N631 Introduction to Centrifugal, Reciprocating and Rotary Pumps - Design, Application and Operation

Course Facts

Course Code:
2 days
1.6 Continuing Education Units
16 Professional Development Hours
Certificate Issued Upon Completion


This two day course provides an introduction to the design, application and operation of centrifugal, reciprocating and rotary pumps. It emphasizes practical understanding, design guidelines and "rules of thumb" with a minimum of mathematics. It covers application and sizing, system design, basic theory and operation, different types of pumps, pump components, pump auxiliaries, pump selection and specification.  A course specific textbook is also provided.

Duration and Training Method

Two classroom days providing 1.6 CEU (Continuing Education Credits) or 16 PDH (Professional Development Hours)

Participants will learn to:
• Introductory level course to understands all aspects of the pump industry
• Develop an understanding of the different types of pumps used in the Petroleum Industry
• Learn the art of selecting the right pump for the right service
• Understanding basic system design, cavitation, NPSH and pump theory
• Learn about Pump components and options and what to use where
• Understand pump curves and selection charts
• Explanation of different type of drive systems and how to select the optimum configuration
• Discuss Predictive Maintenance techniques
• Discuss major items to consider when purchasing pumps

Course Agenda

Day One:  Centrifugal
• Basic Hydraulics
• How Pumps Work
• Selection and Sizing
• NPSH and Cavitation
• Pump Components
• Mechanical Seals
• Bearings
• Pump Types

Day Two: Positive Displacement
• Reciprocating Pumps
• Rotary Pumps
• Gear Pumps
     o -Triple Screw
     o -Double Screw
     o -Progressive Cavity
• Couplings & Drive Arrangements
• Pump Drivers
• Slide Show
• Predictive & Preventative Maintenance
• How to Specify and Procure

Who should attend

This course is technical but introductory in nature and covers all aspects of the pump industry.  It provides specific technical training for Engineers, Technologists, Millwrights, and Operations personnel involved in the design, operation, maintenance or purchase of pumps and pumping systems.  It also provides an excellent overview/refresher/general technical training course suitable for Project Engineers, Managers, Procurement Specialists, Technical Sales staff and students.

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John Henderson

Dates for this Course



19 - 20 Nov. 2020
Event Code:
CAD $1,750 (Exclusive of tax)
This course is a great introductory course to pumps but also lots to learn for someone who has been in industry. Lots of useful tips for operation and sizing! Would definitely recommend!