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Unit 063  Industrial Services – Credit Value 15 Level 5 [K/615/1525]

Behind the scenes in many modern-day manufacturing facilities there lies a complex system of services that powers production, both day and night. The underlying aim of this unit is to enhance the students’ understanding of the electrical supply systems, industrial air compressors, steam services, refrigeration systems and heat pumps that are used in an array of industrial engineering environments.

This broad-based methodology reflects the fact that operations engineering encompasses many disciplines and, as such, engineers must be conversant in the wide scope of service provision. The intention is to encourage students to develop a holistic approach to the design, operation, installation and maintenance of both industrial services and operating equipment.

The student will be introduced to the fundamental principles of electrical power and lighting systems, the rudiments of industrial compressed air systems, the provision of steam for both power generation and process plant, and the applications and precepts of refrigeration plant and heat pumps.

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to manage and maintain a wide range of commonly encountered industrial systems.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Apply the operating principles of electrical power and lighting systems.
  2. Investigate the applications and efficiency of industrial compressors.
  3. Discuss provision of steam services for process and power use.
  4. Review industrial refrigeration and heat pump systems.

Recommended Resources


CIBSE. (2002) Code for lighting. Butterworth-Heinemann.
DUNN, D. (2001) Fundamental Engineering Thermodynamics. Longman.
EASTOP, T.D. and MCCONKEY, A. (1996) Applied Thermodynamics for Engineering Technologists. 5th Ed. Prentice Hall.
HUGHES, A. (2013) Electric Motors and Drives: Fundamentals, Types and Applications. 4th Ed. Newnes.
ROGERS, G.F.C. and MAYHEW, Y.R. (1994) Thermodynamic and Transport Properties of Fluids: S. I. Units. 5th Ed. Wiley-Blackwell.


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