Vibration Analysis

Level 2


The VA Cat 2 may be suitable for those who either have: completed a VA Cat 1; a degree in Mechanical Engineering or; have significant vibration analysis experience, including an understanding of vibration theory and terminology. The course provides an in-depth study of machinery faults and their associated spectrum, time waveform and phase characteristics.

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Course Outline

11 Core Modules

Review of Maintenance practices 

Breakdown, preventive, predictive and RCM 

Review of Condition monitoring technologies

Vibration, oil, wear debris analysis, infrared thermography, ultrasonic acoustic emission, electric motor testing 

Principles of vibration

  • Complete review of basics 
  • Waveform and spectrum (FFT), phase and orbits 
  • Understanding signals

Data acquisition

  • Transducers types, selection and mounting 
  • Measurement point selection 
  • Following routes, test planning, measurement errors 

Signal processing

  • Filters, sampling, aliasing, dynamic range, windowing
  • Resolution, Fmax, data collection time, averaging

Vibration analysis

  • Spectrum analysis methodology
  • Introduction to time waveform, phase and orbit analysis
  • Enveloping, shock pulse, spike energy, Peak Vue™

Detailed fault analysis

  • Natural frequencies and resonances 
  • Imbalance, eccentricity and bent shaft 
  • Misalignment, cocked bearing and soft foot 
  • Mechanical looseness 
  • Rolling element bearing analysis 
  • Analysis of induction motors, gears, belts, pumps, compressors, and fans 
  • Lots of case studies and exercises for participants

Equipment testing and diagnostics

  • Impact testing (bump tests) 
  • • Phase analysis 

Corrective action

  • General maintenance repair activities 
  • • Review of the balancing and shaft alignment process 

Successful condition monitoring program

  • • Setting baselines and alarm limits 
  • • Report generation, reporting success stories 

Acceptance testing and ISO standard

Course Materials

Learning Outcome

Certification (Optional)


Review of Maintenance practices 

Review of Condition monitoring technologies

Principles of vibration 

Data acquisition 

Signal processing 

Vibration analysis 

Detailed fault analysis 

Equipment testing and diagnostics 

Corrective action 

Successful condition monitoring program 

Acceptance testing and ISO standard

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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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Vibration Analysis Level 2

Melbourne, VIC
Instructor-led, classroom learning
Nov 20
24 Nov
$4506 +GST
Queenstown, NZ
Instructor-led, classroom learning
Mar 11
15 Mar
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