Fundamentals of Gear Design and Analysis

June 25 – 27, 2024

Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago O’Hare Rosemont, Rosemont, IL

Course Description

Format: In-person Course

Where: Rosemont, IL

Date: June 25-27, 2024

  • Tuesday, June 25 – 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Wednesday, June 26 – 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Thursday, June 27 – 8:00am-5:00pm

Reg. Deadline: June 17, 2024

Fundamentals of Gear Design and Analysis

Gain a solid and fundamental understanding of gear geometry, types and arrangements, and basic design principles. Starting with the basic definitions of gears, conjugate motion, and the Laws of Gearing, learn the tools needed to understand the inter-relation and coordinated motion operating within gear pairs and multi-gear trains. Basic gear system design process, gear measurement and inspection techniques will also be explained. In addition, the fundamentals of understanding the stepwise process of working through the iterative design process required to generate a gear pair will be reviewed. Learn the steps and issues involved in design refinement and some manufacturing considerations. An explanation of basic gear measurement techniques, how measurement equipment and test machines implement these techniques, and how to interpret the results from these basic measurements will also be covered.

How Many CEUs Will I Earn?

As an IACET-accredited provider, AGMA offers 2.0 CEUs for this class.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop a full appreciation for the meaning and correct use of gear nomenclature.
  • Describe conjugacy and its relationship to transmission error.
  • Appreciate and correctly select the basic geartrain arrangements as a function of application.
  • Be able to describe and discuss the external factors that effect a gear pair and/or a geartrain.
  • Describe how the applied torque manifests itself as a force on the surface of the tooth and further how this develops into stress within the body of the tooth.
  • Be able to describe and discuss the various common manufacturing techniques for gears.
  • Describe the measurement and inspection techniques used to qualify a gear.
  • Develop a high-level of appreciation for various gear failure modes and causes. 

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

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Additional Registrant per Member Company



First Registrant per Non-Member Company


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Hotel Information

Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago O’Hare Rosemont
5500 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

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Room Rate

You can book your room at the discounted rate of $174 per night. The hotel cutoff date is June 3, 2024.


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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