Course Content – Machinery Engineering Fundamentals

Course Content – Machinery Engineering Fundamentals


Schedule Date Time PDH Venue/Platform Cost Register
Fall 2024 November 12 – 14, 2024 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Central Time (UTC -6)
24 hrs. Sheraton North Houston at George Bush Intercontinental
Accepts in-person and virtual attendees


This 3-day course focuses on the comprehension of engineering activities for common production facility machinery. Gain practical knowledge on how to fit reliability, operability, and maintainability into a right-sized solution on facility strategic improvements and run-and-maintain activities. Learn ways to troubleshoot common machinery issues and strengthen proactive activities. This course focuses on process machinery such as centrifugal compressors, reciprocating compressors, and centrifugal pumps.

  • Right-sizing machine reliability with service availability
  • Using codes, standards, specifications, and datasheets
  • Evaluating and conditioning machinery retrofit and procurement proposals
  • Executing inspection, witnessing, and applicable hold point activities
  • Overseeing machinery installation activities
  • Executing commissioning, pre-startup, and post startup activities
  • Prevention activities
  • – Strategies
    – Operator basic care
    – Lubrication
    – Shaft alignment
    – Condition based maintenance
    – Preventive maintenance checks and services
  • Bad actors and LPO failures
  • – Failure investigation
    – Seal failure modes
  • Predicting reliability and condition monitoring
  • – Performance degradation
    – Bearing health
    – Valve & rider band health
  • Mitigating risks in actions and engineering
  • – Maintenance oversight, inspection, and discovery
    – Pump seals in hazardous service
    – Troubleshoot and testing
    – Computational analysis
  • Apply what you’ve learned to real Machinery situations
  • Share your current pain points and dive into effective methodology and solutions
Who Should Attend:
This course is for anyone who wants to learn pragmatic reliability engineering techniques for process machinery. These persons are often early career engineers, machinery reliability specialists, project engineers, and area engineers.
Charles ‘Chuck’ Lickteig, PE is a highly experienced Senior Machinery Engineer with over 30 years of expertise in the oil and gas industry. Specializing in front end engineering design, detail engineering, and the full spectrum of rotating equipment operations, he has been a key contributor to Shell in various leadership roles. Mr. Lickteig is well-versed in industry standards, having been a taskforce member of multiple API codes. His extensive engineering design background encompasses pumps, compressors, turbines, and engines, and he has actively participated in commissioning and troubleshooting efforts. As a leader, he has managed rotating equipment networks, ensuring safety and reliability, and has played a pivotal role in developing maintenance strategies. Mr. Lickteig holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Louisiana.

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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.

Virtual Training Platform:
GoToTraining is Becht’s interactive online training solution with the most reliable features to help you before, during, and after your sessions. GoToTraining is a robust training platform that engages participants/attendees virtually.

Cancellation Policy:
A full refund is available for cancellations more than 30 days before course start date. Within 30 days of course start date, course credit can be transferred to another attendee within the same company, or can be kept on file to be applied to a future Becht training course.

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