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Irrigation: Hands On Workshop & Certification
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When: Thursday, April 26, 2018
8:00 AM
Where: Pilkington Park, City of Lake Oswego
19043 Pilkington Road
Lake Oswego, Oregon  97035
United States
Contact: Gordon Kunkle

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Gloves Required! - This one day workshop will provide a true hands-on experience for both the Probie and the Seasoned Veteran.  Regardless of your Irrigation experience, this training is sure to enlighten and refine your skills.

In addition to great information, attendees will submit their work for approval in order to receive an ASME Bonder Qualification card.*  Learn more about the Weld-On Irrigation Training.


*Qualification may lead to a decrease in incidents and reduced liability insurance premiums.


What You Will Learn

ASME Irrigation Bonder Qualification provided by WeldOn.

A full 2.5 hour training during which time you will assemble a sample to be hydro-statically test to over 600 psi.  Should yours pass this test conducted at the WeldOn labs, you will receive your own ASME Qualification Card.  This training builds upon last year's introductory to Solvent Welding course.

2 Wire - Decoder Systems, the latest systems.

How to properly plan, install, ground, and maintain these simple, yet sophisticated, irrigation control components.

Get the most out of your sprinklers

From the simple, often overlooked, maintenance, to checking operating pressures and determining proper nozzling techniques.  All will be demonstrated and set out for attendees' participation.

Remote Control Valves and Wire Splicing.

Truly hands on as electronic diagnostic tools, wiring parts and pieces, and valves, lots of valves will be made available for the attendees to hone their skills of troubleshooting and repair.  Includes locating and tracing.

Controllers - More than just programming.

Consideration for locations, enclosure types, communications, map development, diagnostics, and yes, programming will be covered.  Each attendee will have practice controllers to work through.  A great refresher and introduction.


Who Should Attend

Any and all Parkies who touch irrigation components.  Whether veteran or newly hired seasonal staff, this Hands On Irrigation Workshop will indeed provide an excellent learning outcome.


Workshop Agenda

7:30 - 8:00 AM

Check In and Light Refreshments

8:00 - 8:20 AM

Welcome | Orientation & Group Assignments

8:30 - 11:00 AM

Session 1 Group A - WeldOn ASME Training

Session 1 Group B - 2 Wire / Sprinklers / Remote Control Valves / Controllers

11:00 - 12:00 PM     

Lunch with mini presentations from sponsoring vendors

12:00 - 2:30 PM

Session 2 (Group A and B rotate for the afternoon)



Returning from Weld-On is Mike Grabowski, who last year gave an abbreviated lesson in solvent welding, will go into additional instruction.  The actual PVC assembly you will produce, if done correctly, will earn you elite status as a documented bonder qualified to the ASME B31.3 standard.

The 2 Wire Decoder, Sprinkler Performance, Remote Control Valve, and Controller segments will be conducted by recognized irrigation industry experts and coordinated by Gordon Kunkle with the City of Portland Parks.



Member Fee = $85

Non-Member Fee = $110

Deadline for Registration is April 20th, 2018


Additional Information

If you would like to take notes during the workshop, please bring a notebook and writing utensil. One or more of our sessions may take place outdoors (weather permitting), so please be sure to wear sturdy walking shoes, layered clothing and bring a rain jacket if possible.  Be sure to bring along inclement weather gear and your complete PPE.

Light morning refreshments and lunch are provided.


Refund Policy

Please take a moment to review the ORPA Refund Policy.



Workshops like this are made possible with the generous support of our sponsors.  This workshop is sponsored by:


Oregon Recreation & Park Association | PO Box #202, Lake Oswego OR 97034 | 503.534.5673
ORPA is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization