Course 1 – Introduction to Pumping Technology

This course provides standardised terminology, and a basic approach to the various pump types. It is targeted at all students who need to know the language of the pump industry. This qualification recognises basic knowledge, and the ability to apply learning with guidance or supervision. Learning at this level can be linked to job competence.

  • Introduction
  • What is a pump
  • Units and dimensions
  • Pump family
  • Rotodynamic pumps
  • Rotary positive displacement (Reciprocating PD pumps)

The family tree

  • Pumping issues
  • Pumping systems
  • Legal issues
  • The pump industry
  • Dictionary
  • Conversion factors
  • Suggested reading
  • Final test instructions.

The course is broken down into chapters, each concluding with a short test that constitutes the coursework. Subject to satisfactory coursework, a final assessment is authorised. The course will take up to 20 hours to complete. A pass rate of 60% must be achieved in the final assessment in order to gain a BPMA Certificate which is graded on a Pass, Credit or Distinction basis.

This course is suitable for all personnel who need a grounding or refresher in the basics of pumping. These may be the staff manning your reception desk, newcomers to your organisation, less experienced staff or even non engineering management. The course has been set at a basic level but will still test the student to ensure they have fully understood its contents.

The first chapters of the course outline some of the physical properties used in pumping and look at the units and dimensions commonly used in pumping and subsequently explain in more detail how and when they are used.

Chapter 4 looks at pump families, their diversity and the different types and groups. The next three chapters covers the basic principles of each type and through video and animation you will learn how they operate.

Later chapters cover the basics of selecting the different types, also where and when each type is appropriate and chapter 10 discusses the significance of a pumping systems and the complexity of the principle components. The final chapter covers the legal issues surrounding the pump industry and why they are so important.

The course covers 16 separate chapters. Chapters 2 to 11 each have individual tests, drawn at random from a pool of questions, to ensure the student has fully understood the contents. These form the students’ course work. A final test is taken from the large pool of questions covered in the course content