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Continuing education is a cornerstone of maintaining the integrity of the pump industry. It ensures that workforce members remain current on industry issues and that they work efficiently and effectively. Because required knowledge now encompasses the entire pumping system, those in the pump industry need a broad range of skills and in-depth understanding of new methodologies and regulations.

Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities available. The following is a sampling of some educational aims and tactics:

While the Hydraulic Institute (HI) is known for creating new industry pump standards, a letter from Igor Karassik, a true pump pioneer in the engineering world, outlined the urgency for a new educational foundation now known as Pump Systems Matter. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have implemented several regulations focusing on energy efficiency.

According to the DOE 2014-05 Technical Support Document for Electric Motors (Final Rule), nearly 70 percent of industrial electricity demand is used by industrial motor systems, with a majority of these being rotodynamic pumping systems.

Continuing educational programs serve as the cornerstone of training workers on how to best maintain the integrity of any type pump system in both the industrial and commercial markets. By supplementing work experience and basic knowledge with continuing education, the workforce remains current on industry issues while working more efficiently and effectively. 

Chances are that the existing pumping systems in your plant are less than optimal. There is a simple process for identifying “bad actors” by following the Hydraulic Institute’s (HI) six-step action plan for evaluating existing pumping systems:

1. Screen and prioritize your pumping systems to identify good performance improvement candidates.