Gas Turbines: Operation, Technology and Troubleshooting

Why Attend

This course covers the construction, operation, and controls of gas turbines giving participants the knowledge needed to operate, maintain and troubleshoot gas turbine systems. Participants will first learn about the gas turbine cycle and will then dive deeper into construction, operation and maintenance techniques.

Topics discussed will include the operation and maintenance of the air inlet and filtration system, the pulse cleaning system and the evaporative cooler. It will also include the various operations of the turbine control panel, the operator mode commands and the operation of the protection systems.

Participants will gain an understanding of all the different components of a turbine necessary for the operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of gas turbines.

Course Methodology

This course will be highly interactive and include group discussions, case studies, and syndicate work. It will include practical exercises that will allow all participants to use the knowledge they gained to demonstrate their skills in operating, maintaining and troubleshooting gas turbine systems.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the different stages involved in the operation of a gas turbine cycle
  • Operate and maintain the air inlet, the filtration system, the pulse cleaning system and the evaporative cooler
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the compressor section to include the rotor, variable guide vanes and compressor blading
  • Use the relevant turbine control terms to operate and control protection systems
  • Explain the construction and operation of the turbine section, including rotor, buckets, nozzles, and bearings
  • Outline the construction and operation of the liquid and gas fuel control systems, gas control valves and the lube oil system, essential to the operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of a gas turbine
  • Describe the construction and the theory behind the operation of a generator, including the starting system, the turning gear, the commutated inverter, and the cooling methods.

Target Audience

This course covers the fundamental skills for gas turbine operation personnel and maintenance personnel, including gas turbine operators, gas turbine maintenance technicians, and controls technicians. It will also be beneficial for professionals managing and supervising personnel involved in the operation and maintenance of gas turbines.

Target Competencies

  • Gas turbines construction
  • Gas turbines operation
  • Gas turbines maintenance
  • Gas turbines troubleshooting
  • Fuel control systems operation
  • Plant operations and controls
  • Mechanical engineering


South Africa

Training Dates:

Each course starts every Monday of each week. Please book your training on a date that is a Monday.

Course Duration:

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Course Fees

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When filling the online application form; please take note of your desired Training Month, Duration in Weeks and Training Session. This will give us the exact dates you will be attending your classes.

Also note that Tuition Fees must be paid upfront on or before training start date. This is to ensure that all resources are made availabe for you before you start. You will not be allowed into training if fees are not paid and verified.

Also note that Tuition Fees Cancellations must be made 14 business working days before the starting date of training. This will allow us to do a 50% refund of the total amount paid. If cancellations are made thereafter note that no refund will be made to delegates.

Tuition Fees include teas and lunch as well as either a laptop or tablet which a delegate will take home free of charge.

Tuition Fee DOES NOT include Accommodation, Dinners and other Extra Curricular Activities or Incidentals. Delegates are expected to fund this on their own. AATICD will not be held accountable for any incidents to delegates.

In-House Trainings are also available for 3 or more delegates for any duration. Please consult with our Administration for such In-House training bookings.

Course Outline

  • Gas turbine theory
    • Gas turbine operation cycle
    • Air inlet system
    • Compressor system
    • Combustion system
    • Gas path
    • Exhaust system
    • Support systems
  • Air inlet and filtration system
    • Air inlet and filtration system purpose
    • Air inlet and filtration system operation
    • Pulse cleaning operation
    • Pulse cleaning set points
    • Evaporative cooler
  • Compressor section
    • The compressor
    • The rotor
    • Variable input guide valves
    • The blading
  • Combustion system
    • Combustion system purpose
    • Combustion system operation
    • Crossfire tubes
    • Spark plugs
    • Flame detectors
  • Turbine section
    • Turbine construction
    • Turbine operation
    • Rotor cooling
    • Turbine buckets
    • Nozzles and bearings
  • Support systems
    • Fuel control
    • Liquid fuel control
    • Gas fuel control
    • Control valves
    • Speed ratio and stop valve
    • Lubrication operations
  • Generator
    • Theory of generator
    • Generator construction
    • Starting a generator
    • Turning gear
    • Commutated inverter
    • Cooling a generator
  • Plant operations and controls
    • Control panel
    • Important terms
    • Operator commands
    • Controls to conduct
    • Trip oil
    • Over speed
    • Over-temperature
    • Flame detection
    • Vibration detection
    • Combustion monitoring