After completing this course, the licensee should be able to: 

• Name the parts that make up the power end of a reciprocating pump and describe their operation.

• Define the terms single-acting pump and double‐acting pump when given the piston ratio and motor air supply.     

• Explain how the pumped fluid lubricates a reciprocating pump.

• Calculate the discharge pressure of an air-driven pump

• Compare simplex and duplex pumps

• Tell what pumps are used for metering applications.

• Describe metering pump lubrication techniques.

• Name the parts of a diaphragm metering pump and state the function of each.

• Explain the operation of a diaphragm metering pump.

• Describe the operation of a flexible-tube pump.

• Give an application for a progressing-cavity pump.

• Name one disadvantage of a sealless magnetic- drive pump.

• Explain how to prepare a new centrifugal pump for operation.

• Tell which parts of a reciprocating slurry pump require the most maintenance.

• Tell why slight leakage through shaft seals is necessary.

• Name the type of stuffing box required for pumps operating under suction lift conditions.

• Give a typical application each for cotton, Teflon® and aluminum packing.

• Describe the procedure for replacing pump packing.

• Describe a packingless seal.

• Name three types of antifriction bearings.

• Name three factors to consider when preparing pump lubrication schedules.

• Describe a typical application for both felt and synthetic bearing seals.

• Tell the two major maintenance problems encountered in rotary pumps.


This course gives you the opportunity to earn IACET CEUs through our parent company Certus. As an IACET Accredited Provider, Certus offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. To earn IACET CEUs, you must:

  • Complete all lessons in the course,
  • Correctly answer every quiz question posed through the course, and
  • Complete the course evaluation.

Assessment Information: This online course presents each section with commentary, a graphic illustration or photograph, and requires the learner to answer multiple choice questions after reviewing the content. The learner must complete all multiple-choice questions for each section correctly to get IACET CEUs, a certificate of completion, or state license renewal credit for the course. If the learner's first response is incorrect, learners will be immediately allowed to answer the question again until the correct answer is chosen. Question choices are randomized, so each participant will have a unique testing experience

Prerequisites: This course has no prerequisites.

Course Demonstration Video

  • Course ID(s): 2996
  • Approved By: Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Instructor Bio

Jerry Durham

Jerry previously served the state of North Carolina as a Level III electrical inspector and provided state-approved electrical training for electrical inspectors at both Alamance County and Guilford County (NC) Community Colleges. Jerry taught the Kentucky state-approved four-year electrical apprenticeship programs offered by the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Trade School and Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Trade School, and served the state of Kentucky as a Master Electrician and Louisville Metro Code Enforcement Officer. Jerry is a Certified Distance Education Instructor (CDEI) and NCCER Core and Electrical Curriculum certified instructor. Jerry currently holds North Carolina and ICC electrical inspector accreditations and is recognized by the state of Washington as an approved electrical administrator.