Vibration Analysis ISO CAT III

This course will give the analyst all of the skills and knowledge necessary to solve all fault conditions, run a successful condition monitoring program and drive a reliability culture.

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Chris Hill
Senior Analyst/Trainer
July 15, 2024
July 19, 2024
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Information & Course

Duration: 5 days training including optional 4-hour exam

Format: Classroom learning

Compliance: Follows ISO 18436-2 and 18436-3 and provides 3.5 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits

Pre-Study: Registered students are given access to the online version of the course via the Mobius Institute Learning Zone™ before the class and for four months after course completion to assist them with converting the course information into practice.

Certification Prerequisite: Prior experience is not required for attending the training course, but certification requires: 36 months of experience AND ISO Category 2 certification or a minimum of 60 months of experience in lieu of Category 2 certification.


  • Training Days 1-4: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Exam Day 5: 9:00 am to 1:30 pm

Optional Certification Examination

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Passing Grade: 70%

Course Outcome

  • You will come away from this course with a complete understanding of:
  • Vibration and phase analysis
  • Dynamic balancing and shaft alignment
  • Developing knowledge of machine dynamics and all condition monitoring technologies.

Course Materials

  • Pre and post online course study
  • Interactive assessments during the course
  • 300-page course notes
  • Short-form booklet
  • Diagnostic mousepad
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Mobius Certificate
  • Mobius membership

Course Includes

  • 4.5-day classroom training
  • Pre and post course online Learning Zone study resources
  • Diagnostic Reference Guide
  • Course Notes/Manual
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Lunches and refreshments
  • Optional Exam - 4-hour Certification exam


Principles of Vibration

  • Very quick review of fundamentals
  • Waveform, spectrum, phase, vectors, and orbits
  • Signals: transients, pulses, modulation, beating, sum/difference
  • Force, response, damping, and stiffness
  • Cepstrum analysis

Data Acquisition

  • Planning routes, test locations, and programs

Signal Processing

  • Sampling, resolution, Fmax, averaging, windowing, dynamic range, signal-to-noise ratio
  • A/D conversion: constant and variable sampling rate

Equipment Testing and Diagnostics

  • Impact testing (bump tests)
  • Phase analysis
  • Transient analysis
  • Operating deflection shape analysis
  • Introduction to modal analysis
  • Cross-channel measurements

Vibration Analysis

  • Spectral, time waveform, and envelope analysis

Fault Analysis in Detail

  • Natural frequencies and resonances
  • Imbalance, eccentricity, and bent shaft
  • Misalignment, cocked bearing, and soft foot
  • Mechanical looseness
  • Rolling element bearing analysis
  • Analysis of turbo-machinery and sleeve bearings
  • Analysis of AC, DC, and variable frequency drives
  • Analysis of gears and belt-driven machines
  • Analysis of pumps, compressors, and fans
  • Lots of case studies and exercises for participants

Corrective Action

  • Balancing and shaft alignment
  • Resonance control, isolation, and damping

Successful Condition Monitoring Program

  • Alarms, reports, management, finances

Acceptance testing and ISO standards

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