Pumps and Compressors: Operation, Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Online /
Mar 25 - 27, 2024 /
Course Code: 14-0312-ONL24

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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 3 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

9:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Better understanding functioning of internal elements of pumps and compressors
  • Develop familiarity with the design and operating characteristics of pumps and compressors
  • Investigate the root cause of problems when doing troubleshooting
  • Make use of the results of the condition monitoring procedure
  • Apply the guidelines for inspection, testing and maintenance

Pumps and compressors of various designs and applications are encountered throughout the process and petrochemical industry. Pumping systems and compressor stations sometimes have to provide transport of complex and challenging liquids and gases.

This course will cover important technical aspects of pumping and compressor systems in modern industrial applications. Centrifugal pumps, positive displacement rotary pumps, and multistage centrifugal and reciprocating compressors will be particularly interesting. The course will discuss the main elements of the construction of pumps and compressors and their role in various operating conditions. The focus will also be on maintenance, inspection and condition monitoring, including vibration, balancing and lubricating oil analysis. 

This course will include several workshops with real-life case studies selected from everyday technical practice involving potential problems in operation and corresponding troubleshooting procedures. Problems will be solved through teamwork, and the results will be analyzed and discussed.

Course Outline

  • Internal elements of pumps and compressors
  • Performance characteristics and best efficient point
  • Standards for operation and inspection of rotating machinery
  • Common failure modes and troubleshooting methods
  • Prevention of pump cavitation and compressor surge
  • Maintenance procedures for the reliability of bearings and seals

Who Should Attend
lant and facilities Engineers • Technicians and Operators • Maintenance Engineers and Technicians

More Information

Time: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day-1: Centrifugal and Positive Displacement Pumps

  • Characteristics of pumps in the industry
  • Positive displacement pumps
  • Centrifugal pumps, according to API standards
  • Centrifugal pump characteristic curves: best efficiency point
  • Cavitation prevention
  • Pump structural elements: impellers, shafts, bearings, seals
  • Flow control optimization
  • Pump stations: pumps in parallel and in series
  • Pumps for HVAC and other special applications

Day-2: Centrifugal, Axial and Reciprocating Compressors

  • Characteristics of compressors in the industry
  • Main elements of centrifugal compressor construction
  • Design and construction of impellers, bearings and seals
  • System curves & performance characteristics
  • Capacity control methods: analysis of efficiency
  • Safety components: control of surge and stall
  • Positive displacement compressors: Reciprocating & Rotary
  • Criteria for selecting the optimum compressor
  • Compressor stations and pipelines: design and layout

Day-3: Pumps and Compressors: Maintenance & Troubleshooting

  • Piping systems: upstream (inlet) and downstream (discharge)
  • Guidelines for installation, commissioning, start-up
  • Auxiliary systems: pressure safety controls
  • Lubrication system and cooling system
  • Condition monitoring: vibration measurements
  • Predictive maintenance management and reliability planning
  • Inspection and performance testing
  • Troubleshooting problems in the operation
  • Fitness for service analysis (FFS) – API 579


Mike Ivanovic, Ph.D.

Dr. Mike Ivanovic is the President of UBAMIP Consulting and a former Adjunct Associate Professor with over 30 years of experience in thermal engineering. After working in the consulting group of ANSYS Canada Ltd., he now runs the private consulting company UBAMIP Consulting, dealing with analysis and problem-solving in the operation of vital stationary and rotating equipment in the process and petrochemical industry. Mike has also been active in providing training technical courses of various levels of complexity for professionals in the industry in Canada, the USA and overseas.

His expertise, among others, includes the design, operation and maintenance of various types of storage tanks, pressure vessels, piping systems, and pumps and compressors. The focus of the consulting projects has been on risk assessment during operation and maintenance activities, as well as equipment failure analysis and accident prevention technologies based on inspection results and fitness for service studies.

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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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