Bearings & Seals

The bearings & seals course focuses on developing a practical approach to correctly removing and correctly refitting a rolling element bearing on to the shaft of any mechanical component or assembly. The course will also provide the candidate with the supporting knowledge necessary to be able to identify a bearing and select a suitable replacement.

Continuous reference will be made to a manufacturers source material for the purposes of correctly fitting and removing a rolling element bearing. The manufacturers guidance will also be used to set a bearing correctly. A  range of different types of rolling element bearings will be discussed and considered throughout the course.

What you'll learn

Practical Work:

  • Remove and refit a range of rolling element bearings from a shaft only
  • Dismantle and reassemble a bearing assembly taken from a mechanical component.
  • Refit the bearing assembly into the mechanical component and check that it runs correctly at completion of the work
  • Correctly follow the fitting guidance
  • Refitting of bearing related seals will also be included in this work

Theoretical Work:

  • Know the type of mechanical fits associated with a bearing
  • Measure critical dimensions for removing and refitting a bearing
  • Use a bearing manufacturers notes and guidance for removal and refitting purposes
  • Awareness of the type of faults associated with a rolling element bearing failure
  • Know the basic requirements for lubrication of a bearing

Course Objective

  • Use the 4/5 figure referencing system for identifying bearing size and type
  • Measure and set the free and running clearance in a bearing
  • Set pre-load a bearing where appropriate to do so
  • Measure and set the axial clearance/displacement of a bearing assembly
  • Know the lubrication requirements for a given bearing
  • Identify faults likely to have caused a bearing to fail
  • Correctly remove and correctly refit a bearing

Time frame

A 3 day course.


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additional information

To complete the practical work candidates will be shown how to use a range of tools specifically used for the removal and refitting of a rolling element bearings.

This course will also require candidates to be familiar with and able to use standard industrial measuring equipment e.g. micrometers and DTI’s.

All our standard courses and bespoke courses may be delivered on-site at IPS or customer premises.

These courses can be used to support the knowledge and practical evidence requirements of an NVQ programme.