Seminar Overview

It is no secret that downtime is expensive. Regardless of the precautions you’ve taken and preventive maintenance practices you’ve implemented, sometimes things just go wrong and you need it fixed now. But in order to fix it you must know how to isolate and define the problem, and that’s what this course is all about – teaching you how to quickly and accurately troubleshoot mechanical drives and rotating equipment so that you can avoid costly downtime.

In this 2-day seminar we’ll provide the student a new perspective on troubleshooting mechanical drives and rotating equipment. Rather than teaching about "equipment specific" situations we’ll take a more novel approach. We’ll teach you to troubleshoot based on the common components that make up a piece of specified equipment so that you can go back to the workplace and troubleshoot just about anything regardless of its function, design or manufacturer. You will learn about basic mechanical applications, failures, life expectancy and maintenance of shafts, bearings, couplings, chains, sprockets, bushings, gears, belts, sheaves and other mechanical components. You’ll learn what data to measure, track and trend, so that when equipment fails you can get quick answers to what is wrong. Most importantly you will learn how to find and fix the real problems with your equipment, and not just the symptoms. No matter what type of equipment you may confront on the job, after attending this seminar you will have the tools & skills to properly troubleshoot just about any problem you may encounter.

Discussion Topics

Day One focuses on understanding machine components and failure mechanisms.  This day is a critical building block for the second day of the seminar.


  • Overview of Rotating Equipment
  • What is Common to All Types of Equipment?

The Maintenance Educational Component (MEC)

  • Definition
  • Application
  • Understanding How Equipment Works


  • Anti-Friction
  • Plain

Measurement of Critical Components

  • What to Measure
  • How to Measure
  • Watching for Trends


  • Types of Shafts
  • Uses and Applications
  • Repair and Maintenance


  • Types of Housing
  • Re-machining and Repairs


  • Importance of Lubrication
  • Types of Lubrication
  • What Needs to be Lubricated
  • How & When to Lubricate

Shaft Couplings

  • Component Overview
  • Errors of Omission
  • Maintenance


  • Uses for Equipment
  • Failure Modes

Chain Drives

  • Component Overview
  • “Pitching” a Solution

Positive Drive Belts

  • Reducing Tension Headaches

Gears and Gearing

  • Removing the Mystery
  • Repair and Maintenance

Day 2 emphasizes troubleshooting faults and applying corrective action.

Vibration Analysis

  • Simple Measurement Practices
  • Using Data for Troubleshooting

Fast Fault Finding

  • Vibration as Your Tool

Acoustical Troubleshooting

  • Using Sound as a Tool
  • What to Listen for

Infra-red Inspection

  • Methods & Devices
  • When to Use it
  • What Your Readings Mean

Oil Analysis

  • Hidden Problems Revealed
  • Analyzing Your Oil
  • Corrective Action


  • Using the Nameplate for Information
  • Sizing the Motor to the Job

Megger Testing

Troubleshooting Trees

  • Types and Uses
  • How They Work

Basic Troubleshooting

  • Best Practices
  • Minimum Changes to get Maximum Results

Pumps, Blowers and Fans

  • The Most Common Problems
  • Looking for the Obvious
  • Noise and Capacity Changes

Other Rotating Equipment


  • What Applies to Your Job
  • What Will You Do when You Return to Your Job?

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Upon completion of this seminar, the student will receive a certification of completion with 8 classroom hours (.8  Trainco CEUs) per day attended. Visit our continuing education units page to determine if this class is accepted by your state licensing agency.

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