Trine University offers Foundation Fieldbus
certified courses now in hybrid format

Trine’s acclaimed Foundation Fieldbus certification courses will be the first in the world to offer hybrid classes.

Foundation Fieldbus is a digital, multi–drop communications network for intelligent field devices mostly used in plant or factory process automation environment.

The Fieldbus Foundation, a nonprofit trade consortium representing the major process automation industry suppliers and end users worldwide is responsible for development and administration of fieldbus digital communications and integrated system architecture based on regional and international standards, as well as standardization of curriculum and training centers for end–users.

Trine University is one out of seven Fieldbus Foundation certified training centers in the world, and now the first center to offer certificate programs in hybrid format.

The FOUNDATION Certified Professional Certificate is geared toward engineers, designers, main instrumentation controls contractors, and startup and commissioning specialists wanting to increase their knowledge base of design, planning and implementation of FOUNDATION systems. This vendor–neutral, comprehensive full–week course at Trine University was a hands–on class that covered all areas of Fieldbus instrumentation: design, installation, configuration, maintenance and troubleshooting. And now, it is offered in a hybrid format.

“According to a recent ARC report, Foundation fieldbus accounted for nearly three–quarters of the total digital process fieldbus marketplace in 2011. ARC also predicts ongoing expansion of the market for process fieldbus products and solutions, with continued double–digit growth over the next five years,” the FOUNDATION’s website, www.fieldbus.org, stated.

In order to meet this anticipated growth, make training more accessible and reduce costs for trainees, Trine is continuing to implement significant changes. By decreasing the time students spend on campus from five to four days, the latest change allows double the time for hands–on learning, which affords students a greater experience.

They will learn more in the way of installation methods, diagnostic tools and troubleshooting methods. In addition, trainees can remain in the workplace while accessing lectures and tests online. Students have access to “chat rooms” to discuss points or ask questions. This hybrid delivery method is more accommodating to potential foreign and domestic students.

The FOUNDATION Certified Support Specialist and Technical Specialist courses will also be available in the hybrid format in October 2012. A fourth FOUNDATION certified course (Installation) will be available in 2014.

For more information, contact Mersiha Alic at alicm@trine.edu or 260.483.4949.