Pump System Fundamentals Course - July 6, 2022

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Pump System Fundamentals (PSF) Course

July 6, 2022


Pump System Fundamentals (PSF) Live Virtual Course offers participants the same instructors, training systems, course materials, personal support, and face-to-face engagement with instructors and other participants that they would expect to find in a conventional classroom. The PSF course brings participants together in a virtual classroom, where they receive training from the experts via a live video link.  The Participants are inter-connected via audio and video, enabling them to interact both with the the instructor and their classmates.  learners can speak to their instructor at any time to ask questions, request assistance, and the instructors can provide hands-on support. 

Course Objectives

  • Importance of focusing on the pump system and optimization 
  • Energy Consumption 
  • System Hydraulics and System Curves 
  • Pump Curves 
  • Pump and System Curve Interaction and Control 
  • Total Head Net Positive Suction Head
  • Preferred and Allowable Operating Regions
  • Common operating problems & troubleshooting
  • Rotodynamic & Positive Displacement Pump Fundamentals
  • Driver & VFD Fundamentals
Course Materials

Participants will also receive the following course materials:

  • Pump System Optimization and Assessment Course Manual in Electronic Format
  • Pump System Optimization Guidebook in Electronic Format – Retail Value $205
  • Pump System Assessment Pre-screening Checklist
  • Follow-up activities such as webinars and surveys 
Features and Benefits
  • No travel costs, no time away from your company: Join from your office or from home
  • Attend classes held by the same expert instructors who deliver courses at our live courses
  • Cover the same content as in our traditional classroom courses. Participants will receive course materials electronically
  • Participants can see each other, talk to each other, and speak to their instructor via microphone and camera. One-on-one conversations can be set up if required
Technical Requirements
  • Computer, monitor, and Internet connection
  • Webcam
  • Option of computer audio or a dial-in number
  • WEBEX video conference platform
PSF 1-Day Course Outline
  • Introduction to Pump systems
  • Introduction to pump Types
  • Pump system energy consumption
    • Pump output power exercise
    • Pump input power exercise
    • Motor input power exercise
  • System Curves
    • Measuring the system curve exercise
  • Pump curves
  • Combining the pump and system curves
  • Pump Total Head
    • Total head calculation exercise
  • Net Positive Suction Head Available (NPSHA)
    • Net Positive Suction Head exercise 1
    • Net Positive Suction Head exercise 2
  • Varying the operating point
    • Hydraulic loss due to throttling exercise
  • Parallel and series pumping 
  • Factors that impact efficiency and reliability
    • Suction specific speed exercise
  • Common operating problems
  • Rotodynamic pump fundamentals
    • Specific speed and attainable efficiency exercise
  • Positive displacement pump fundamentals
  • Introduction to valves, motors and variable speed drives
    • Pump efficiency calculation exercise

Jim Swetye

Former Vice President of Knowledge and Education for the Hydraulic Institute

Swetye Services, LLC

Jim Swetye recently retired after forty-three years of service in the pump industry. He worked in a variety of training, product management, marketing, and sales positions with Grundfos, Pentair Water, and Crane Pumps & Systems. Jim is also a former Vice President of Knowledge and Education for the Hydraulic Institute and a former member of the Board of Directors of Pump Systems Matter. He holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in English from Hiram College and a Master of Science degree in Education from Emporia State University.


PSF 1 Day Course
07/06/2022 at 9:30 AM (EDT)  |  480 minutes
07/06/2022 at 9:30 AM (EDT)  |  480 minutes Educate and train new pump engineers, technical sales, pump system owners, designers, and operators on the fundamentals of pump and system design, including system hydraulics and calculations, pump and system curves, system components, factors affecting reliably and energy consumption, and control. To access the course please use "Click here to Join" button
Post-Course Assessment-PSF
16 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  13/16 points to pass
16 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  13/16 points to pass This assessment has 16 questions and requires at least 80% correct answers to pass. You must pass this assessment in order to earn your certificate of completion.
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7.00 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
7.00 PDH credits  |  Certificate available