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Irrigation District School of Irrigation


At ITRC, safety comes first. We are monitoring guidelines for COVID-19 and will announce future schedules as soon as we are able.


Due to recent surges in COVID-19 cases and keeping with University and State guidelines, below are the requirements for attendance at the Flow Measurement class on February 2-4, 2022.

  1. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required. Please email proof of vaccination status to prior to the start of the class. AND,
  2. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test will be required.  For PCR, the date of negative result must be within the prior 72 hours. For antigen, the date of negative result must be within the prior 24 hours. Home self-tests will be accepted. Proof of a negative test can be: a) printed document from your test provider or laboratory, b) an email or text message displayed on your phone from your test provider or laboratory OR c) if using a home self-test, a photo showing a negative result. Results must include name of person tested, type of test and date of negative test result. AND,
  3. Masks will be required in all indoor areas.


We appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation adhering to these guidelines. We look forward to seeing everyone at the class in San Luis Obispo.



All fees include class materials and software.

Priority registration is given to districts in the Mid-Pacific Region

Sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation - Mid-Pacific Region.



Flow Measurement & Canal Operation     February 2-4, 2022
$90 (US) or $450 (international)

This three-day course is a series of training and educational opportunities for staff, field operators, engineers, and board members of agricultural irrigation/water districts. The classes held in San Luis Obispo utilize the excellent indoor and outdoor facilities at ITRC. Annual flow measurement and canal operations training is also offered for operators in the Chico area in cooperation with CSU Chico.


The course includes the following topics:

  • Flow Measurement - General and Pipelines: Principles of flow measurement for open and closed systems; common measurement devices - propeller, velocity head, venturi, metergate; how to take accurate readings; what to watch out for.
  • Flow Measurement - Canals: Equations for canals; weirs and flumes; corrections for common problems; current metering.
  • Canal Operations: The service concept, including farmer constraints and needs; purposes of different check structures; water level vs. flow rate control; minimizing tailender problem while still achieving good service; how to get more water through various structures; introduction to SCADA; interaction between canals and turnouts.


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Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Basics     TBA

This course was designed to introduce SCADA for those new to the field, starting with electric and electronic fundamentals. This course is a recommended as a precursor to the proceeding class, Advanced SCADA for Technicians, regardless of experience level. Learn about and practice:

  • Wiring basic monitoring and control circuits
  • Troubleshooting with a multi-meter
  • AC and DC power sources and overload protection
  • Off-grid solar and battery systems
  • Reading wiring diagrams and manufacturer data sheets
  • Sensor wiring

Advanced SCADA for Technicians     TBA

This course provides an overview of typical SCADA technicians roles and responsibilities. Topics/Labs include:

  • Sensor overview
  • Sensor calibration
  • Introduction to Programmable Logic Controller programming with Structured Text
  • Introduction to touchscreen configuration
  • Radio path testing
  • Introduction to Human-Machine-Interface (HMI)
  • Troubleshooting

Pumps I (Winter)     TBA

Types of rotating pumps, pump terms, pump curves, pumps in series and parallel, system curves, TDH computations for vertical and booster pumps, efficiency, WHP, BHP, input HP, pump selection from catalogs, trimming impellers, answers to common pump questions. This class is also offered every summer as part of our Designer/Manager series.  Click here for more information.

Pumps II (Winter)     Winter 2022

Net positive suction head, submersible pumps, well screens, shaft losses, shaft sizing, maintenance and troubleshooting, variable frequency drive (VFD) basics, retrofitting VFDs on existing motors, affinity laws for variable speed operation, how to estimate savings from VFDs, hands-on VFD application, power factor correction, inlet and sump design. This class is also offered every summer as part of our Designer/Manager series. Click here for more information.



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ITRC does not accept credit card payments via fax; to pay using a credit card, please register online or call (805) 756-2434