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Attend all courses marked with an astericks(*) and receive your Shock Testing Learning Path Certificate.

Program below subject to change. NOTE: The classes listed below are available for both in-person and virtual attendance.

Monday, May 8, 2023
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Central Time

Basics of Dynamics Testing
Instructor: Robert (Andy) Anderson

This course provides a practical introduction to vibration and shock testing. While basic theory is reviewed for enhancement of conceptual understanding, focus is on leading the practicing engineer or technician to clearly grasp of the types of vibration and shock that can be imparted to a product, sources of vibration and shock requirements, available test equipment, and correct interpretation of data.

Tuesday, May 9, 2023
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Practical Introduction to Shaker Control and Operation
Instructor: Ben Shank

A pragmatic overview of vibration and shock testing for the person responsible for programming and running a shaker, focusing instead on settings and choices which must be made to program a successful test.  After covering the three basic modes (Sine, Random, Classic Shock), we will address extensions and additional non-control features. A general overview will be given, with time for in-depth discussion as requested by the class.


Wednesday, May 10, 2023
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Central Time

Intermediate Shock Testing and SRS*
Instructor: Robert (Andy) Anderson
Attend this training and you are on your way to earning your Shock Testing Learning Path Certificate. All you need is to also attend the Spectral Analysi training class below.

A brief overview will examine types of shocks, including classical waveform, transient, pyrotechnic, SRS, and seismic. The problems of measuring and analyzing shocks will be explored, and some helpful tips will be offered. The course will expand into specific shock applications, including MIL-S-901 Underwater Explosion, ballistic impact, and repetitive events.

Thursday, May 11, 2023
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Central Time

Spectral Analysis*
Instructor: Ron Merritt
Attend this training and you are on your way to earning your Shock Testing Learning Path Certificate. All you need is to also attend the Intermediate Shock Testing and SRS training class above.

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the basic processing of stationary and non-stationary random measurement data for purposes of Laboratory Vibration Test Specification (LVTS) development. The first half discusses the fundamentals of spectrum analysis and illustrate Fourier based non-parametric spectrum estimation. This includes consideration of random data with embedded sine-tones. The last half considers a general framework and illustration of the development of a LVTS. The objective of the course is to provide procedures for processing field measured random vibration data and using the processed information for LVTS development. The LVTS then may be used to qualify materiel for in-service use.


  • Includes admittance into Working Group meetings, lunch each day, Welcome Reception, Exposition, General Session (IEST Membership - Exploring Benefits and Building Last Connections), Breakfast with the Exhibitors, Awards and Membership Luncheon, and Mix and Mingle: Dessert and Networking. Registration does NOT include membership, conference sessions, and conference proceedings.
  • Continuing Education Program Conference Sessions Add-on Package - includes admittance and all benefits included in the three-day conference session registration, which includes IEST membership and access to the session presentations.


  • Includes admittance into the course that you registered form. Virtual course registration does NOT include new membership/membership renewal, conference sessions, conference proceedings, Working Group meetings, and networking events.