Basic Water and Wastewater Pump Maintenance - Course 6539

Basic Water and Wastewater Pump Maintenance

  • CEUs: .8
  • TREEO FDEP OCP 04191015: CEUs 0.8 DW WW DS
  • Time of class: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Coordinator Stephanie West     email:     phone: (352) 392-9570 or (352) 294-3877

This one-day course is designed to give the water and wastewater operator a basic understanding of how centrifugal and positive displacement pumps operate and what is required to keep them well maintained.  Subjects covered include how positive displacement and centrifugal pumps work, common preventive maintenance requirements, lubrication techniques, adjustment and replacement of pump packing, and basic troubleshooting logic.

At the conclusion of the class the student should be able to:

  • Discuss the types of positive displacement pumps and how they operate.
  • Describe common positive displacement pump problems and how to correct them.
  • Explain how a centrifugal pump operates.
  • List the common components of a centrifugal pump.
  • Define what cavitation is and how it’s caused.
  • Describe the proper way to lubricate pump bearings.
  • Discuss how to properly adjust or replace pump packing.
  • Describe how to effectively prime a pump.
  • Define the differences between preventive and predictive maintenance and give examples of each.
  • Explain the steps when troubleshooting a centrifugal pump problem.

What our Students are Saying About the Class:

" Liked most learning the difference between centrifugals positive displacement pumps"

"course was full of great and useful information"

"I liked the troubleshooting table"

"Great Instructor"

Course Instructor: 

Glynn Stoffel, CET

Mr. Stoffel is a certified environmental trainer and owner of GLS Environmental Associates.  He has over 30 years experience in maintaining and managing underground utility systems.  As a training consultant, he has delivered thousands of hours of training throughout the country on the safe operation, maintenance and construction of water, sewer and storm drain systems, including the development of a series of courses to assist construction inspectors in obtaining NICET certification.  He also provides training in water system security, emergency response planning and asset management and is a regular guest instructor at the Florida Water Utility Management Institute.  In addition to his work with the TREEO center, he conducts training for the Maryland Center for Environmental Training at the College of Southern Maryland, the Technology Transfer (T2) Center at the University of Maryland and the Environmental Training Center at Delaware Technical & Community College.  He has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore and is recognized as a Certified Environmental Trainer and Certified Instructional Technologist by the National Environmental, Safety and Health Training Association.




Hour 1

Class introduction, pre-test and an overview of the pumps used in water and wastewater operations

Hour 2

Positive displacement pump operation and troubleshooting

Hour 3

Centrifugal pump operation and components

Hour 4

Centrifugal pump operation and components (cont’d)

Hour 5

How to effectively adjust or replace pump packing.

Hour 6

Common preventive and predictive maintenance techniques

Hour 7

Basic pump troubleshooting methods

Hour 8

Class summary, post-test