Introduction To Irrigation And Sprinkler Systems is the first course in our series. New hires in the irrigation or landscaping business will want to take our "Irrigation and Sprinkler System 101" courses to get a proper fundamental education of the concepts and components that make up a sprinkler system. Homeowners or gardeners will also benefit from an understanding of their own sprinkler systems. All measurements used are Imperial or American Standard, that is; inches, feet, gallons, etc.
Start at the beginning with irrigation concepts, system design basics and water hydraulics. We wrap up this free course with some real world skills that you'll use frequently in the field; using a 5 gallon bucket test to measure flow, and measuring elevation change and slope percentage.
An hour and a half of video instruction also includes a 22 page PDF download of all material covered. Lifetime access to all the course videos and downloads insures that you can revisit any info in the field from your smartphone. Begin a program of professional development in green industry with courses from Pro Irrigation Training. You'll learn the basics of irrigation and start a proper education that will get you started earning money.
We'll consider the ancient methods and the importance of irrigation to civilization.
Advances in the last century have led to amazing new developments in landscaping and agriculture.
Understand the benefits of using sprinkler systems as well as the potential for waste.
We'll cover the ways that we assist nature while striving to conserve our resources.
Questions about The history, modern uses, environmental impact and goals of irrigation.
Know the difference in two terms that are the foundational goals of an irrigation technician or end-user.
Identify the 3 basic soil types
The rate at which water soaks into a property's soil informs us of the type of equipment to install.
Understanding this concept is crucial to scheduling a sprinkler system.
Understanding and having a target precipitation rate helps select the proper sprinklers and nozzles.
A quick discussion of residential, commercial, and agricultural systems.
Using a dedicated meter to supply the sprinklers.
Tapping into the main water line from the street to the house.
Many systems are supplied by tapping into a house's plumbing system.
Centrifugal or jet pumps can pull water from a lake or pond and pressurize it for use in a sprinkler system.
Wells can be used for supplying sprinkler systems.
Grouping valves together can be advantageous for some systems.
Another method places the valves in the area that they are going to supply.
There is a proper order for all of the components that can be installed on a system.
We'll examine how pumps and elevation change affect pressure in a closed system.
Learn how to measure and calculate Flow, and it's relation to pressure and velocity.
The speed of water flowing through a pipe can have an affect on it's pressure and flow.
We'll consider the 4 factors that affect Friction Loss in pipes.
The example of water flowing through a garden hose is used to help explain Water Hydraulics.
Use a combo gauge or 5 gallon bucket test to determine available water flow.
Step-by-step instructions on measuring vertical elevation and slope percentage.
I've owned two irrigation contracting companies over the last 14 years, and still own and operate All Green Irrigation of Columbia, SC. My experience in the business covers the entire range of positions from trench digger to owner, and I've installed and repaired every type and configuration (except for golf courses) of irrigation system. Over the years, I've trained many technicians, and always wished that there was a training system that I could plug a new hire into to get them up and running with fundamental knowledge. Pro Irrigation Training is the answer to that need.