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Pumps & Pump Systems: Specification, Installation & Operation On-Site Training

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Better than learning how to replace or repair a pump, wouldn?t it be more efficient and a greater cost savings if you just knew how to prevent a pump from failing in the first place? That?s exactly what this course is designed to do.

Workshop Description/Agenda

Better than learning how to replace or repair a pump, wouldn?t it be more efficient and a greater cost savings if you just knew how to prevent a pump from failing in the first place? That?s exactly what this course is designed to do. From the pump and pump system, to the people who operate, maintain and design the pump system, this seminar will teach students how to identify the real problems causing pump failure, and how to avoid repeating those problems in the future. And because we know time is money, this seminar is designed to have immediate impact so that you can start saving maintenance dollars on costly repairs and downtime today! We approach our students as if they were our own employees. We give them real world, practical knowledge. And students attending this course are expected to go back to their workplace and immediately apply what they have learned. Now that?s ?Real World? training!

Who should take this course?

Attendees to this seminar come from a wide variety of industries, skill levels, company sizes and job titles, so if you?re not sure you will fit in or will benefit from the class, don?t worry ? you will ? as long as your job involves pumps. From the apprentice mechanic to the seasoned engineer, this course successfully addresses the questions and concerns of all those who need centrifugal and industrial pump knowledge, including:

All Maintenance Personnel in:

  • Manufacturing & Industrial Plants
  • Food Process Plants
  • Hospitals
  • Water and Waste Water Facilities
  • University & Colleges
  • Research Facilities
  • Grocery Stores and Fuel Stations
  • Power Generation


  • Maintenance Technicians
  • Mechanics
  • Machine Operators
  • Building Owners
  • Plant Engineers
  • Design Engineers
  • Facility Managers
  • Technicians in Cross-training, or Multi-craft Skills programs
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about centrifugal and industrial pump system operation, troubleshooting and repair

What will you learn?

Attendees will learn how to:

  1. Understand basic pump principles
  2. Properly select the right pump & motor for the job
  3. Install, start-up and commission a pump
  4. Correctly align a pump and motor
  5. Properly maintain pumps and pump systems
  6. Properly operate a pump system
  7. Read and understand what pump gauges are saying
  8. Read and apply pump curve charts
  9. Identify and distinguish a ?pump? problem from a ?system? problem
  10. Identify, correct and avoid cavitation problems
  11. Prevent mechanical seal failure
  12. Conduct pump failure analysis so as not to repeat errors

Course Agenda

I. Pump Classification

a. Positive Displacement Pumps
b. Dynamic Pumps

II. Basic Hydraulic & Pump Concepts & Definitions

a. Defining Pressure
b. Head
c. Specific Gravity
d. Why Head Instead of Pressure?

III. How Centrifugal Pumps Work

a. How Centrifugal Pumps Induce Flow

IV. Net Positive Suction Head (NPSH)

b. Pump Cavitation
c. NPSH Margin

V. Horsepower & Efficiency

a. Losses

- i. Hydraulic
- ii. Mechanical
- iii. Other

b. Calculating Efficiency
c. Affects of Viscosity

VI. Reading Pump Curves

a. Single Line Curves
b. Multiple Trim Curves
c. Multiple Speed Curves
d. Affinity Laws

VII. Pump System Curves

a. Calculating System Heads
b. Where The Pump Will Operate
c. Changes in the System Curve
d. Determining a Pump?s Operating Point in the Field

VIII. Affect of Pump Operation on Mechanical Reliability

a. Axial & Radial Loads
b. Shaft Deflection
c. Seal & Bearing Life
d. Start Up and Commissioning Procedures
e. Minimum Flow Restrictions

IX. Specifying the Right Pump

a. Tips on Getting the Right Pump for Your Application

X. Bearings

a. Lubrication Methods
b. Failure Modes
c. Proper Maintenance
d. Proper Lubricant Care

XI. Seals & Packing for Pumps

a. Packing

- i. Types of Packing
- ii. Proper Packing Installation
- iii. Correctly Adjusting Packing

b. Mechanical Seals

- i. Pusher & Non Pusher Designs
- ii. Single Seals
- 1. Balance and Unbalanced
- iii. Double and Tandem Seals
- iv. Dry Gas Seals
- v. Other Sealing Methods

XII. Good Pump System Design and Installation Practices

a. Building Reliability From the Foundation Up
b. Alignment

- i. Types of Misalignment
- ii. Alignment Methods

XIII. Optimizing Your Pump Operation

a. Pump Energy Efficiency
b. Improved Reliability
c. Better Process Control
d. Affect of Pump Speed on Pump Life

XIV. Pump Troubleshooting

a. Common Pump Problems and Their Solutions
b. Root Cause Analysis

XV. Condition Monitoring of Pumps

a. Vibration Analysis
b. Lubricant Analysis
c. Alternative Methods

What You Will Take Home

  • American Trainco Pumps & Pump Systems Seminar Manual - detailing all presentation material covered in the class
  • Personalized Pump & Pump Systems Training Certificate with 1.6 American Trainco Continuing Education Units for attendance of both days approved by the MTAA and ACE
  • All the information you need from asking our instructors specific questions about your own centrifugal pump, pump system or equipment.

Optional ATMT Certification? Testing

An optional ATMT? Certification exam is available for this training topic. It may be taken online or as a written test any time after the class is over.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

All students attending our seminars receive a personalized Certificate of Completion and .8 CEU?s (Continuing Education Units) per day of training. Over 40,000 employers and government agencies who have sent their employees to our classes accept American Trainco CEUs for continuing education requirements. Our administration and record keeping practices meet or exceed the standards of ACE (American Council on Education) and we are able to provide transcripts of all classes attended and tests taken by individual students. Please contact us if our CEUs are not yet accepted by your authority. We will initiate an application to get the approval process started.

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Who Should Attend

Anyone whose job involves pumps

Additional Information

Training Provider: Canadian Trainco

Course Topics: Industrial Training > Hydraulics & Pneumatics

Training Course Summary: Better than learning how to replace or repair a pump, wouldn?t it be more efficient and a greater cost savings if you just knew how to prevent a pump from failing in the first place? That?s exactly what this course is designed to do.

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