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Basic Training for Gear Manufacturing - Fall

September 9-13, 2019 | 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.

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


Class hours are from 8:00am-5:00pm.

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives:

  • 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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From time to time AGMA uses photographs and survey results of AGMA events in its promotional materials. Unless this permission is revoked in writing to 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

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Room Rate

​$140 single, $150 double

Please reserve your room using this link. 

Hotel cut-off date is August 18, 2019.

We cannot guarentee this rate after this date. 


Member Rate

First registrant from company
Additional registrants

Non-Member Rate

First registrant from company
Additional registrants


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.

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.