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    Maintenance, Testing, and Diagnostics

    This course will provide the participants with the knowledge necessary to gain and enhance their mechanical aptitude in the area of testing and diagnostics.

    The purpose of this course is to develop a working knowledge, in participants, of the various testing procedures and the science behind them.  Understanding how to inspect and analyze these procedures failures and failure rates is also important.  Technicians will need to be able to troubleshoot the concepts and values involved with the diagnostics and root-cause analysis of these failures. 

    After the completion of this course, participants will be equipped with tools to prepare maintenance programs and analyze basic data associated with the failures through testing and diagnostics.  Participants will also have the basic knowledge required to test and diagnose problems associated with piping, valves, and the associated equipment and systems. The technicians will be better equipped to assist in testing and inspection procedures, as well as the proper maintenance.  This knowledge will also aid in better maintenance procedures and providing solid diagnostics.  Being able to understand and provide assistance in testing, whether destructive or non-destructive, increases the knowledge within the maintenance team.  Having this knowledge will help each technician develop confidence and professional enthusiasm, therefore, increasing their efficiency.

    Day 1

    Preventive and Predictive Maintenance

    • Terminology
    • Types of maintenance
    • Purpose and application

    Defining terminology associated with the preventive and predictive maintenance will be the focus of day one.  Participants will learn how to identify the different types of maintenance, as well as describe their purpose and applications.  Breakdown, preventive, predictive, proactive, and corrective maintenance are several types that will be covered on this day.

    Day 2

    Preventive and Predictive Maintenance (Cont.)

    • Sources of developmental information
    • Maintenance practices
    • Procedures used to record data

    The discussion of preventive and predictive maintenance will continue on this day.  The focus will shift to the sources of development information, maintenance practices, and procedures used in recording data.  Specific maintenance practices that will be covered on this day will include vibration analysis, non-destructive testing, fluid analysis, balancing, and thermography.  Reports, checklists, manufacturer specifications, and root cause analysis will all be discussed as sources of developmental information.

    Day 3

    Vibration Analysis

    • Terminology, tools, and equipment
    • Hazards and safe work practices
    • Causes, analysis methods, and application
    • Procedures

    Day three will cover vibration analysis.  Participants will learn about the terminology, tools, equipment, applications, and procedures for vibration analysis.  Hazards and safe work practices will be covered as well.  Identifying causes of vibration, vibration analysis methods, and describing the application of the methods will be discussed.  Participants will also learn about manufacture specification, vibration standards and charts, and regulations and guidelines regarding vibration analysis interpretation.

    Day 4

    Testing and Detection Procedures

    • Types of destructive testing
    • Destructive vs. non-destructive
    • Testing material toughness

    Testing and detection procedures will be the focus of day four.  The different types of destructive testing will be covered, along with a comparison of destructive versus non-destructive methods.  Participant will learn about defining the ultimate tensile strength, the principles involved in testing steel toughness, and the free-blend test used in weld testing.  Several types of testing will be discussed on this day, these will include the tensile test, bend test, impact test, radiographic, ultrasonic, magnet particle, dye penetrate, and hydrostatic.

    Day 5

    Testing and Detection Procedures (Cont.)

    • Visual inspection on pipe welding
    • Dye penetrant
    • Damage vibration can cause in equipment

    On the last day, the discussion on testing and detection procedures will continue.  An in class project and presentation will be used on this day to enhance participant learning.  Participants will get the chance to perform a visual inspection on a welded pipe specimen, and then summarize their finding through a presentation.  This day will cover how dye penetrant can be used to determine the soundness of a weld area in both flanges and pipe connections.  Vibrations in equipment will also be discussed to include how vibrations can damage equipment.

    This course is mainly targeted to mechanical technicians in the field as an introduction or refresher.  The course can also be applicable to employees working with equipment purchasing, procurement, storage, and job planning, as well as immediate supervisors to the working technicians.

    Participants attending this course should have attended a minimum of awareness training in mechanical and electrical systems.  They should be very familiar with rotating machinery and equipment, as well as the processes associated with these operations.

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