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.

Class Details

Class Name:
Mechanical Fundamentals
4 Day Course

Learning Objectives

  • Distinguish the various types of lines (hidden, object, dimension, center, extension, and leader) typically found in mechanical drawings
  • Locate the "Scale" of a drawing and know how it affects the actual drawing
  • Interpret a given drawing and determine the size, and materials required of the drawn part
  • Explain the purpose of gaskets, packing and seals and how they function
  • Demonstrate the proper bolting pattern for flange joints containing of gaskets i.e torque for proper seal
  • List the major types of gaskets, packing and seals
  • Define the term friction and the results of it
  • Know the difference between plain and antifriction bearings
  • Identify the basic function of bearings
  • Demonstrate proper procedures for removing, inspecting, and replacing plain bearings
  • List the major types of belts used in drive systems
  • Identify a given belt by it's size
  • Demonstrate the procedures for installing belt drive components to company specifications
  • Identify the causes of premature belt wear and determine the proper solution
  • Identify the components that make up a roller chain
  • Identify the size and type of a given roller chain
  • Demonstrate the proper procedure for installing sprockets and chain to OEM specs (alignment and sag)
  • Identify the various types of couplings used in industry
  • Explain the function of gears
  • Identify the major types of gears used in industry
  • Describe how gear sets affect power, speed, and torque
  • Explain the advantages and limitations of a given gear
  • Determine the gear ratio of a given gear set

Outline At-a-Glance

Mechanical Print Reading

Gaskets Packing and Seals


Belt Drives

Chain Drives


Gears and Reducers

Component Alignment

Job Roles