PIA develops new training course

by Alan Rowan, PIA Executive Officer – Publications & Training

The PIA is in the process of finalising a new training course, which will fill a need in the industry for quality information and training on the installation and commissioning of pumps.

The Installation and Commissioning course will be designed to a high standard, with a view to having it accepted by pump manufacturers and suppliers, contractors and end users as the qualification required to supervise the installation, and carry out the commissioning of pumps.

The course will comprise three sections. The first section will take place in a classroom environment, and it will cover how pumps are installed, including concrete base construction, erection of the pump set, installation of the suction and delivery pipes and aligning the pump set prior to commissioning. The first section will also cover the commissioning of both electric and engine driven pumps, including personnel requirements, tool requirements, pre-start checks and procedures, pump set starting, commissioning run, how to estimate the pump duty in relation to the system curve, troubleshooting during commissioning, pump shutdown, record keeping during commissioning  and signing off on completion of commissioning.The Installation and Commissioning course will be designed to a high standard, with a view to having it accepted by pump manufacturers and suppliers, contractors and end users as the qualification required to supervise the installation, and carry out the commissioning of pumps.

The second and third sections of the course will be practical – one covering electric driven pumps and the other covering engine driven pumps. Both these sections will take students through the commissioning process for the two types of pump set, including preparation for commissioning starting, running and stopping the pump set and keeping the required records. The practical will also cover troubleshooting and duty estimation.

The course will be designed so that each section will take half a day, and the participants will be tested at the end of each section and a pass will be required at each section for the successful completion of the course. In order to ensure that each participant gets the instructor’s full attention, each course will be limited to ten participants. The classroom aspect of the course will be conducted using powerpoint presentations with each participant receiving comprehensive course notes.

At this time preparation of the course notes and powerpoint presentation is well underway. In order to be sure that what has been produced meets industry needs, PIA will conduct a ‘dry run’ session of the classroom part of the course, with time allowed for feedback from those attending on content and presentation.

PIA would like as many interested members to attend as possible, so we can cater the course to meet the industry’s needs. There will be no charge for attending this ‘dry run’ and the details are as follows:

Bruce County Hotel
445 Blackburn Road
Mt Waverley 3149

23 June 2015, 1-5 pm

Anybody wishing to attend this preview of the installation and commission course should contact Kevin Wilson at pumpsaustralia@bigpond.com.

 

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