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Advanced Applied Vibration Analysis - ISO CAT III


Students who successfully complete the advanced applied vibration analysis course will be able to compute statistical alarms, interpret Lissajous Orbits, and apply advanced FFT techniques (i.e. Synchronous Time Averaging, Order Tracking and Demodulation) and time domain analysis on a variety of machine assemblies. This class is intended for maintenance technicians and engineers who want an advanced course in vibration analysis.

Follows Category III Guidelines Established by ISO 18436-2, “Condition monitoring and diagnostics of machine – Requirements for training and certification of personnel – Part 2: Vibration condition monitoring and diagnostics”

Prerequisites: Two years or more training in mechanical technology or mechanical engineering at an accredited college, university or technical school is strongly recommended. Candidates should be able to manipulate simple algebraic equations, use a basic scientific calculator, and be familiar with the operation of personal computers.

Advanced Applied Vibration Analysis Course Objectives:

  • Select the appropriate machinery vibration analysis technique
  • Specify the appropriate vibration instrumentation hardware and software for both portable and permanently installed systems
  • Establish vibration monitoring programs, including the determination of machines for periodic and continuous monitoring, frequency of testing, route plans
  • Perform single plane field balancing
  • Measure and 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
  • Use acceleration enveloping (demodulation)
  • Establish and implement the use of statistical overall level alarms, spectral band alarms, and narrowband spectral alarms
  • Establish programs for the specification of vibration levels and acceptance criteria for new machinery
  • Measure and analyze basic operating deflection shapes
  • Report to management regarding program objectives, budgets, cost justification and personnel development
  • Understand and be able to direct the use of alternative condition monitoring techniques
  • Prepare reports for appropriate personnel on machine condition, recommend corrective action and report on the effectiveness of repairs
  • Recommend field corrective actions such as balancing, alignment and parts replacement
  • Provide instructions and technical direction to vibration trainees

Optional Category lll- ISO Certification Exams

ISO Accredited Certification through the Vibration Institute requires a total of 110 hours of formal training or independent study, Category II Certification, 36 months experience, and examination. The ISO Category lll exam is an additional $450 and administered the following morning after the last day of class. Please note the ISO exam application and approval from the Vibration Institute must be completed 20 days prior to the exam date.

*Also it is strongly recommended for the student to attend a Dynamic Balancing class just prior to taking Vibration Institute ISO Category lll exam.

Student Reviews

The training was really informative. It was great to have up-to-date training documents that have real life examples of issues discovered and resolved through vibration analysis. I have seen in the past that some of the text books on vibration analysis are pretty dated (copy right of 1999 for example). Also it was nice to see example of the things we were learning in class in action in the lab. Chad was also a great instructor, very informative and willing to help you understand the material. One thing that would be nice is to have the power point presentation follow more closely with the text book. There was a good bit of hoping around between the text and presentation.

Aaron Timmons, Condition Monitoring Reliability Specialist, Georgia Pacific

Jun, 27th. 2022

Reviewed Instructor(s)


Chad Wilcox