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Training courses

Bearing defects and how to examine rolling bearings for defects

A one-day practical course where students are trained in the theory behind the causes of bearing defects and subsequent failure.

Actual examples of bearings with defects are discussed, and the attendees are tested against the course booklet to confirm their knowledge and understanding of the subject. The test results can be used towards assessment of competence, as required by the railway industry for any staff engaged in safety critical work such as railway vehicle axle bearings.

This course is of use to shop floor staff actively involved in deciding the suitability of bearings for further service or more senior technical or project management staff who may wish to gain a deeper understanding of what causes bearing problems in railway applications, and therefore realise greater life and utilisation of the bearings in their care.

To complement this course a white paper on bearing defects in the railway industry is given to each attendee. 

Bearing theory - Level 2

A mandatory half-day course as required by railway industry standard GM/GN 2646. Aimed at maintenance staff who work around bearings and whose safety critical work requires them to have an appreciation of how their work can influence bearing operation under railway vehicles.

Areas discussed include bearing nomenclature, storage and general handling guidelines, appreciation of bearing defects, the importance of correct lubrication and clearance supported by guidelines of what to look for in service to monitor the axle bearings on a vehicle.

This course has been delivered to an estimated 1,000 students over the last ten years.

Bearing theory - Level 1

A mandatory course, as above, covering similar subjects to the Level 2 course but in greater detail.

This course is intended for use by shop floor staff who actually overhaul bearing assemblies and have to understand the importance of lubrication, clearance and final checks when setting up a wheelset bearing assembly for railway service.

Generally, this course is of use to wheelshop staff charged with the overhaul of wheelset components and the bearings associated with them.

Each of the seven wheelshops in the UK from Scotland down to Kent have requested SKF, an Original Equipment Manufacturer, to run this training course for their staff. Feedback over the years has been excellent.

Training options

All training is tested where evidence of post-course knowledge can be used by the candidate as part of their portfolio of evidence of competence as required by the UK railway industry.

Training can be created in specific areas for specific products as required by the customer.

Training is delivered by staff holding qualifications in education and competence assessment to national standards as mandated by the railway industry.


For further details on any of the training courses outlined above please contact:

Mike Kerry – Service and Training Manager
 T: 01582 496490  M: 07836 212144 
E: mike.kerry@skf.com

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