Andrew D. Sullivan

Process Plant Technology

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Mail: City College Phone: 406-247-3053
  3803 Central Avenue Email: andrew.sullivan3@msubillings.edu
  Billings, MT 59102 Office: A061 Tech Building

 

My Background

I have 20 years of refining experience in both Technical and Operations. I started teaching in January 2013 for the Process Plant Technology program. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from MIT, and am currently working on a Master’s degree in Education at Montana State University Billings as time allows.

If you would like to know more about my background or how I can help you, feel free to send me an email, call, or stop by. I'd love to give you a tour of our Process Plant Laboratory. You are also invited to review the following social medial sites.

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Fall 2014 Schedule

KIDS ON CAMPUS @ MSU-B CITY COLLEGE

Build a Robot with Arduino, Compete, & Keep your Robot!

Learn how to build a line-following robot. Students will learn to use the Arduino microcontroller, a powerful yet low cost single board computer with a large worldwide user community!! Students will design, build, program, test and refine their designs. The course culminates in a competition and students will keep their robots at the end of the camp.

2014 Schedule: Week of July 7. Monday – Friday (8 am-12:30)
Kids entering grades 8-12
This camp will be held at the City College Campus located at 3803 Central Avenue.

 

Interested in Conducting Your Own Camp?

If your interested in conducting a similar camp, you may find the attached booklet useful. It is a guide I used to run this camp and contains background, supplies lists, and instructions on how to build the different pieces of the robot.

Arduino Robotics Camp

PID Simulator

Clicking the following image will bring you to a PID simulator developed for PPT 135, Instrument and Control Systems. It simulates a Proportional, Integral, Derivative (PID) controller common in industry. The simulation has the look and feel of a small microprocessor based controller that is in common use for small to medium sized applications. Large integrated process plants use a central control system with computer terminal interfaces, but the PID tuning is the same.

PPT Suggested Plan of Study

The following tables summarize the Process Plant Technology Suggested Plan of Study from the Catalog. Course descriptions are included for easy of reference. Refer to the online Catalog for more information.

https://www.msubillings.edu/catalogs/

First Semester (Spring)

Course Title Credits Description
CAPP 120 Introduction to Computers 3 Instructs students in fundamental computing skills.  Concepts include the creation and manipulation of files, use of a common Operating System, a basic understanding of computer hardware, and a functional knowledge of common business applications such as:  word processing, spreadsheets, Internet and email, and presentation software.  The course is performed in a lab setting with access to computers and necessary software.
M 114  Extended Technical Mathematics 3 Applies math to problems drawn from diverse occupational fields.  Provides college level study of measurement, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry as
needed to solve mathematical applications in a trade or technical work environment.
PPT 101  Fundamentals of Processing Technology Lecture 4 Introduces the student to the fundamentals of process/refinery technology.  Areas covered are the mechanics of fluids, hydrocarbons, gases, heat, and chemistry.  The student realizes how each plays a significant role in the refining distillation process.
PPT 102  Fundamentals of Process Technology Laboratory 1 Provides students exposure to major concepts of industry through hands-on laboratory investigations and application of principles learned in PPT 101.
PPT 130  Process Diagrams for Process Technology 2 Provides the student with an introduction in the use of process flow and instrument drawings.  Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with using P&ID (Process and Instrument Drawings) drawings in the course of their work as process technicians.  In addition, students will obtain the skills necessary to produce process flow diagrams.
PPT 151  Process Plant Safety I 2 Examines the regulatory safety programs instituted by OSHA and other regulatory agencies which are specific to the processing industry.  Covers a variety of topics such as hazards safety, personal protective equipment, emergency response and safe work practices.
TRID 185 Introduction to Industrial Power Systems Lecture 2 Covers the fundamental principles of direct current and alternating current circuits and their use in an industrial setting.  Also includes transformers and electrical distribution systems.
TRID 186 Introduction to Industrial Power Systems Laboratory 1 Provides students exposure to major concepts of industry through hands-on laboratory investigations and application of principles learned in TRI 185.
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Second Semester (Fall)

Course Title Credits Description
COMT 130  Introduction to Public Speaking 3 Develops the student’s speaking abilities.  Students acquire an understanding of basic rhetorical theory and its application in a variety of speech situations.  Listening, speaking and critiquing abilities are emphasized.  This course addresses the following topics: speech preparation and delivery, forming and fielding questions, audience analysis, listening skills, critiquing and speaker anxiety.
PPT 120  Environmental Awareness 2 Provides the student with the history behind certain environmental policies, the creation of OSHA, and key environmental issues.  Provides learning in treatment processes, waste water units, vapor recovery systems, cleanup, and an overview of the specialty equipment necessary for an ecologically sound process plant.
PPT 135  Instrument and Control Systems Lecture 4 Familiarizes the student with the vocabulary surrounding the instrument and control field as well as examining the function of each instrument.  The topics of process measurements, analytical instrumentation, process controls, and instrument systems are also covered in this course.
PPT 136  Instrument and Control Systems Laboratory 1 Provides students exposure to major concepts of industry through hands-on laboratory investigations and application of principles learned in PPT 135.
PPT 161  Process Plant Safety II 2 Provides the student with detailed instruction in the field of safety and health within the Process industry.  In this course, the student will complete an in-depth study in the use of gas detection equipment, the use of the permitting system including lock out/tag out, the use of OSHA logs, the use of advanced safety equipment, and study the importance of industrial hygiene in an industrial setting.
PPT 175  Process Plant Sciences Lecture 4 Provides the fundamentals necessary for an in-depth look at the distillation process.  Examines the concepts of heat and thermodynamics, as well as the chemical bonds, organic chemistry, the periodic table and hydrocarbon concepts.  Gives students the necessary tools for a better understanding of the process taking place in the refining and power industries.
PPT 176  Process Plant Sciences Laboratory 1 Provides students exposure to major concepts of industry through hands-on laboratory investigations and application of principles learned in PPT 175.
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Third Semester (Spring)

Course Title Credits Description
BGEN 105  Introduction to Business 3 Provides an overall picture of business operations.  Specialized fields within business organizations are presented and analyzed.  The role of business in today's society is examined and career opportunities in business are explored.
COMT 109  Human Relations 3 Offers a theoretical and practical understanding of communication processes in the working environment, self-awareness in that environment, and the individual's participation in these relationships.  The course aims to develop the student's perception and expression skill to communicate successfully in a variety of work contexts.
PPT 207  Boilers, Accessories and Basic Operations 3 Offers an introduction to boiler equipment, controls, and systems.  Instruction includes the function and operation of all major components and control devices, common troubleshooting problems, and common maintenance concerns.
PPT 208  Equipment and Operations Laboratory 2 Provides students exposure to major concepts of industry through hands-on laboratory investigations and application of principles learned in PPT 210.
PPT 210  Equipment and Operations Lecture 4 Covers the equipment necessary for the operation of a process/refining plant.  A few topics of discussion include pumps, compressors, valves, heat exchangers, distillation towers, cooling towers, as well as auxiliary systems.  Some of the operations principles reviewed are pneumatics, boilers, hydraulic functions, furnace processes, reactor systems, and distillation.  Reading process flows and instrument diagrams is also included.
TRID 160 Hazardous Materials Technician General Training 3 Provides hazardous materials training needed to meet all requirements of the first responder at the awareness, operations, and technician level of emergency hazardous materials response.  Technicians shall meet the training requirements in accordance with requirements of OSHA and NFPA (National Fire Protection Association).
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Fourth Semester (Fall)

Course Title Credits Description
WRIT 121 or 122  Introduction to Technical Writing 3 Introduces the student to the creation and evaluation of several kinds of written and oral technical communication
PPT 211  Advanced Operations Lecture 2 Introduces the student to actual refining processes, taking an in-depth look at each process, as well as the unit variables, equipment, critical control areas, product and unit specific safety considerations.  Various types of processes are discussed, including Fluid Catalytic Cracking, Alkylation, Catalytic Reforming, Desulfurization, Crude/Vacuum Systems, Amine, Coking, and Hydro treating.  The course is also designed to provide classroom time balanced with field review of the various processes.
PPT 212  Advanced Operations Laboratory 1 Provides students exposure to major concepts of industry through hands-on laboratory investigations and application of principles learned in PPT 211.
PPT 220  Quality Control Practices 2 Provides the student with an overview of the field of quality within the Process industry.  Within this course, students will be introduced to many industry-related quality concepts including operating consistency, continuous improvement, plant economics, team skills, and statistical process control (SPC).
PPT 225  Plant Investigation and Troubleshooting 2 Provides the student with an overview of the various troubleshooting models used by process technicians.  Process troubleshooting involves different types of troubleshooting techniques, procedures, and methods used to solve process problems.  Topics include application of data collection and analysis, cause-effect relationships, and reasoning.  The student is exposed to many different trouble situations similar to those encountered in the process plant experience.  The student is taught a systematic way to solve problems, using measured process variables and personal knowledge of how they affect each other (cause and effect).
PPT 296  Cooperative Education / Internship 3 (45 hours/credit) Provides university credit for a sophomore experience in the area of Process Plant Technology, supervised by faculty.  Learning agreement must be completed prior to registration (restricted).
  Restricted Electives 3  
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Class Audio

Fall 2014:

PPT 225 Plant Investigation and Troubleshooting

PPT 211 Advanced Operations Lecture

PPT 220 Quality Control Practices

PPT 135 Instrument and Control Systems Lecture

PPT 175 Process Plant Sciences Lecture

 

Spring 2014:

PPT 101 Fundamentals of Processing Technology Lecture

Lesson 01 - 01/15/14: Course Introduction / Distillation Introduction

Lesson 02 - 01/16/14: Laboratory Safety

Lesson 03 - 01/21/14: Laboratory Safety

Lesson 04 - 01/22/14: Valves

Lesson 05 - 01/23/14: Valves

Lesson 06 - 01/27/14: Valves

Lesson 07 - 01/28/14: Valves

Lesson 08 - 01/29/14: Physics

Lesson 09 - 01/30/14: Physics

Lesson 10 - 02/03/14: Physics

Lesson 11 - 02/04/14: Physics

Lesson 12 - 02/05/14: Heat Transfer

Lesson 13 - 02/06/14: Equipment 1

Lesson 14 - 02/10/14: Equipment 1

Lesson 15 - 02/11/14: Equipment 1

Lesson 16 - 02/12/14: Equipment 1

Lesson 17 - 02/13/14: Test #1

Lesson 18 - 02/18/14: Equipment 2

Lesson 19 - 02/19/14: Equipment 2

Lesson 20 - 02/20/14: CSB Video - BP Texas City

Lesson 21 - 02/24/14: Equipment 2

Lesson 22 - 02/25/14: Equipment 3 - Distillation

Lesson 23 - 02/26/14: Equipment 3 - Distillation

Lesson 24 - 02/27/14: Equipment 3 - Distillation

Lesson 25 - 03/10/14: Furnaces

Lesson 26 - 03/11/14: Furnaces

Lesson 27 - 03/12/14: Furnaces

Lesson 28 - 03/13/14: Furnaces

Lesson 29 - 03/17/14: Cooling Towers

Lesson 30 - 03/18/14: Cooling Towers

Lesson 31 - 03/19/14: Career Fair

Lesson 32 - 03/20/14: Cooling Towers

Lesson 33 - 03/24/14: Cooling Towers

Lesson 34 - 03/25/14: Test #2

Lesson 35 - 03/26/14: Instruments

Lesson 36 - 03/27/14: Instruments

Lesson 37 - 03/31/14: Instruments

Lesson 38 - 04/01/14: Instruments

Lesson 39 - 04/02/14: Delta V

Lesson 40 - 04/03/14: Exchangers

Lesson 41 - 04/07/14: Exchangers

Lesson 42 - 04/08/14: Exchangers

Lesson 43 - 04/09/14: Exchangers

Lesson 44 - 04/10/14: Exchangers

Lesson 45 - 04/14/14: Exchangers

Lesson 46 - 04/15/14: Systems

Lesson 47 - 04/16/14: Systems

Lesson 48 - 04/21/14: Systems

Lesson 49 - 04/22/14: Interview Primer

Lesson 50 - 04/23/14: Interview Primer

Lesson 51 - 04/24/14: Course Review

PPT 130 Process Diagrams for Process Technology

Lesson 01 - 01/15/14: Course Introduction

Lesson 02 - 01/22/14: Types of Process Drawings

Lesson 03 - 01/27/14: Types of Process Drawings

Lesson 04 - 01/29/14: Visio

Lesson 05 - 02/03/14: Equipment Symbols - P&IDs and Piping

Lesson 06 - 02/05/14: Equipment Symbols - P&IDs and Piping

Lesson 07 - 02/10/14: Equipment Symbols - Valves and Fittings

Lesson 08 - 02/12/14: Equipment Symbols - Rotating Equipment

Lesson 09 - 02/19/14: Test #1

Lesson 10 - 02/24/14: Equipment Symbols - Rotating Equipment

Lesson 11 - 02/26/14: Internships

Lesson 12 - 03/10/14: Equipment Symbols - Fixed Equipment

Lesson 13 - 03/12/14: Control Loops

Lesson 14 - 03/17/14: Control Loops

Lesson 15 - 03/19/14: Career Fair

Lesson 16 - 03/24/14: Control Loops

Lesson 17 - 03/26/14: Test #2

Lesson 18 - 03/31/14: Test #1 / Large Still Review

Lesson 19 - 04/02/14: Industrial Exchangers

Lesson 20 - 04/07/14: Industrial Exchangers

Lesson 21 - 04/09/14: Research Presentations

Lesson 22 - 04/14/14: Industrial Amine Unit

Lesson 23 - 04/16/14: Industrial Amine Unit

Lesson 24 - 04/21/14: Industrial Amine Unit

Lesson 25 - 04/23/14: Course Review

PPT 210 Equipment and Operations Lecture

Lesson 01 - 01/15/14: Course Introduction

Lesson 02 - 01/16/14: People Interacting with Equipment

Lesson 03 - 01/21/14: Bleeder Safety / Valve Review

Lesson 04 - 01/22/14: Valve Review

Lesson 05 - 01/23/14: Tanks

Lesson 06 - 01/27/14: Tanks

Lesson 07 - 01/28/14: Tanks

Lesson 08 - 01/29/14: Pumps

Lesson 09 - 01/30/14: Pumps

Lesson 10 - 02/03/14: Pumps

Lesson 11 - 02/04/14: Pumps

Lesson 12 - 02/05/14: Pumps

Lesson 13 - 02/06/14: Pumps

Lesson 14 - 02/10/14: Pumps

Lesson 15 - 02/11/14: Pumps

Lesson 16 - 02/12/14: Centrifugal Compressors

Lesson 17 - 02/13/14: Test #1

Lesson 18 - 02/18/14: Centrifugal Compressors

Lesson 19 - 02/19/14: Research Day

Lesson 20 - 02/20/14: Centrifugal Compressors

Lesson 21 - 02/24/14: Centrifugal Compressors

Lesson 22 - 02/25/14: Centrifugal Compressors

Lesson 23 - 02/26/14: Internships

Lesson 24 - 02/27/14: Centrifugal Compressors

Lesson 25 - 03/10/14: Reciprocating Compressors

Lesson 26 - 03/11/14: Reciprocating Compressors

Lesson 27 - 03/12/14: Reciprocating Compressors

Lesson 28 - 03/13/14: Reciprocating Compressors

Lesson 29 - 03/17/14: Student Research / Distillation

Lesson 30 - 03/18/14: Distillation

Lesson 31 - 03/19/14: Career Fair

Lesson 32 - 03/20/14: Distillation

Lesson 33 - 03/24/14: Distillation

Lesson 34 - 03/25/14: Test #2

Lesson 35 - 03/26/14: Distillation

Lesson 36 - 03/27/14: Distillation

Lesson 37 - 03/31/14: Distillation

Lesson 38 - 04/01/14: Distillation

Lesson 39 - 04/02/14: Distillation

Lesson 40 - 04/03/14: Distillation

Lesson 41 - 04/07/14: Distillation

Lesson 42 - 04/08/14: Math Assessment

Lesson 43 - 04/09/14: Research Presentations

Lesson 44 - 04/10/14: Distillation Simulation

Lesson 45 - 04/14/14: Steam Systems

Lesson 46 - 04/15/14: Steam Systems

Lesson 47 - 04/16/14: Steam Systems

Lesson 48 - 04/21/14: Turbines

Lesson 49 - 04/22/14: Turbines

Lesson 50 - 04/23/14: Lab 12 Review

Lesson 51 - 04/24/14: Course Review

Process Plant Videos

Following are some videos created to support the Process Plant Technology program.

Student Research - Designing and Building a Capacitance Level Instrument

Controls Lab #3 - Build and Calibrate a Temperature Transmitter

Controls Lab #6 - Replace a Pressure Transmitter

Controls Lab #10 - Permit and Replace an Orifice Plate

Controls Lab #11 - Pull or Replace a Control Valve

Sciences Lab #2 - Flash Points Video Demonstration

Sciences Lab #3 - Freeze Point Video Demonstration

Sciences Lab #4 - Steam Distillation to Recover Essential Oils from Spearmint

Sciences Lab #4 - Steam Distillation to Recover Essential Oils from Habanero

Sciences Lab #5 - Purify Methylene Chloride using Distillation

Sciences Lab #6 - Caffeine Extraction

Sciences - Simulation of Gas Phase Water