Basic Machinery Vibration - CAT II

This course helps prepare attendees to perform basic machinery vibration analysis on industrial machinery using single-channel measurements, with or without trigger signals, according to established and recognized procedures. It is recommended for individuals as an introduction to machinery vibrations and as partial preparation for the ISO 18436-2:2014 Vibration Analyst Category II Certification Exam.

Sep 21-25, 2020

San Antonio, TX

Nov 9-13, 2020

Indianapolis, IN

Basic Machine Vibrations


This course prepares attendees to perform a range of simple, single channel machinery vibration condition monitoring and diagnostic activities. It is recommended for individuals as an introduction to machinery vibrations and as partial preparation for the ISO 18436-2:2014 Vibration Analyst Category II Certification Exam. Workshops and demonstrations are scheduled throughout the training course to reaffirm curricular theory and applications.


Course Materials

Course PowerPoint follow-along deck
Basic Machinery Vibrations textbook (class notes)
Workbook containing examples, workshop problems and the Body of Knowledge found in ISO 18436-2 Annex A
Training course examination study guide
Calculator and a ruler
Certificate of completion

Course Agenda

Monday Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Optional Cat I exam – Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Course Dates & Times Subject to Change, Please Check the Event Date

Registration Fees

$1,995 USD Nonmember ($1,900 VI Members)
$100 expidited materials fee for registrations received within 1 week of course starting.

Basic Machinery Vibration Correspondence Course

For those who are unable to attend a course in person, this program is also available through through self-study for either continuing education or for exam course requirement credit. Read more.

Course Content

Basic Machinery Vibrations I
Period, frequency, amplitude, phase, measures, and conversions.

Basic Machinery Vibrations II
Analysis, units, natural frequencies, forcing frequencies, resonance, critical speeds, and damping.

Workshop I: Machinery Vibrations
Period, frequency and amplitude.

Workshop II: Basic Vibrations

Basic Data Collector Setup I
Measure selection; frequency spans; time, frequency, and orbital displays.

Proximity probes, accelerometers, optical pickups, selection, location and mounting.

Workshop III: Data Acquisition

Basic Data Collector Setup II
Data sampling, triggering, window selection, resolution, dynamic range, and averaging.

Basic Analysis Techniques
Orders, spectrum analysis – direct frequency, side bands.

Workshop IV: Data Processing
Analysis of Operating Speed Faults Orders, mass unbalance, misalignment, looseness, distortion, rubs, resonance, bearing wear, and case histories.

Gear and Bearing Analysis
Measurement methods, frequencies, analysis techniques, and case histories.

Motors, Fans, and Pumps
Basics, frequencies, techniques, and analysis.

Workshop V: Fault Analysis

Evaluation of Machine Condition
Measures, procedures, severity charts, and alarm settings.

Workshop VI: Condition Evaluation

Machine Testing
Test plans, impact testing, and acceptance testing.

Periodic Monitoring
Screening, alarm setup, frequency of measurement, trending, and reports.

Fundamental aspects of single-plane balancing.

Workshop VII: Machine Analysis

Course Review

Training Examination on Course Content (1.5 hours)

Training Examination Review

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Certification Exams are offered:

  1. The day AFTER VI training courses 
  2. Anytime at VI offices
  3. At a USA location near you with a pre-approved VI proctor
  4. Through our International Representatives


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The cancellation of and transfer to a training course within the same calendar year will be honored, provided that written notification is received by the Institute office via e-mail or mail no later than ten (10) business days before the first day of the scheduled course. If registration for a training course is cancelled without transfer to another course within the same calendar year, a $250 cancellation fee will be assessed. A $500 administrative fee will be charged for cancellations received less than ten (10) days from the start date of the registered training course. Additional cancellation fees will be applied for exam cancellations. Absentees for the course will not receive a refund. Please contact the Vibration Institute staff directly regarding discounts for multiple registrations from the same organization.