Hands-On Automatic Control Valve Training in San Diego


On January 22, 2024, CPMCA members gathered at the A&J Training Center in San Diego for a training session on Automatic Control Valve Product Application and Repair. Led by Jim Lugo from Watts Water Technologies, the training gave participants both technical insights and practical, on-the-job skills.

The training session, organized by CPMCA in collaboration with associate member company Delco Sales, focused on a practical understanding of current control valve operations and maintenance practices. Through presentations, discussions, and hands-on activities, attendees explored a range of topics essential to effective control valve management.

“I have seen several Training Facilities in my career but none of them hold a candle to the Union Trades Training Facility in Santee,” said Lugo. “This is a great place to train, there is plenty of room, a state of the art system for PowerPoint presentations, and the ‘Mobile Training Carts’ with an Automatic Control Valve mounted on them are the coolest Training Aid I have ever seen. I am really looking forward to working with CPMCA in the coming years.”

The training covered fundamental concepts such as valve components and common materials, calculating flow rates and dimensions, and more. The training then moved on to practical applications including setting procedures, pressure drop management, inspection protocols, troubleshooting strategies, and repair techniques.

Lugo’s two decades of industry experience brought concepts home with real-world examples, helping participants better understand how to apply complex technical concepts in their own roles.

“CPMCA is committed to meeting the needs of our San Diego contractors as they requested of us to start providing service related in-person trainings in the area,” said Jessica Diaz, CPMCA Director of Education. “Thank you to Rick Felkins of Delco Sales for partnering with us and making this training possible. Jim Lugo is the best in this field and a wealth of knowledge that was of great value to all that attended this training.”

This training was another successful example of collaboration with our members, and we encourage any other company leaders to share their technical expertise in future trainings. If you’re interested in leading a training like this one in the future, contact Jessica at jessica@cpmca.org