ISO Category II - Vibration Analysis I


An introduction to performing vibration analysis within a condition monitoring program. Various techniques used to diagnose machinery condition are reviewed, including time waveforms, spectral analysis, phase measurements, and amplitude measurement methods.

Applies sensor fundamentals to vibration analysis, including an overview of sensor strengths and weaknesses in applications.

Common machinery malfunctions are discussed, including basic guidelines for the best detection tools for each machinery problem, and key signs to be aware of. Malfunctions and common pitfalls are demonstrated and real-world vibration analysis case histories are shared.

Course objectives

At the end of this course, participants should learn how to select appropriate sensors and techniques for diagnosing typical machinery malfunctions. Participants will be taught to read vibration signatures and evaluate machinery condition from vibration data. Participants will understand how to isolate the affected machinery components, recognize various common problems, and make recommendations for continued operation or scheduled repairs.

Recommended for

Plant personnel requiring a basic understanding of analytical methodologies used to determine machinery conditions for improvement of predictive maintenance program results; including maintenance supervisors, rotating machinery engineers, predictive maintenance coordinators, reliability engineers, and advanced mechanics and technicians.


Up to six months full-time condition monitoring program experience; knowledge of basic sensor and monitoring instrumentation.

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