Hands-On Essentials of Automation for Biomanufacturing

(Online Prerequisite Course Required)

  • June 18–19, 2024
  • Registration is closed.

Delivery methods

Course content

Why should you attend?

To obtain knowledge and hands-on experience with industry-relevant process control instrumentation, hardware, and software, and documentation for control/automation of biomanufacturing operations. Engage in hands-on experiences with process sensors/equipment and their integration with a control system for enacting control strategies. Learn how to connect process equipment and I/O interfaces for use with a commercial software package.

Attend and you will learn

  • How to progress through typical automation project sequence 
  • Become familiar with typical instrumentation/automation documentation such as Process Flow Diagrams (PFD), Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID), Loop diagrams, specification documents (URS, FRS, SDS, STP, etc), commissioning and Site Acceptance Testing (SAT)
  • The difference between various control strategies applicable to bioreactor automation, including split-range control, and cascade control
  • Hands-on experience with a distributed control system (DCS) architecture/hardware/ DeltaV software and how to use it to control process equipment for a lab scale bioreactor
  • How to use various process sensors/equipment and integrate them with a DCS via I/O hardware
  • Sensor calibration and loop checking
  • Similarities and differences between HMI’s, instrumentation, and control strategies used to accomplish specific tasks for various skids including a bioreactor (lab scale), TFF (lab scale), and CIP (pilot scale)
  • Become familiar with common biomanufacturing utilities systems via guided tour

Prerequisite Online Course

A prerequisite online course offered through the International Academy of Automation Engineering (IAAE) must be completed before attending this course. Please register for the online course and bring your “Certificate of Completion” to the hands-on course.

Who should attend

This course is specifically for those partaking in the Education and Certification Programs offered by IAAE, specifically this course is part of a hybrid (online/hands-on) offering for the Essentials of Automation for Life Sciences Manufacturing course. Individuals interested in pursuing a career in the area of automation in the Life Sciences field and looking to obtain familiarity with process control/automation concepts/instrumentation/software related to the industry should enroll in this hybrid course offering.

Attend and you will receive

  • 14 hours of instruction/activities
  • Notebook containing all course lecture and lab materials
  • Morning coffee and tea
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon beverage break
  • Certificate of completion




This course was developed with a project award from the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) and financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (70NANB17H002).


All courses are offered on site at BTEC, other than online courses. The Golden LEAF BTEC building is located at 850 Oval Drive on NC State University's Centennial Campus.

If a course is full: Waitlist policy

If a course you want to take is already full, you are welcome to email and ask to be placed on a waitlist for that course. The waitlist is used to fill any seats that become available when individuals registered for the course are unable to attend. If one or more seats become available, individuals on the waitlist are contacted in the order in which they were added to the list.

In addition to ensuring popular courses remain full, waitlists provide a means of tracking interest and determining if additional sessions are necessary. BTEC makes every effort to schedule additional course offerings if sufficient people are wait-listed. If a new offering is scheduled, those on the waitlist are notified before registration opens to the public.

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BTEC is unable to provide information about the number of those wait-listed for any given course or an individual's place on such a list.


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Discounts available

A 40% discount is available for NIIMBL members for the following courses:

Check out BTEC’s professional development certificate program for an additional way to save money on short course costs. Any additional discount questions prior to registration should be directed to Serena Hodge, Industry Training Coordinator, at

Cancellation policies

Cancellation by registrant

To cancel a registration and be eligible for a refund of course fees, you must notify BTEC by email to or fax to 919-513-1697. Fees are refunded according to the following schedule:

  • 100% refund – If notification is received at least 15 business days in advance of course start date
  • 75% refund – If notification is received 10–14 business days in advance of course start date
  • 50% refund – If notification is received 6–9 business days in advance of course start date
  • No refund will be issued if notice is received 5 or fewer business days in advance of course start

Refunds will take 60–90 days for processing. Refunds requested more than 90 days after payment will be issued as a check.

Substitutions may be made up to two business days prior to the course start date. Notify the BTEC office by email to or by fax at 919-513-1697. Please include the name and email contact for the replacement. Please note that BTEC is unable to honor substitutions for individuals taking discounted courses as part of the professional development certificate program.

Cancellation by BTEC

BTEC retains the right to cancel a professional development short course no less than 10 business days in advance of the scheduled course start date. Registrants will be notified by BTEC if a course is cancelled and will receive a full refund of registration fees paid. BTEC is not responsible for airfare penalties or other costs incurred due to cancellation.

Pre-course communication

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Once registered, confirmed course participants will receive a series of emails approximately two weeks before the scheduled course with detailed information regarding travel to BTEC, parking information, and a short pre-course questionnaire.