Piping and Instrument Drawings (P&IDs) What You Need to Know to Read, Create, and Use Them Effectively

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Course Overview

Plant, process, design, and maintenance engineers, scientists, and plant operating personnel who use or draw P&IDs will benefit by attending this course. Individuals new to the field will gain knowledge that would otherwise take several years to acquire.

During the course, you will:

  • Focus on the symbols used on process drawings
  • Learn how to convey process information in adequate detail
  • Examine what should and shouldn’t be on a P&ID

Who Should Attend?

This course will benefit those who use P&IDs in the following industries:

  • Chemical, petrochemical, agrichemical and specialty chemical
  • Petroleum refining
  • Biotechnology, biochemical, and fermentation
  • Pharmaceuticals and cosmetics
  • Food and dairy processing

Course Outline


Types of Engineering Drawings and Their Purpose

  • Block Flow Diagrams (BFD)
  • Process Flow Diagrams (PFD)
  • Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs)

 P&ID Symbols

  • ANSI/ISA-5.1 Instrumentation Symbols and Identification
  • PIP PIC001 Piping and Instrumentation Diagram Documentation Criteria
  • Uses

 Symbols and Their Functions

  • Line specifications
  • Valve symbols
  • Specialty symbols
  • Other common elements

Common Problems, Issues and FAQs

Class Exercises



Richard Palluzi

Richard P. Palluzi, PE, CSP, of Richard P. Palluzi LLC is a consultant to the pilot plant and laboratory research community on safety, design, and research project management. He retired as a Distinguished Engineering Associate after almost 40 years at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, where he was involved in the design, construction, and support of pilot plants and laboratories for ExxonMobil’s research site in Clinton, New Jersey, as well as affiliates worldwide. Rich is the author of two books, and numerous articles and presentations as well as a past chair of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Pilot Plant Committee, ExxonMobil’s Pilot Plant and Laboratory Safety Standards Committee, and ExxonMobil’s Safe Operations Team for their Clinton facility. Rich is on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) NFPA-45 Fire Protection for Laboratories Using Chemicals and NFPA-55 Industrial and Medical Gasses committees. He has BE and ME degrees in chemical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. 

Elaine Andrysick

Elaine M. Andrysick, joined Engineering Professional Development, University of Wisconsin-Madison, as a continuing engineering education specialist in 1988.  She is responsible for the development and delivery of high-value continuing engineering education short courses for practicing professionals in the areas of chemical and process engineering and laser material processing.  Also, she manages the University’s Laser Welding Certificate program.

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