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2017 Basic Training for Gear Manufacturing - Fall - Sold Out!

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September 18-22, 2017 | Mon. 12-4; Tues.-Thurs. 8-4; Fri. 8-12 | Hilton Oak Lawn , Chicago, IL

Course Outline (pdf) Registration Form (pdf) Education Brochure (pdf)

Course Description

This class is now SOLD OUT! Don't worry, you can still fill out a Registration Form above and send it in to be added to the waiting list. We also suggest trying the Basics of Gearing course being offered at Gear Expo on October 24-25 in Columbus, Ohio. For more information click here

AGMA will be offering this class twice in 2018. Dates will be posted October 22; come back for more information!


Instructors: Allen Bird, Peter Grossi, Dwight Smith


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.


This course is taught at Daley College. A shuttle bus is available each day to transport students to and from the hotel.

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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From time to time AGMA uses photographs of AGMA events in its promotional materials. Unless this permission is revoked in writing to the AGMA, by virtue of your attendance all attendees agree to the use of their likeness in such materials.

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

Driving Directions

Room Rate

$140 single / $150 double

Includes American Breakfast

The hotel cut-off date is August 28, 2017

We cannot guarantee our room rate after this date.


Reserve your room through this link


Member Rate

First registrant from company
Additional registrants

Non-Member Rate

First registrant from company
Additional registrants


Dwight Smith

Dwight Smith, Vice President with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Machine Tool Division, has a wide range of experience in gear manufacturing, workholding, metrology, analysis, and project management. He has been developing and presenting Gear Basic training sessions globally since 1989. Smith serves as chairman of the AGMA Nomenclature Committee and is an instructor for the Basic Gear School for AGMA.

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.