Basic Water and Wastewater Pump Maintenance - Course 6539

Basic Water and Wastewater Pump Maintenance


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  • 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


President of GLS Environmental Associates, a full service training and operations consulting company serving the water utility sector.


Glynn served from 1994 until 2004 as the Utility Maintenance Superintendent of the Anne Arundel County (Md.) department of Public Works, where he was responsible for managing, maintaining and upgrading the County's 1100 mile water distribution system.


Prior to 1994, he was Manager of Anne Arundel County's Collection System Evaluation and Rehabilitation Division.


His experience in water and wastewater systems has evolved through a structured progression of job activities which included plumbing, industrial well drilling, equipment operation, system maintenance, plant operation, and utility maintenance management.


EDUCATION:  B.S., cum laude, University of Baltimore, 1991. Business Administration; 

Anne Arundel Community College, 1984. Civil Engineering Technology.


LICENSES and CERTIFICATES: CET (Certified Environmental Trainer); State of Maryland Operator Certifications in both Wastewater Collection and Water Distribution.                         




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