Monday, June 19, 2017 – 9:00AM - 5:00PM – George R Brown Convention Center – Houston, TX, USA

Cost: $499 USD

This one day Pump Basics course is intended for anyone new to pumps or anyone interested in learning more about pumps. 

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Bearings (Types)
  • Lubricants and lubrication systems
  • Drivers
  • Centrifugal pumps
  • Positive displacement pumps
  • Seals
    • Packing
    • Mechanical seals
  • Operator best practices
  • Troubleshooting


Attendees will receive two books at the course to keep for later reference: “Operator’s Guide to Centrifugal Pumps” and “Operator’s Guide to Rotating Equipment.”


Meet the presenters:

Robert X. Perez has over 30 years of rotating equipment experience in the petrochemical industry. He earned a BSME degree from Texas A&M University (College Station), a MSME degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas. Mr. Perez served as an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where he developed and taught the Engineering Technology Rotating Equipment course. He has authored four books and coauthored four books in the field of machinery reliability. Mr. Perez has also written numerous machinery reliability articles for numerous technical conferences and magazines. 

Mr. LeBleu has taken and taught many classes on simple vibration analysis, lubrication, alignment, reciprocating compressors, centrifugal compressors, fans, centrifugal pumps, positive displacement pumps, and mechanical seals and packing, as well as set up predictive and preventative maintenance programs. He is also familiar with motors, generators and gas and steam turbines. His field of experience involves rotating equipment failures of all types such as pumps, motors, the mechanical portion of the failure, seals, bearings, turbines (steam and gas), fans, and couplings. He has over 35 years of experience on rotating equipment of most every kind. Through his years of experience, Mr. LeBleu has organized predictive and preventative maintenance programs at major chemical plants, has conducted root cause analysis on equipment failures on steam turbines, compressors, pumps, motors, gear boxes, seals, couplings, bearings, heat exchangers, and other equipment, and determined a solution to eliminate reoccurrences.  He trained young engineers in alignment and various other disciplines necessary to maintenance and reliability engineering. He has written numerous procedures for the maintenance, operation, and overhaul of pumps, compressors, and rotating equipment. He taught inspection of heat exchangers, columns, vessels, piping, and valves to engineers and operators, and taught for two years in power generation at an Air Force technical school. Mr. Le Bleu has presented numerous papers and was on the advisory board of the Texas A&M Advisory board for 8 years.