Get Certified by the World’s Favorite Ultrasound Company
This training is delivered live, to your desktop, tablet, or other mobile device. Classes are scheduled twice per week in 2-hour sessions. Afterall, who has time to sit in front of their screen for 8 hours in one go? Welcome to the new world. Welcome to the SDT way of sharing knowledge and advancing ultrasound technology.
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Fall 2022/23 – November 1st, 2022 – January 19th, 2023
Why Trust SDT for Your Ultrasound Training Needs?
At SDT Ultrasound Solutions, our mission is to deliver research-based knowledge that condition monitoring practitioners can trust. Not only does SDT understand your training needs, we are in tune with the unique challenges adults face when tasked with learning new technologies and skills.
Our course material is geared to the way you learn. Our instructors bring experiences and self-awareness when they teach. We approach education from three domains.
This domain refers to the body of knowledge around any particular subject. Think of it as theoretical and foundational information. It’s the “stuff” you need to guide you when it comes time to apply your newly learned skills.
This domain challenges your current belief structure. It produces alignments between the way you may have done things previously, and how you may do things differently with your newly learned skills.
This domain prepares you to make a difference; to challenge the status quo, and hopefully change the world. It focuses your learning development on implementation, execution, work in teams, and creating measurable outcomes.
Course Curriculum – Live Online Level One
Module 1 – Intro to Level 1 and Principles of Ultrasound (Part 1) – 2 Hours
Become acquainted with your instructor and the unique training approach taken in the Live Online version of SDT’s popular Level 1 ultrasound certification. Become familiar with our training platform, how inter-module quizzing works, and their relevance to your overall grading. A briefing of each of the sixteen modules sets the stage for Part 1 of The Principles of Ultrasound.
Part 1 of The Principles of Ultrasound is an overview about the principal concepts of ultrasound and wave propagation theory as they apply to ultrasound for asset condition monitoring, energy conservation, and performing safe inspections in industrial environments.
Module 2 – Principles of Ultrasound (Part 2) & Basic Equipment Knowledge – 2 Hours
Part 2 of The Principles of Ultrasound picks up from Module 01 with a focus on waves, the relationship between frequency and period, amplitude and energy, and our human perception of sound. Discover the importance of the Inverse Distance Law for airborne ultrasound and acoustical impedance for contact inspections. Finally, tackle the sometimes tricky, but important concepts of how ultrasound is measured using the reference scale of the decibel.
Module 3 – Basic Equipment Function, FIT, and Eight Application Pillars – 2 Hours
Module 03 delivers an overview of ultrasound data collectors and the various sensors that connect to them. Understand how ultrasonic data collectors receive and process sound pressure waves into signals that are audible, repeatable, measurable, and able to be trended and analyzed. Discover the many sensors and how their design suits every possible inspection you’ll encounter.
The basic principles of FIT (Friction, Impacting, and Turbulence) are explained, and related to the Eight Application Pillars of ultrasound.
Module 4 – The Inspector’s Philosophy and Condition Monitoring – 2 Hours
To understand the significant place ultrasound holds within any reliability program, one must be in tune with the basic concepts of condition monitoring and asset management. Module 04 discusses Asset Condition Monitoring, Predictive Maintenance, ISO 55000, and the ultrasound inspector’s philosophy of Inspect > Detect > Measure > Trend > Analyze > Act.
Module 5 – Data Storage Management and Condition Indicators – 2 Hours
Module 05 addresses the importance of working with databases, storage of ultrasound data, and most importantly, the ability to retrieve it when needed. As this is an SDT Certification Course, this module takes an “under-the-hood” look at Ultranalysis™ Suite (UAS); the data management software that drives all SDT data collectors.
Learn the importance of correct nomenclature when creating an asset database, how to backup and restore your data, disposition of anomalies, signal clipping, and the unique and important SDT Condition Indicators.
Module 6 – Basic Instrument Function for Inspect & Detect – 2 Hours
Learn the basics of SDT data collectors as they function for Inspecting and Detecting asset defects and inefficient operations. Our primary course objectives are to create competent, capable, SAFE inspectors. Module 06 really sets apart the differences between vendor-neutral courses that forbid specific instrument instruction and vendor-driven certification where safe operation of SDT instruments is necessary.
Module 7 – Application Pillar 1; Leaks (Part 1) – 2 Hours
The first of our eight application pillars is Leak Detection. In this module our instructor introduces the many disciplines of leak detection. Contrast the different methods used for the many types of leaks encountered in manufacturing. Discover the factors that affect leak detectability and how to handle difficult inspection environments.
Supplementary reading for this module includes a case study on vacuum leak detection in a pulp production facility.
Module 8 – Application Pillar 1; Leaks (Part 2) – 2 Hours
Part 2 of Leaks delves deeper into the most popular of the leak applications, compressed air. Understanding compressed air, its advantages and disadvantages, but also our misconceptions about the actual cost to produce, store, and distribute this utility are all addressed in Module 08. Finally, as our goal is to prepare inspectors for fieldwork, we look at strategies for managing compressed air leaks as well as reporting their existence and their potential impact on cost reduction once repaired.
Module 9 – Application Pillar 2 & 3; Steam Systems and Valves – 2 Hours
Steam systems play an integral role in many manufacturing processes, as well as facilities. At the heart of the steam system is the steam trap; an often-neglected asset that plays a vital role in the preservation of pure steam, quality production, and energy efficiency. Students understand what steam is, the cost of producing it as well as the benefits of maintaining a healthy steam system. Real live examples of working and faulty steam traps are presented to contrast and prepare inspectors for fieldwork.
Valves are similar in function, if not design, to steam traps. They too play an integral role in so many processes, yet they too often fall victim to a run-to-failure mentality. Learn the basic types of valves used in industry, their typical failure modes, which ultrasound equipment is best suited to inspections, as well as proven methods for inspection in a variety of environments.
Module 10 – Application Pillar 4 & 5; Hydraulics and Tightness Testing – 2 Hours
Hydraulic systems can be both simple and complex in design and function. Learn the basic types of hydraulic systems, what their failure modes are, and how they are best detected with ultrasound. Recommended equipment selection, sensor types, as well as inspection methods are discussed.
Tightness testing is one of the oldest and most widely used applications for ultrasound inspection. Everything leaks, and most of those leaks are detectable using some form of either contact or airborne ultrasound inspection. This module discusses asset tests using both pressurized and non-pressurized techniques. There is a specific focus on heat exchangers and shell and tube condensers. Module 10 also looks at using ultrasound for wind noise, weather tightness, and building envelope inspections.
Module 11 – Application Pillar 6; Electrical – 2 Hours
This module addresses the deadliest of all physical assets, electrical. Electrical assets not only cost millions of dollars a year in downtime, they have the potential to maim and kill. More than 1000 Americans are killed each year by electrocution; most on the job. Thus, the focus in Module 11 is how to perform SAFE inspections.
Understand what partial discharge is, how it degrades electrical assets, and what technologies and techniques are best at finding these elusive symptoms of defects. Learn to distinguish between arcing, tracking, and corona discharge. Know which data collectors and sensors are best, and most safe, for performing inspections. Appreciate the symbiotic relationship between infrared thermography and ultrasound for various electrical systems and failure modes.
Module 12 – Analyst’s Philosophy Measure/Trend/Analyze/Act – 2 Hours
In this module we revisit the Inspector’s Philosophy from Module 04, thereby advancing the Inspect > Detect approach for binary defect hunting by looking at problems that are best left to trending and analysis. This second stage approach has actually become mainstream for ultrasound inspectors and is driven by recent innovations to technology; innovations affecting measurement quality, interpretation, and the ability to manage it with software.
Student’s focus is on classification of defects, acquiring data, creating alarms, creating surveys, and producing results that trigger maintenance interventions in proactive ways.
Module 13 – Application Pillar 7; Mechanical (Part 1) – 2 Hours
Mechanical applications represent the lion’s share of asset failure modes detectable with ultrasound inspection. Therefore, this seventh application pillar is split in two across Modules 13 and 14.
In Module 13 we look at familiar mechanical systems, often referred to as “Typical and Non-Typical Rotating Equipment”. As ultrasound is NOT vibration, your instructor explains how ultrasound extends beyond rotating assets to assess systems with linear movements.
Understand the various components that make up a bearing including its inner ring, outer race, cage and rolling element. Learn basic bearing fault frequency terminology, demodulation, and fault frequency exercises. This module also looks at applications for gearboxes, pumps, and systems controlled by variable frequency drives.
Module 14 – Application Pillar 7; Mechanical (Part 2) – 2 Hours
In Module 14, the Mechanical application pillar continues as a closer look at using ultrasound for shaft coupling inspections, encoders, slow speed bearings, belts, and chain drives. Three case studies are presented:
- Using ultrasound for Hoists and Cranes
- Using ultrasound for reliable coupling inspections
- Slow speed bearing monitoring in methanation ovens
As in previous modules, correct data collector selection, usage, and sensor selection are discussed for each asset type.
Module 15 – Application Pillar 8; Lubrication (Part 1) – 2 Hours
It is generally accepted amongst reliability professionals that poor lubrication practices are the leading contributor to unplanned downtime. Some industry experts cite as high as 80% of all failures are attributed to lubrication. Modules 15 and 16 focus on this most important application for ultrasound technology.
In Module 15 learn about the history of poor lubrication practices, failure modes related to lubrication, as well as the basic make-up of grease. Understand how grease ages, and how ultrasound should be deployed to ensure the grease replenishment task is performed with precision.
Module 16 – Application Pillar 8; Lubrication (Part 2) – 2 Hours
There are two themes for Module 16:
- Lubrication related Failure Modes for bearings. Why they happen and what we now know to reduce and even eliminate them from happening in the future.
- Learning how to use the LUBExpert and UAS software to achieve precision lubrication while driving your lubrication strategy based on data.
Understand the importance of building a grease gun database, validating all the grease guns in use, minimizing risk from contamination, using bearing dimensions, rotational speed, and other metrics to determine replenishment quantities, and then using results to adjust re-greasing intervals.
SDT Ultrasound Certification exceeds the very basic standards established by ISO 18436-8 including 32 hours of instructor led class time and 16 hours of optional discussion for a total of 48 hours. The virtual classroom opens for discussion at 10:00AM and instruction begins promptly at 10:30AM. All times are Eastern Standard Time (New York/Toronto). All sessions are recorded for on-demand play back by registered students.
Adult learners need interactivity wherever possible. That poses challenges that most training organizations cannot overcome in a virtual classroom. Our trainers understand that you need opportunities to actually perform the tasks being taught. We strive to make online training even more interesting than its onsite version.
While some lessons lend themselves to interaction more easily than others, we use success studies, discussions, and problem solving to make our courses memorable and long-lasting.
If you are serious about learning how to utilize ultrasound to enhance your predictive maintenance programs you need to check out this training for Level 1 certification. I was the first to take the training with this online format and I have to tell you it was an awesome experience. The trainer, the materials the content were second to none and it was also a fun and interactive way to learn. I strongly feel that any one in the field of maintenance and reliability needs to add this to their training schedules for themselves and their teams. SDT has knocked it out of the park with this LIVE Online Level 1 Certification program.
Doug Stangier CMRP CRL Level 1 SDT Ultrasound Inspector, Maintenance Reliability Manager
The way we teach and learn may never be the same again
The world has changed and with that, so has the way knowledge and skills are transferred. Hotels and meeting rooms have quickly been displaced by virtual classrooms. Where it once made sense to sit for an 8-hour lecture, you no longer have that luxury. Driven by necessity, knowledge and skills must now be consumed in short bursts, spread over longer time frames.
The fact is, we learn better this way anyways; so why not embrace it?
It’s a well-published fact that adults retain about 10% of what they see, closer to 40% when seeing is combined with hearing, and as much as 90% when “doing” is added to seeing and hearing. In any given learning scenarios; Be that a seminar, a webinar, or a classroom, the challenge is to combine seeing, hearing, and doing into multiple memorable learning experience.
Another challenge we face is time and attention span. We simply don’t have enough of it. You will not succeed to learn all you need to know from trainers utilizing out-dated training models.
Imagine sitting through 8-hour days, eyes and ears glued to your monitor, while your instructor tries valiantly to lecture. You will tune out! You will not get what you paid for. This is a square peg being firmly driven into a round hole. At some point, somethings got to give.
Learn Like a Kid Again
The iconic children’s TV series Sesame Street debuted on November 10, 1969 and is now in its 51st year. That’s more than a half decade of educational entertainment geared toward a youthful audience but with so many qualities that apply to adult learners.
Research from the University of Maryland and Wellesley College revealed that children watching Sesame Street were afforded a leg up on peers who missed out. The study showed that school performance improved, particularly for boys. This is attributed to the entertaining and immersive ways that academic content was delivered.
Where Sesame Street was truly a pioneer is the science of delivering messages in small doses. Producers knew precisely how much time they had to retain their audience’s attention. Stray over by a few seconds created the risk they may turn away to their coloring book, matchbox racing car, or rag doll.
SDT’s online teaching subscribes to the same model. Each module is short in duration, on point, and referenced to real-life experiences. Instructors use visual imagery that bring concepts to life.
Online and On-Demand
Live courses run at regular times but are made available on-demand. Missed a live session? No problem! Pick up the recorded lecture and join the next live scheduled session. Never fall behind.
SDT certification training is delivered by live instructors with massive experience spanning decades in-the-field. While the training is virtual, it will seem like you are virtually there.
Modules are lively, informative, and interactive. Instructors start each session 15 minutes before the scheduled class begins. This is perfect for you early birds who want to review the previous lesson, ask questions, or just chat about condition monitoring.
Our instructors are friendly, passionate, and driven to help you succeed. Their job is done when you create a world class, sustainable ultrasound program that changes your world.
Certification – What you Need to Know About the SDT Standard of Excellence
With over 45 years pioneering ultrasound technology, you will not find a more comprehensive online classroom experience than this. With many thousands of ultrasound inspectors already certified through our onsite events, SDT is the trusted and favourite company to turn to for your certification needs.
This course exceeds the basic and simplified requirements of ISO 18436-8. This ISO standard addresses the singular technical knowledge domain. It does not challenge students to question their current belief position. Nor does it prepare them to safely apply their new skills in working environments.
This course coincides with the required recommended practices of the American Society for Non-Destructive Testing. SNT-TC-1A sets the standard for foundational knowledge as it applies to ultrasound and other NDT techniques. Past SDT employees sat at the table with ASNT to develop practices that remain relevant decades later.
Certification is only awarded to students who sit the minimum of 32 hours of instruction, constant quizzing, graded assignments, and a final exam. But rather than bore you into submission, those 32 hours are spread over a manageable timeframe. No lesson lasts longer than 2 hours.
Extensive real-world lessons supported by case studies, success stories, practical examples, open discussion, and memorable exercises.
Our instructors are the best of the best. They have real-world experience and decades of ultrasound knowledge. Adult instruction is a unique and special skill set. Our instructors are frequent guest lecturers at conferences, colleges, and technical schools. Learning is their passion. Teaching is their gift.
SDT is the pioneering company behind ultrasound and has done more to advance the technology than any other organization. We are recognized by our peers, our colleagues, and organizations such as Relaibiltyweb.com and Plant Engineering for our excellence and contribution to advancing reliability through better condition monitoring techniques.
Who Should Take this Course?
- Condition Monitoring Technicians
- Plant Managers
- Plant Supervisors
- Maintenance Managers
- Reliability Leaders
- Energy Auditors and Conservation Specialists
- Vibration Analysts
- Infrared Thermographers
- Electrical Engineers
- Asset Management Professionals
- Maintenance Technicians