environmental testing

Practical Introduction to Vibration and Shock Testing    


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.

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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
  • Types of Shock
    • Classical (Half Sine, Terminal Peak Sawtooth, etc.)
    • Complex (Oscillatory, Pyrotechnic, etc.)
    • Shock Response Spectrum
    • Impact
    • Gunfire
  • Requirements
    • Vibration Requirements
      • Product Specifications (DO-160, MIL-STD-810, etc.)
      • Production Screening (ESS/HASS)
      • Reliability Testing
    • Shock Requirements
      • Product Specifications (DO-160, MIL-STD-810, etc.)
    • Vibration and Shock Testing
      • Exciters/Shakers
      • Controllers
      • Sensors
      • Types of Vibration Tests
      • Fixtures
    • Understanding Vibration and Shock Test Data
      • Shock Time History
      • Spectrum/Frequency-Domain
        • Acceleration/Power Spectral Density
        • Shock Response Spectrum
        • Pseudo-Velocity Shock
        • Fourier Analysis
      • 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
  • Certificate of attendance for completion of CEUs available upon request
Continuing Education Units: .6 CEUs


Nick Clinkinbeard

Next dates and locations

November 2, 2021 - November 3, 2021
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Central Time (Nov. 2)
9:30 a.m. - 12: 30 p.m. Central Time (Nov., 3)
Early-bird discount ends October 4. Save 10% by using coupon code EB11VIB21



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 Rate
(through Oct. 29)
Late Rate
(After Oct. 29 if space allows)







  • Program and instructor(s) are subject to change.
  • All registrations include morning and afternoon breaks and lunch. Certificate of attendance for completion of CEUs available upon request.
  • 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.


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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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