Pumps and Motors

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Course Overview

This course will improve your knowledge of practical hydraulics, enhance your pump installation and maintenance practices, and help you understand seals, impellers, shafts, bearings and lubrication.

Who Should Attend?

  • Engineers
  • Operators
  • Consulting engineers
  • Municipal and industrial pump users
  • Water and wastewater personnel
  • Chemical and petroleum pump users
  • Maintenance managers and technicians

Course Outline

Pump Components and Materials

Hydraulics, Selection, and Curves

Pump Types and Applications

Electric Motors, Enclosures, and Insulation

Bearings, Lubrication, and Sealing Systems

Energy Conservation and Life Cycle Costs

Variable Speed Systems and VFDs

Software Alternatives

Installation, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting


Edward Cowern

Edward Cowern was District Manager for Baldor Electric Company in New England for more than 20 years. A motor expert and well-known technical writer, Mr. Cowern has published papers in journals such as Machine Design, Design News, Power Transmission Design, Power Engineering, and Plant Services and Control Engineering. His technical papers have been used by motor personnel throughout the country, and are included with this course. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, a professional engineer, and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Ned Paschke

Ned Paschke, PE, DEE, is a program director and professor of practice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in analysis and improvement of water and wastewater systems and facilities. Before joining the UW-Madison, he was director of engineering for the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District and a hydraulic engineering consultant for national and international engineering firms.

Michael Volk

Michael Volk, PE is President of Volk and Associates, Inc., in Oakland, California. Mr. Volk’s experience includes more than 30 years specializing in pumps and pump systems. His service includes pump evaluations, consulting, field-testing, training, pump market research, and serving as an expert witness for pump litigation. Mr. Volk has also started and managed a grass-roots facility to repair industrial pumps of all types. He was responsible for engineering and marketing activities with the $30 million vertical pump division of a major pump manufacturer. Mr. Volk has written numerous professional papers on pumps and is the author of the book, “Pump Characteristics and Applications,” 3rd edition, published by CRC Press, included with this course.

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