• January Session
    01/07/2019 - 01/11/2019
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • February Session
    02/04/2019 - 02/08/2019
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • March Session
    03/11/2019 - 03/15/2019
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • April Session
    04/15/2019 - 04/19/2019
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • May Session
    05/13/2019 - 05/17/2019
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • June Session
    06/10/2019 - 06/14/2019
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • July Session
    07/15/2019 - 07/19/2019
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • August Session
    08/19/2019 - 08/23/2019
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • September Session
    09/09/2019 - 09/13/2019
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • October Session
    10/14/2019 - 10/18/2019
    8:30 am - 4:55 pm
  • November Session
    11/18/2019 - 11/22/2019
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • December Session
    12/09/2019 - 12/13/2019
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Course Outline:

I. Irrigation Overview 2 hrs
  • Definition of Irrigation
  • Methods of Irrigation
  • History of Irrigation
  • Terminology/definitions
  • About the Exam
II. Irrigation Equipment 1.5 hrs
  • Types of Sprinklers
  • Types of Systems
  • Controllers
  • Electric Valves
  • Hydraulic Valves
  • Remote Sensors ‚Äì Moisture & Freeze Protection
  • Pumps
  • Source Water & Filtration
III. Cross Connection Control 1.5 hrs
  • Video
  • Definition/types
  • Backflow prevention equipment
  • 50 questions & answers
  • Quiz
IV. Piping & Hydraulics 5.0 hrs
  • Terminology
  • Types
  • OD ‚Äì ID ‚Äì Wall Thickness
  • Pressure and Pressure Losses
  • Effects of Elevation on pressure
  • Measurement of pressure
  • Pressure loss charts
  • How to calculate pressure losses
  • Water Hammer/effects/prevention
V. Sprinkler Performance 2 hrs
  • Distribution, uniformity, efficiency
  • Effects of wind & pressure
  • Nozzle performance
  • Head spacing
  • Precipitation Rate
  • Evapotranspiration
  • Soil-water-plant relationships
  • Effects of excess pressure
VI. Developing Plot Plan 1 hr
  • The Design Process
  • Drafting Equipment/CAD
  • Data Required
  • Measuring Techniques
  • Scale drawing based on Field Measurements
VII. Head Layout 2.5 hrs
  • Head/nozzle Selection
  • Triangular vs Square Spacing
  • Borders, Curves, Sidewalks, Fences, etc.
  • Drafting Techniques
  • Produce a scale drawing
  • Spray vs Rotary Layout
  • Head layout from a given plot plan
VIII. Zoning & Pipe Sizing 6.5 hrs
  • Determine flow requirement
  • Flow Velocity
  • Estimated Design Flow per zone
  • Selection of Components
  • Pressure Loss Calculations
  • Velocity Charts to Determine Pipe Size
  • Routing & Sizing pipe
  • Drafting the final design
  • Irrigation Design Procedure
    13 steps to follow
  • Looped Mains
  • Rotary Systems
  • Design a System on a scaled plot plan
IX. Electrical .5 hrs
  • Controller Installation
  • Valve Wiring/splicing
  • Wire Sizing
X. Micro Irrigation 1.5 hrs
  • Components of a drip system
  • Emission Devices
  • Pipe and Fittings
  • Flow Rates
  • Pipe sizing
  • Basic Design Principles
XI. The Law in Texas 2 hrs
  • Statutes, Rules and Regulations
  • Licensing & License Renewal
  • Enforcement
  • Irrigator Advisory Council
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • Local Codes/ State Codes
  • Minimum Standards ‚Äì design & installation
  • Backflow Prevention Methods
XII. Designs in Class 14 hrs
Student required to do 3 designs in the classroom

Total Classroom Hours 40 hrs