Automation and Computer-Integrated Technologies Automation and Computer-Integrated Technologies
Qualification awarded: Master in automation and computer-integrated technologies
Entry year: 2021
Mode of study: full
Program duration: 1 year 9 months
Institute: Institute of Power Engineering and Control Systems
Number of credits: 120 ECTS credits
Level of qualification according to the National Qualification Framework and the European Qualifications Framework: NQF Level 7 (Second cycle of QF-EHEA / EQF Level 7)
Field(s) of study: Automation and instrumentation
Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning: If the previous qualification level was obtained in another country the nostrification by Lviv Polytechnic National University is required. There are no mechanisms for recognizing the non-formal and informal education.
Qualification requirements and regulations, including graduation requirements: Full completion of the academic programme and Master’s thesis defense.
Characteristics of the educational program: The educational programme is aimed on the synthesis of automated control systems for technological processes of various fields of industry on the basis of analysis of the technological processes and productions as the controlled plants, application of the microprocessor instrumentation and computer integrated technologies. The students acquire all the necessary knowledge and abilities for designing the control systems and elements with application of computer-aided design systems (CAD), development of optimal configurations of communication networks and controllers networks, development of multi-level control and data acquisition systems (SCADA), dispatching systems for processes, accomplishment of research work, synthesis of special measurement and control systems for processes of a corresponding field of industry. The selective blocks of current relevance are implemented in the programme providing the possibility for the future professional and scientific career: automation and computer integrated technologies in chemical industry, in thermal power engineering, in nuclear power engineering, in food and recycling industry, automated control of energy consumption and metering of energy carriers. The Master’s degree programme includes the following cycles: general (3 ECTS credits), professional and practical training (117 ECTS credits). Total academic programme – 120 ECTS credits.
Gained competence: - knowledge of the fundamental and professional disciplines for understanding the nature of processes taking place in the technological facilities of a corresponding field; - professional specialized knowledge for synthesis, design and adjustment of digital control systems with taking into account the properties of controlled plants; - knowledge of principles and methods of optimization of control systems and elements; - knowledge of construction principles of automated control systems, technological processes dispatching systems (SCADA systems) on the basis of microprocessor control instruments; - knowledge of special methods and instruments for control and measurement of technological parameters for processes in a corresponding field of industry; - knowledge of methods for analysis, identification of phenomena and objects, modeling, making experiments during scientific research; - knowledge of information and communication network technologies for development of computer integrated systems for technological processes control.
- to analyze the technological processes and productions as the controlled plants, ability to choose the measurement and control parameters on the basis of technical specifications, construction peculiarities and operating modes of the technological equipment; - to make synthesis, design and adjustment of special measurement and control systems for the processes in the corresponding field of industry; - to develop the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, dispatching systems for the technological processes; - to develop optimal configurations of computer networks and controller networks according to the needs of the production processes; - to design the control systems and their elements as well as to develop the design and engineering documentation with application of computer-aided design systems (CAD); - to carry out research work in the field of automation, computer integrated technologies and measurement of technological parameters; - to develop optimal algorithms of automatic control, alarming and protection with application of PLC programming languages; - to apply the researcher skills in order to plan, carry out experimental investigations and process the results; - to develop a feasibility study for projects on automated systems and computer integrated technologies.
- ability to work efficiently both individually and in a team; - ability to combine the theory and the practice as well as make decisions and develop the activities strategy to solve the tasks of the specialty with respect to the general humanity values, social, state and company interests; - ability to formulate a scientific or engineering problem, to prove the choice of the methods for solving the problem, critically assess the obtained results and defend the made decisions; - ability to participate in a scientific discussion, present the results of research work in the form of scientific texts; - ability to demonstrate the understanding of impact of the engineering solutions in the social, economical and ecological context.
Academic mobility: Not required, but mobility is encouraged and accepted according to ECTS procedures.
Work placement(s): Pre-diploma internship according to the Master's thesis.
Programme director: Vasyl Fedynets, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor
Occupational profiles of graduates: The generalized field of activity for the Master is automated systems and computer-integrated technologies in various branches of industry, methods and objects of scientific investigation. Field of Master’s activity includes production and maintenance departments of industrial companies, design and research institutions as well as engineering companies. Researcher of automated systems and computer-integrated technologies Analysis of construction and technological peculiarities of the control plant, selection of the controlled parameters; accomplishment of experiments for identification of the technological plant; development and investigation of the mathematical model with specialized software (Matlab, Мathcad etc.); selection of an optimal structure of the control system with application of network technologies; development of control algorithms by means of the algorithms libraries of PLCs or specialized languages of programming; development of dispatching systems based on the SCADA and HMI tools; definition of optimal parameters of automatic controllers and verification of the quality of the automated control system; development of research procedures and accomplishment of investigation in order to improve and to create new instruments and control systems. Specialist in adjustment and testing of automated control systems Accomplishment of works on installation and adjustment of automation instruments and systems; adjustment of measurement instruments and systems, accomplishment of metrological verification; adjustment of actuators, testing of the alarming, blocking and remote control systems; installation and adjustment of PLCs software and the components of digital networks; diagnostics of the current state of the automation instruments, of the PLCs software; arrangement and accomplishment of maintenance and repairing of the automation instruments and systems. Specialist in software for automated control systems and computer integrated technologies Development of control algorithms on the basis of the selected structure of the automated control system and computer integrated technologies; development, installation and adjustment of the PLCs software; diagnostics of input channels condition for the controlled parameters and output channels condition for the controlling actions; development of software for supervisory control systems. Installation and adjustment of dispatching systems for the technological processes on the basis of SCADA and HMI tools; configuration and adjustment of network hardware and software. Specialist in design of automated control systems Accomplishment of preliminary design analysis of the technological process as a controlled plant; development of the structure and functioning diagrams of the control system; design and calculation of automation instruments using CAD software; selection of instruments for making the automation system; development of principal electric, pneumatic, hydraulic diagrams; design of electric cable and tube channeling diagrams; design of control boxes and panels; design of supervisory control systems; justification of the design with taking into account the impact of the technical solutions in the social, economic and ecologic context. Lecturer of the higher educational institution Application of knowledge and skills in the professional disciplines and information technologies for development of methodical and didactical materials for the educational process; knowledge of up-to-date technologies in the field of automation; development of research procedures and accomplishment of scientific investigation in order to improve and to create new automation instruments and control systems; application of knowledge and skills to organize the work with students and to develop the methodology of lessons.
Access to further studies: Obtaining third (educational and scientific / educational and creative) level