Mechanical Engineering for Non-Mechanical Engineers

Course Information

The course is designed to give practical and theoretical experience of fitting, inspection and examination of mechanical equipment used in the mechanical field for non-mechanical personnel.

PLEASE NOTE: Price displayed is based on training being held at our Middlesbrough HQ. For training to be delivered at customer premises please contact the Business Development Team on 01642 462266 or email


  • To work safely within the established legislation set out for tasks in a workshop or industrial context
  • To be able to explain the principle of operation of: gear, diaphragm, centrifugal and reciprocating pumps
  • Gain an insight into measurement, tolerance, limits and fits
  • Identify and describe the operation and function of different types of valves including: ball/butterfly/gate/globe/parallel slide/diaphragm and needle
  • Carry out general valve maintenance procedures
  • The theoretical and practical elements involved in the Hand Torque tightening of Bolted Connections
  • The selection of components for the various types of flange connections found in the Oil and Gas, Petrochemical and Processing Industries materials focusing on gaskets/sealing elements and bolting materials.


At the end of the course delegates will have an understanding of:

  • Explain the relevance of specific legislation applicable to Health and Safety, COSSH
  • Explain the principles of operation, application, common faults and associated symptoms, operational parameters to be monitored to assure performance, seals and seals systems involved for the following types of pumps:
    • Single stage and centrifugal pumps
    • Reciprocating pumps
    • Positive Displacement pumps
  • Identify, explain principles of operation for valves (ball/butterfly/gate/globe/parallel slide/diaphragm/needle) including stops, seats, seals, movement and actuator systems, greasing systems
  • Identify and perform basic on-line maintenance on major valve types (greasing)
  • Identify and perform operations involving flanges
  • Explain and identify different types of gaskets, material selection and identification
  • Explain gasket Installation procedures and requirements
  • Explain various types of tightening methods, applied torque values, the lubricant effect, bolt elongation and yield
  • Perform a number of practical tasks based on course content

Course Content

  • Manual Handling
  • HASAWA Employee responsibilities
  • Care of exposed skin
  • Use of PPE
  • Hazard Identification (General)
  • Risk Assessments and Work plans for tasks to be conducted
  • Take 2 Risk Assessment
  • Pump run outs, concentricity, float lift
  • Types of bearings
  • Permit to Work
  • Spanners, bolt and nut identification
  • Right tools for the Job
  • Pump types
  • Positive Displacement
  • Reciprocating, single screw (Mono) pumps
  • Pump types
  • Persuasive (Non-Positive displacement)
  • Centrifugal pumps
  • Mechanical Seals
  • PCD, hole diameter, ID/ Bore OD
  • Gearboxes, bearings, couplings & lubrication
  • Alignment, Straight edge, DTI, Soft foot, Laser
  • Bolts, bolt types (lubricant and torque)

Assessment Method

A combination of classroom delivery and practical hands-on in the workshop.

The course will be assessed by a 1 hour, written/multi-choice examination.

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Course Information


Successful course delegates will achieve a City & Guilds Certificate.


5 Days


Middlesbrough or Customer Premises

Who is it for

This course is aimed at engineers and technicians from a non mechanical background.


Candidates should possess a reasonable command of written and spoken English. The candidate is required to bring photographic identification to the course (ie passport/photo driving licence).


£660.00 + VAT

Dates available on application.