Vibration Analyst Training (ISO-Based)

Vibration Analyst Level 3

Our 4-day Vibration Analyst Level 3 seminar provides the information and training for further advancing a Predictive Maintenance (PdM) Analyst’s skills. It prepares them for performing, directing, and/or establishing vibration-based condition monitoring programs. And it provides in-depth training on advanced machinery diagnostics techniques. Attendees are instructed in data collection, analysis theory, identifying machinery faults, and performing basic corrective actions. And the course follows ISO 18436 guidelines for Vibration Analyst Level 3 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).

Our highly experienced staff will instruct your analysts in advanced vibration measurement & analysis theory, and teach them how to identify common machinery faults. They will be able to properly measure vibration and diagnose most common machinery problems at the end of the seminar. We also provide guidance on properly configuring your PdM software for the correct frequency spans, lines of resolution, and spectral band alarms, all specifically based upon the design aspects of each machine type, as covered during the seminar.

This course does not focus on particular hardware or software offerings. We teach concepts applicable to most diagnostic systems and portable data collectors, and we highlight relevant analysis limitations. And workshops at the end of each topic provide relevant practice, and help prepare attendees for the optional Level 3 Certification Examination offered on the last day of training.


In addition to the skills required of a Level 2 Vibration Analyst, this course will help train analysts to:

  • Select the appropriate machinery vibration analysis technique
  • Specify appropriate vibration instrumentation hardware & software for portable & permanently installed systems
  • Measure & perform diagnosis of single-channel frequency spectra, as well as time domain plots such as waveforms and orbits, under both steady-state and unsteady operating conditions, with or without a phase trigger
  • Establish vibration monitoring programs, including determination of machines for periodic & continuous monitoring, frequency of testing, route plans
  • Establish programs for specifying vibration levels & acceptance criteria for new machinery
  • Measure & analyze operating deflection shapes
  • Understand & be able to direct the use of alternative condition monitoring technologies (such as acoustic emission, thermography, motor current and oil analysis)
  • Recommend field corrective actions, such as balancing, alignment and replacement of machine parts
  • Use acceleration enveloping (demodulation)
  • Perform basic single-plane field balancing
  • Report to management regarding program objectives, budgets, cost justification and personnel development
  • Prepare reports of machine condition, recommended corrective actions, and report on the effectiveness of repairs
  • Provide instructions and technical direction to vibration trainees


Who Should Attend?

Rotating equipment engineers, OEM service engineers, vibration analysts and technicians, supervisors, and managers who are involved with machinery maintenance and reliability, and have less than 2+ years of related experience.


None. For individuals seeking Certification, we recommend 3+ years of vibration analysis related experience, and the individual must possess current certification as a Level 2 / Category 2 Vibration Analyst.

Continuing Education

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

Course Fees & Schedule
Please contact us for a quotation. On-site, hotel or resort destination seminars can be scheduled at any time.

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.

Vibration Analyst Level 3 – Seminar Outline


Level 3 Vibration Analyst – Description & Duties

Advanced Principles of Vibration

Phase Angles & Vectors

Data Acquisition Equipment & Operation

Signal Processing, FFTs, Filters

Condition Monitoring

Database Design & Route Planning

Alternative Condition Monitoring Technologies

Rolling Element Bearing Fault Analysis – Advanced

Introduction to Journal Bearing Analysis

Introduction to Turbomachinery & Transient Speed Analysis


Corrective Action Techniques

Introduction to Isolation, Damping & Resonance Control

Working with the Maintenance Department

Advanced Equipment Knowledge

Acceptance Testing

Equipment Testing & Diagnostics

Forced response & ODS testing

Introduction to Rotor/Bearing Dynamics

Reference Standards

Fault Severity Determination

Reporting & Documentation

Level 3 Exam Preparation & Certification Exam


M&B specializes in providing technical training on vibration analysis, predictive maintenance, shaft alignment, and rotor balancing, condition monitoring. And all courses can be customized to your specific needs. We can provide seminars on-site at your facility, and off-site at hotels for centralized training. We can also provide training at resort locations to provide a special experience for your staff. If you have questions on any training course, or would like a custom-designed course, please contact us.