Pumps, Compressors & Mechanical Drives (INMT 2303)

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Pumps, Compressors & Mechanical Drives (INMT 2303)

Credit: 3 semester credit hours (2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab)

Prerequisite/Co-requisite: INMT 1305

Course Description
A study of the theory and operations of various types of pumps and compressors. Topics include mechanical power transmission systems including gears, v-belts, and chain drives.

Required Textbook and Materials
1. Audel Millwrights & Mechanics Guide by Davis & Nelson, 5th edition.
a. ISBN number is 0-7645-4171-4
2. Equipment to be furnished by students: a. Hard Hat (red) b. Hearing protection (Ear plugs or Muffs 29 NRR+) c. Fire retardant clothing (Nomex or equal) d. Safety Glasses (Z87+) e. Gloves (leather or equal) f. Shoes or Boots (substantial leather or equal w/heels- no open toes)

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Identify the principles involved in the operation of centrifugal and positive displacement pumps and compressors.
2. Identify and explain the function of various components in pumps and compressors.
3. Disassemble and correctly reassemble pumps, compressors and mechanical drives.
4. Troubleshoot pumps, compressors and mechanical drives.

Course Outline



A. Faculty

II. Course Safety

A. Safety in Lab

B. Safety when using tools

III. Principles of Compressor Operation

A. How compressors work

B. Uses of compressors

IV. Compressor Types

A. Centrifugal Compressors

B. Reciprocating Compressors

V. Pump Types

Approved 12/2013

A. Centrifugal Pumps B. Reciprocating Pumps VI. Types of Mechanical Drives A. Types of mechanical drives B. Uses of mechanical drives VII. Pumps, Compressors, and Drives A. Components of Pumps, Compressors and drives B. Similarity of Pumps, Compressors and Drives VIII. Rebuilding Pumps, Compressors, and Mechanical Drives

INMT 2303 Course Syllabus

A. Disassemble and rebuild one of each
B. Discuss rebuild techniques used. IX. Troubleshooting Pumps, Compressors, and Mechanical Drives
A. The need for troubleshooting B. The techniques X. Equipment Testing

Grade Scale

90 – 100


80 – 89


70 – 79


60 – 69


0 – 59


A. The techniques used to test equipment
B. How to test a piece of equipment
XI. Evaluation A. Student Safety
B. Student Work

Course Evaluation
Final grades will be calculated according to the following criteria:

Major test Class participation

75% 25%

Course Requirements
1. Disassemble and reassemble pumps 2. Disassemble and reassemble compressors 3. Assemble a mechanical drive 4. Troubleshoot a mechanical drive system

Attendance Policy
1. Students in a 2 day class are allowed 2 unexcused absences. 2. An absence, excused or unexcused is counted 6 points off the final grade. 3. More than 2 unexcused absences can result in an “F” in the course. 4. Being tardy 3 times equals 1 absence. (2 points each) 5. Students in a 1 day class are allowed 1 unexcused absence.(12 points off the final

Course Policies Students must possess and present LIT ID to attend class.
1. No food, drinks, or use of tobacco products in class. 2. No foul or harsh language will be tolerated 3. Turn off all Cell Phones during lectures 4. Headphones may be worn only upon Instructor approval


INMT 2303 Course Syllabus

5. Do not bring children to class.
6. No Cheating of any kind will be tolerated. Students caught cheating or helping someone to cheat can and will be removed from the class for the semester. Cheating can result from expulsion from LIT.
7. If you wish to drop a course, the student is responsible for initiating and completing the drop process. If you stop coming to class and fail to drop the course, you will earn an ‘F’ in the course.
8. Proper Dress. Any intentional display of undergarments will not be tolerated and can result in the student being removed from the class. Pants will be worn belted at the waist as to allow the student to walk, climb, stoop and bend as required. It is the student’s responsibility to dress for work as if in an industrial environment, long pants, shirts with sleeves, substantial footwear (full leather shoes or boots with heels, composition oil resistant soles, no sandals, flip flops, cloth shoes). Safety glasses and hard hats will be necessary as the class requires.
9. Internet Usage a. Classroom computers have access to the internet. b. Student usage of the internet will be monitored. c. Proper usage of the internet will be allowed. Used for classroom research or as directed. d. Any unauthorized use of the internet will not be tolerated.
e. Improper usage of the internet, such as profanity, pornography, gambling,
etc… will result in disciplinary action not limited to expulsion from LIT.

Disabilities Statement
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are federal anti-discrimination statutes that provide comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, these statutes require that all students with documented disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodations for their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator at (409) 880-1737 or visit the office in Student Services, Cecil Beeson Building.

Student Code of Conduct Statement
It is the responsibility of all registered Lamar Institute of Technology students to access, read, understand and abide by all published policies, regulations, and procedures listed in the LIT Catalog and Student Handbook. The LIT Catalog and Student Handbook may be accessed at www.lit.edu or obtained in print upon request at the Student Services Office.

Course Schedule

Week 1

Topic Course introduction and policies
 Lecture  Lab: Practice Drawing

Reference Handouts


INMT 2303 Course Syllabus

Week 2 3-6
7 8-10

Topic  Test 1
Introduction to Pumps  Lecture  Lab: Practice
Pump disassembly & Reassembly  Lecture  Lab: Practice  Test 2
Introduction to Compressors  Lecture  Lab: Practice
Compressor disassembly and Reassembly  Lecture  Lab: Practice  Test 3
Understanding Mechanical drives  Lecture  Lab: Bench Practice  Final Exam

Reference Chapter 25 Chapter 25
Chapter 26 Chapter 26
Chapters 10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17

Contact Information:


Mr. Thomas Griffin


Building: T3 Room: 102


(409) 880-8220


thomas [email protected]

Office Hours: 4:30 am -5:30 pm Tues/Thurs


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Pumps, Compressors & Mechanical Drives (INMT 2303)