Pump Maintenance Workshop


Who should attend?

  • This course aims to master the elements of language and to understand the mechanical systems, in terms of design, characterization and maintenance/repair and to remind or learn how to work on a pump, and more generally on a machine, in a workshop.
Audience :
  • Professionals from the Oil & Gas industry in connection with equipment and mechanical systems (operation, maintenance) who wish to acquire best practices or to upgrade their knowledge about these systems.
  • Positions mainly concerned are: mechanics, mechanical work preparators, mechanical supervisors.

Level : Foundation

Course Content


  • Oil & Gas pump technology

      • Centrifugal pumps - Functional approach
      • Step-by-step study of the main functions:
      • Process: impeller, wear ring, balancing, shape of the pump casing…
      • Sealing: mechanical seal, typical arrangements (simple, double, dry seal). Selection as per API 382 standard, materials, type.
      • Supporting: axial and radial, thrust bearing, plain bearing and anti-friction bearings.
      • Lubrication: oil and grease, mist, lubricating rings.
      • Monitoring and troubleshooting.
      • Step-by-step construction of a single-stage centrifugal pump.
      • Positive displacement pumps:
      • Different types of pumps: rotating and positive displacement pumps.
      • Operating principle and use of the different types of pumps.
      • Influence of the clearance, the internals leaks, and the type of product on the flowrate and pressure.
      • Monitoring and troubleshooting.
      • Specific choices:
      • Driving systems.
      • ATEX: material consequences.
  • Fundamentals of mechanics

      • Standards of technical drawing: 2D and isometric views, projections, sectional and cutaway views, perspectives, technical vocabulary.
      • Dimensioning of parts and mechanical systems, ISO tolerances and main adjustments.
      • Dimensional tolerances and functional clearance.
      • Geometrical tolerances and surface conditions characterization.
      • Bearing design and assemblies.
      • Presentation of the tools in a metrology workshop, performances and rules of use.
      • Measurements with the caliper, comparators, micrometers.
      • Tutorials:
      • Dimensioning and full geometrical inspection of a pump shaft.
      • Understanding the cutaway view of a simple pump.
      • Representation of a machine element in 2D projections and perspectives.
  • Disassembly, overhaul & reassembly of an overhung centrifigal pump

      • All the disassembly and reassembly stages step-by-step (routings).
      • Explanation of the metrological inspection.
      • Measuring diameters, runout.
      • Measuring functional clearances (expansion taken into account).
      • Seal inspection.
  • Technology of anti-friction bearings & couplings

      • Description of the different bearings: description, internal clearances, mounting.
      • Lifespan: influence of the load, lubrication, humidity, clearances.
      • Lubrication.
      • Coupling used depending on the load and the machine speed.
  • Machine alignment

      • Machine alignment techniques: comparators and lasers.
      • Calculations on practical cases.

      • Hands-on activities in our workshops with our tools and metrology instruments:
      • Work on motor/pump block (asynchronous motor/overhung centrifugal pump) and work on double shaft centrifugal pump.
      • Receipt of a pump from the plant or the site(*).
      • Use of the technical file, maintenance routings and understanding of anything related to the schemes and information files: dimensions, adjustments, tolerances, functional clearance
      • Identification of the spare parts(*).
      • Presentation of the tools in a metrology workshop, performances and rules of use.
      • Compliance with disassembling/assembling procedures.
      • Geometrical inspection of the piece of equipment.
      • Inspection of the condition of the elements and the wearing parts at disassembly: corrosion, defects, coupling, wear, rupture.
      • Inspection of clearances at disassembly.
      • Functioning and use of support equipment: bearing heating by induction, monochromatic light for mechanical seal inspection(*)
      • Tests after repair and compliance with good practices.
      • Preparation of an intervention report.
      • For in-house courses, the above-described hands-on activities can be carried out in your workshops and on-site, on a piece of equipment to be repaired or overhauled, with your tools and metrological instruments.
      • (*): indicates activities that can only be performed in the case of an in-house course in your workshop.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • know the basics of technical drawing, characterize a part, a mechanical assembly,
  • master the rules of the art of mechanical system design, identify the main assemblies such as bearing assemblies,
  • know the main elements of power transmission (gears, gimbals…),
  • wisely use the metrology instruments used in the workshop (use, performances, calibration),
  • carry out a disassembly and assembly routing of a centrifugal pump – and more generally of a machine – by completing the dimensional and geometrical inspection required.

Ways & Means

  • Very interactive animation by highly experienced trainers.
  • Stepwise approach, from the dimensioning of a simple part to the assembly in the workshop.