Basic Gear Inspection for Operators

August 14 – 15, 2024

AGMA National Training Center, Chicago, IL

Course Description

Format: In-person Course

Where: Chicago, IL

Date: August 14-15, 2024

  • Wednesday, August 14 – 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Thursday, August 15 – 8:00am-5:00pm

Reg. Deadline: August 7, 2024

Basic Gear Inspection for Operators

This course will provide a solid foundation for anyone going into gear inspection. Learn the common, current and basics of the tools and techniques used to measure and inspect gears. Understand the four main categories by which a gear is evaluated and classified. Gain proficiency in understanding gear quality by learning the numerical scale on which gear design, manufacture and inspection are based, and more.

The Operator Level courses are made possible through the generous support of the AGMA Foundation. Thank you for your continued support and partnership in educating the industry! 

This course is taught at the AGMA National Training Center.

How Many CEUs Will I Earn?

As an IACET-accredited provider, AGMA offers 1.3 CEUs for this class.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the differences between measurement and inspection.
  • Thorough review of measurement techniques.
  • Thorough review of inspection results.
  • Use means and methods to interpret and use the outcomes of both measurements and inspection to guide better gear production.
  • Describe of manufacturing and process cause and effect as defined by the results of gear inspection.
  • Explain the correlation between manual measurement techniques and how automated GMM (Gear Measurement Machine systems) perform the same task.
  • Be able to explain the automated processes used by GMM systems to assess gear quality.
  • Review of applicable standards.

Who Should Attend

Gear Engineers, gear designers, application engineers, people who are responsible for interpreting gear designs, technicians and managers that want to better understand all aspects of gear design.

Are you a member of the American Bearing Manufacturers Association (ABMA)? As an ABMA member, you receive discounts on all programs that AGMA offers. Email AGMA Education at for a complimentary promo code to receive member pricing on this course.

Registration Rates

Member Rates

First Registrant per Member Company


Additional Registrant per Member Company



First Registrant per Non-Member Company


Additional Registrant per Non-Member Company


Hotel Information

Doubletree by Hilton Chicago Midway Airport
6624 S. Cicero Ave.
Chicago, IL 60638

You can book your room at the discounted rate of $— per night. The hotel cutoff date is July—, 2024.

This course is taught at the AGMA National Training Center at 7500 S. Pulaski Rd. Building 300, Chicago, IL 60652.

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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, knowledge 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.

COVID-19 On Site Safety

AGMA is committed to the safety of all participants, instructors, and staff. Below are the guidelines that will be followed for all in-person 2022 events.

  • Wearing masks indoors when not eating or drinking is not required but recommended.
    For locations that require masks: please follow local or state guidelines.
  • Vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours is not required but recommended.
    Every effort is being made to allow for social distancing during the conference. Please follow guidance on site.
  • Hand sanitizer and masks will be provided on site. Frequent hand washing on site is recommended.
  • Frequent cleaning and food safety measures are in place at the venue.
  • If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms or had recent exposure to COVID-19 prior to the start of the event, please do not attend.
  • AGMA will make COVID-19 Rapid Tests available on site should you experience symptoms while the event is taking place.

Each participant will also be required to sign the AGMA Student Commitment to Safety Agreement. 

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