2024 Course Dates & Information

Please visit the course website at www.901ET.COM to obtain course dates and to register.



Quick Info

- Five Day Course (4 days classroom, 1 day shock facility visit)

- $2,750 per student

- Contact Kurt Hartsough for additional details


MIL-DTL-901E Shock Qualification Course

Delve deep into the comprehensive arena of shipboard equipment shock qualification. By the end of this intensive course, participants will be equipped with the knowledge and strategies to craft a streamlined, cost-effective shock qualification test schedule.


Key Learning Areas:

- The Navy's shock qualification process
- Roles, responsibilities, and contractual stipulations
- Choosing the test platforms and their constraints
- Navigating shipboard integration, test fixture demands, and operational standards
- Test failure redesigns and materials selections
- Insight into shock isolator selection, COTs requirements, and design recommendations for shock isolators
- Addressing design modification retesting



- Proficient understanding of testing and documentation as per OPNAV and MIL-DTL-901E standards
- Interpreting and simplifying test specifications, minimizing confusion and contradictions



An evolved continuation of the training imparted at the Shock and Vibration Symposium since 2002, this course centralizes on satisfying shock qualification requisites efficiently and cost-effectively.


Who Benefits from Shock Qualification Training?

- Shipboard equipment manufacturers and integrators;
- Acquisition officials, both Navy and contractor
- Shock test facilities
- Navy and Contractor personnel responsible for equipment shock approval



Mr. Kurt Hartsough
For over two decades, Mr. Hartsough was the US Navy NSWCPD's senior delegated approval authority, entrusted with the highest level of delegated approval. His expertise spans non-standards tests, alternate vehicle tets, component & antenna tests, and all hull, mechanical, electrical, communications, and combat systems equipment on all surface ships.

As the lead Navy educator on shipboard equipment shock qualification, he has empowered the Navy community with invaluable knowledge for over 20 years. His expertise also extends to hosting tutorials at the Shock & Vibration Symposium, covering MIL-DTL-901E testing, shock qualification extensions, component testing and failure modes in shock testing.

Over his 34 years at NSWCPD, Mr. Hartsough played pivotal roles in Full Ship Shock Trials (FSSTs), Total Ship Survivability Trials (TSSTs) and ship class shock inspections. His contributions included being the survivability In Service Engineering Agent (ISEA) for transparent and small arms composite armor, and he also served as an action officer in the Life Fire office (LFT&E) of OSD/DOT&E.



  • Background and history of shock qualification
  • USN Acquisition requirements and responsibilities 
  • Shock Qualification Documentation Process 
  • MIL-DTL-901E Standard Test Vehicles
    • Test Inputs
    • Test Setup
    • Test Fixtures
    • Test Series Requirements
    • Limitations of Test Vehicles
    • Test Procedures
    • Test Reports
    • Test Failure Resolution
  • Shock Qualification by Extension
    • Minimum Requirements for Extensions
    • Cost Comparison to Testing
    • Extension due to Equipment Modification
    • Manufacturing and Materials Changes
  • Component Testing to Support Shock Extensions
    • Simulation of Installed Environment
    • Component Failure Modes
    • Extension when using Component Testing 
  • Shock Test Failure Modes Demonstrations 
  • Review of shock isolation systems to ensure the design meets the test limitations of MIL-DTL-901E  
  • Calculation of equipment Shock Response Frequency 
  • Recommendation of isolation system design to meet equipment shock design acceleration limits 
  • Review of test setups and non-standard fixtures prior to submittal to the Navy for approval  

Registration & Fees

Course registration is $2750 per student and includes a comprehensive set of course notes.




For registration and/or payment instruction contact:
Kurt Hartsough


About Company

The Shock and Vibration Exchange was founded in 2012 in order to serve as a clearing house for persons interested in shock and vibration and related specialties.




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