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Rain Bird Factory Trained
Central Control Installer

Class Code 1108 - 20 hours

The Rain Bird Factory Trained Central Control Installer course is intended for professional installers with a strong working knowledge of central control irrigation systems to fine tune their skills and standardize the installation process. This course is the pinnacle of central control installation training.  Each day of the course includes hands-on activities that address each aspect of installing central control system components either in a commercial or golf application.  The workshop is a combination of classroom and field instruction including a series of practical student demonstrations designed to assess each student’s installation ability.  All aspects of the installation process will be covered from the initial site assessment to maintenance test and sign-off.  Upon successful completion of the course, the student will have demonstrated the skills necessary to complete a central control system installation.

Course Objectives

Classroom training and hands-on field installation will provide the student with the technical and applied application practices that meet or exceed the irrigation industry considers the best practices for installing a Central Control System on either a Commercial or Golf Course property.

  • Students will become proficient on the following topics:
  • Gathering site information needed for efficient irrigation installation
  • Safe and efficient power equipment operation
  • Central Control System Component installation
  • Correct wire selection and installation of conventional and two-wire (decoder) systems
  • Central Control Interface installation (indoors and outdoors)
  • Satellite Controller selection and installation
  • Field Decoder and Integrated Control Module installation
  • Weather Station selection and installation
  • Sensor selection and installation
  • Ground Rod installation and resistance test
  • Central Control Computer Installation
  • Troubleshooting Central Control discrepancies
  • System Commissioning

Course Outline

The material is presented in a combination of instructional methods. There will be lectures, demonstrations, and student practice sessions. The overall objective of this class is to introduce the end user on the methods on how to install a Rain Bird Central Control system.

Unit 1 Course Introduction
Unit 2  Anatomy of a Central Control System
Unit 3 Central Control System Components (Install Exercises)
Unit 4 Wire Selection and Electrical Requirements 
Unit 5 Grounding (Install Exercises)
Unit 6 Central Control Computer (Install Exercises)
Unit 7 Central Control Interface (Install Exercises)
Unit 8 Satellite Controllers (Install Exercises)
Unit 9 Field Decoders (Install Exercises)
Unit 10 Weather Stations (Install Exercises)
Unit 11 Sensors (Install Exercises)
Unit 12 Troubleshooting
Unit 13 Commissioning the System (Testing/Recording)
Unit 14 Review & Exam