Mechanical Engineering

Rotating Machinery Alignment Techniques: SCQF: Level 6

Duration:  3 days
Per Delegate:  £880.00

Practical Content


Theoretical Content


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the basic principles of rotating machinery alignment techniques.
  • Understand safe working practices associated with rotating machinery alignment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to prepare an area for work.
  • Apply a performance and condition test of mechanical plant and apply needed adjustments.
  • Gain knowledge of the health and safety issues regarding rotating machinery alignment techniques.

Course Content

  • Introduction to various power transmission devices.
  • Use of dial test indicators to measure face and rim run out on drive hubs.
  • Definitions of misalignment conditions & how to accurately determine these using dial test indicators for ‘face & periphery’ and ‘reverse alignment’ techniques. Practical exercises concentrate on reverse alignment and calculation of shim requirements.
  • How to position offsets to allow for thermal and dynamic growth of machine casings.
  • Preparing alignment records & reports.
  • Alignment of machine shafts using modern laser alignment equipment, and practical exercises.


Delegates will undertake a multiple-choice examination paper to demonstrate they have achieved the key learning outcomes detailed above.

PPE Requirements

Safety footwear, coveralls, safety glasses and gloves.

Target Audience
Target Audience

Mechanical engineers and technicians who require to gain competence in the alignment of rotating machinery.


SCQF Credit Rated Certificate.

Recognised within the SCQF framework and contributes to an individuals Continued Professional Development (CPD). This course equates to 2 SCQF credit points. 

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