Introduction to Machinery Vibrations (IMV)

IMV prepares attendees to perform a range of simple machinery vibration condition monitoring and diagnostic activities. It is recommended for individuals as an introduction to machinery vibrations and is partial preparation for the Vibration Analyst Category I Certification Exam. The workshops and demonstrations scheduled throughout the training course are used to illustrate theory and applications. All registered attendees will receive:

  • Course Training Manual
  • Printed Copy of Course PowerPoints
  • Workbook with examples, vibration related questions requiring a solution and 18436-2 Annex A from the Body of Knowledge
  • Calculator
  • Ruler
  • Certificate of Course Completion

The IMV training is a four-day course and will begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m. daily (Tuesday through Friday)

IMV Course Content Includes An introduction and background to Vibration; Sources, Uses, Effects, Definitions, Predictive Maintenance, Measurement Concepts, Machines, Basic Analysis, Vibration Sensors and Vibration Instrumentation.

There is a workshop supporting each chapter. The student will test their knowledge and understanding of the material presented for that chapter by completing the workshops during the time allowed in class. The instructor will then review the workshop with the class. The student’s time and understanding of the workshop materials will aid them in their preparation for the certification exam.

Training and Workshops Include:

  1. Vibration Sources and Use; definitions, units, properties, measurements, motions, time, frequency, and amplitude.
  2. Basic Machinery Vibration; conversions, analysis, excitation, natural frequencies, resonance and critical speeds.
  3. Data Collection and Analysis; physical observations, sensors, frequency spans, measures, triggering, sensor mounting, sensor location and instruments.
  4. Machine Characteristics; fault sources, frequencies, design, function, acceptance testing, fault and condition analysis.
  5. Vibration Instruments; meters, oscilloscopes, data collectors, analyzers and virtual instruments.
  6. Vibration Testing; periodic monitoring, data collection, transducer positioning, alarms and reports.
  7. Basic Analysis; mass unbalance, misalignment, looseness, rolling element bearings, blade pass, vane pass and gear mesh.
  8. Vibration Severity; bearing housing evaluation, shaft vibration, gears, bearings, charts and graphs.

It is recommended that attendees review the Body of Knowledge found in ISO 18436-2 Annex A, prior to the course.

Instructor: Allen Plymon

Registration Fees:

$1,870 USD Nonmember ($1,775 VI Members)

$100 expedited materials fee for registrations received within 1 week of course starting. 


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Hobby Airport


A Vibration Analyst Category I Certification Exam will need to be scheduled outside of this training agenda. Typically, the Vibration Analyst Category I Certification Exam is scheduled for 2 hours on Saturday morning. (Course and Exam schedule are always subject to change based on scheduling or unforeseen circumstances.)  Please be sure you have completed the CF009 Exam Application in advance of your exam.

Optional Certification Exam to be administered on the day AFTER the course.

Vibration Analyst Category I: $300

Vibration Analyst Category II: $350

Vibration Analyst Category III: $400

Vibration Analyst Category IV: $450

Balancing Field Specialist Exam: $300

Introduction to Machinery Vibrations - CAT I Prep for ISO 18436

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  • Tuesday Mar 16 2021, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Wednesday Mar 17 2021, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Thursday Mar 18 2021, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Friday Mar 19 2021, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • 8181 Airport Boulevard
    Houston, Texas
    United States