/auto changeover station in an analogue control loop


Difference between ‘off-on’ control action and fully modulating proportional control action is explained


‘Offset’ and how it may be removed is explained


Basic principles of operation of a simple pneumatic controller are outlined


Action and function of hand/auto change over station in an automatic control loop is explained, using suitable schematic diagrams


Explain basic operating principles of electronic circuits and components


Components are identified and electronic circuit diagrams are interpreted


Correct methods of testing electronic components are detailed


Basic operation of operational amplifiers is outlined


Explain use of solid state diodes and transistors to control monitoring and alarm systems


Basic concept of logic and operation of logic gates is outlined


Operation of input/output devices and their application to sequential control systems are explained


Explain ‘fail safe’ philosophy and its implications for design and operation of main types of actuators available for operating final correcting elements


Purpose and function of a typical valve actuator and positioner are confirmed


Constructional differences between typical ‘air-to-open’ and ‘air-to-close’ actuators are confirmed


Why ‘fail safe’ may mean valves could either close, open, or remain where they are, upon failure of their associated automatic (or servo remote) operating system, is clarified


Pneumatic piston actuator/positioner assembly used to move final correcting elements pneumatically is outlined


Operating principles of electrical actuators are outlined


Operation of a hydraulic steering gear actuator is compared and contrasted with valve actuator and positioner assemblies


Specify requirements for a pneumatic control system air supply


Standard specifications for cleanliness, moisture and oil content of a typical control air system are outlined


Importance of ensuring that standards for cleanliness, moisture and oil content are maintained throughout operation of control air system is explained


Typical system that is able to supply compressed air that meets required standards for cleanliness, moisture and oil content is outlined


Explain mechanisms for control of physical parameters in a ship’s machinery space


Typical control loops associated with centralised cooling systems that serve the cooling water system are sketched


Function of typical loops required for control of temperature, pressure and viscosity of fuel supplies to main and auxiliary engines are outlined and sketched


Typical pressure and temperature control loops associated with main and auxiliary engine lubricating oil services are sketched


Function of components of typical control loops for the automatic control of boilers are outlined and sketched


Location and reasons for alarms associated with remote and/or automatic machinery operation to be separate from control function are explained


Tests and procedures required to meet unmanned machinery space (UMS) requirements are specified and different types of associated alarm and monitoring systems are evaluated


Power output and control of a main propulsion diesel engine (slow speed two-stroke) and an electrical generator prime mover (high or medium speed four-stroke) are compared and contrasted


Explain schematically total bridge control of a commercial vessel


Engine manufacturer schematic diagram is interpreted and how Total Bridge control may be achieved to manoeuvre and control the engine is explained


Safety interlocks in sequence of operation depicted in schematic diagram are identified and why they are required is explained


Location of engine control positions, apart from the bridge, is identified from schematic diagram


Why bridge control is preferred option for manoeuvring main engine in modern commercial vessels is explained