Course Outline

3.5 Days

6 Core Modules

Maintenance practices 

Breakdown, preventive, predictive and RCM 

Condition monitoring 

Review of condition monitoring technologies: Vibration, oil, wear debris analysis, infrared thermography, ultrasonic acoustic emission, electric motor testing 

Principles of vibration 

  • Motion, r.m.s./peak/peak-peak, frequency/ period 
  • Displacement, velocity and acceleration 
  • Units and unit conversion 
  • Waveform and spectrum (FFT) 
  • Natural frequencies 
  • Basic forcing frequency calculations

Data acquisition 

  • Instrumentation 
  • Transducers and transducer mounting 
  • Measurement point naming conventions 
  • Routes/surveys: Loading and unloading the route 
  • Data collection 
  • Following a route 
  • Repeatable data collection 
  • Test procedures 
  • Observations: utilising your time effectively in the field 
  • Recognizing bad data 

Equipment knowledge 

  • Rotating equipment types and applications 
  • Rolling element bearings and journal bearings 
  • Review of failure modes and appropriate use of condition monitoring technologies 

Basic vibration analysis 

  • Overall level measurements 
  • Spectrum analysis: Harmonics, sidebands and the analysis process 
  • Alarm limits, trending and exception reports 
  • Fault diagnosis:
    - Imbalance, misalignment, looseness, eccentricity, resonance 
    - Defects associated with bearings, gears, belts, electric motors

Who should attend

Course Materials

Learning Outcome

Certification (Optional)


Maintenance practices

Condition monitoring

Principles of vibration

Data acquisition

Equipment knowledge

Basic vibration analysis

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Your Instructors

Clyde Volpe

Clyde Volpe


Vibration Institute of Australia

Pioneer in transforming Condition Monitoring to Reliability Improvement. Driving change with vibration analysis & oil analysis for enhanced industry reliability. Clyde has developed courses for quick learning.

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