Introduction to Pumps and Pumping Systems


1-day course

CPD Credit: 6 hours, C1

Course Overview

This course will provide an insight to pump application, selection, operation, and maintenance. It is an introductory course that will focus on hydraulic system behaviour, pumps, and components within the pumping system and how these are interconnected.

Delegates will gain knowledge in understanding pump performance characteristics and how it relates to the overall system. The effects of system and/or changes to energy usage and pump reliability will also be highlighted.

Course Aim

The primary objective is to give each delegate a fundamental knowledge of the basic principles of pumps. It will focus on the definitions of various pumps such as positive displacement and rotodynamic pumps and explanation of the important technical concepts relating to pumps.

These are the different types of pumps, pump selection criteria, pump performance curves, system curves, cavitation, and pump operation.

The course will cover, but is not limited to:

Properties of Fluids

Introduction to pump types

Pump components

Pump operating principles

System curve

Pump curve

Suction conditions and Net Positive Suction Head (NPSH)

Selection and sizing

Pumping various liquids

Pump drivers

Installation and operation of pumping equipment

Who Should Attend?

This course is focused to the needs of chemical, instrumentation, maintenance, and mechanical engineers and technicians working with pumps across the biopharma, food, water and wastewater, chemical and power generation sectors.

Trainer's Profile

Ger Nagle

Gerard Nagle has previously worked for Emerson Process Management with extensive experience with Fisher control valves. He also has extensive experience with Farris pressure relief valves. Currently, Gerard is a lecturer in TU Dublin in the department of Mechanical Engineering. He lectures modules on Fluid Mechanics and Unit Operations. Gerard has a M.Sc. in Process Systems Engineering from Cranfield University.


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"Very good and comprehensive day course, wide range of pumps examined"

"Enjoyed it and found it very informative"

Please contact the Team for further information on scheduled course dates and In-Company options. You can reach us by phone: 01 665 1305 or email