Modern Practices in Intermediate Vibration Testing

Vibration testing is rapidly evolving to meet the challenges of today’s larger and more complex systems. The purpose of this course is to offer a comprehensive familiarization with leading edge issues and best practices in vibration during all phases of the system development. Moving beyond the basics to more complex and realistic vibration scenarios, the student will interact with the instructor and fellow students to maximize understanding of leading concepts in fatigue theory, requirements development, advanced test techniques (including multi-axis and synergistic testing), and vibration test management.

Although the course is technical in nature, the material is taught without excessive math. The focus of the course is to give individuals practical insights into how to develop and execute a well-structured vibration program that serves as a basis for making sound technical and business decisions. Numerous “how to” examples and vibration testing “traps or pitfalls” will be discussed in class. During an extensive case study, the students will participate in a detailed practical exercise designed to demonstrate the development and execution of a complex vibration test program.

Buy 3 Get 1 Free! Register three personnel from your company for the same course and receive a complimentary fourth registration. Contact IEST for details.

Course outline     Who should attend?     Course materials    Instructor     Next date and location


Course outline

  • Reaching Beyond the Vibration Test Basics
    • What Are Beyond the Basics?
    • Role of the Test Engineer in Vibration testing
    • Developing Vibration Requirements and Tests
    • Executing Vibration Tests
  • Tailoring Vibration Requirements 
    • Using the Life Cycle Environmental Profile (LCEP)
    • Understanding the Major Test Categories in the Life Cycle
  • Understanding Vibration Micro-environments
    • Getting Field Measurements
    • Macro vs. Micro inputs
    • Test “realism”
  • Vibration in a System
    • Multi-Axis,
    • Level of Assembly
    • Synergistic Vibration Testing 
  • Handling Vibration Test Problems
    • Source of Vibration Test Problems
    • Resources of Vibration Problem Solving
    • Problem Solving Process
  • Supporting “War Stories” and Exercises
  • Vibration Testing Exemplar- Putting it Together with a Theoretical Example.

Who should attend?

You should attend this course if you:

  • Plan, design, or conduct vibration test
  • Need better, clearer results to support vibration development decisions
  • Need to manage vibration risks on your project
  • Specialize within test engineering and want a broader vibration perspective 
  • Need to stay up to date in modern vibration testing

The course is aimed at:

  • Test Engineers and Test Managers
  • Systems Engineers
  • Discipline Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Anyone with a stake in sound risk-management decisions

Course materials

  • Copy of PowerPoint presentation in course binder
  • Certificate of attendance for completion of CEUs

Continuing Education Units: .6 CEUs


Robert (Andy) Anderson



Next date and location

November 19, 2024
During EDUCON 2024
Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Illinois
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Course also available virtually