Vibration Testing Fundamentals iest, tri


This course provides a practical introduction to vibration testing. While basic vibration 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 that can be imparted to a product, sources of vibration requirements, available vibration test equipment, and correct interpretation of data.

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Course outline

  • Introduction
  • Vibration Concepts
    • Single Degree-of-Freedom (SDoF) Systems
    • Resonance
    • Damping and Transmissibility
    • Multiple Degree-of-Freedom (MDoF) Systems
  • Types of Vibration
    • Periodic vs. Stochastic
    • Sinusoidal
    • Random
    • Mixed Sinusoidal-on-Random and Random-on-Random
    • Shock
  • Vibration Requirements
    • Product Specifications (DO-160, MIL-STD-810, etc.)
    • Production Screening (ESS/HASS)
    • Reliability Testing
  • Vibration Testing
    • Exciters/Shakers
    • Controllers
    • Sensors
    • Types of Vibration Tests
    • Fixtures
  • Understanding Vibration Test Data
    • Reading Vibration Plots
    • Extracting Critical Information
    • Understanding Trends


Who should attend?

  • Engineers and Technicians involved with vibration analysis and testing
  • Managers and Supervisors in charge of personnel involved with vibration related projects

Course materials

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

 Continuing Education Units: .6 CEUs


Nick Clinkinbeard


Next date and location

No dates currently scheduled.

Registration information

Buy 3 Get 1 Free! Register three attendees from your company for the same training course and receive a complimentary fourth registration for another person in your company to attend that course. Contact IEST at 847-981-0100 to arrange this option. (Complimentary registration applies to registration of equal or lesser value. Not valid with any other offers or promotions.)

Registration Fees Regular



  • Program and instructor(s) are subject to change.
  • All registrations include morning and afternoon breaks and lunch. Includes certificate of attendance, and .6 CEUs.
  • Payment must accompany registration; there is no invoicing. IEST does not accept purchase orders as a method of payment.
  • All member dues must be current at the time of registration to qualify for the member rates.
  • All education training courses earn Continuing Education Units.

Transfers: Registrations are transferable to another person for the same event. A $35 transfer fee applies. Transfer of a member registration to a nonmember registration will be charged the difference in fees. 

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