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Boilers: A Technical and Operational Workshop

Boilers: A Technical and Operational Workshop

Boilers: A Technical & Operational Workshop
June 3 - 5, 2014; 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$1,700 per person

Gain a basic understanding of operator responsibilities related to safety, reliability and efficiency of commercial and industrial boiler systems. We teach preventative maintenance to counteract some of the deterioration. We also discuss the common failures and how to diagnose, troubleshoot and fix them. The participant is able to "learn-by-doing" in the course; this knowledge can be transferred to the workplace. 

Boiler maintenance is critical because it determines the life of a boiler. Today's attention to maintenance affects tomorrow's bottom line. A well maintained boiler system is reliable and can last 25 years or more. However, it experiences a lot of wear and tear. We teach preventative maintenance to coutneract some of the deterioration. We also discuss the common failures and how to diagnose, troubleshoot and fix them. 


Operator Responsibilities: 
  • Effiecency of operation and safety
  • Safety- priorities and hazard of explosion
  • Waste stream pollution and stack emissions

  • Continuity of dependable operation thermodyanmics
  • Laws of thermodynamics
  • Specific/sensible/latent heat
  • Superheated
  • Steam expansion & quality
  • Boiler rating terms
  • British thermal unit
  • Heat and temperature
  • Pressure Saturated Steam (Enthalpy) Table
  • Fundamentals of heat transfer boiler basics
  • Steam vs. hot-water boilers
  • Strainer
  • Hydronic system
  • Steam cycle and trap
  • Typical steam piping

Boiler Types and Details
  • Fire-tube
  • Water-tube

Codes & Standards
  • ASME boiler and pressure
  • ASME definitions
  • Vessel code
  • Safety valves
  • Hydrostatic testing
  • Pressure gauge
  • Annual Inspection R (repair) stamps fuels
  • Classification of boiler

  • Solid fuels
  • Fossil fuels

Combustion Systems and Fuel-Burning Equipment
  • Combustion system
  • Air for combusion supplied
  • Fuel supply systems
  • Classificaiton of combustion air
  • Ventilation
  • Fuel trains

Combustion Theory and Tuninb Controls
  • Combustion
  • Burner tuning
  • Firing-rate control
  • Gas pressure switches
  • Oil pressure switch
  • Manual/auto selector switch
  • System pressure selector
  • Damper position swithces
  • Condensate reveiver
  • Feedwater pump and control systems
  • Burning operating controls
  • Burner on/off swithc
  • Fuel selector switch
  • Lead/lag controls
  • Low fire hold
  • Low-water cutoff
  • Flame sensors
  • Boiler management control systems
  • Gauge glasses

  • Clean Air Act
  • Deposition control
  • Attainment and maintenance of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards

Water Treatment
  • Water treatment based on analysis of each application
  • Three basic impuritites
  • Pretreatment
  • Internal treatment
  • Silica
  • Oil contamination
  • Conducting minimum
  • Tests for small low-pressure systems
  • Boiler water limits and steam purity
  • pH scale
  • Water treatment classifications
  • Boiler blowdown
  • Condensate corrosion
  • Condensate testing
  • Treatment for hydronic systems

Plant Operations Maintenance and Repairs
  • Routine and scheduled maintenacne and repairs
  • Preventive maintenacne
  • Record keeping

  • Efficiency improvements

Hands-On Lab Exercises
  • Flame safeguard trainer sequence
  • Component identification
  • Jackshaft linkage adjustments
  • Solenoid valve troubleshooting
  • Wiring the panel
  • Troubleshooting faults

Vernon Miller  has been an instructor for NTT since 1999. His professional experience includes working at AMAX, Henderson Mill Site (Instrument I Class), Echo Bay Minerals, McCoy Mine (Electrical/Instrument Supervisor, Process Engineer) and Denver Mineral Engineers (Process Control Engineer). Mr. Miller's education and training include Electronic Technology at the Cleveland Institute of Electronics, Fisher Provox Configuration and Maintenance, Texas Nuclear Radiation Safety, Effective Process Control in Mineral Processing, Foxboro Mechanical and Pneumatic Instrumentation School, Taylor MOD III Maintenance and NEC Telephone Switch Maintenance.

  • $1,700 per individual. Cost includes lunch, refreshments and parking
  • 2.4 CEUs and 24 PDHs awarded to participants
  • Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover accepted
  • Checks should be made payable to McNeese State University and mailed to the following address: 
​          McNeese State University
          Institute for Industry-Education Collaboration
          Box 91834
          Lake Charles, LA 70609

Phone: 337-562-4139
Fax: 337-562-4272

To download a registration form, click the link below. Please return the completed form via email to: or fax to: 337-562-4272
Registration form IIEC.pdf