UPDATE March 16, 2020: The 2020 Extended Short Courses have been postponed due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease, or COVID-19. The new dates will be October 12-15, 2020.
Turbo Lab to host new extended Short Courses in San Antonio
The Turbomachinery Laboratory is back this fall for another year of extended short courses. This time with new courses in a new location.
The Turbo Lab, a center of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) and part of The Texas A&M University System, will host concurrently four extended short courses October 12-15, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas.
“We are excited to be presenting this course in San Antonio. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Texas,” said Ken Atkins, an instructor of the Reciprocating Machinery Dynamics course. “There is a lot to do there, with the Riverwalk being the main attraction. We hope people will enjoy visiting.”
Three of the courses are familiar, and one new. Options include:
Reciprocating Machinery Dynamics (NEW): This course will help attendees understand the fundamentals of machinery and piping vibration and assist in determining their safety and reliability. Attendees will gain insight into methods for analyzing systems in the design stage to eliminate or prevent issues. This course is intended for engineers and analysts who work with plant machinery and piping and must make decisions about the reliability and safety of systems experiencing high vibration. The course is taught by Ken Atkins, Charles Hill, Troy Feese, and Stephen Price of Engineering Dynamics Incorporated.
Centrifugal Compressor Operations for 21st Century Users (CCOPS): CCOPS will assist to accelerate attendees understanding of centrifugal compressors and how they are used in oil and gas applications. This course covers design aspects, aerodynamics, rotordynamics, the practical applications of installation, testing, commissioning and procurement. CCOPS is for beginning-and-intermediate-level engineers and is taught by Jim Sorokes, Mark Sandberg, Jeff Moore, and Jigger Jumonville.
Rotordynamics: This course will provide attendees with a basis for understanding the rotordynamics- behavior and diagnosis- of turbines, compressors, expanders, motors, pumps and generators and their subcomponents to help select, analyze, troubleshoot and repair them for maximum reliability. The Rotordynamics course is full of case studies and workshops in order to create a hands-on evaluation of actual machines. This course is for beginning-and-intermediate-level petroleum, chemical, and power and gas engineers and is taught by Malcolm Leader, owner of Applied Machinery Dynamics.
Pump Systems Assessment Professional (PSAP) Preparation Course: The PSAP Preparation course is presented by the Hydraulic Institute in conjunction with the Turbo Lab. With energy efficiency and system optimization leading a shift in the pump industry, there is a growing need for pump system professionals with the knowledge and experience to perform high quality assessments to benchmark current systems and recommend system upgrades. Certification as a Pump Systems Assessment Professional (PSAP) provides third-party validation of an individual’s proficiency in pump fundamentals, pump system optimization techniques, and implementation of pump system assessments. This course is for those wanting to become PSAP Certified and is taught by Rafiq Qutub, Project Manager of GM BluePlan Engineering Limited. The PSAP Certification Exam is available to attendees after the completion of this course.
Engineers searching for continued education in their field are strongly encouraged to attend these short courses.
“Due to the quality and experience of the instructors, the small class sizes and opportunity to interact, attendees will be able to walk away with a lot of valuable information,” said Mark Sandberg, a CCOPS course instructor.
For more information on each course and to register, visit turbolab.tamu.edu/short-courses.
The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Turbomachinery Laboratory makes a vital impact on turbomachinery and related industries through research, education and professional workforce development.
We are excited to be presenting this course in San Antonio. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Texas. There is a lot to do there, with the Riverwalk being the main attraction. We hope people will enjoy visiting.