Compressors: Operation and Maintenance


    Virtual or Classroom
    Upon Request
    20hr Content

    Custom Scheduling
    Dr Dimitri Antoniadis

    Course Objective

    "Participants will be show how to operate, maintain and troubleshoot all types of compressors." 

    Private course for team

    Custom scheduling

    Industry Expert

    On-site or virtual

    1-year access

    to recordings and modules

    Receive Personal Certificate

    and prove your knowledge

    About the course


         Live sessions

       20hr content




    Various types of compressors are found on an industrial plant; centrifugal, reciprocating, screw and axial compressors. This instructor led training course shows the participants each of these types of compressor, explaining to them the key components, how the compressor works, maintenance, operation and troubleshooting.

    The centrifugal compressor is the subject of the first modules, and topics such as removing the casing, types of impellers, balancing, and wet and dry sealing are covered. Reciprocating compressors are then explained, with valve maintenance, clearance pockets and cylinder clearance being among the topics. Screw compressors, both dry and flooded, are then explained. The component and performance of axial compressors are subsequently detailed together with anti-surge control. Maintenance is a key focus in the explanation of all the compressors. 

    Performance monitoring and troubleshooting for all these types of compressors are explained. Signal processing and frequency analysis are introduced, and it is shown how measurements can be used to troubleshoot for misalignment, unbalance and clearance problems. 

    The course is formed of 10 modules split across 20 training hours. All modules will be live sessions with the instructor. This training course is available as a company in-house training only; there is a choice between an online training or an onsite training. All training materials will be available through your EngineeringTrainer account.

    After the course you maintain 1-year unlimited access to the course, including any new course material. This allows you to perform modules again should you need to refresh your knowledge.

    Questions?  Contact us

       +31 (0)85 058 0051
             Monday - Friday, 9am - 6pm CEST

    Meet your instructor

    Dr Dimitri Antoniadis  

    Power Plant Maintenance Manager

    Rotating equipment: maintenance, upgrades, operation and troubleshooting

    Program & Details

    1. Types of Compressors, Centrifugal, Reciprocating, Rotary

    2. Compressor Selection

    3. Casing Types

    4. Introduction to Seals and Bearings

    5. Introduction to Performance and Control

    1. Compressor Casing; Vertical and Horizontal Split

    2. Diaphragms

    3. Inducer and Diffuser

    4. Guide Vanes

    5. Compressor Rotor

    6. Centrifugal Compressor Stage

    7. Balance Piston/Drum

    8. Axial Thrust and Impeller Arrangements

    1. Liquid Film Shaft Seals

    2. Dry Carbon Ring Shaft Seals

    3. Labyrinth Shaft Seals

    4. Dry Mechanical Shaft Seals

    5. Wet Seal System

    6. Dry Gas Sealing

    1. Overview of Components

    2. Performance; Influence of Component Design

    3. Valve Types, Components and Maintenance

    4. Liners and Cylinder Lubrication

    5. Thermodynamic Cycle of a Reciprocating Compressor

    6. Variable Clearance and Variable Volume Clearance Pockets

    7. Crankshaft and Bearings

    8. Connecting Rods

    9. Pistons and Cylinder Clearance 

    1. Centrifugal Compressors

    2. Reciprocating Compressors

    1. Types of Screw Compressor

    2. Rotor Design

    3. Components

    4. Dry and Flooded Screw Compressors

    5. Cooling

    6. Capacity Control

    7. Seals, Bearings and Casings

    1. Overview and Components

    2. Performance and Thermodynamics

    3. Case

    4. Stator

    5. Rotor

    6. Inlet and Exit Guide Vanes (IGV's and EGV's)

    7. Surge and Stall

    8. Anti-Surge Control

    9. Control and Load Sharing

    10. Fouling and Performance Monitoring

    1. Reciprocating Compressors

    2. Axial and Centrifugal Compressors

    3. Screw Compressors

    4. Monitoring Concepts

    5. Signal Processing and Frequency Analysis

    6. Vibration Signature Curve

    7. Vibration Measurement Locations and Design Limits

    8. Misalignment and Unbalance

    9. Rotor Rub, Clearance Problems

    10. Electrical Problems

    11. Bearing and Gear Damage

    12. Oil Whip

    1. Size and Position of Nozzles

    2. Reciprocating Compressor Piping

    3. Centrifugal Compressor Piping

    4. Best Practices for Compressor Piping

    1. Dimensionless Groups

    2. Geometrical Similarity

    3. Kinematic Similarity

    4. Dynamic Similarity

    5. Selection of Multistage Compressors

    6. Gas Mixtures

    7. Calculation of the Gas Power (GHP)


    After this course, you...  

    • can identify all industrial types of compressors, and understand the selection procedures to match application demand to the machine specific characteristics

    • are able to read and analyze the operating curves of centrifugal, axial, screw and reciprocating compressors

    • recognize the importance of proper alignment and balancing, and know how to analyze the compressor vibration signatures

    • understand how to troubleshoot and analyze root causes of problems, for early detection of failures and for applying wear compensation techniques

    • can identify all individual compressor components and their functional role

    • know the proper maintenance procedures used for compressor, its antisurge protection system and how the lube oil system works

    • have seen the types of seals and their API classification

    Who should attend this course:

    Those who will be, or have relatively recently started being, involved in the operation and maintenance of compressors at Power Plants, Oil/Gas Production fields, and Petrochemicals and Process plants:

    • rotating equipment, machinery, plant, maintenance and mechanical engineers

    • supervisors

    • foremen

    • other technical staff

    • experienced specialists, project engineers and supervisory personnel involved in the management, selection, operation and maintenance of compressors


    • Engineering B.Sc diploma or equivalent, or 5 years practical experience with Compressors

    Level:  Intermediate

    Live sessions

    This course consists of instructor-led group sessions, these group sessions can be Virtual or Onsite. During these sessions participants can ask questions to the instructor which are discussed, as well as questions submitted beforehand in the learning portal.

    After each live session used slides and exercise documents are made available to participants on the learning portal.

    Please note that for privacy reasons no recordings of the live sessions are made or provided.

    You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course. This allows you to watch content again if this is beneficial for your daily work activities.

    The live sessions are scheduled together with the customer and are private for their team only. 

    Typically the training course would be scheduled as:

    • Virtual: 10 sessions of 2 hours

    • Onsite: 5 days of 4 hours plus breaks

    A personal digital certificate will be made available to each participant upon full attendance.

    Example Certificate:

    Example Certificate of Completion


    This course consists of instructor-led live sessions which consist of presentations, demonstrations and discussions of questions. During each live session participants can ask questions to the instructor (through chat or microphone) which will be answered.

    Please note that for privacy reasons no recordings of the live sessions are made or provided.

    The training material used in the live sessions, for example the slides or exercises, will be available in the EngineeringTrainer portal for a year after the date of the training allowing you to refresh your knowledge or review material if needed .

    No, course content is not available for download.

    The training material used in the sessions, for example the slides or exercises, will be available in the EngineeringTrainer portal for a year after the date of the training allowing you to refresh your knowledge or review material if needed. 

    Please note that for privacy reasons no recordings of the live sessions are made or provided.

    Yes, interactive Q&A sessions are part of the live sessions in this course and allow you to interact with the instructor and ask questions.

    To respect the privacy of the participants the live sessions will not be recorded, and as such the live sessions cannot be played back. Therefore it is important for all participants to block the time slots of the live sessions in their calendars and be present.

    No software licenses are provided as part of this course.

    Yes, this course qualifies for PDH hours as per the NCEES CPC Guidelines.

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    Questions? Contact Us

    Training Coordinator & Engineer Luuk Hennen, MSc Luuk Hennen    
    Product specialist

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