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PCN Inspection Engineer Level 3

Overview

PCN Inspection Engineer Level 3 Course

4-days classroom training followed by the PCN examination on day 5

The Level 3 course is an advanced programme designed to provide a comprehensive understanding and deep dive into the principles of asset integrity, risk-based inspection (RBI) methodologies, and the management of change within high-risk industries such as oil, gas, and petrochemicals. This course goes beyond the basics covered in Levels 1 and 2, offering a more detailed exploration of the core fundamentals necessary for maintaining the safety and integrity of mechanical plants and equipment.

The course is specifically tailored for inspectors, engineers, and other professionals responsible for assessing the integrity of pressure boundaries and containment systems. It emphasises the importance of not only relying on inspection tasks but also incorporating a variety of mitigating activities such as protective coatings, corrosion inhibition systems, and robust management of change (MoC) processes to prevent failure. The programme highlights the inevitability of degradation in equipment and the critical role of inspection in ensuring safe operation until the next inspection cycle.

Participants will learn to apply RBI methodologies for calculating corrosion rates and identifying potential issues, with an emphasis on the accuracy of data input to avoid unexpected problems. The course underscores the complexity of asset integrity in practice, despite its theoretical simplicity, and stresses the continuous advancements in technology and safety within the industry.

Moreover, the Level 3 course aims to address two significant aspects of fixed equipment integrity management programs not fully covered in the earlier levels: management of change and creeping change, ageing, and asset life extension. These topics are crucial for understanding how to manage the evolving nature of assets and ensuring their longevity and safety.

This advanced course is ideal for professionals seeking to enhance their expertise in asset integrity management, particularly those involved in high-risk industries where the safety and reliability of equipment are paramount. It is suited for individuals who have already acquired foundational knowledge in the field and are looking to deepen their understanding of complex integrity management challenges and solutions.

Course Modules

Module 1: Regulations

This module provides a comprehensive overview of the regulatory environment affecting offshore hydrocarbon resource exploitation, focusing on the UK onshore and Continental Shelf (UKCS) assets. It covers the “goal-setting” safety regime in the UK, emphasizing innovation and continuous improvement in process safety and integrity. Key topics include the roles of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Offshore Safety Directive Regulator (OSDR), the structure of health and safety legislation in the UK, and the significance of duty holders’ responsibilities in preventing major accidents and maintaining installation integrity.

This section delves into the specifics of designing pressure equipment, covering topics from pipe bends and elbows to the main types of piping stresses and supports used in plants. It includes worked examples and discussions on ensuring safe design, added reinforcement, and the calculation of bending stress, among other critical considerations for maintaining pressure system integrity.

Focused on understanding materials used in the industry and the mechanisms that can lead to their degradation, this module covers topics like fracture toughness, stress corrosion cracking, and the role of material thickness in maintaining structural integrity. It also discusses testing for plane-strain fracture toughness and the impact of various corrosion forms on stainless steels.

This module emphasizes the practical aspects of inspection and the broader context of integrity management, incorporating the ‘Plan-Do-Check-Act’ lifecycle approach. It discusses API 581 RBI methodologies, corrosion under insulation (CUI) planning, and the preparation and significance of Written Schemes of Examination (WSEs).

This section covers essential aspects of welding in the context of inspection and integrity management, including the required documentation for welding procedure specifications (WPS) and procedure qualification records (PQR), as well as the approval processes for welders and welding operators.

This module addresses the methodologies and importance of conducting thorough failure investigations, including root cause analysis (RCA) and the use of RCA causation charts to understand and prevent equipment failures.

Focusing on the critical aspect of managing changes within an organization or project, this module explores the main steps and considerations in conducting an effective MoC process.

Creeping Change, Ageing, and Asset Life Extension: This final module deals with the challenges posed by creeping changes, the management of ageing assets, and strategies for extending the life of existing assets, with a focus on maintaining safety and integrity.

Each module is structured to provide in-depth knowledge and practical insights, preparing participants for effective application in real-world scenarios, with a strong emphasis on safety, regulatory compliance, and integrity management.

Course Name:

PCN Inspection Engineer Level 3

Location:

Aberdeen

Online Start Date:

N/A

Price:

£2,250.00 + VAT

Classroom Start Date:

Nov 18, 2024

Classroom End Date:

Nov 22, 2024

Course Name:

PCN Inspection Engineer Level 3

Location:

Aberdeen

Online Start Date:

N/A

Price:

£2,250.00 + VAT

Classroom Start Date:

Nov 17, 2025

Classroom End Date:

Nov 21, 2025