How important is the reliability of your pumping system?

One of the most important stages in the life of a pump is when it’s first installed which is why Pump Industry Australia (PIA) is inviting pump workers to undertake an installation and commissioning course to make sure they are accredited and know how to minimise potential problems during installation.

The training course has been developed by industry experts and is recommended for all people involved in the supply and installation of pumping systems, including pump suppliers, consultants, contractors and installers.

The course suits people still learning, workers who need a refresher in the intricacies of installation and commissioning, or anyone who wants to take their skills to the next level and have official accreditation by the wider industry.

The next Installation and Commissioning Course will be held on 14 September 2016 at Link Pump, 5 Ponting Street, North Williamstown, 3016.

The course will run from 8.15am to 5pm and costs $550.00 for PIA members and $650.00 for non-members.

Why accreditation?

Within the industry there has been increasing concern over the quality of commissioning personnel, and authorities in one state are planning to place restrictions on the people who can install and commission pumps in water services, via a National Occupational Licensing System.

To ensure a high standard is maintained across the industry, the PIA is teaching this in depth one-day course, and will then create and register a pool of appropriately qualified people and list them on its website.

On completion of the course, participants receive certificate of satisfactory completion and will be registered on the PIA website.

The course is limited to 10 participants, so each attendee can learn and ask questions in an inclusive environment.

The training day itself is split into two sections, a theory session in the morning followed by hands-on practical work in the afternoon.

The theory session for installation covers foundation construction, erection of the pumpset, levelling of the pumpset, grouting, installation of pipework and the alignment of the pump and drive.

This not only teaches participants how to install a pumpset, but also how to to inspect an installation prior to commissioning to ensure the work by others has been done correctly.

The theory session for commissioning covers commissioning personnel, commissioning tools, preparation, pre start checks and procedures, pumpset start, commissioning run, evaluation of the commissioning run, troubleshooting and commissioning reports.

Once everyone has a full knowledge of all the skills, the afternoon practical session allows you to apply these skills by checking the pump level and alignment of a pumpset and participating in commissioning, including taking the appropriate readings.

The practical session also includes an evaluation session of the data and a discussion on corrective actions that could be taken.

Critically important

Installing and commissioning a pump correctly is critically important, as doing so will ensure a pump has a trouble free working life when it begins operation.

This needs to be done by a qualified professional to avoid costly problems later down the track.

Learning the most up to date techniques and skills from the industry’s peak body, PIA, and then being registered on its site, is vital to any pump professional who deals with installation and commissioning.

If you wish to attend the course, receive the certificate of satisfactory completion and will be registered on the PIA website, contact Kevin Wilson at pumpsaustralia@bigpond.com.

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