Seminar Overview

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? This pumps and pump systems training seminar emphasizes centrifugal pumps and the systems that run them quickly and efficiently.  It includes discussions on basic pump design, function and application, and was specifically created for anyone who is responsible for pump specification, installation and operating efficiency at their facility.

This 2-day seminar is just $1100. 

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Discussion Topics

Day One starts by making sure students understand basic pump functions and features so that they can learn how to properly specify a pump.  Students move on to how to select the right pump, then proper system design, and pump installation. 

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
  • Changes in the System Curve
  • Determining a Pump’s Operating Point

Discussion Topics

Effect of Pump Operation on Mechanical Reliability

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

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

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

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


Optional ATMT® Certification Exam

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