Prerecorded – Basics of Gearing

January 1, 1970

This course is a pre-recorded, online, on-demand training.

Course Description

This course provides a solid and fundamental understanding of gear geometry, types and arrangements, and design principles.  Starting with the basic definitions of gears, conjugate motion, and the Laws of Gearing, those attending will be given the tools needed to understand the inter-relation and coordinated motion operating within gear pairs and multi-gear trains.  Basic gear system design process and gear measurement and inspection techniques will also be explained.  In addition, the fundamentals of understanding the step-wise process of working through the iterative design process required to generate a gear pair will be reviewed, and attendees will also briefly discuss the steps and issues involved in design refinement and some manufacturing considerations.  Also, 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 be covered.

This course has 13 pre-recorded videos with 11 hours of content.

Learning Objectives
  • Describe the “Law of Gearing,” conjugate action and specifically, involute profiles
  • Review the various definitions and terms used in gearing
  • Identify the function and operation of all gear arrangements
  • Appraise preliminary design considerations and the gear system design process
  • Explain practical gear measurement and inspection techniques, tools and equipment
  • Recognize “Best Practices” regarding gear system design
  • Discuss some of the new and automated gear design systems
  • $795 for member registrant
  • $995 for nonmember registrant

This course is IACET Accredited and worth 1.3 CEUs


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.

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