Version Effective: 16th of June, 2022
Version Effective: 16th of June, 2022

NACC105621 - Basic Instrumentation Concepts (Aurizon Short Course)

Course Details

Course Summary

The course has been requested by Aurizon to train their maintenance staff in instrumentation knowledge. There will be one group of 14. On completion, the students will gain a statement of attendance.

Entry Requirements

Aurizon employees

Course Details

Course Type Short Course (Non-accredited)
Student Availability
  • Domestic
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Application Mode
  • Not Applicable
How to Apply


Study Area
  • Apprenticeships, Trades & Training
Skill Area
  • Utilities

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Not Applicable

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations


Course Structures

Study Mode Definitions

  • Online: Online courses provide the flexibility to study without normally requiring a student to visit a campus. Course content is studied through a number of means including the use of online discussion forums, electronic library resources, by contacting lecturers and teachers, and receiving study materials online/electronically. Work integrated learning, including placements, may be included in some courses.
  • On-campus: Students studying in on-campus mode typically are expected to attend and participate in regular, structured on-campus teaching and learning activities throughout the University’s academic term. These activities may include lectures, tutorials, workshops and practice, online or other activities and normally will be timetabled at a CQUniversity campus or approved delivery site.
  • Mixed Mode: Students studying in mixed mode will participate in a combination of online learning activities in addition to site-specific learning activities, which may include residential schools, co-op placements and/or work-integrated learning as a compulsory requirement of a unit. The additional site-specific learning activities are what differentiates a mixed-mode unit from an online unit.

*All study modes may include Vocational placement and/or work integrated learning.

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Course Learning Outcomes

For Aurizon staff to obtain an overview of instrumentation concepts and how this information relates to their maintenance work on plaster train units.

  • Types of measurement in these processes
  • Local and remote measurement
  • Measurement signal methods
  • Signal transmission electrical standards
  • Signal transmissions pneumatic standards
  • Flow, temperature, pressure, and other appropriate measurements
  • Instrumentation terminology:
    • Span
    • Range
    • Accuracy
    • Precision
    • Errors
    • Zero
    • Repeatability
    • Sensitivity
    • Hysteresis
    • Purpose of pressure measurement
    • Applications of pressure measurement
    • Common terms and relationships
    • Electrical sensors for pressure measurements: (capacitive, piezo, inductive, strain gauge).
    • Resistance Temperature Detectors (RTDs) encompassing:
      • Selection of RTDs
      • RTD terms
      • Determining RTD standard resistance values
      • Calculating RTD resistance or temperature
      • Selecting RTD configurations
      • Using Australian Standards for RTDs
    • Principles of strain gauge measurement encompassing:
      • compression and tension stress.
      • relationship between stress and strain.
    • Principles of operation of various load cells in common use encompassing:
    • Pneumatic and hydraulic load cells.
    • Linear Voltage Differential Transformer
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