Course Spotlight

Pump and Seal Operator Training

This is a Basic level course designed to teach operators how to run mechanically sealed pump. Other craftsmen, entry-level engineers and technicians may also benefit from the course.

Course Description

The purpose of this program is to teach principles and procedures that will optimize pump and seal life through proper operation. Participants will learn to identify causes of rotating equipment failure through operation and discuss corrective methods.

Participants also will study and interpret the sights and sounds of potential failure, then identify corrective actions. The course includes reviews of proper startup and shutdown procedures and identifying purposes and functions of critical pump and seal components.


All personnel or supervisors involved with the routine operation of mechanically sealed equipment would benefit from attending this course. Others who would also enhance their knowledge base include engineers responsible for the reliability of mechanical seals and pumps.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Explain how centrifugal pumps and mechanical seals operate
  • Identify causes of rotating equipment failure through improper operation
  • Describe the function and operation of auxiliary equipment
  • Describe proper startup and shutdown of equipment
  • Describe troubleshooting procedures which identify and correct potential rotating equipment damage or failure


It is recommended that participants have some experience with rotating equipment.

Course Length

Typically one day (8 hours) but may vary by location.