Basic Machinery Vibrations (BMV)

BMV prepares attendees to perform basic vibration analysis on industrial machinery using single-channel measurements, with or without trigger signals, according to established and recognized procedures. It covers basics of sensors, database and data collector setup, data collection, signal processing, fault analysis, and basics of single plane balancing. It is partial preparation for the Vibration Analyst Category II Certification Exam. The workshops and demonstrations scheduled throughout the training course are used to illustrate theory and applications. All registered attendees in the Basic Machinery Vibrations training course 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 BMV training is a four and one-half day course and will begin at 1:00 p.m. and conclude at 6:00 p.m. on Monday. It will then begin at 8:00 am and conclude at 5:00 pm daily Tuesday through Friday. Subject to change.

BMV Course Content Includes An introduction and background to Basic Vibration; Sensors, Instrumentation, Measurements, Conversion of Measurements, Analysis Techniques, Balancing, Machine Condition and Evaluation.

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 work shop materials will aid them in their preparation for the certification exam.

Training and Workshops Include:

  1. Basic Machinery Vibrations; units, properties, measurements, motions, time, excitation, critical speeds, frequency and amplitude.
  2. Data Acquisition; selecting a measure, transducers, frequency spans, data displays, and calibration.
  3. Data Processing; instruments, sampling, aliasing, windows, dynamic range, averaging, analyzer set-up, and filters.
  4. Fault Diagnostics; techniques, operating speed, rolling element bearings, gearboxes, motors, pumps, fans and compressors.
  5. Condition Evaluation; shaft vibration, bearing vibration, casing vibration, historical data base, charts and graphs.
  6. Machine Testing; equipment, site inspection, acceptance testing, baseline development, transient testing, presentation of data and reports.
  7. Periodic Monitoring; listing assets, categorizing priorities, route selections, measurement points, frequency of data collection, reporting of results.
  8. Single Plane Balancing; type of unbalance, balancing equipment, pre-balancing checks, measurements, trial weights, vector method and balancing solution.

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

Instructor: Monroe Voyles

Course Agenda: 

Monday 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Tuesday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Optional Cat II exam - Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Registration Fee: 

$2,150 USD Nonmember ($2,050 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 II Certification Exam will need to be scheduled outside of this training agenda. Typically, the Vibration Analyst Category II Certification Exam is scheduled for 3 hours on Saturday morning. (Course and Exam schedule are always subject to change based on scheduling or unforeseen circumstances)  Be sure to complete the CF009 Exam Application form prior to your exam.

Training Examination Review 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


Basic Machinery Vibrations - CAT II Prep for ISO 18436

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  • Monday Mar 15 2021, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 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
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    Houston, Texas
    United States