At the end of April, the pump engineer study programme celebrated its 10th anniversary with more than 70 guests, graduates, participants and lecturers. The entity behind this programme — the Pumpenfachingenieur GmbH — may look back on a successful decade.
Graz/Austria – In 2005 the first study programme started, and since then more than 200 pump experts — manufacturers, operators and planers — have been trained to become pump engineers and pump technicians. Since 2012 the pump.ing study programme is also offered as an English language study course for participants from across the globe.
The programme of the celebration event started with the visit of the Vorarlberger Illwerke and in the course of the day merged into an evening party on the occasion of two events — the 10th anniversary of the ‘Pump engineer programme’ and the festive conclusion of the German ‘Pump engineer’ study course 2013/14 by awarding the recent 28 graduates with their ‘Pump engineer’ and ‘Pump technician’ certificates.
Peter Meusburger, head of the mechanical engineering at Vorarlberger Illwerke, guided through the two giant pump storage plants Kopswerk II and Rodundwerk whereas he particularly impressed the guests: the bottleneck performance of the Kopswerk II in turbine operation mode amounts to 525 MW, the power output in pump operation mode to approximately 450 MW.
The evening event at the Felbermayer Vitalzentrum in Gaschurn was opened by Helmut Jaberg, managing director of the Pumpenfachingenieur GmbH, who in his speech pointed out the uniqueness of the pump engineer study programme and explained, that the realisation of the idea to establish a special training course for pump experts is based on the joint initiative of the pump section of the ‘German Association of the Chemical Industry’ (VCI) with its then president, Dr. Hennecke, longtime head of the BASF pump centre, and Mr. Jaberg.
During the ‘Conference for Pump Practitioners’ in Graz, organised every year, the conference participants were asked for their opinion regarding the project envisaged. The idea to create such a study programme was heavily acclaimed: manufacturers were enthusiastic about it as operators would have the opportunity to acquire special knowledge on pumps whereas operators were highly delighted as future pump sales persons would be specially qualified. Additionally, Prof. Thamsen, Berlin University of Technology, and Dr. Schicketanz, former head of a planning unit in engineering at BASF, came on board and the Pumpenfachingenieur GmbH had been founded.
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