Irrigation Technician’s Course

This intensive two day course takes you through the important topics related to the repair and maintenance of efficient irrigation systems. The class will present scenarios commonly experienced by irrigation technicians and then examine the possible causes and solutions to each issue.  This class is ideal for irrigation service technicians, irrigation system managers, distributor personnel or other irrigation professionals that want a better understanding of the set-up and maintenance of efficient, effective irrigation systems.

Course Outline


Common Troubleshooting Scenarios

Unit 1 Class introduction and classroom safety

Unit 2 Troubleshooting Process

Unit 3 Controller display is blank

Unit 4 Zone not operating (electrical failure)

Unit 5 Underground equipment lost or damaged

Unit 6 Zone not operating (Hydraulic failure)

Unit 7 Drip irrigation zone not operating

Unit 8 Water dribbling out of only a few heads

Unit 9 Owner wants to add (expand) a zone

Unit 10 Incorrect water pressure

Unit 11 Dry spot in a zone that is operating

Unit 12 Site is over or under watered

Unit 13 Water collecting around a few heads

Unit 14 Zone ‘stuck’ on

Unit 15 Backflow prevention

Unit 16 Owner wants to add auxiliary items (relays and sensors)

Unit 17 Winterization and Spring Start-up

Learning Objectives


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Identify key components of an irrigation system

2. Perform detailed electrical troubleshooting tests using industry standard tools

3. Explain the complete operational process of an irrigation valve

4. Diagnose and eliminate common irrigation valve failures

5. Enter basic programming information in an irrigation controller

6. List the basic requirements for irrigation schedule development

7. Explain the steps of the winterization and spring start-up process

Suggested Prerequisites


Rain Bird Training Services suggests students complete the Introduction to Irrigation and Installation class before attending this class.