Course Content – Heat Transfer Equipment for Plant Personnel

Course Content – Heat Transfer Equipment for Plant Personnel


Schedule Date Time PDH Venue/Platform Cost Register
Summer 2024 June 6 – 7, 2024 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Central Time (UTC -6)
16 hrs. Sheraton North Houston at George Bush Intercontinental
Accepts in-person and virtual attendees


This course is intended for engineers and inspectors based at refinery and petrochemical operating plants who deal with heat transfer equipment – mechanical / pressure equipment, inspection, reliability, maintenance, projects, debottlenecking. It can also serve as a refresher course or as the first broad exposure to heat transfer equipment for those are in the 0-5 year experience range.

The objective is to enable plant-based engineers and inspectors to understand operation, mechanical and thermal design choices, failure mechanisms and remedies, applicable codes & standards, repair plans and rerates. While Shell & Tube Exchangers, Air Cooled Heat Exchangers, and Process Heaters will be the primary focus, all types of heat transfer equipment will be covered (Plate type, etc.).
The focus will be on understanding of the components of the equipment and how it works, typical problems and repairs, and not on thermal design formulas.

  1. Heat Transfer Fundamentals (targeted for Reliability Engineers)
  2. Industry Specifications, Standards, and Documentation
  3. Shell & Tube Heat Exchangers
    • TEMA Types
    • Components & Typical Design Considerations
    • Gasketed joints
    • Addressing Problems (flange leaks, tube leaks, vibration, fouling, etc.)
    • Maintenance
    • Rerates
  4. Air Cooled Heat Exchangers
    • Types
    • Components & Typical Design Considerations
    • Addressing Problems (plug leaks, tube leaks, etc.)
    • Maintenance
  5. Other Exchanger Types used in Refineries / Petrochemical Plants
    • Plate type
    • Hairpin
    • Novel designs
    • Enhancements
  1. Monitoring Performance
    • Fouling and impact on performance
  2. Fired Heaters
    • Types
    • Components & Typical Design Considerations
    • Burners
    • Air Preheaters
    • Refractory
    • Tubes and typical corrosion mechanisms
    • Inspection / Maintenance
  3. Working examples (example of problems / issues to be provided by attendees at least two weeks prior to the class)
Who Should Attend:
Plant engineers and inspectors looking to gain basic knowledge with the design, specification, maintenance and repair planning of heat transfer equipment.
Louis Pasnik
Louis Pasnik has 25 years’ experience as a thermal and mechanical engineer with specific emphasis on heat exchangers, furnaces, and combustion equipment. Thirteen of those years were spent as a plant based “boots-on-the-ground” heat transfer engineer for a Major Owner/Operator supporting multiple refineries & petrochemical plants with troubleshooting and planning repairs on heat transfer equipment. In addition, he has worked on large and small capital projects both as an EPC and as an Owner/Operator. Mr. Pasnik currently serves as the vice-chair of API 660, Shell & Tube Heat Exchangers.

Becht offers the following discounts on Public Training:

The highest applicable discount will be applied; discounts are not additive.

  1. Early Registration – A 10% discount is to be provided when you register 30 days before the start date of the training.
  2. Group Rate – A group discount is applied when you send three or more people from your organization to the same course and provide a single payment.
  3. No. of Registrants Discount/Person
    3 10%
    4 – 6 20%
    7 and up 25%
  4. Yearly Commitment Discount – A 25% discount when you prepay for a minimum of 10 participants from your organization to any of the courses in the same year.

Cancellation Policy:
Full refunds or course transfers are available 4 weeks prior to the class start date. Cancellations 2-4 weeks out are eligible for course transfers or a refund of 60% of the registration fee. Cancellations within 2 weeks of the class will not be eligible for a refund. For any inquiries, please email

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