Pumps and Compressors: Operation, Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Why Attend

This course covers the construction, design, operations, and maintenance of compressors, and rotary/centrifugal/reciprocating pumps.

Topics discussed will include the different types of pumps and compressors, their potential problems, maintenance and testing concepts and troubleshooting techniques. The course will also cover the various methods of pump alignments such as visual, straight edge/feeler gauge, rim, and face, reverse dial indication, cross dialing, and laser alignment.

Participants will also learn how to diagnose soft foot conditions and perform correction techniques.

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 pump and compressor systems.

Course Objectives

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

  • Describe the operation of centrifugal and positive displacement pumps including pump design aspects, laws, performance comparisons, characteristic curves, and performance testing
  • Test rotary pump performance and apply maintenance and troubleshooting techniques accordingly
  • Identify reciprocating pump types and perform reciprocating pump maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Determine centrifugal pump problems and perform centrifugal pump maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Identify compressor types, how they operate, their common problems, and perform troubleshooting techniques
  • Apply the various methods of pump alignments such as visual, straight edge and feeler gauge, rim and face, reverse dial indication, cross dialing, and laser alignment
  • Diagnose soft foot conditions, and apply measurement and correction techniques

Target Audience

This course is designed for plant personnel responsible for the installation and maintenance of positive displacement/ centrifugal pumps and compressors, including plant maintenance technicians and mechanical maintenance technicians. It will also be beneficial for professionals managing and supervising personnel involved in the operation and maintenance of pumps and compressors

Target Competencies

  • Pump maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Compressor maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Pump alignment methods
  • Soft foot correction
  • 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:

Unit Standard:

NQF Level:

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Course Fees

Note: Please fill in the online application form on the left or bottom if this page to receive a quotation with detailed pricing from AATICD.

How to Apply:

To Apply Simply Fill in the Online Enquiries / Applications form on the Right Sidebar or Bottom of this website https://www.aaticd.co.za


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

  • Pump operation and theory
    • Centrifugal pumps
    • Design aspects
    • Pump laws
    • Positive displacement pumps
    • Performance comparisons
    • Special purpose pumps
    • Pump characteristic curves
    • Performance testing
  • Rotary pump maintenance and troubleshooting
    • Pump performance
    • Pump tests
    • Pump problems
    • Pump maintenance
    • Pump troubleshooting
  • Reciprocating pump maintenance and troubleshooting
    • Reciprocating pump types
    • Pump problems
    • Pump maintenance
    • Pump troubleshooting
  • Centrifugal pump maintenance and troubleshooting
    • Pump problems
    • Pump maintenance
    • Pump troubleshooting
    • Pump inspections
  • Compressor maintenance and troubleshooting
    • Rotary screw compressors
    • Rotary vane compressors
    • Lobe type compressors
    • Reciprocating compressors
    • Lubrication and cooling
  • Pump alignment methods
    • Straight edge and feeler gauge
    • Rim and face
    • Reverse dial indication
    • Cross dialing
    • Laser alignment
    • Mathematical alignment formula calculations
    • Graphical solutions
  • Soft foot correction and tolerances
    • Soft foot definition
    • Effects of soft foot
    • Types of soft foot
    • Measuring soft foot
    • Correcting soft foot