Mechanical Engineering Modules

  • Mechanical Equipment
  • Properties of Materials
  • Corrosion Control and Protection
  • Fired Heaters and Boilers
  • Gas and Steam Turbines
  • Machinery Design, Materials and Subsystem
  • Piping Systems and Welding
  • Reciprocating Engines, Electric Motor Drivers and Generators
  • Storage Tanks
  • Unfired Pressure Vessels
  • Mechanical Equipment Inspection, Operation and Maintenance

DURATION: approximately 4 hours

 

FEE: $395

 

YOU WILL LEARN TO:

  • Define and describe the principles and application of thermodynamic work, energy, efficiency, fluid flow, heat transfer and machines
  • Describe the structural and foundation concepts and its impact on equipment performance and the typical mounting interface used for supporting rotating equipment and outline mounting interface options
  • Define the cause and effect of different types of vibrations, how to collect accurate data on them and how to mitigate them in machinery
  • Define the basic principles of centrifugal action in pumps and compressors and describe how these principles achieve and limit performance, efficiency, vibration and heat
  • Describe how a pumping / compression system is evaluated and why it is a prerequisite to selecting a pump / compressor

 

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This module is also part of the following online courses:

 

Basics of Static Mechanical Equipment - BSM - Online

 

DURATION: approximately 2.5 hours

 

FEE: $250

 

With time, significant improvements have been made to metal compositions to ensure increased safety, operability, and reliability of the finished product in the field. These improvements have been documented in standards such as American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Knowledge of these standards is crucial to understanding design and fabrication specifications. This module provides an overview of the standards that impact the design and fabrication of pressure vessels.

 

YOU WILL LEARN TO:

  • Recognize the basic materials used in pressure vessels
  • Define what materials are acceptable and which are not for vessels as compared with piping
  • Compare the chemical and physical characteristics of plates, forgings, and piping materials
  • Name the most common steel making process for fine grain pressure vessel steel
  • Describe the difference between “as rolled” and normalized plate grain structure
  • Discuss the iron carbon phase diagram
  • Discuss the characteristics of Austenitic Stainless and Martensitic Stainless Steels
  • Identify uses of Austenitic Stainless in low temperature applications
  • Discuss uses of Martensitic Stainless
  • Describe an overview of Duplex Stainless materials
  • Discuss Low Alloy Chrome Moly materials for high temperature applications
  • Define the types of cladding
  • Discuss the advantages of each type
  • Review the steps necessary to produce a clad plate in each process

 

 

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This module is also part of the following online courses:

 

Basics of Static Mechanical Equipment - BSM - Online

DURATION: approximately 2.5 hours

 

FEE: $250

 

This module covers the main causes of corrosion in upstream oil and gas operations, as well as monitoring and mitigation methods. The various corrosion mechanisms give rise to a number of different forms of corrosion damage, which will be reviewed. Participants will be introduced to the design principles of simple cathodic protection systems and the basics of utilizing corrosion inhibitors.

 

DESIGNED FOR managers, engineers, chemists, and operators who need to understand corrosion and its control management in oil and gas production and processing.

 

YOU WILL LEARN TO:

  • Define corrosion
  • List the different forms of corrosion
  • Describe the likely effects of corrosion on safety, environment, and business issues
  • Describe the basic aspects of electrochemical corrosion
  • Describe the four necessary elements to form an electrochemical corrosion cell
  • Identify the different forms of corrosion encountered in oil and gas facilities
  • Define the basic corrosion principles which apply to cathodic protection
  • Describe the galvanic series of metals and its significance
  • Identify methods of corrosion control
  • Recognize the use of coatings, corrosion inhibitors, biocides and cleaning pigs and scrapers as forms of corrosion protection

 

 

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This module is also part of the following online courses:

 

Basics of Static Mechanical Equipment - BSM - Online

DURATION: approximately 4 hours

 

FEE: $395

 

YOU WILL LEARN TO:

  • Describe the types of fired heaters used in oil and gas processing, most common applications and service conditions

  • Describe design and operation of fired heaters, economic selection criteria, typical pressure-temperature ratings, materials of construction and limitations, list applied loads and their effect on design

  • Identify basic types of boilers, applicable service conditions, materials of construction and limitations for boilers and water quality considerations.

  • Identify organizations that provide codes and standards for fired heaters and boilers. Describe major code requirements that affect design, material selection, inspection and safe practices.

  • Describe process conditions and how they affect fired vessels, discuss material properties at elevated temperatures and pressures, and describe the effect of creep on stressed components.

  • Describe types of burners, applicable service conditions, construction materials and limitations, describe how NOx emissions are monitored and controlled.

  • Describe the purpose of coatings, linings, and heat insulation.

  • Describe corrosion processes and protection requirements

  • Identify issues related the layout of fired heaters and boilers and integration with other equipment and piping

  • Describe testing and inspection procedures, Integrity Operating Windows, (IOW), Corrosion Control Documents (CCD) and Risk Based Inspection (RBI) as applied to fired vessels.

 

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This module is also part of the following online courses:

 

Basics of Static Mechanical Equipment - BSM - Online

DURATION: approximately 4 hours

 

FEE: $395

 

YOU WILL LEARN TO:

  • Describe basic types of and list the major characteristics of each turbine engine used as prime movers / drivers in oil and gas applications, and describe the key mechanical components
  • Describe efficiency calculation and how  other parameters are used in selection and design, and the factors affecting delivered power, and  list key performance criteria
  • Describe the contents of project mechanical spec's typical for turbine engines based on company standards and spec's, and the processes and applicable tools to design turbine engines
  • Describe the types of fuels used in turbine engines with adv. and limitations of each fuel type and the techniques used to reduce NOx and SOx emissions and how fuel quality effects performance/emissions
  • Describe the various parameters that affect the performance of gas turbines, the controls dealing with transient conditions, the various turbine emission control methods, and the typical operating modes/control strategies
  • List and define the scope of the applicable company standards and industry codes for turbine engines
  • Describe the inspection and testing typically done during manufacturing, the acceptance criteria, the applicable field performance testing, and turbine testing criteria for exhaust emissions and noise
  • Outline the sizing process for turbines engines as drivers / prime movers
  • Describe components of each rotors and the key material and manufacturing considerations, outline the functions of these components and list key operational and maintenance issues
  • Describe the maintenance and repair techniques used on gas turbines, list the typical damage mechanisms encountered and typical repair techniques
  • Describe the basic types of steam turbines, the key mechanical components, the auxiliary systems and controls used as prime movers in oil and gas applications
  • List the key performance criteria for and describe the factors of steam turbine drivers that affect design and material selection of mechanical components and power delivered to the user
  • Describe the design processes and applicable analytical tools for the design of the mechanical components of steam turbines and factors that impact the interface of steam turbines/plant design
  • Describe methods and processes that control steam turbine operations, the performance curves and use define operating characteristics and the typical operating and control strategies
  • Describe the overall steam generation process including waste steam use and recovery, the basic req'ts for water used in a boiler and feed water systems, and outline thermodynamic system losses
  • List and define the scope of the applicable company standards and industry codes for steam turbine driven equipment
  • Outline the key steps in supplier selection, materials sourcing, and supplier / sub-supplier manufacturing processes for turbine combustion engines and describe procedures for over-speed testing
  • Outline the sizing process for steam turbines as drivers / prime movers
  • Describe the components of each of the rotors, outline the components function, the key operational and maintenance consideration of these components, and key manufacturing considerations
  • Describe the maintenance and repair techniques used on steam turbines, list the typical damage mechanisms encountered and typical repair techniques

 

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This module is also part of the following online courses:

 

Basics of Rotating Mechanical Equipment - BRM - Online

DURATION: approximately 4 hours

 

FEE: $395

 

YOU WILL LEARN TO:

  • Describe the principles, design, material of manufacturing, operational and maintenance considerations of gears and gearing, transmission, and coupling systems used with the major types of rotating equipment

  • List seal types and key operational and maintenance considerations of each, describe the seal systems and major components and used with the major types of rotating equipment and outline their functions and principal design factors, their failure modes and how to prevent failures

  • Describe the principal materials used, outline the criteria used in the selection of these materials for the components for each major type of rotating equipment and their impact on operation and maintenance

  • Describe the lubrication and filtration systems and the key material and manufacturing considerations, list the key operational and maintenance, outline the functions and principal design factors for each system and the component considerations used with the major types of rotating equipment

  • List the various types of bearings, describe the principles of lubrication for the different bearing types, explain bearing life expectation and how maintenance and operation are affected

 

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This module is also part of the following online courses:

 

Basics of Rotating Mechanical Equipment - BRM - Online

DURATION: approximately 4 hours

 

FEE: $395

 

YOU WILL LEARN TO:

  • Describe industry design, material, manufacturing and construction methods and define in-house piping specifications, economic selection criteria and project specific requirements

  • Identify pressure, temperature and weight factors and describe how they are applied to piping systems and how these factors influence piping projects

  • Identify organizations that provide codes and standards used in the piping systems, describe major codes affecting basic design, etc., and the key concepts of codes and standards and applications

  • Define pipe sizing criteria/equations, outlining loads/limits, identify thermal and dynamic effects, and describe key code refs applicable to piping sizing, selection criteria and system stress analysis

  • Describe and define the issues related to applicable code and standards applying to piping arrangement and integration and identify how piping systems can influence other engineering disciplines

  • Describe basic types of valves, applicable service conditions, construction materials and limitations.   Identify valve material press/temp ratings, basic valve actuator types, and valve isolation characteristics

  • Describe piping sizes, ratings, materials and design considerations, explain pipe and fitting manufacturing codes, standards and industry specifications. Identify piping materials for oil and gas and other industrial applications

  • Describe and identify basic industry codes and standards that define piping classes, services and service conditions used in the oil and gas and other industries

  • Describe and identify practical operation and maintenance factors and factors influencing material, design, and fabrication of piping systems along with codes and standards influencing operations

  • Describe company, industry and regulatory requirements for permanent and temporary repairs to piping systems and components

  • Identify and describe industry requirements and principles related to piping system operation, safety, reliability and availability outlining applicable codes/standards, and statutory requirements

  • Describe the purpose of welding and its limiting factors

  • Describe codes and standards utilized for welding and welding materials and the organizations that publish them

  • Describe the basic types of weld processes and the limiting factors

  • Describe welding metallurgy and its limiting factors

  • Describe filler materials, their purpose, and their limiting factors

  • Describe shield materials, their purpose, their properties, and their limiting factors

  • Describe common material testing and inspection practices.

  • Describe codes and standards utilized for quality control and reliability and the organizations that publish them

 

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This module is also part of the following online courses:

 

Basics of Static Mechanical Equipment - BSM - Online

DURATION: approximately 4 hours

 

FEE: $395

 

YOU WILL LEARN TO:

  • Describe and list the key mechanical components, basic motors types, and generators, tabulate commercially available generators by their different characteristics and list same that affect the selection of drivers/prime movers

  • List key performance criteria for electric motors and generators affecting mechanical components, describe these according to the company standards and the factors that affect the selection of a power source of generators

  • Describe the key factors in the specification of motors and generators affecting the major mechanical components

  • Describe the overall electric power generation and distribution system for electric motor operations

  • List and define the scope of the applicable company standards and industry codes applicable to electric motors and generators

  • Describe typical inspection and testing done during manufacturing, the acceptance criteria, the interrelationships of manufacturing and inspection and applicable field performance testing for large motors and generators

  • Describe the electrical power system required to drive electric motors and outline starting load considerations for power reliability in using variable frequency drives

  • Describe the monitoring and inspection techniques used on electric motors and generators, list the typical damage mechanisms encountered and typical repair techniques

  • Describe the basic types of reciprocating engines used as prime movers / drivers in oil and gas applications and the key mechanical components of each

  • List key performance criteria for reciprocating engine drivers affecting design, describe factors affecting power delivery, and how the efficiency calculation is used in selection/design

  • Describe the contents of project mechanical spec's typical for reciprocating engines based on company standards and spec's and the design processes for same

  • Describe the types of fuels, list the adv. and limitations of each fuel type, and the type of aspiration systems used in reciprocating engines and their proper applications

  • List applicable company/industry codes and standards for reciprocating engines

  • Describe the inspection and testing of reciprocating engine emissions and performance typically done during manufacturing

  • Outline the sizing process for reciprocating engines as drivers / prime movers

  • Describe the maintenance and repair techniques used on reciprocating engines, list the typical damage mechanisms encountered and typical repair techniques

 

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This module is also part of the following online courses:

 

Basics of Rotating Mechanical Equipment - BRM - Online

DURATION: approximately 4 hours

 

FEE: $395

 

YOU WILL LEARN TO:

  • Describe tank types, the proper application of each type and identify in-house storage tank (ST) specifications, economic selection criteria, and project specific requirements

  • Describe storage tank classification and the factors that distinguish them, the selection process and proper use, types of floating - roof tanks, and identify economic factors used to size and select tanks

  • Describe factors influencing above ground and buried tanks, explain environmental and safety considerations of same.

  • Describe process facilities and how they affect STs, identify pressure limitations, max/min, operating P/T, construction materials and company specifications and policies determining service conditions

  • Identify organizations that provide codes and standards used with STs governing field or shop welded, bolted atm. and low-pres. STs, and describe code requirements affecting engineering design and safe practices

  • Identify common types of STs, industry and company specifications, fire protection, and safety recommendations used to store petroleum products and crude oils and outline design requirements and foundation types

  • Describe common STs used to store NGL and LPG products, design requirements, company specifications and outline industry fire protection, maintenance and safety recommendations

  • Describe common water STs used to store water types, design requirements, foundation types, company ST specifications, and outline industry maintenance and safety recommendations

  • Identify codes, standards, containment, environment, equipment, personnel hazards, company specifications and describe risk assessment of dealing with the storage of hazardous or toxic materials and STs

  • Identify internal components associates with tank types, company specifications for tank internals, and describe roof drains, leg supports, and chilling piping

  • Identify types of foundations for storage tanks, specifications on tank foundations and exterior components, and describe external tank components

  • Describe factors influencing ST integration with other equipment, tank farm layout, in/external corrosion protection…dike arrangement, and identify company specifications on tanks and related systems

  • Describe procedures and factors influencing the design, industry codes and standards dealing with ST testing and inspection requirements and identify company policies dealing with same

  • Describe industry and regulatory requirements for permanent and temporary repairs to storage tanks

  • Describe applicable codes, standards, and statutory requirements related to ST operation, basic principles safety and reliability

 

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This module is also part of the following online courses:

 

Basics of Static Mechanical Equipment - BSM - Online

DURATION: approximately 3 hours

 

FEE: $395

 

YOU WILL LEARN TO:

  • Identify the purpose of the code

  • Identify the sections of the Boilers and Pressure Vessels (B&PV) Code

  • Learn the major components of Section VIII, Div. 1

  • Differentiate between an ASME Section VIII, Div. 1 vessel and B31.3 piping

  • List the bodies and regulations that govern pressure vessel design and operations

  • Describe all design criteria items for pressure vessels

  • Differentiate between design pressure, maximum allowable working pressure, and maximum allowable pressure

  • Discuss design stress levels according to temperatures

  • Differentiate between operating and design temperatures and pressures

  • List the flange ratings and temperature

  • Calculate wall thicknesses of shells, heads, and cones using the formulas from ASME Section VIII, Div. 1

  • List corrosion allowances for process nozzles and minimum nozzle neck thicknesses

  • State the differences in types of heat treatment

  • Compare the results of each type of heat treatment

  • Discuss requirements for Post Weld Heat Treatment, methods, and cooling procedures

  • Explain the basics of corrosion including rust and

  • Determine corrosion allowance (CA) for general hydrocarbon use and natural gas service

  • Identify the corrosive elements in hydrocarbon processing

  • Discuss ways to combat corrosion

  • Discuss the ramifications of vessel penetrations

  • Identify the options available to remedy nozzle penetrations

  • Examine the vacuum forces on pressure vessels

  • Study the corrosion allowance chart in reference to nozzle sizes

  • Discuss the rules for inspection openings and manways

  • Identify the Records Retention requirements

  • Examine the following vessel appurtenances:
    - Vessel internals, externals, and supports
    - Openings (other than process nozzles)
    - Externals
    - Vessel supports

 

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This module is also part of the following online courses:

 

Basics of Static Mechanical Equipment - BSM - Online

DURATION: approximately 2 hours

 

FEE: $250

 

YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO:

  • Define the type of equipment that constitute Non-Rotating Equipment (N-RE)
  • Outline the common processes of startup and shutdown of Non-Rotating Equipment (N-RE)
  • List common problems that occur during startup and shutdown that can affect equipment integrity
  • Describe operating N-RE as units and part of a station
  • Describe operational processes and their shutdown parameters that control unit and station operation
  • Describe the basic activities and functions of SCADA systems for N-RE systems
  • List routine maintenance activities for N-RE in oil and gas facilities
  • Define concepts of inspection, routine maintenance, preventive maintenance, repairs and planned major overhauls
  • List considerations for sparing of N-RE in oil and gas facilities
  • Describe the concepts of stand-by units, spare units and spare capacity
  • Describe the process of inspection planning for N-RE
  • List the inspection techniques used on N-RE
  • Describe RBI and identify associated codes and standards
  • List the principal safety issues with N-RE
  • Define concepts of equipment reliability and availability related to N-RE
  • Describe the concept of risk when applied to N-RE

 

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This module is also part of the following online courses:

 

Basics of Rotating Mechanical Equipment - BRM - Online