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Basic Training for Gear Manufacturing - Fall

September 11-14, 2018 | Hilton Oak Lawn , Chicago, IL

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Course Description

Learn the fundamentals of gear manufacturing in this hands-on course. Gain an understanding of gearing and nomenclature, principles of inspection, gear manufacturing methods, and hobbing and shaping.  Utilizing manual machines, develop a deeper breadth of perspective and understanding of the process and physics of making a gear as well as the ability to apply this knowledge in working with CNC equipment commonly in use.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the evolution, history, and function of gears
  • Show and describe 14 gear tooth features
  • Describe six typical gear characteristics that are measured
  • Demonstrate knowledge of gauging vs. measurement
  • Utilize and describe a variety of analysis methods
  • Troubleshoot many of their own problems, because they fully understand the process

Continuing Education Units: 2.67

Who Should Attend

Although the Basic Course is designed primarily for newer employees with at least six months’ experience in setup or machine operation, it has proved beneficial to quality control managers, sales representatives, management, and executives. 

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Cancellation and Payment Policy

Payment must accompany this form. All cancellations must be in writing and received by AGMA 14 days prior to the class start.  A $200 U.S. processing fee will be assessed for each cancelled registration that results in a refund after the 14-day period. A substitution or schedule change fee of $50 when substituting one student for another or moving the current student to another AGMA course after the 14-day period. A 50% refund will be issued if cancellation occurs on or after the class start date.

Hotel Info

Hilton Oak Lawn
9333 S. Cicero Avenue
Chicago, IL 60453

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Room Rate

The AGMA room block at the Hilton Oak Lawn is currently sold out, but an overflow room block is available at the DoubleTree Alsip hotel at the rate of $159 per night. Breakfast is not included in the room rate at the DoubleTree Alsip.

Reserve your room through this link or by calling 1-800-222-8733. Please reference Group Code GMA on the website link or by phone to access the group rate. Rooms are available at the $159 group rate until August 22, 2018 or until the block sells out. Guests of the overflow room block will have access to a complimentary shuttle from the DoubleTree Alsip to the Hilton Oak Lawn for transportation to the classroom.



Member Rate

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Non-Member Rate

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Peter Grossi

Peter Grossi has been involved in gear manufacturing since 1977. He has more than 13 years of experience in gear cutting machine operations, including Large Gear hobbers, Fellows Shapers, and Gleason Straight & Spiral Bevel Gear cutting machines. Grossi also has more than 26 years of experience in gear manufacturing management, including supervision of gear cutting machine operations, gear grinding machine operations, & quality assurance. He has worked with a variety of companies in the industry, including: Brad Foote Gear Works, Arrow Gear Co. Philadelphia Gear Corp, and AGMA.

Allen Bird

Allen Bird has been involved in gear manufacturing since 1964. He began his career working for Milwaukee Gear Company as a machine repair apprentice and eventually as a journeyman.  After four years as a service engineer for Barber-Colman Co., Allen worked more 28 years at American Pfauter Ltd./Gleason Works as a service engineer.  He has installed and repaired numerous gear cutting machines and related products, and has taught many people how to cut gears and solve gear related problems.

William “Mark” McVea, PhD, P.E.

Dr. William Mark McVea, P.E., is currently President and Principal Engineer of KBE+, Inc. where he and his team design and develop complete powertrains for automotive and off-highway vehicles. His experience includes positions within the mechanical drive and powertrain industry. Chief Technology Officer for an industry leader in the design and development of patented powertrain engineering technology used primarily in the automotive industry; Professor of Vehicle Dynamics and Powertrain Sciences in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology; adjunct professor at Purdue University in their Automotive Sciences Department; and was manager of the CAE group within a tier-one powertrain supplier to global automotive markets, a consulting engineer in vehicle dynamics, and a project manager of traction systems for off-highway vehicles as well. In addition, he has extensive publication on transmission systems, automated design assistant systems, knoweldge systems and knowledge based engineering in general. He also holds or is listed as co-inventor on numerous patents related to mechanical power transmissions. Mark holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology, a PhD in Design Engineering from Purdue University and is a licensed Professional Engineer.