We start by introducing attendees to the various maintenance philosophies and where each is correct. Next, is an understanding of how technicians can use overall and bearing specific vibration instrumentation to discover and prove machinery improvements. Attention is paid to coupling assemblies and their purpose, rolling element bearing types and their applications, belt drives, and precise alignment principles. Torque requirements and procedures, common assembly errors and the difference between reliability and run-ability are also discussed. A special section on measuring tools, lubrication techniques and doing the job right the first time are provided. Technicians use hands-on, live and dynamic demonstrators with exercises to reinforce correct principles and practice new techniques. Attendees will find the seminar informative, loaded with practical tips, and finish with a renewed sense of readiness and a fresh approach to maintenance activities. This crucial foundation course assists technicians to develop correct assessment, measurement, troubleshooting and precise reliability improvement habits. This initial module develops techniques and corrections for “facility common” errors that may constitute as much as 70% of facility failures.