ICTD International Centre for Training and Development

Boiler Technology: Design Operation, Maintenance and Troubleshooting

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About the course

Being able to service your own boiler is one thing. Being able to do it safely is another. This seminar is designed to teach building and facility maintenance personnel to do both. After attending this seminar you will be able to reduce the need for outside service contractors, while at the same time increase your confidence and comfort level in operating and maintaining your own boilers.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the delegates will be able to:

  • Identify how/when to schedule preventive maintenance procedures
  • Differentiate between High Pressure and Low Pressure boilers
  • Differentiate between Fire tube and Water tube boilers
  • Determine primary boiler components
  • Operate pressures and temperatures of cast iron boilers
  • Differentiate between steam boilers and hot water boilers
  • Use applications for Electric Boilers
  • Explain four major perils associated with boilers
  • Identify the common boiler accidents to avoid
  • Explain all about furnace explosions
  • Know the dangers of low water conditions
  • Describe how to inspect your Boiler
  • Conduct efficiency tests
  • Apply maintenance troubleshooting tips
  • Apply waterside and fireside maintenance
  • Understand boiler design and construction codes and standards
  • Illustrate how to safely and efficiently operate your boiler
  • Apply burner operations and combustion control systems

Course Outline

Day 1

Boiler Fundamentals

  • Fire tube Boilers
  • Water tube Boilers
  • Cast Iron Boilers
  • High Pressure Boilers
  • Low Pressure Boilers
  • Steam Boilers
  • Hydronic Boilers

Fundamentals of Combustion and Heat Transfer

  • Theory of Combustion
  • Thermodynamics
  • Steam Tables

Burner Operation & Control

  • Gas Train
  • Oil Train
  • Standard Burner
  • High Turndown Burner
  • Burner Controls

Day 2

Boiler Operation and Testing

  • Operator Licensing and Certification
  • Start-Up and Shut-Down
  • Normal Operation
  • Valve Types
  • Safety Valves
  • Low Water Cutoff Controls

Boiler Room Safety

  • Boiler Accidents
  • Cause and Effect

Day 3

Cause and Effect Case Study

  • Safety Valves
  • Confined Spaces
  • Lockout/Tag out

Construction & Design Standards

  • ASME Codes
  • NFPA Codes
  • NBIC Code

Day 4

Controls and Safety Devices for Automatically Fired Boilers

  • Water Level Control
  • Temperature Control
  • Pressure Control
  • Fuel Trains

Inspection and Maintenance of Commercial and Industrial Boilers

  • Fireside
  • Waterside
  • Burner
  • Auxiliary Equipment

### Day 5

Boiler & Burner Efficiency

  • Heat Exchanger Efficiency
  • Combustion Efficiency
  • Efficiency Tests
  • Condensate Return
  • Steam Traps


  • Burner
  • Controls
  • Additional Tips

Course Methodology

A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:

  • (30%) Based on Case Studies
  • (30%) Techniques
  • (30%) Role Play
  • (10%) Concepts
  • Pre-test and Post-test
  • Variety of Learning Methods
  • Lectures
  • Case Studies and Self Questionaires
  • Group Work
  • Discussion
  • Presentation

Who should attend

The course is prepared for employees, whose responsibilities involve the design, selection, purchasing, operation or maintenance of boilers, ranging from small boilers normally used in building heating systems, to large boilers used in power stations. Top staff can update and refresh their knowledge by attending this course.

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