Advanced Vibration Analysis


This course teaches a wide array of advanced vibration analysis techniques including two-channel analysis, advanced signal processing, modal analysis, operating deflection shape (ODS), synchronous time averaging, and torsional vibration. It is partial preparation for the Vibration Analyst Category IV Certification Exam. The workshops and demonstrations scheduled throughout the training course are used to illustrate theory and applications.


NELSON L. BAXTER is President of ABM Technical Services, Inc. and co-founder of Machinery Health Monitoring and Electro-mechanical Diagnostic Services. His 34 years of experience in the utilities industry include trouble-shooting rotating equipment, structural testing, and balancing. He is a contributing editor of Sound & Vibration Magazine, a Registered Professional Engineer, a Level IV Certified Vibration Analyst and Instructor for Level IV Class. Baxter holds an M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University. He is a member of the Institute’s Board of Directors and ASME.

Course Materials:

Course notes on signal processing and dual-channel analysis
Workbook containing examples, workshop problems and the Body of Knowledge found in ISO 18436-2 Annex A
Training course examination study guide
Certificate of completion

Course Agenda:

Tuesdayday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Optional Cat IV exam – Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Registration Fee:

$2,375 USD Nonmember ($2280 VI Members)
$100 expidited materials fee for registrations received within 1 week of course starting.