The R.F. MacDonald Co. Training School

2018 Training Schedule |Download A 2018 PDF TRAINING SCHEDULE
We offer several different boiler and pump training courses throughout the year at many different California and Nevada locations. Choose a date for more information and a link to online registration. Download a printable schedule here.



Boiler Operator's Workshop

This two-day workshop is designed for maintenance, plant, stationary or mechanical engineers as well as maintenance personnel who are responsible for new, repair and troubleshooting of boilers. However, anyone seeking a basic working knowledge of boiler room equipment, with select hands-on instruction will benefit from this class. CWEA & AFE Certified.

March 21/22, 2018 - Modesto, CA
April 4/5, 2018 - Reno, NV
May 16/17, 2018 - Santa Fe Springs, CA
June 6/7, 2018 - Hayward, CA
July 18/19, 2018 - San Diego, CA
September 19/20, 2018 - Fresno, CA


Level 1: Operations, Safety, Reliability and Efficiency

This two-day course is designed for Boiler Operators, Maintenance Personnel and front line Supervisory Personnel. The class reviews a boiler, how it operates and what ancillary equipment is required to support its operation. Additionally, the program stresses safety and the proper operating practices required to maximize efficient, safe and reliable service of the equipment.

October 2/3, 2018 - Santa Fe Springs, CA
November 6/7, 2018 - Fresno, CA


The Next Level Training

Using the information provided in the Level 1 training as a base, the advanced course emphasizes boiler evolution and applications, control schemes, burner advances, energy conservation, emissions, system reliability and safety. This course includes an indepth understanding of boilers and how they can be successfully applied to all processes, as well as how energy can be saved through retrofit options and controls. The program extends into the plant to include key components of steam distribution and condensate returns. Attendees should have taken the Level 1 Course - or have equivalent experience.

*No Classes Scheduled in 2018
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This two-day class reviews centrifugal and positive displacement pumps and seal fundamentals, installation, operation and new developments. The course covers basic pump types and hydraulics, seal design and installation, as well as great tips on the do's and dont's of pump installation and operation. The format includes lecture and interaction with the class. Many field examples with photos are used along with actual pumps and seals to enhance the learning process. CWEA & AFE Certified.

February 6/7, 2018 - Santa Fe Springs, CA
March 20/21, 2018 - Hayward, CA
May 8/9, 2018 - Bakersfield, CA
November 13/14, 2018 - Modesto, CA



This true hands on two-day course is designed for maintenance and operator personnel who are responsible for repair and troubleshooting of Centrifugal Pumps and Mechanical Seals, as well as engineers that want to have hands on experience for installation and repair.
There will be a one hour overview on the basic components of a centrifugal pump and its function. The course is conducted in a classroom / shop environment. There will be pump stations with two students assigned to each station for maximum hands on learning, therefore class size is limited. CWEA & AFE Certified.

April 10/11, 2018 - Modesto, CA
June 6/7, 2018 - Fresno, CA
July 10/11, 2018 - Hayward, CA
July 12/13, 2018 - Hayward, CA
September 11/12, 2018 - Santa Fe Springs, CA
September 13/14, 2018 - Santa Fe Springs, CA
October 16/17, 2018 - Reno, NV


Viking Pump Factory-Rep Training

An extensive pump training class
delivered by an experienced Viking instructor
in a highly interactive classroom environment

This hands on pump course is ideal for maintenance and operations personnel who operate Viking Pumps and those who would like to learn more about Positive Displacement pumps. Training will be conducted by Viking Pump factory staff. When calling to register, please note what date you will be attending.

Coming Soon - Santa Fe Springs, CA


Boiler & Pump Classes

In addition to our scheduled training sessions, we can customize training programs for individual customers as well. If you have specific needs for your teams contact one of our offices to find out more about our customized training offerings.

R.F. MacDonald Co. provides a full schedule of boiler and pump classes that are attended by hundreds of participants each year throughout California and Nevada. Each class offers highly qualified speakers including manufacturers, industry experts and our own highly experienced technical personnel. Most of the classes feature class curriculum along with in-depth, hands on training programs.

"...really well organized and very comfortable. We look forward to sending more people.

Chad Oney
Senior Parts Coordinator
S. Martinelli & Co.

At the conclusion of each class, participants are mailed a certificate. These certificates are approved by the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) and the Association of Facilities Engineering (AFE) and class hours can be credited towards continuing education requirements for re-certification.

The classes are attended by people with similar on-the-job requirements that provide participants with an enhanced peer to peer learning environment and an interesting group dynamic. Each participant leaves with a complete binder of presentation and reference materials. Breakfast, lunch and break meals are included and there are usually drawings and giveaways during the classes.

All registrations are considered final. Cancellations must be received in writing 7 days prior to the event. After that time, cancellations are subject to the entire seminar fee, which may be applied toward a future seminar. Please note that if you do not cancel and do not attend, you are still responsible for payment.

If you have any questions regarding registration please contact our Training Department at