Seminar Overview

Available in both virtual and in-person, instructor-led formats, this two-day Pumps and Pump Systems: Specifications, Installation & Operation course emphasizes centrifugal pumps and the systems that run them. The course is geared toward maintenance technicians with responsibility for pump specification, installation, and operating efficiency at their facility. This course begins with basic pump functions and features so that students can learn how to properly specify a pump for a given system, followed by pump selection, proper system design, pump installation, Students move on to how to select the right pump, then proper system design, and pump installation, maintenance, failure analysis, and condition monitoring.

This 2-day seminar is just $1,195. 

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What is Virtual Instructor-led Training (VILT)?

Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) is a live audio and video classroom experience over the internet with 100% interaction with the instructor, from the comfort of your own home or workplace. All you need is an internet connection, a microphone, and a webcam, and you can join the session from anywhere. With full audio and video capabilities, you are equipped with the tools you need for maximum learning. Visit our Virtual Instructor-Led Training page to learn more about the benefits of VILT.

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Day One - Discussion Topics

Pump Classification

  • Positive Displacement Pumps
  • Dynamic Pumps

Basic Hydraulic & Pump Concepts & Definitions

  • Defining Pressure
  • Head
  • Specific Gravity
  • Why Head Instead of Pressure?

How Centrifugal Pumps Work

  • How Centrifugal Pumps Induce Flow

Net Positive Suction Head (NPSH)

  • Pump Cavitation
  • NPSH Margin

Horsepower & Efficiency

  • Losses
  • Calculating Efficiency
  • Effects of Viscosity

Reading Pump Curves

  • Single Line Curves
  • Multiple Trim Curves
  • Multiple Speed Curves
  • Affinity Laws

Pump System Curves

  • Calculating System Heads
  • Where The Pump Will Operate
  • Series and Parallel Pumping Systems
  • Changes in the System Curve
  • Determining a Pump’s Operating Point

Effect of Pump Operation on Mechanical Reliability

  • Axial & Radial Loads
  • Shaft Deflection
  • Seal & Bearing Life
  • Start Up and Commissioning Procedures
  • Minimum Flow Restrictions

Day Two - Discussion Topics

Specifying the Right Pump

  • Matching the Right Pump for the Job


  • Lubrication Methods
  • Failure Modes
  • Proper Maintenance
  • Proper Lubricant Care

Seals & Packing for Pumps

  • Packing
  • Types of Packing
  • Proper Packing Installation
  • Correctly Adjusting Packing
  • Mechanical Seals
  • Pusher & Non Pusher Designs
  • Single Seals
  • Double and Tandem Seals
  • Dry Gas Seals
  • Other Sealing Methods

Good Pump System Design & Installation Practices

  • Building Reliability From the Foundation Up
  • Alignment
  • Types of Misalignment
  • Alignment Methods

Optimizing Your Pump Operation

  • Pump Energy Efficiency
  • Improved Reliability
  • Better Process Control
  • Effect of Pump Speed on Pump Life

Pump Troubleshooting

  • Common Pump Problems and Their Solutions
  • Root Cause Analysis

Condition Monitoring of Pumps

  • Vibration Analysis
  • Lubricant Analysis
  • Alternative Methods


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Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Upon completion of this seminar, the student will receive a certification of completion with 8 classroom hours (.8 TPC Training CEUs) per day attended. Visit our continuing education units page to determine if this class is accepted by  your state licensing agency.

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Optional Certification Exam

A certification exam is available for this course; students may order it at any time after the training is over. Please visit the Testing and Certification page for more information.