Learn to Read Industrial Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams
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Learn to Read Industrial Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams

Become proficient with interpreting Industrial P&ID's in one hour!
4.0 (90 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
463 students enrolled
Last updated 11/2015
Price: $20
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What Will I Learn?
By the end of this short course, you will have the skills necessary to read and understand Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID's).
In this course you will learn the basics of blueprint reading and interpreting symbols used to represent piping, valves, signals, instruments, tags and more.
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  • Students will be given samples of actual complex working industrial blueprints for following along with the video presentations and practicing their new skills.

The students who take this course will learn to master the reading and interpretation of Industrial Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams. Students will be using actual Industrial Prints as study material. This course should be completed in just one hour using step by step video lessons.

The understanding of Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams is a "must have" skill for Job seekers in several career choices. These include drafting, power plant operation and maintenance, refinery operation and maintenance and workers involved in the construction of industrial facilities.

Pipe-fitters, welders, plumbers, instrument and control technicians, plant operators and draftsmen all need this skill to excel in the workplace.

P&ID's are used worldwide in construction and operation of large and small industrial projects. The ability to read and understand them will give those who complete this course an edge over their competitors when seeking employment at one of these facilities.

Many industrial facility Lockout/Tagout systems require knowledge of P&ID interpretation to safely isolate equipment to prevent accident, injury or equipment damage .

Many employers training budgets are strained and are not equipped to provide adequate training on working with P&ID's. This is the way to obtain the training here and now, and In just one hour!

Companies looking for a way to obtain this training will find this course an extremely economical method of providing this these important skills to their employees.

This course is also a great refresher for anyone who is already working in the industrial field.

Included in the course are access to several sample diagrams and the P&ID keys to interpret them. Students will be able to practice and become even more proficient with these bonus items. The instructor has included email interaction as an option for students and inquiries will be answered in a timely manner.

The course starts by initiating the students in to basic blueprint reading. (Which is also used in electrical, hydraulic and mechanical fields of expertise) Then moves on to familiarize the students with simple to complex process flow features, such as instrument loops. Symbols are also discussed thoroughly. These include valves, components, instrumentation, piping, lines and signals. The final lecture discusses flow paths and follows the flow path of an actual extremely complex working industrial drawing.

This course is taught by an experienced instructor on this subject. He has trained hundreds of plant operators in the power generation field.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is intended for:
  • Operations and Maintenance personnel in industry.
  • People interested in drafting.
  • Construction workers such as pipe fitters and plumbers.
  • People who work with Lockout/Tagout safety systems.
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Curriculum For This Course
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12 Lectures 49:10

I have trained hundreds of power plant operators how to read Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams. I can teach you too. If you operate or maintain a large industrial facility, you need this course to get a edge on your co-workers.Be sure to watch these videos at full screen resolution to get the most out of this course.

Preview 01:52

In this lecture the basic definitions of P&ID's are discussed, such as "What is a P&ID?". My contact information is also included in this lecture.

Preview 04:53

This lecture contains a tutorial on basic blueprint reading, including the 5 main parts of a blueprint.

Preview 05:01

This lecture discusses some P&ID symbols and their meanings.

The Symbols

This lecture discusses even more P&ID symbols.

More Symbols

This lecture includes where to get working samples of the diagrams we'll be working with. Download material here: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxpS4wBSQABud2o3c2ROcDUtV2c&usp=sharing

Things you will need

This lecture discusses the key. Probably the most important item to memorize for working with P&ID's.

The Key

This lecture teaches the student how to interpret piping designations using real working P&ID's.

Pipe Designations

This lecture lets the student work with lines and signals on real working prints.

Lines and Signals

This lecture uses real working industrial prints to illustrate how to interpret instrumentation on P&ID's.


This lecture teaches the student how valves are interpreted using real working P&ID's.


This lecture lets the student follow along with the flow path on a complex real working P&ID.

The Flow Path
About the Instructor
Rowland Blinston
4.0 Average rating
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463 Students
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Power Generation Professional

I have 40+ years experience in the Power Generation Business. I have worked in Managing, Operating and Maintaining Hydro Generation and Large Coal Fired Power Plants.

I have published articles in trade publications in my field.

I have developed and published 3 Power Generation related Android Applications. They are available for free download in the Google Play Store.

I am semi retired and working as a contractor for a major electric utility in the southwest United States. I am involved in training operating personnel and procedure writing, among other projects.