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An Introduction to the Valve Industry 

Linear (Multi-turn) Valves

Check Valves

Quarter-turn Valves – Plug & Ball

Quarter-turn Valves – Butterfly

Hands on learning in the “Petting Zoo” 

Pressure-relief Valves
Valve Materials

Electric Actuators

Fluid Power Actuators

Solenoid Valves

Valve Automation Controls

Control Valves

Electric Actuator Asset Management, Feedback & Monitoring

Critical Service Applications and Valves



UPDATES ON NEW  2020 program coming soon


valve basics event to TAKE PLACE THIS FALL... VIRTUALLY!


For nearly a dozen years, VMA has provided its Valve Basics program to thousands of people who are connected to or working in the valve industry and eager to enhance their knowledge: end users, specifiers, manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and even engineering students via scholarships! 


This year we're adapting the Basics program so you can learn the fundamentals of valves, actuators, controls, automation and more from the comfort of your office or home. Not only will our highly experienced industry volunteers present lessons from their own facilities, they'll also provide an online version of "Valve Petting Zoo"! 


VMA's Education & Training Committee is in the process of finalizing the courses being offered later this year, and we'll be updating this page with more information as it becomes available.


In 2021, look for our in-person events to return, along with a continuation of webinars and other virtual learning opportunities.


If you're looking for other ways to continue your education this year, be sure to visit the VMA Virtual page to view a variety of webinars and other events.



This course was created specifically for newcomers to the industry so it is ideally suited for recent graduates and engineers in the early stages of their careers. In addition, those who understand the basics of mechanical valves can expand their knowledge by attending the electric portion of the program. Both courses can be taken, or attendees can choose to attend one or another. 

Attendees typically include:

  • A variety of professionals employed at plants and facilities that use or work with valves, actuators and controls
  • More experienced professionals with knowledge of one specific product type but in need of an overview of the entire spectrum of valves, actuators and controls.
  • New employees at valve, actuator and control companies
  • Personnel from EPC or AEC firms who are involved with specifying valves
  • Distributors and manufacturers' reps who sell these products
  • Companies that provide supplies and services to the industry
  • And anyone who could use a refresher course on valves, actuators and controls!

The Valve Basics course has been well-received by upper-level mechanical engineering students who have attended previous seminars. Their participation is made possible by scholarships from association members and others interested in supporting valve training for the next generation.


EXHIBITOR & sponsorship information

VMA is developing a virtual trade show and a sponsorship program so attendees will still be able to learn about new products and services from industry suppliers. This will provide an excellent opportunity for suppliers to "meet" people from across the industry. Because many of our attendees are in the early phases of their careers, they are typically eager to learn about your products and services!



Please contact Abby Brown, VMA education & training coordinator, or Judy Tibbs, VMA director of education.



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