Compressors Maintenance


Who should attend?

  • This course provides a better understanding of the technology, performance and maintenance of centrifugal and volumetric compressors.
Public :
  • Engineers and technicians involved in centrifugal and volumetric compressor maintenance or engineering.
  • Employees in charge of maintenance running of the compression systems.

Level :Skilled

Prerequisite :
  • Provide evidence of a professional experience of at least 1 month related to the concerned field.

Course Content

  • TECHNOLOGY & OPERATION - Duration : 2 Days

      • Centrifugal compressors:
      • Different types of centrifugal compressors.
      • Component parts and architecture of a centrifugal compressor.
      • Technology of the essential components: stator, rotor, bearings, thrust bearing, seals.
      • Vibrations, critical speed, dynamic balancing.
      • Auxiliary equipment: lubrication system, buffer gas, balancing line…
      • Safety parameters: axial displacement, vibrations, bearing and thrust bearing temperatures, oil pressure…
      • Reciprocating compressors:
      • Different types of reciprocating compressors.
      • Component parts and architecture of a reciprocating compressor.
      • Technology of the essential components: cylinder, piston, valves, sealing systems, crankshaft, connecting rod…
      • Auxiliary equipment: lubrication of motion parts and cylinders, cooling interstage and cooling devices systems, connections to the flare.
      • Rotary compressors:
      • Different types: screw, liquid ring, lobes, sliding vanes…
      • Component parts and architecture of a rotary compressor.
      • Auxiliary equipment: lubrication system.
      • Typical using.
  • MAINTENANCE (preventive, conditional, corrective) - Duration : 2 Days

      • Preventive maintenance: systematic actions, routine, alignment…
      • Conditional maintenance: vibrations measurement, oil of lubrication analysis, thermography…
      • Corrective maintenance: mounting, dismounting, metrology, repairing technics.

      • Data sheet.
      • Technologic choices.
      • P&ID reading.
  • TROUBLESHOOTING - Duration : 0.5 Day

      • Failure and incidents: surge, slugging, over limits functioning…

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the behavior and the technology of compressors,
  • Provide the maintaining solutions applied in their compression units,
  • Establish a diagnosis of the incidents and participate in the troubleshooting meetings.

Ways & Means

  • Functional approach for a better understanding.
  • Interactive course.
  • Numerous examples and cases studies from the Oil & Gas production industry and analysis of manufacturer file.

Learning assessment

  • Written test upon training course completion.


Coordinator :IFP Training trainer (permanent or contracted) having a good expertise and/or experience of the related topics, trained to adult teaching methods, and whose competencies are kept up-to-date.

To French entities : IFP Training is referenced to DataDock ; you may contact your OPCO about potential funding. Please contact our disabled persons referent to check the accessibility of this training program :