This multi day program addresses the most common pump technologies found in today’s industrial facilities.  Overall design and operation concepts will be discussed with a specific focus on achieving reliable pumping systems.  Additional topics that will be covered include mechanical seals, lubrication, bearings, basic introduction to vibration analysis, piping design and equipment overhaul practices.

An additional module titled “Installation of Rotating Equipment – Best Practices” is also available.  In today’s economy there are numerous construction projects and industry has shown that the long term reliability of rotating equipment can be significantly improved using proper installation methods.  As well, capital costs can be controlled, or reduced without compromising machine reliability.

The emphasis on all of these sessions is to provide the attendees with practical information that can be used to better understand pumps and the systems that they operate in.  


Mr. Vetro is a Mechanical Engineer with over 30 years of industry experience in the rotating equipment and construction industries.  He has worked for major oil, petrochemical and engineering companies providing solutions to design and reliability problems.  Since 1998, Mr. Vetro has been a principal engineer of his own consulting companies specializing in rotating equipment and construction project services.

As a consulting engineer, he has provided engineering and field services to numerous oil & gas companies, turbo-machinery manufacturers and industrial clients.  Mr. Vetro has taught courses on turbo-machinery topics all over Western Canada and internationally.


Practical Pump Technology

  • Overview of different pump types and their application.
  • Centrifugal pumps and positive displacement pumps.
  • Basic hydraulic theory.
  • Use of pump curves.
  • Pump system design and the impact on operation and reliability.
  • Axial and radial forces.
  • Off peak operation and the effect on reliability.
  • NPSH – effect and proper design considerations.
  • Parallel and series operation.
  • The correct use of affinity laws.
  • Overview of mechanical seals and related systems.
  • Bearings and lubrication systems common in pump designs.
  • Basic metallurgy.
  • Overview of basic condition monitoring principles include vibration analysis and balancing requirements. 
  • Pipe design and pipe strain concerns on industrial pumps.
  • Start up and operating procedures.
  • Overhaul and maintenance procedures.
  • Dimensional inspections.
  • Bearing installation.
  • Lubrication analysis.
  • Many examples and in class group exercises to reinforce concepts.

This course can easily be customized to suit different needs, content and available time requirements.  Please contact us for more details.

Installation of Rotating Equipment – Best Practices

  • What happens after the pump (or compressor) is delivered?
  • How will your equipment be installed?
  • How should your equipment be installed?
  • What does the rest of industry do to reduce purchase and installation costs?
  • Do your customers/management demand the lowest total installed cost without affecting reliability?
  • Do you have all the knowledge and “tools” to complete a total solution?

This half day seminar will deal with all of these questions and more!!  Proper installation of rotating equipment does not need to be a costly exercise if correct planning and good decisions are made.  In most cases costs can be reduced without affecting the long term reliability.


Personnel involved in the design, installation, maintenance, or operation of pumps will gain improved knowledge of pumps and the systems they operate in.  The benefits of attending include:

  • An increased understanding of the practical aspects of design, maintenance and operating principles.
  • Improved knowledge for troubleshooting pump problems.
  • Enlightening group discussions between participants.