Course 2 – Essentials of Pumping Technology

For those students who have day-to-day involvement with pumps and pumping systems, this course aims to provide the knowledge needed to cover normal situations. Likely students are all personnel who manage, or are involved in, designing, specifying, selling, sourcing, installing, servicing and maintaining pumping equipment.

Course 2 qualification recognises the ability to gain and – where relevant – apply a range of knowledge and understanding. Learning at this level involves building knowledge and is appropriate for the many job roles.

  • Overview
  • Pump basics
  • Maths refresher
  • Physics refresher
  • Liquid flow (including cavitation)
  • Inlet features
  • Outlet features
  • Rotodynamic pumps
  • PD pumps (general)
  • Rotary PD pumps
  • Reciprocating PD pumps
  • Drives and seals
  • Energy
  • Pumps systems
  • Metals
  • Pump seclection
  • Satutory requirements
  • Glossary and credits
  • References

The course is arranged in chapters, each concluding with a short test that constitutes the coursework. Subject to satisfactory6 coursework, a final assessment is authorised. A pass rate of 60% must be achieved in the final assessment in order to gain a BPMA certificate which will show a grading of Pass, Credit or Distinction. The course will take up to 90 hours to complete.

Each student will initially go through approximately 50 pages of physics and mathematics tuition in chapters 3 and 4 as a refresher to ensure they will understand all of the information covered.

The next three chapters cover all the main features you would expect to find when researching liquid flow, pump inlet and outlet conditions. Chapters 8, 9, 10 & 11 are the main chapters of the course and offer a wealth of information on Rotodynamic, General PD, Rotary and Reciprocating pumps with over 230 separate topics covered – making this the most comprehensive piece of pump training available.

To operate pumps you generally need to seal them to prevent leakage and rotate them at a suitable speed – chapter 12 covers the current options available.

As pumps are one of the largest users of motive electricity, chapters 13 and 14 discusses energy and energy reduction. The system and how a pump reacts to different issues that can occur is reviewed.

One particular area that is rarely identified in pump training, because of its complexity, is metallurgy and chapter 15 includes the eight forms of corrosion amongst other useful information which should assist the student in making the correct material choice.

Finally Section 16 covers information on all types of pumps to ensure the correct pump will be selected.

Individual tests follows each chapter to ensure the student has fully understood the contents.

The final test is taken from a large pool of questions covered in the course content.

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