Shaft Alignment

Approved for 14 Hours – Renewal Training Credit (RTC)

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This intensive two-day seminar will provide attendees with skills to align two-shaft systems accurately (such as motors and pumps). Because there is no single way to align machinery correctly, the advantages and disadvantages of several methods will be taught. Accurate alignment of equipment will result in increased bearing life, reduced downtime and savings on maintenance costs. Additionally, correctly aligning these types of two-shaft systems offers you the payoff of saving money on electrical bills. If your machinery is misaligned just a few millimeters, your plant energy costs could be thousands of dollars higher each month.

You will learn

  1. To recognize equipment not properly aligned.
  2. To recognize and correct for pipe stress.
  3. To check shaft runout.
  4. To determine if soft foot is present and correct it.
  5. To correct bar sag.
  6. To align rotating equipment using multiple alignment methods including rim-and-face and reverse dial.

Who will benefit

  • Maintenance mechanics
  • Electrical maintenance personnel needing to cross train
  • Industrial equipment salespersons
  • Operators wanting to move into maintenance positions
  • Supervisors and managers responsible for maintenance personnel


  1. What Do I Need To Know?
    • Types of misalignment
    • Misalignment and machinery component failure
    • Accuracy of the alignment
    • Frequency of checking alignment
    • Cold vs. hot alignment
    • Common methods of checking
  2. How Do I Do It?
    • Pre-alignment checks
    • Correcting for pipe stress
    • Measuring shaft runout
    • Correcting soft foot
    • Methods
    • Rim-and-face
    • Reverse dial indicator
  3. What About Lasers?
    • Pros and cons
    • Demonstration using laser

In-House Training Available

For additional information about in-house training, please call Amy Murphy at (815) 280-1418 or email