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- Vib. Fundamentals

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Technical Training Seminar- Vibration Analyst - Level 1 (ISO Based)


M&B’s 4-day Vibration Analyst – Level 1 seminar combines lectures & workshops to provide the essential training for the beginning stages of any analyst’s Predictive Maintenance (PdM) or Reliability efforts. Attendees are instructed in data collection, analysis theory and identifying machinery faults. And the course follows ISO 18436 guidelines for Vibration Analyst Level 1 for training and certification (ISO 18436.2, Condition Monitoring and Diagnostics of Machines - Requirements for Training and Certification of Personnel - Part 2: Vibration Condition Monitoring and Diagnostics).

This course does not focus on particular hardware or software offerings. We teach concepts applicable to both diagnostic systems and portable data collectors, and help highlight relevant analysis limitations. Workshops provide diagnostic practice using either machinery simulators or historical data.

An optional Level 1 Certification Examination is given on the last day of the seminar for those attendees seeking a recognized certification.


  • Provide a foundation for new or practicing analysts to become more effective at problem detection & resolution

  • Provide analysis skills for new or practicing analysts to be more effective at problem detection & resolution; build upon the Vibration Fundamentals course information.

  • Provide the skills and information needed to help implement a successful PdM Program

  • Fully explore the information available in time-waveform & spectral data plots

  • Review common machinery & machine components

  • Teach basic vibration theory & data analysis techniques for the common machinery faults

  • Teach how to configure data collection parameters, how to specify vibration transducers, and appropriate data collection techniques based upon machinery design parameters

  • Review how to apply industrial vibration severity criteria

  • Provide formats, examples & techniques for effective reporting

  • Prepare for a Level 1 Certification Exam

Course Materials

A manual containing slide presentations, discussion materials, workshop exercises and additional reference information is provided in hardcopy and CD-ROM.


Mr. Stanley R. Bognatz, P.E.


Who Should Attend?

This course is recommended for analysts, technicians and engineers with at three to six months of vibration related experience. It will help you prepare the Level 1 Certification examination.


General familiarity with vibration and machinery is recommended. Analysts seeking Certification should have at least 6 months analysis experience, and completion of our Vibration Fundamentals course is highly recommended.

Continuing Education

This course provides 32 Professional Development Hours (PDH) for engineering license requirements.

Course Fees

Hotel Seminars (U.S.):  $1,175 per person.

On-site and international seminars are priced by quotation - please contact us for more information.

Vibration Analyst - Level 1 Certification
exam (optional):  $200 per person.

Course Schedule

Click here for the current schedule; on-site seminars can be scheduled at any time.

Vibration Analyst - Level 1 - Seminar Outline


- Why Begin with Vibration Analysis?

- Level 1 - Description & Duties

- Training Objectives

Common Machinery & Design Elements

- Why Machine Design Dictates Analysis Methods

- Common Machinery Types

- Machine Design Elements

Maintenance Strategies & PdM Programs

- Maintenance Strategies

- PdM Programs & Technologies

- Why Use Vibration?

Principles of Vibration

- What is Vibration?

- Displacement, Velocity, & Acceleration

- The 5 Essential Vibration Characteristics

Understanding Time-Waveform Plots

- What are “Time-Waveforms”?

- Measuring Amplitude & Frequency

- Filtering

Understanding Vibration – Spectrum Plots

- What is a “Spectrum”?

- Selecting Frequency Spans & Lines of Resolution

- Effects on Frequency Accuracy

- Frequency Content Analysis

Vibration Analysis Instrumentation

- Overall Level Vibration Meters

- Predictive Maintenance FFT Data Collectors

- Full Analysis / Diagnostic Systems

- Speed Measurement / Portable Tachometers

Vibration Transducers - Overview & Selection

- Capturing Good Data on Your Machine

- Non-Contact Displacement (Proximity) Probes

- Velocity Transducers

- Accelerometers

- Laser Vibrometers

- Transducer Mounting Considerations


PdM Data Acquisition

- Testing Procedures

- Recognizing Poor Quality Data

- Data management

Vibration Severity Criteria

- Vibration Tolerances


- ISO 1940 Balance Quality Grades

Database Alarm Techniques

- How to Set Alarms in a PdM Program

- Overall vs. Band Alarms

Machinery Fault Analysis & Corrective Actions

- Unbalanced, Eccentric, Bowed & Bent Rotors

- Misalignment

- Belt Drive Problems

- Mechanical Looseness

- Rolling Element Bearings

- AC Electric Motor Problems

- Gear Problems

- Rotor & Structural Resonances; Natural Frequency

 Creating Technical Reports

- Integrating your data with Word and Excel

- Working with graphics

- What does Management need?

Level 1 Exam Preparation & Certification Exam


M&B specializes in providing technical training related to condition monitoring, vibration analysis, predictive maintenance, shaft alignment, and rotor balancing, all customized to our customer’s specific needs. We provide seminars both on-site at your location, and off-site at hotels or other locations for centralized training. If you have questions on any training course, or would like a custom-designed course, please contact us.