Integration and Trade-offs in Gear and Bearing Systems

April 23 – 24, 2024

Ann Arbor, MI

Course Description

Format: In-person Course

Where: Ann Arbor, MI

Date: April 23-24, 2024

  • Wednesday, April 23 – 8:00am-5:00pm ET 
  • Thursday, April 24 – 8:00am-5:00pm ET 

Reg. Deadline: April 15, 2024

Integration and Trade-offs in Gear and Bearing Systems

The purpose will be to cover the concurrent design and analyses of gears and bearings in integrated systems like gearboxes, transmissions, and electric motor drives, so as to allow for good integration and faster optimization of the overall system.

This will help gear engineers and suppliers better determine the trade-offs with the bearings, help bearing engineers and suppliers similarly with the gears, and system engineers better understand both.

The examples covered are generic but should be useful both within and across industries that use these components and systems.

How Many CEUs Will I Earn?

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

Learning Objectives

  • Describe basic gear and bearing terminology, functional properties, and how these concepts can help better design integrated gear and bearing systems.
  • Analyze integrated gear and bearing systems through the lenses of differing design properties, such as between ball vs. roller bearings and spur vs. helical gears, and through specific applications and pairings of gears and bearings used in various systems and operating environments.
  • Explain four real-world systems trade-offs – efficiency, durability, noise, size – and how to consider these factors when designing and analyzing gears and bearings.
  • Identify where improvements can be made earlier in the design process for better optimization through at least four areas, including materials, stresses, standards ratings, and basic reliability statistics.

Who Should Attend

Transmission/gearbox/electric motor, gear, and/or bearing engineers. Experts or practitioners in one field who want to learn more details about, and how to manage the interactions with, these other fields.

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

The Graduate Hotel Ann Arbor
615 E Huron St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

You can book your room at the discounted rate of $219 per night. The hotel cut-off date is March 23, 2024.


Michael Tekletsion Berhan

Michael Tekletsion Berhan is the Powertrain Gear and Bearing Technical Expert at Ford Motor Company Research and Advanced Engineering.  Mr. Berhan has over 27 years in the design, analysis, and integration of gears, bearings, shafts, chains, geartrain systems, and electric motors.  He is the Chair of the Ford Transmission/Driveline Patent Committee, the Training Lead for Ford Power Unit Transmission/Driveline Research, and teaches geartrain systems, components, and CAE.

Mr. Berhan has been a member of the SAE Automatic Transmission Technical Committee for 21 years, sponsoring multiple standards and recommended practices, and served as Editor and revision author for SAE’s AE-29 Design Practices book’s Gear, Splines, and Chains chapter.  He is also a member of the AGMA Electric Drive Committee.

Mr. Berhan received his MS in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with the thesis “Implementation of a Halbach Array in a Tubular Linear Motor”.  He received a BE in mechanical engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology, with a minor in material engineering and a second minor in science, technology, and society.

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