- Attendees will acquire an understanding of the basic physics and design for all types of water and wastewater pumps. This will lead to a comprehension of the proper application of pumps and how related factors affect their performance.
- They will also learn how automatic (pilot-operated control) valves operate and how to select them for various waterworks applications, plus will learn how the latter operate. A useful understanding of conventional valves, piping and fittings will also be acquired.
- Basic station design guidelines will be appreciated.
- An understanding of real world electrical distribution and equipment will be achieved, including motors and generators.
- Basic control system ladder logic development will be understood along with the relationship to PLC/RTU programming. Attendees will also be aware of the potential applications made possible by the capabilities of the latter. Basic instrumentation will also be appreciated.
- M1 – Professional Considerations
- M2 – Kinetic Pump: Physics
- M3 – Kinetic Pump: Design
- M4 – Kinetic Pump: Water Types
- M5 – Kinetic Pump: Wastewater Types
- M6 – Other Pump Types
- M7 – Conventional Valves
- M8 – Automatic Valves
- M9 – Station Design: General
- M10 – Station Design: Water
- M11 – Station Design: Wastewater
- M12 – Station Design: Pressure Reducing
- E1 – Power: Basics
- E2 – Power: Components
- E3 – Power: Single Lines
- E4 – Power: Hazardous Locations
- E5 – Power: Motors and Generators
- E6 – Control: Basics
- E7 – Control: PLC/RTU
- E8 – Control: Specialties
- E9 – Control: Instrumentation
Engineers who are becoming involved in the design of municipal pump and valve stations, or those wanting to know how related mechanical/electrical equipment should be applied.
Mr. Rhodes has had a unique career including a nearly even mix of both mechanical and electrical systems experience, and the appropriate relationships between them, while encompassing significant experience in the fields of sales, manufacturing, and consulting. He has found that many seemingly complex electrical and mechanical systems can usually be comprehended once their basic operating principles, including an awareness of the terminology, are understood.
For some 15 years with pump suppliers, he designed municipal package pumping systems, that included pumps, valves, piping, control systems, and of necessity he became a provincially licensed electrical contractor. He then worked with an automatic valve manufacturer located in Houston, Texas, ultimately becoming their Chief Engineer. He also has had 2 decades of consulting municipal engineering experience involving both mechanical and electrical systems.
Mr. Rhodes holds a B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Tulsa, is a Fellow of Engineers Canada and is chair of the AWWA Standards Committee on Pilot Operated Control Valves. He currently resides in Kelowna where he enjoys power boating on the nearby lakes.