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Currently we provide courses for certification in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pensylvania, and Texas. Visit our Store to view how each of our courses is credited in your state.

We offer the following courses in the following categories:

   
  Compressed Air

COMPESSED AIR SYSTEMS: FUNDAMENTALS

Fundamentals of compressed air systems; interrelationship of pressure, temperature and volume; water vapor and dew point; flow of air thru compressor, intercooler, aftercooler, receiver, dryer.

COMPRESSED AIR SYSTEMS: RECIPROCATING COMPRESSORS

Component function and operating characteristics of reciprocating compressors; lubricated and non lubricated; start up and shut down.

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  Equipment Operations & Maintenance

FUNDAMENTALS OF PROCESS INSTRUMENTATION: INTRODUCTION

This unit covers the three states of matter, the difference between physical and chemical properties, energy forms, and how thermal energy is transferred. Included also is process variables, instruments, and units of measure such as temperature, weight, pressure, level, and flow. Finally, control loops are covered along with monitoring systems, sensors, indicators and recorders, transmitters, controllers, and final control elements.

FUNDAMENTALS OF PROCESS INSTRUMENTATION: SENSORS

The operation and use of sensors that measure temperature, pressure, level, flow, and weight including thermocouples, resistance temperature detectors, filled thermal systems and thermowells; transducers, strain guages and capacitance pressure sensors; bubblers, floats, displacement sensors, capacitance, conductivity probes, ultrasonic and radar sensors and other single point level sensors; differential pressure sensors, vortex sensors, magnetic flow sensors, positive displacement sensors, turbine flow sensors and mass flow sensors, covering rate and velocity, viscosity, density, friction and patterns of flow; strain guage load cells, load cell applications and pneumatic and hydraulic load cells.

FUNDAMENTALS OF PROCESS INSTRUMENTATION: CONTROL LOOPS & THEIR ELEMENTS

This unit covers the function of transmitters in a process control loop and explains the basic operation of pneumatic and electronic transmitters. Included also is the function and use of recorders (horizontal, vertical, circular chart recorders as well as electronic display and computer chart displays); controller operations (process instrument control loop, on-off control mode, proportional band, integral, and derivative control modes, and programmable logic controllers); final control elements (pneumatically- and electronically-activated valves, positioners, reverse- and direct-acting control elements); control loops (simple, single element, cascade, feedforward control and ratio control).

COUPLING ALIGNMENT

Functions of shaft couplings; measurement and installation of couplings; misalignment; proper alignment procedures.

VALVES: OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE

General introduction to the function, operation and maintenance of several valves, including: gate; globe; check; plug; diaphragm; butterfly; safety; pressure and regulating; and others.

MECHANICAL SEALS

An introduction to the functions and installation of mechanical seals; inside & outside; balanced & unbalanced; maintenance.

CENTRIFUGAL PUMPS

Function of pump parts; operating characteristics; discharge head; flow; power requirements; bearings and lubrication; cavitation.

UNDERSTANDING BASIC MECHANICS

Covers force and motion, work and energy, and fluid mechanics as applied in industrial maintenance. Explains principles of operation for simple machines, the basic elements of industrial machines, and common measurement tools used to monitor and adjust equipment. Covers hand tools, power tools and fasteners and ways to reduce friction and wear.

LUBRICANTS AND LUBRICATION

A complete lubrication training program, including functions and characteristics of lubricants, factors in selection of lubricants, and effects of additives. Oils, greases, and other compounds used for lubrication are described, as well as their applications. Lubrication methods and recommended storage and handling procedures are included.

MAINTAINING WASTEWATER EQUIPMENT

The equipment used in handling and treating wastewater. Outlines correct facility maintenance procedures including necessary checks and testing of solids handling equipment. Covers the maintenance of flow measurement devices and the safety precautions of workers in the treatment plant environment.

PUMPS

This course covers typical applications of various types of pumps, describes factors affecting pump selection, and explains operating principles of centrifugal, propeller, and turbine, rotary, reciprocating, and metering pumps. Also included are special-purpose pumps, diaphragm pumps, and others designed to handle corrosive and abrasive substances. Finally, the course covers pump maintenance, packing gland, seal, and bearing replacement.

MAKING MEASUREMENTS

This course covers units of measurement used in commercial and industrial applications. Examines all aspects of basic measurement concepts and procedures, including accuracy and tolerance. Discusses techniques and devices for comparison measurements (dial indicators and gauge blocks). Shows common methods for measuring volume, motion, force, temperature, fluid flow, and electricity. Explains how to use scales and rules, combination calipers, and micrometers.

TROUBLESHOOTING SKILLS

Explores the subject of troubleshooting and the importance of proper maintenance procedures. Covers working with others, aids in communication, and trade responsibilities. Outlines troubleshooting techniques and aids using schematics and symbols. Focuses on specific maintenance tasks, breakdown maintenance, and planned maintenance.

BEARINGS

Covers principles and applications of various types of bearings including plain journal, ball, and roller bearings. Explains installation, inspection and repair of bearings. Deals with specialized bearings, including powdered-metal, nonmetallic, and hydrostatic bearings. Covers bearing seals, lubrication, and maintenance practices.

 

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Mathematics

MATHEMATICS IN THE PLANT: WHOLE NUMBERS

Whole numbers, symbols, and terms; addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; answer checking methods; basic rules to give maximum accuracy; sequential use of these four arithmetic processes; and practical word problems in the fields of laboratory control, production, and maintenance.

MATHEMATICS IN THE PLANT: FRACTIONS

Fraction terminology and the meaning of fractions; conversion of fractions to numbers; manipulating fractions in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; four basic steps in solving mathematical problems; practical sequential problems with fractions in laboratory control, production, and maintenance.

MATHEMATICS IN THE PLANT: DECIMALS AND PERCENTS

Decimals, percents, fractions, and mathematical processes involving the three. Converting from one to another; adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing with decimals; rounding off and checking decimal answers; converting measurement units; working in decimals in solving multiplication and division problems involving percents; practical sequential problems in production, laboratory control, and maintenance.

MATHEMATICS IN THE PLANT: AREA & VOLUME OF COMMON FIGURES

Calculation of area and volume of figures; recognition of plane surfaces and use of formulas to determine area; area calculation of irregular surfaces; calculation of the volumes; conversion of units of volume measurement.

READING AND PREPARING SIMPLE GRAPHS

Bar Graphs: recognition of parts, reading and interpolating values; selecting proper bar graphs; preparing simple graphs, selecting and ordering of data, setup of scales; drawing; using interrupted amount scale; reading and preparing component bar graphs. Line Graphs: identification of scales; point coordinates; determining the value of a missing coordinate; positive and negative coordinates; plotting points; setup of scales; preparation of smooth curves; and use of curve families and multi-scale graphs.

MATHEMATICS IN THE PLANT: POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE NUMBERS

A refresher on positive and negative numbers and their relationship to each other; using signs to determine positive or negative qualities; reading scale values above and below zero; adding negative numbers, positive and negative numbers; subtracting large positive numbers from smaller ones; and working problems that require the use of positive and negative numbers.

MATHEMATICS IN THE PLANT: SIMPLE ALGEBRA

The use of ratio and proportion to solve simple problems common in industry: explanation and means of expressing ratios; reducing to lower terms; forming a proportion; means and extremes; solving for unknowns in proportions; checking; proportions using verbal descriptions; and alternate and indirect proportions.

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Miscellaneous

INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH

Unit covers newly updated and expanded subject of industrial safety, including unsafe acts and conditions, and employer/employee responsibility for job safety. Explains government involvement in ensuring a safe workplace. Individual lessons discuss safety in various situations – using tools and machinery, handling chemicals and other materials, and working with electricity. Other lessons discuss personal protective equipment and fire safety. Includes expanded coverage of many health hazards – asbestos, noise, radiation ,and fetal exposures. Covers ergonomics and environmental responsibility. Concludes with a lesson on the importance of maintaining a safe work environment.

UNDERSTANDING BASIC ELECTRICITY & ELECTRONICS

This course covers a basic, nonmathematical approach to understanding principles of electricity. Introduces electron theory, static electricity, electrons in motion, and magnetism. Covers basic method of measuring current, voltage, and resistance. Explains circuit components – conductors, insulators, resistors, capacitors – and simple Ohm’s Law calculations for DC And AC circuits.

WASTEWATER TREATMENT PROCESSES

The various stages of wastewater treatment, the removal of solids, and the use of chemical and biological processes for water purification. Covers the treatment and disposal of the extracted solids.

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Science

PRESSURE AND ITS MEASUREMENT

Density; specific gravity; force; psi; feet of head; manometers; differential pressure.

FUNDAMENTALS OF BASIC PHYSICS

Principles of physics; weight, form, volume, temperature, pressure, density, specific gravity, condensates, and vapors; psi , feet of water, inches of mercury; absolute, gauge, atmospheric pressure and vacuum; effect of temperature and pressure on gas volumes, liquids, vapors, and condensates; compression and expansion.

BASIC CHEMISTRY

Chemical reactions, acids and bases; atoms and molecules; elements and compounds; chemical reactions; catalysts; acidity and alkalinity; pH and the pH scale. Some of the chemical symbols introduced arE: HCl, H2SO4, NaCl, NaOH, Hg, H2, N2, CO2, and H2O.

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY FOR PLANT OPERATORS

Chemical attraction; valance; radicals; synthesis of a compound; decomposition of a compound; relative activity of elements; factors which effect synthesis; action of a catalyst; types of mixtures; solutions and solvents; identification of acids, bases, and salts; and pH scale and measurement of pH.

WATER CHEMISTRY

The basic chemistry needed to understand the "how" and "why" of water treatment: source of water, water quality, dissolved and suspended impurities in water; ions; attraction between anions and cations; hardness; pH and the pH scale; alkalinity; and specific conductance.

INTRODUCTION TO WATER TECHNOLOGY

The nature, use and properties of water. The history of water treatment methods from ancient times to today’s sophisticated systems. The effects of chemical and biological factors on the purity of water. Water collection, treatment, and distribution. Physical, chemical and biological properties of water

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