About the Instructor

The instructor for all the courses is John Piotrowski. Mr. Piotrowski graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1974 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has been working with rotating machinery in industry for over 32 years and is considered to be one of the leading authorities on alignment of rotating machinery. He has authored over fifty technical articles on the subject and is author of the Basic Shaft Alignment Workbook, the Shaft Alignment Self Study Guide, the Shaft Alignment Handbook (now in its third edition), the Turvac Engineering Field Service Files, and has written several software programs on alignment and balancing of rotating machinery. He has also contributed to the 4th and 5th editions of the Shock and Vibration Handbook (ISBN 0-07-026920-3, Chapter 39. Part II: Vibration Induced by Shaft Misalignment). Mr. Piotrowski is an active member of the Vibration Institute. Since founding Turvac Inc. in 1982, John has designed several alignment measurement systems, trained over 3500 people in shaft alignment principles and methodology, been a consultant to several major shaft alignment equipment manufacturers, participated in alignment service work in a wide variety of industries with equipment ranging from 1/2 to 250,00 hp, designed training demonstrators for alignment and balancing, designed several shaft alignment measurements systems, invented the Ball-Rod-Tubing Connector system used to measure off-line to running machinery movement, and performed several controlled alignment / vibration tests. But above everything else, John loves what he is doing and wants everyone who is involved with rotating machinery to understand this broad and fascinating topic.

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