Public Training Seminars

Pioneer Engineering offers ISO 18436-2 compliant vibration analysis courses in our training facility located in Fort Collins, CO. Our classes are held in aVibration Analysis Courses Hands-on Training public setting and are designed for students at any level of experience who are interested in professional development. All of our courses can be tailored to fit your learning style; we will customize our classes to suit your needs. 

Interested in taking a course? Click on the course titles below to learn more about the course deliverables and prerequisites. You can sign up directly online or contact our office here

Our courses are fully compliant with the ISO 18436-2 for vibration analysis training, and we offer accredited certification through the Vibration Institute for Categories I-III.

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Upcoming Public Courses


February 19-21, 2019 • April 23-25, 2019 • August 6-8, 2019 • October 22-24, 2019  

In this hands-on course, students will learn the fundamental concepts of precision shaft alignment techniques and laser shaft alignment. Students will also learn the effects and importance of removing soft foot and correcting for weak bases. The hands-on portion of this class can be individually tailored to the experience level of individual students.

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Dynamic Balancing

March 26-28, 2019 • May 29-31, 2019 • September 4-6, 2019 • November 12-14, 2019

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Introduction to Applied Vibration Analysis – Cat I

January 28-31, 2019 • April 1-4, 2019 • July 8-11, 2019 • October 7-10, 2019 

In our Introduction to Vibration Analysis course, learn how to establish a vibration condition monitoring program as well as begin to understand the fundamentals of vibration signature analysis. This class is intended for maintenance technicians and engineers who want an introductory course in condition monitoring using vibration analysis.

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Intermediate Applied Vibration Analysis – Cat II

March 4-8, 2019 • May 13-17, 2019 • August 19-23, 2019 • November 4-8, 2019 

In our Intermediate Applied Vibration Analysis course, students will learn how to specify basic FFT parameters, establish initial alarm set points, and perform fundamental signature and phase analysis. This class is intended for maintenance technicians and engineers who want an intermediate course in vibration analysis.

A minimum of a secondary education diploma or equivalent is recommended.

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Advanced Applied Vibration Analysis – ISO Category III

June 24-28, 2019

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.

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Journal Bearing Analysis Techniques

February 5-6, 2019 • April 9-10, 2019 • July 23-24, 2019 • October 15-16, 2019

In this course students will learn the basic principles of journal bearing design and rotor dynamics in order to apply analysis techniques using time waveform, FFT spectra, orbits, shaft centerline plots, and load path plots. Accelerometer and proximity probe vibration data as well as dynamic strain data are covered.

Actual case studies are reviewed to demonstrate each of the discussed principles.  

Course Length: 16 Hours

Learning Objectives:

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ODS and Modal Analysis

September 16-20, 2019

Learn how to use operating deflection shape (ODS) and modal analysis to troubleshoot and solve complex structural and rotating equipment problems. The material covered in this course goes beyond the requirements for ODS and Modal analysis subjects included in Category III - IV 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".

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Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM)

June 10-13, 2019 

Learn how to optimize your reliability centered maintenance strategies by using the techniques presented in John Moubray's text, Reliability Centered Maintenance - RCM II. The course starts with a discussion on Functions and Functional Failures, then moves on to Failure Modes, Effects, and Consequences. It then covers task selection and finishes with tips for implementation and facilitation.

Recommend purchasing John Moubray's text, Reliability Centered Maintenance- RCM II

Prerequisites: Secondary Education Diploma is recommended.

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Root Cause Analysis

July 25, 2019 

Learn valuable techniques to systematically help you to find solutions to those "Bad Actor" assets. The principles of cause and effect are covered first. Then there is discussion on preserving and adding evidence to the analysis program. Solution selection and implementation are then added. Finally, these techniques are reinforced with real world case studies to solve.

Course Length:  8 hours

Recommended Text:  The Apollo Method, Dean Gano

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Thermography - Category I

No dates scheduled at this time, please contact us if interested in attending an upcoming course.

Follows Category I Guidelines Established by ISO 18436-7, "Condition monitoring and diagnostics of machine – Requirements for qualification and assessment of personnel – Part 7: Thermography"

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