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Gear Failure Analysis - June

June 12-14, 2017 | Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, MT

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

Course Description

This course is SOLD OUT.


Explore gear failure analysis in this hands‐on seminar where students not only see slides of failed gears but can hold and examine those same field samples close up. Experience the use of microscope and take your own contact pattern from field samples.  

This course includes the Lone Peak Expedition where you will have the opportunity to examine the mechanical room behind the ski lift operation. This peak is Montana’s highest overlook at 11,166 ft


Classes are 8:00 am - 5:00 pm..

Instructors: Robert Budny and Andrew Milburn

Guest Instructors: Robert Errichello and Jane Muller

Who Should Attend

Gear engineers, users, researchers, maintenance technicians, lubricant experts, and managers.

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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

Big Sky Resort
Big Sky Resort Road
Big Sky, MT 59716

Driving Directions

Room Rate

Summit Lodge Studio


Summit Lodge Queen



The hotel cut-off date is May 22, 2017
We cannot guarantee our room rate after this date.

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Member Rate

First registrant from company
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Non-Member Rate

First registrant from company
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Robert L. Errichello

In a career spanning more than 40 years, Robert Errichello has earned a reputation for being the go-to person for instruction on gear failure analysis. Bob heads his own gear consulting firm, GEARTECH, and is founder of GEARTECH Software, Inc. He is a registered Professional Engineer who holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Engineering degree in structural dynamics from the University of California at Berkeley. He is author of more than 60 articles on design, analysis, and application of gears, and has written three widely-used computer programs for the design and analysis of gears. He is a recipient of AGMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in addition to other awards from AGMA, AWEA, and STLE. Students come from all over the world to attend his course, and AGMA is proud to be able to extend this learning experience to you.

Jane R. Muller

Jane Muller has been employed as a gear engineer with GEARTECH for the last 28 years. She has a B.S. in engineering from San Francisco State University with an area of concentration in material science/mechanical design and thermal/fluids systems.

Jane has performed countless infield inspections and failure analyses of industrial gearboxes, analyzed metallurgical data including mechanical properties, macro/micro photographs, and scanning electron microscope data.  She has completed computer-aided design analyses of gears, shafts and bearings for industrial code compliance as well as writing technical reports, research papers and computer programs. Jane is a member of AGMA, ASM International, STLE and AWEA.

Robert Budny

Rob Budny is President of RBB Engineering, a consultancy providing service to the rotating equipment industry. Rob is a mechanical engineer, with 20 years of industry experience. He spent 8 years at a large wind turbine OEM where he led the mechanical engineering department. Prior to working in the wind industry, Rob worked in aerospace for Lockheed-Martin and Northrop Grumman. Rob was co-author of a paper on wind turbine bearing failures that won the 2015 STLE Bisson award for best paper published by STLE in the previous year. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Andrew ‘Andy’ Milburn

Andy is currently president of Milburn Engineering, Inc., a consulting firm located near Tacoma, Washington and has 41 years experience in the design and analysis of gears and gearboxes.  Prior to starting his own consulting firm in 1989 he worked at The Gear Works in Seattle, WA for 15 years and was involved in all aspects of gear manufacturing, gear failure analysis and designed a number of custom industrial gearboxes that included the design and full load testing of drives transmitting over 2,000 horsepower.  As a consultant he has continued to design custom gearboxes, investigated numerous gear and bearing failures, and helped clients improve their gear products.  During the past 16 years he has been very active in the wind industry investigating gearbox failures, developing gearbox modifications and participating in due diligence design reviews.  He has been active on the AGMA/AWEA committee developing standards for wind turbine gearboxes and was a US delegate to ISO TC66 working on the new international gearbox standard, IEC 81400-4.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Washington, has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington and is a member of AGMA, ASME, and STLE.