Selection, Operation & Maintenance of Pumps, Compressors and Prime Movers

Selection, Operation and Maintenance of Pumps, Compressors and Prime Movers course and training

  • This 5-day course will focus on practical and theoretical knowledge about the selection, operation and maintenance of pumps, compressors and prime movers.


    Duration: 5 days
    Location: To be advised

  • 1. To understand and explain principles and functioning of major rotating equipment.
    2. To recognise key factors in operation , which affect rotating equipment reliability and availability.
    3. To understand rotating equipment maintenance strategies and practices.
    4. To recognise rotating equipment distress and identify corrective actions.
    5. To assist in rotating equipment failure mode assessments.
    6. To understand process safety around rotating equipment.
    7. To know new technologies in rotating equipment

    NOTE: Objectives for each day will be discussed with the participants and will be verified at closure of each day.

        a) to verify if the objectives for this day were met
        b) to determine if any adjustments need to be made to the program of the following day (if relevant)
  • The course is open for the following participants:

    • Mechanical engineers
    • Maintenance engineers
    • Production supervisors
    • Interested engineers and supervisors from other disciplines


    In order to achieve a “Skill” level, further practical learning through
    e.g. On-the-Job training or participation in projects and/or assignments is required

  • Module 1: General Issues


    • Overview of rotating equipment
    • Technologies
    • Maintenance philosophies

    Module 2: Condition monitoring


    • Performance
    • Why condition monitoring
    • Reliability/Availability
    • Condition monitoring on Rotating Equipment

    Module 3: Rotor dynamica


    • Insight in dynamic behavior
    • Rotor Balancing
    • Electric motors

    Module 4: Installation and commissioning


    • Construction
    • Piping alignment
    • Pump alignmentI
    • Inspections to perform

    Module 5: Start up and testing


    • Steam blowing / flushing
    • Purging
    • Lube oil systems

    Module 6: High performance Couplings


    • Types
    • Installation
    • DBSE
    • Inspections

    Module 7: Fracture & Fatigue


    • Classifications
    • Brittle Fractures
    • Stress Corrosion Cracking
    • Ductile Fractures and Fatigue Failures

    Module 8: Centrifugal Pumps


    • NPSH
    • Pump calculation
    • Minimum flow protection
    • Pump Capacity Control
    • Balancing Pump Axial Thrust
    • Causes of Failure

    Module 9: Mechanical seals


    • Types in use
    • Repairs executed
    • Installation
    • Sealplans

    Module 10: Centrifugal Pump


    • Start up and Testing FAT/SAT
    • Pump on site testing
    • Exercise on pump curves

    Module 11: Centrifugal Compressors


    • Overhaul philosophy
    • Performance
    • Capacity Control
    • Anti-surge Protection
    • Lube oil systems
    • Installation and maintenance
    • Failure discussion
    • Fouling impact
    • Shaft seals
    • Sealing systems

    Module 12: Metal Loss Mechanisms


    • Erosion
    • Cavitation
    • Corrosion
    • Wear

    Module 13: Bearings


    • Different types
    • Properties and service
    • Failure discussions
    • Technology

    Module 14: Anti-Friction Bearings


    • Manufacture & Installation
    • Failure mechanisms
    • Mode identification
    • Inadequate lubrication
    • Electrical discharge

    Module 15: Failure analysis


    • Failure case discussions
    • How to identify in early stage

    Module 16: Gas Turbines


    • Types of GT & power rating, Principles
    • Start-up & testing
    • Overhaul practices
    • Operating profile
    • Air systems& fouling of GT’s
    • Fuel types and systems
    • Turbine materials
    • Turbine materials cont.
    • Component parts
    • Component Repair

    Module 17: Gas turbine case history


    • Fouling
    • Derating
    • Damages overheating

    Module 18: Steam Turbines


    • Overview of types
    • Overhaul practices
    • Control systems
    • Overspeed protection
    • Start-up & testing
    • Steam Purity & Quality
    • Running Clearances
    • Split Flanges
    • Blade Failures
    • Wet Steam damage

    Module 19: PD/Recip compressors


    • Introduction to compressor types
    • Overhaul Philosophy
    • Suction & Discharge Valves
    • Capacity control
    • Gas quality
    • Condition monitoring
    • Compressor conversions

    Module 20: New technology


    • Cooling fans
    • Dieselengines
    • Sealless/Subsea Compression
    • Compressors

    Module 21: Electric motors


    • Maintenance
    • Bearings
    • Lubrication


    Although the course is aimed at a “Knowledge” (Understand) level, practical exercises and case studies will form an integral part of the learning process.

  • The objectives and modules of the training course “Selection, Operation & Maintenance of Pumps, Compressors and Prime Movers” are directly linked to the Competence Assurance Programme (CAP) as developed by SOGOS Academy. Skills are selected from the SOGOS Academy skills library and these are translated into the training course curriculum. This approach ensures that each training event will demonstrable contribute to the competence of course participants.

    The management framework CAP ensures competence of all employees through:

    • the use of a unique set of skills standard to the oil & gas industry
    • a common language for skills and competence
    • the use of development/job profiles for each employee
    • fit-for-purpose training targets
    • a control mechanism to measure state of competence
  • About the trainer
    High level specialist in gasturbines, diesel/gas engines, power generation and all type of pump and compressor installations, all static equipment in O&G. Efficiency driven maintenance strategist with a clear view on Total Cost of Ownership. Trainer/teacher on several mechanical engineering courses. Trouble shooter on major equipment and rotor dynamic behavior specialist on all type of equipment trains. Rotor dynamic specialist with authority in industry.

    Production Operations & Maintenance

    Years of experience:

  • For more information about this training, please send an email. If you need immediate assistance, please contact by phone.