This course delivers comprehensive knowledge of the principles of machinery shaft alignment and the various methods to measure and correct alignment, with emphasis on laser shaft alignment technology. It is designed for millwrights, repair technicians, supervisors, and engineers who must become proficient in alignment techniques, correct soft foot problems, and troubleshoot complex alignment problems. The course is an intensive mix of hands-on practice and in-depth instruction in alignment methodologies.

This course also imparts comprehensive knowledge of the principles of geometric measurements and on how to measure flatness and level of machine bases and foundations with an emphasis on laser technology and its functionality. Competency in these principles will be achieved through hands-on practice and interactive participation.

Easy-Laser XT Shaft Alignment Training

Alignment Syllabus

  • Importance of machinery shaft alignment to improve asset reliability and reduce safety risks
  • Preparing for the Alignment Task
    • Machine, Foundation, and Base Preparation.
    • Required tools for the task
    • Shims and shimming best practices
  • Shaft Alignment: Principles, Practices and Methodology
    • Understanding and visualizing alignment geometry.
    • Understanding alignment tolerances and tolerance formats.
    • Requirements for repeatability
  • Machinery Alignment Problems
    • Gross Misalignment: coupling strain & shaft deflection
    • Becoming bolt-bound and base-bound.
  • Soft Foot
    • Measuring Soft Foot: Principles and Objectives.
    • Diagnosing and Correcting the Soft Foot problem.
    • Measuring the effects of pipe strain on shaft alignment.
  • Target Specifications and Thermal Growth
  • Alignment Applications
    • Setting up on spool pieces, spacers and jackshafts.
    • Aligning multiple machines in a train
  • Documentation and reporting
  • Student’s special interests or problems.

Student should have some experience with the alignment system and should preferably have some field experience in alignment.

Easy-Laser XT Machine Base Twist In-Shop Training

Geometric Syllabus

  • Basics of Geometric Measurements
  • Laser set up basics
  • Measurement set up, rectangular vs. flange grid
  • Measuring flatness/twist, analysis of results and making corrections
  • Measuring levelness, analysis of results and making corrections
  • Measuring straightness, analysis of results and making corrections
  • Documentation and reporting
  • Student’s special interests or problems.


Onsite Group Training
We can bring this class to you, classes are limited to 6 participants. You furnish an instrument to be used in the training course, a classroom with a large erasable marker board, 4 color markers, a projector, and a projection screen. We furnish two additional instruments, three training simulators*, and all training materials.

*Equipment rental available. Contact us or call us at (305) 591-8935 for pricing.


See our Alignment Training Schedule for our Regional or our Miami Training Center classes.