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Troubleshooting Mechanical Drive Systems & Rotating Equipment

A Practical Course Designed for Building Facility and Industrial
Plant Maintenance Technicians

Both Days - $990

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Purpose of Seminar:

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 so that you can avoid costly downtime.

In this course we’ll provide the student a new perspective on troubleshooting mechanical 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.

Who should take this course?

This seminar is a must for anyone who works with mechanical and rotating equipment at industrial plants, utilities or commercial and private building facilities. General maintenance personnel, workers in cross-training programs, electricians and engineers will find this course extremely useful. Attendees come from a wide variety of industries, skill-levels, company sizes, and job titles, so if you're not sure you'll fit in or will benefit from the class, don't worry - you will - as long as you work with mechanical or rotating equipment!

People who will benefit from attending this seminar include...

Maintenance Personnel in:

  • Manufacturing Plants Commercial Buildings
  • Hospitals
  • Waste Water Facilities
  • Schools Government Buildings
  • Research Facilities
  • Shopping Centers
  • Apartment Buildings


  • Maintenance Technicians
  • Apprentices
  • Mechanics
  • HVAC Technicians
  • Electricians
  • Machine Operators
  • Engineers
  • Alarm Technicians
  • Building Engineers
  • Stationary Engineers
  • Maintenance Supervisors
  • Electronic and Instrumentation Technicians
  • Multicraft & Cross Training Personnel

Course Outline / Agenda

DAY 1:
Understanding Machine Components and Failure Mechanisms

I. Introduction

  1. Overview of Rotating Equipment
  2. What is Common to All Types of Equipment?

II. The Maintenance Educational Component (MEC)

  1. Definition
  2. Application
  3. Understanding How Equipment Works

III. Bearings

  1. Anti Friction
  2. Plain

IV. Measurement of Critical Components

  1. What to Measure
  2. How to Measure
  3. Watching for Trends

V. Shafting

  1. Types of Shafts
  2. Uses and Applications
  3. Repair and Maintenance

VI. Housing

  1. Types of Housing
  2. Re-machining and Repairs

VII. Lubrication

  1. Importance of Lubrication
  2. Types of Lubrication
  3. What Needs to be Lubricated
  4. How & When to Lubricate

VIII. Shaft Couplings

  1. Component Overview
  2. Errors of Omission
  3. Maintenance

IX. V-Belts

  1. Uses for Equipment
  2. Failure Modes

X. Chain Drives

  1. Component Overview
  2. “Pitching” a Solution

XI. Positive Drive Belts

  1. Reducing Tension Headaches

XII. Gears and Gearing

  1. Removing the Mystery
  2. Repair and Maintenance

Day 2:
Troubleshooting Faults and Applying Corrective Action

I. Vibration Analysis

  1. Simple Measurement Practices
  2. Using Data for Troubleshooting

II. Fast Fault Finding

  1. Vibration as Your Tool

III. Acoustical Troubleshooting

  1. Using Sound as a Tool
  2. What to Listen for

IV. Infra-red Inspection

  1. Methods & Devices
  2. When to Use it
  3. What Your Readings Mean

V. Oil Analysis

  1. Hidden Problems Revealed
  2. Analyzing Your Oil
  3. Corrective Action

VI. Motors

  1. Using the Nameplate for Information
  2. Sizing the Motor to the Job

VII. Megger Testing

VIII.Troubleshooting Trees

  1. Types and Uses
  2. How They Work

IX. Basic Troubleshooting

  1. Best Practices
  2. Minimum Changes to get
  3. Maximum Results

X. Pumps, Blowers and Fans

  1. The Most Common Problems
  2. Looking for the Obvious
  3. Noise and Capacity Changes

XI. Other Rotating Equipment

XII. Review

  1. What Applies to Your Job
  2. What Will You Do when You Return to Your Job?

What You Will Take Home

• American Trainco Seminar Manual - detailing all presentation material covered in the class.

• Handy reference materials and guides to help you with everyday decisions, calculations and applications in the field.

• Personalized Training Certificate with 1.6 American Trainco Continuing Education Units for attending this two-day seminar, approved by the Maintenance Training Association of the Americas.

• All the information you need from asking our instructors specific questions about your own equipment or facility.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

All students attending our seminars receive a personalized Certificate of Completion and .8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) per day of training. Over 40,000 employers and government agencies who have sent their employees to our classes accept American Trainco CEUs for continuing education requirements. Our administration and record keeping practices meet or exceed the standards of ACE (American Council on Education) and we are able to provide transcripts of all classes attended and tests taken by individual students. Please contact us if our CEUs are not yet accepted by your authority. We will initiate an application to get the approval process started.

In House Training

You can bring this or any American Trainco seminar directly to your plant or facility. We offer dozens of courses covering a broad range of maintenance and maintenance management topics. Our expert instructors are among the most experienced in the industry and can modify or customize training programs to meet your specific needs - whether you need a short refresher course or an in depth program that focuses on your equipment and processes. In house training reduces the training cost per employee and limits the time required away from work. There are several other advantages of in house training as well.

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If you're not yet sure you'll be able to attend a seminar, you can still make a reservation to hold your space in class. While payment is due prior to the start of the seminar, you may choose a full refund or credit for cancellations made at least 24 hours in advance. Student substitutions can also be freely made at any time prior to the start of the seminar. Refunds will not be issued for registered attendees who fail to show up and have not given a notice of cancellation.

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If you're not yet sure you'll be able to attend a seminar, you can still make a reservation to hold your space in class. However, payment for international and overseas students must be made prior to the start of the seminar (in Dollars U.S.), and all seminar fees are non-refundable. Student substitutions can be freely made at any time prior to the start of the seminar. American Trainco’s Money-Back Guarantee does not apply for international and overseas registrations.

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