Pumps: Operation and Maintenance

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Virtual or Classroom
16hr Content
Registration deadline: 15 July 2024

Custom Scheduling
Dr Dimitri Antoniadis

Format: Instructor-led

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Course Objective

To explain all the different types of pumps on an industrial plant, it will be shown how they should be operated and maintained, and how problems can be troubleshooted.

Private course for team

Custom scheduling

Industry Expert

On-site or virtual

1-year access

to course material

PDH Hours qualified course

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About the course


    Live sessions

   16hr Content




Pumps are found throughout an industrial plant, having roles in production, transportation and storage. This training course covers all types of pumps both dynamic pumps, for example centrifugal pumps, and positive displacement pumps, such as gear, screw and reciprocating pumps. The focus of the instructor is to familiarize participants in how to operate and maintain the whole spectrum of pumps.

First centrifugal pumps are handled and here participants are shown all the main components, including the influence of impeller design, clearance and the Lomakin effect, shafts and shaft run-out, how to avoid cavitation and how to replace the packing rings. Rotary pumps then form the basis of the next module, the different types are explained and for which application they are suitable; including lobe versus internal gear pump and the screw pumps of 1 to 3 screws. Plunger, piston and diaphragm reciprocating pumps are then explained, and it is shown how a pulsation dampener is used to suppress the pulsations from these pumps.

The course is formed of 10 modules split across 16 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.


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Meet your instructors


Power Plant Maintenance Manager

Rotating equipment: maintenance, upgrades, operation and troubleshooting


Program & Details

  1. Function of a Pump

  2. Types of Pump

  3. Dynamic Pumps versus Positive Displacement Pumps

  1. How does a Centrifugal Pump work?

  2. Axial, Radial and Mixed Pumps

  3. Specific Speed and Pump Type

  4. Standards and Codes

  5. API 610 Pump Classification

  1. Shafts

  2. Impellors

  3. Shaft Seals

  4. Packing Rings

  5. Multistage Impellers, Balancing and Balance Drums

  6. Volute Design and Radial Loads

  7. Clearances

  8. Design of Pump-Suction Side Piping

  9. Design Nozzle Loads

  1. Pump Capacity

  2. Pump Head

  3. Efficiency and Power Output

  4. Pump Specific Speed

  5. Flow, Head and Power Coefficients

  1. Pump Assembly Report

  2. Checking Bearing Related End Play and Run Out

  3. Checking Shaft Related Run Out

  4. Centrifugal Pump Repair and Overhaul

  5. Assessing the Mechanical Condition

  6. Pump Control System

  7. Cavitation

  8. Net Positive Suction Head (NPSH)

  1. Rotary Pumps versus Reciprocating and Centrifugal Pumps

  2. External Gear Pumps

  3. Internal Gear Pumps

  4. Lobe Pumps

  5. Vane Pumps

  6. Gerotor Pumps

  7. Screw Pumps

  1. Classification of Reciprocating Pumps

  2. Piston Type

  3. Indicator Diagram

  4. Check Valves

  5. Plunger Pumps

  6. Packing

  7. Pulsations and Pulsation Dampeners

  8. Metering (Diaphragm) Pumps

  1. Production Pumps; Field Gathering, Heater Treater Charge, Free Water Knockout , Desalter Bottoms and Multiphase

  2. Transportation Pumps; Suction Booster, Mainline Shipping, Pipeline Re-injection, Scraper Trap and Chemical Injection 

  3. Storage Pumps; Tank Loading & Unloading, Blending, Tank Circulation, Emulsion Transfer and Shipping 

  4. Mud Pumps

  1. Foundation Preparation and Pouring

  2. Baseplate and Grouting

  3. Pump Case Expansion

  1. Vibration Limits

  2. Seal Degredation

  3. Troubleshooting of Centrifugal Pumps

  4. Troubleshooting of Positive Displacement Pump

  5. Troubleshooting of a Diaphragm Pump

  6. Troubleshooting of Reciprocating Pump

  7. Small Bore Connections

  8. Pulsation Control Devices

  9. Dampener Sizing


After this course, you...

  • are able to identify the various types of pumps and their characteristic operating curves

  • can identify individual pump components and describe their functionality

  • know how to select a pump for a given application and installation

  • are able to implement proper procedures for the overhaul service, rigging, disassembly, inspect and reassembly

  • know the maintenance procedures and troubleshooting techniques for diagnosing, predicting and preventing common problems associated with pumps

  • have seen how to select and maintain the internal and external seals of a pump

  • are familiar with how to troubleshoot and maintain pump bearings and couplings

Who should attend this course

This course is aimed at Engineers and technicians that work with pumps at Power Plants, petrochemical plants, production oil/gas fields and process plants:

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

  • supervisors

  • foremen

This course is applicable for both operating and maintenance personnel.


  • 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: 8 sessions of 2 hours

  • Onsite: 4 days of 4 hours plus breaks

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

Example Certificate:


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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