Mechanical Systems

Almost every manufacturing process involves some type of motion. Cutting tools rotate to remove material, assembly lines advance to move product, and engines power the travel of vehicles. In every case, mechanical components are used to transfer energy and produce motion to carry out useful work.



These classes explain the fundamental concepts of mechanical maintenance for individuals in the manufacturing environment. The class content first addresses the basic components used in mechanical systems, explains concepts such as force and work, and emphasizes the importance of lubrication. Intermediate-level classes compare applications for mechanical components within each category and also address how to quantify and compare power variables.


Class Functional Area Format Difficulty Version Department
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Classes 1 to 10 of 14
Introduction to Mechanical Systems 101

Introduction to Mechanical Systems provides a foundational overview of mechanical systems. Simple machines, such as the lever, incline planed, and wheel, are the building blocks of even the most complex mechanical systems. Both simple and complex machines manipulate mechanical forces, ...

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Intro to Mechanical Systems 100
Maintenance Online Beginner 2.0 Mechanical Systems
Safety for Mechanical Work 111

The class Safety for Mechanical Work provides a comprehensive overview of the safety hazards associated with working on any mechanical system, including the possibility for falls, fires, electrocution, or crushing injuries when entering a machine. In addition, contact with certain ...

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Safety for Mechanical Work 105
Maintenance Online Beginner 2.0 Mechanical Systems
Forces of Machines 121

Forces of Machines provides a comprehensive overview of the physical forces behind machine functions. All machines are based on the science of mechanics, which deals with the effects of different forces that either cause or prevent motion. Understanding the different ...

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Forces of Machines 110
Maintenance Online Beginner 2.0 Mechanical Systems
Lubricant Fundamentals 130

This class describes different types of industrial lubricants and explains the importance of proper lubrication procedure. Includes an Interactive Lab.

Maintenance Online Beginner 1.0 Mechanical Systems
Power Transmission Components 201

Power Transmission Components provides an overview of various components used to transmit energy through mechanical systems. Many systems use gear trains, belt drive systems, chain drives systems, or a combination of these to transfer energy from a power source to ...

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Power Transmission Components 120
Maintenance Online Intermediate 2.0 Mechanical Systems
Mechanical Power Variables 202

Mechanical Power Variables covers the changeable aspects of mechanical power. Basic power variables include speed, power, torque, horsepower, and mechanical forces. All machines rely on rotary motion, linear motion, or a combination of the two to perform work, and different ...

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Mechanical Power Variables 200
Maintenance Online Intermediate 2.0 Mechanical Systems
Bearing Applications 221

Bearing Applications provides an overview of the many different types of bearings used in mechanical applications. Bearings are an essential part of many applications because they provide movement and reduce friction. A variety of bearing types are available. Each type ...

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Bearing Applications 210
Maintenance Online Intermediate 2.0 Mechanical Systems
Spring Applications 231

Spring Applications provides an overview of the many different types of springs used in mechanical systems. Springs are an essential part of many applications because they dampen forces, provide flexibility, control movement between machine parts, store potential energy, and release ...

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Spring Applications 220
Maintenance Online Intermediate 2.0 Mechanical Systems
Belt Drive Applications 241

Belt Drive Applications provides an overview of the many belts used in mechanical systems. Belt drives are essential to many applications since they transmit power, torque, and speed. A variety of belt types are available. Each functions at different speeds ...

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Belt Drive Applications 230
Maintenance Online Intermediate 2.0 Mechanical Systems
Clutch and Brake Applications 250

This class describes different types of clutches and brakes, the operating conditions in which they are used, and installation, maintenance, and safety concerns.

Maintenance Online Intermediate 1.0 Mechanical Systems
FormatFunctional AreaDepartment IDDepartmentClass IDClass NameDescriptionDifficultyVersionLanguageRelated Classes
OnlineMaintenance560Mechanical Systems440010 Introduction to Mechanical Systems 101 Introduction to Mechanical Systems provides a foundational overview of mechanical systems. Simple machines, such as the lever, incline planed, and wheel, are the building blocks of even the most complex mechanical systems. Both simple and complex machines manipulate mechanical forces, including distance and friction, in order to achieve mechanical advantage.Understanding how simple machines work is essential to understanding and working with any type of machinery. This includes being familiar with each type of simple machine as well as its components, function, and mechanical advantage, all of which serve as the basis for understanding advanced mechanical topics. Without the foundational information presented in this class, users will not be prepared to study more complex aspects of mechanical systems.Beginner2.0English(560100) Intro to Mechanical Systems 100
OnlineMaintenance560Mechanical Systems440020 Safety for Mechanical Work 111 The class Safety for Mechanical Work provides a comprehensive overview of the safety hazards associated with working on any mechanical system, including the possibility for falls, fires, electrocution, or crushing injuries when entering a machine. In addition, contact with certain machine fluids can cause skin and eye irritation. Many machines require machine guards because the operator works in close proximity with the point of operation and moving components. Injuries often occur when operators start machines without knowing that someone is performing maintenance.After taking the class, a user should be able to demonstrate awareness of and follow proper safety protocols while working on machines. Being aware of potential safety hazards reduces an operator's risk of injury. The key to safely maintaining machines is to perform proper lockout/tagout procedures, follow established safety guidelines, and maintain a well-organized, safe work environment.Beginner2.0English(560105) Safety for Mechanical Work 105
OnlineMaintenance560Mechanical Systems440030 Forces of Machines 121 Forces of Machines provides a comprehensive overview of the physical forces behind machine functions. All machines are based on the science of mechanics, which deals with the effects of different forces that either cause or prevent motion. Understanding the different types of forces, the physical laws that define them, and the ways in which they are measured is crucial to understanding machine functions.Understanding how machines work is essential to working with and performing maintenance upon any type of machinery. This includes the ability to distinguish between contact and non-contact forces, linear and rotary motion, speed and velocity, and scalar and vector quantities, all of which serve as a basis for more advanced mechanical topics. After completing this class, users will be prepared to both work with and study more complex aspects of mechanical systems.Beginner2.0English(560110) Forces of Machines 110
OnlineMaintenance560Mechanical Systems560130 Lubricant Fundamentals 130 This class describes different types of industrial lubricants and explains the importance of proper lubrication procedure. Includes an Interactive Lab.Beginner1.0English
OnlineMaintenance560Mechanical Systems440100 Power Transmission Components 201 Power Transmission Components provides an overview of various components used to transmit energy through mechanical systems. Many systems use gear trains, belt drive systems, chain drives systems, or a combination of these to transfer energy from a power source to a point of use. Industrial applications requiring frequent stopping and starting and varying operational speeds use clutching mechanisms controlled by manual or automatic transmissions.As certain power transmission components are best suited for certain applications, manufacturers must determine which components are most appropriate for a given situation. Understanding advantages and disadvantages of various components based on operating speeds, load capacity, and other factors helps ensure efficient operations. Professionals in manufacturing should understand the basics of power transmission in all its variations.Intermediate2.0English(560120) Power Transmission Components 120
OnlineMaintenance560Mechanical Systems440120 Mechanical Power Variables 202 Mechanical Power Variables covers the changeable aspects of mechanical power. Basic power variables include speed, power, torque, horsepower, and mechanical forces. All machines rely on rotary motion, linear motion, or a combination of the two to perform work, and different power variables relate to each type of motion. Effectively converting one form of motion to another requires a clear understanding of the functional and mathematical relationship between the two forms.Machine operators and maintenance personnel must often determine which power components are most suitable for specific operations, evaluate machine efficiency, and determine when machine components should be replaced. Familiarity with power variables and their effects can help to prevent machine downtime and component failure. After taking this class, users will understand the basic variables involved in power transmission so that they can use mechanical power properly, safely, and efficiently.Intermediate2.0English(560200) Mechanical Power Variables 200
OnlineMaintenance560Mechanical Systems440130 Bearing Applications 221 Bearing Applications provides an overview of the many different types of bearings used in mechanical applications. Bearings are an essential part of many applications because they provide movement and reduce friction. A variety of bearing types are available. Each type of bearing accepts different loads, works in specific ways, and requires the appropriate lubrication regimens and maintenance procedures. As a result, both an application's key variables and a bearing's capabilities must be assessed in order to choose the most appropriate bearing for the application's needs.Without proper application and maintenance, bearings will function less efficiently, increasing the chance for premature failure and downtime. A lack of knowledge will consequently slow production as well as add excess waste and cost to the process. After taking this class, a user should be able to accurately select bearings and take the measures necessary to ensure optimal bearing life.Intermediate2.0English(560210) Bearing Applications 210
OnlineMaintenance560Mechanical Systems440140 Spring Applications 231 Spring Applications provides an overview of the many different types of springs used in mechanical systems. Springs are an essential part of many applications because they dampen forces, provide flexibility, control movement between machine parts, store potential energy, and release kinetic energy. A variety of spring types are available. Each type of spring accepts different loads and load rates. Both an application's key variables and a spring's capabilities must be assessed in order to choose the most appropriate spring for an application.Without proper operation and maintenance, springs will stretch or suffer irreparable damage. Springs can damage machinery and cause injury if they break or pop out of place during installation or removal. After taking this class, users will be able to identify the different spring types, their limitations and uses, and safe practices to follow for maintenance and installation.Intermediate2.0English(560220) Spring Applications 220
OnlineMaintenance560Mechanical Systems440150 Belt Drive Applications 241 Belt Drive Applications provides an overview of the many belts used in mechanical systems. Belt drives are essential to many applications since they transmit power, torque, and speed. A variety of belt types are available. Each functions at different speeds and transmits different amounts of power. The unique designs of different belts vary depending on application. As a result, both an application's key variables and a belt drive's capabilities must be assessed in order to choose the most appropriate belt drive.Without proper application and maintenance, belt drives will function less efficiently, increasing the chance for premature failure and downtime. Proper belt maintenance can speed production and reduce a process’s waste and cost. After taking this class, a user should be able to select appropriate belt drives and perform the maintenance necessary to ensure optimal belt drive life.Intermediate2.0English(560230) Belt Drive Applications 230
OnlineMaintenance560Mechanical Systems560250 Clutch and Brake Applications 250 This class describes different types of clutches and brakes, the operating conditions in which they are used, and installation, maintenance, and safety concerns.Intermediate1.0English
OnlineMaintenance560Mechanical Systems440160 Gear Applications 251 Gear Applications provides an overview of the many different types of gears and gear drives used in mechanical applications. Gears are an essential part of many applications because they transmit power and motion as well as alter the speed, torque, or direction of mechanical energy. Gear design and the structure of gear drives vary depending upon their application. As a result, both an application's key variables and a gear's capabilities must be assessed in order to choose the most appropriate gear for the application's needs.Without proper application and maintenance, gears will function less efficiently, increasing the chance for premature failure and downtime. A lack of knowledge will consequently slow production as well as add excess waste and cost to the process. After taking this class, a user should be able to identify different gears, understand gear drive abilities, and possess the knowledge to safely operate gear systems.Intermediate2.0English(560245) Gear Applications 245
OnlineMaintenance560Mechanical Systems440165 Gear Geometry 261 Gear Geometry provides an overview of the important design features of common gears. Involute gears have teeth that are shaped by an involute curve. In order to work properly, involute gears must meet precise geometrical specifications. Gear geometry includes tooth profile, pressure angle, pitch circle, clearance, and backlash. A gear's geometry significantly affects the way in which it meshes with another gear in order to transmit power and motion.The geometry of a gear affects its ability to function correctly and consistently transmit power throughout a mechanical system. Understanding a gear's geometrical features is essential to ensuring gears mesh together properly. After taking this class, a user will be able to describe the basic involute design of gears, its purpose, and define necessary terms for gear specifications.Advanced2.0English(560240) Gear Geometry 240
Instructor-LedMaintenance560Mechanical Systems922111 Mechanical Fundamentals In this course mechanical elements of power transmission including gears, levers, chains, belts, pulleys, shafts and couplings are introduced. Component application and maintenance is included. Safety will continuously be addressed throughout each topic.  English
Instructor-LedMaintenance560Mechanical Systems922110 Introduction to Lubrication Examines lubrication systems used in industrial applications. Application of pumping packages, lines, hoses, monitors, divider blocks, injectors, and lubrication components are examined. Proper installation, selection, and safe troubleshooting practices are discussed.This course consists of classroom presentation and hands-on training. The hands-on portion will have participants working on lubrication training equipment, reading and interpreting lubrication system prints as well as examining lubrication systems in use on the plant floor (if allowable).  English