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Mechanical Maintenance

Pump Operation

and Maintenance

Course Overview

Pumps are essential components in almost all industries and required to meet system demands as well as operate safely, economically and reliably.
This comprehensive course covers the construction, design, operations and maintenance of pumps. It will describe the function of both positive displacement and centrifugal pumps, discuss the operational characteristics, and explain the maintenance requirements.

Additionally, the course will discuss cost efficiency in terms of energy consumption and will provide information on selecting and purchasing the correct pump for a particular application.

Topics discussed will include the different types of pumps, their potential problems, maintenance and testing concepts and troubleshooting techniques. The course will also cover the various methods of pump alignments such as visual, straight edge/feeler gauge, rim and face, reverse dial indication, cross dialing and laser alignment.Participants will also learn how to diagnose soft foot conditions and perform correction techniques.

This course will be highly interactive and include group discussions, case studies and syndicate work. It will include practical exercises that will allow all participants to use the knowledge they gained to demonstrate their skills in operating, maintaining and troubleshooting pump systems. In order to maximize the benefits to attendees, course material and topics are structured to meet the needs of different groups.

Course Outlines

  • Physical principles
  • Systems
  • Pump types
  • Positive displacement pumps
  • Centrifugal pumps
  • Pump behavior in operation
  • Components
  • Construction features
  • Coupling considerations
  • Drive systems
  • Cavitation
  • Pump flow control
  • Pump components
  • Lubrication and cooling
  • Pump maintenance
  • Pump condition monitoring
  • Potential failures, causes, effects and solutions
  • Operating & maintenance costs
  • Pump installation & selection
  • Pump dismantling
  • Pump component inspection and assessment
  • Pump assembly
  • Seal arrangements and principles
  • Commissioning and start-up procedures
  • Routine maintenance

Learning Competencies

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the operation of centrifugal and positive displacement pumps including pump design aspects, laws, performance comparisons, characteristic curves and performance testing
  • Understand the operational and maintenance aspects of various pumps
  • Become familiar with the components of positive displacement and centrifugal pumps
  • Test rotary pump performance and apply maintenance and troubleshooting techniques accordingly
  • Identify reciprocating pump types and perform reciprocating pump maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Determine centrifugal pump problems and perform centrifugal pump maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Apply the various methods of pump alignments such as visual, straight edge and feeler gauge, rim and face, reverse dial indication, cross dialing and laser alignment
  • Diagnose soft foot conditions, and apply measurement and correction techniques
  • Appreciate the influence of fluid sources and attached piping

Who Should Enroll?

This course is designed for plant personnel responsible for the installation and maintenance of positive displacement/ centrifugal pumps, including:

  • Process Engineers
  • Plant & Facilities Engineers
  • Plant maintenance engineers
  • Plant maintenance technicians
  • Project Engineers & Managers
  • Maintenance & Operations personnel

It will also be beneficial for professionals managing and supervising personnel involved in the operation and maintenance of pumps.

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Industry experts and faculty with firsthand experience guarantee you a dynamic learning experience at an affordable price. Discuss challenges, get answers, share ideas and return to your job a more knowledgeable and valuable professional. Certificate recipients report promotions and increased job opportunities.

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