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Course Outline
Daily Schedule:

8:00am - Registration and coffee (1st day only)

8:30am - Session begins
5:00pm -  Adjournment
Breakfast, two refreshment breaks and lunch are provided daily.

Mechanical Power transmission fundamentals for non mechanical engineers will provide participants with the necessary tools to understand the principals of mechanical power transmission, components of mechanical drives, and to be able to select complete mechanicals drives including all necessary components.   Objectives
To understand fundamentals of power transmission, different ways of transmitting mechanical power and become familiar with different components of mechanical drives.

At the completion of the course, participants will understand:
  • Mechanical power
  • Components, terminology, and types of mechanical drive elements
  • How to select mechanical drive elements
  • The factors effecting the performance of power transmission elements
    - Operating environment
    - Installation
    - Maintenance practices
  • Importance of proper lubrication and practices
  • Causes and modes of failure
Learning Outcomes


  • Become familiar with power transmission components as well as complete mechanical drives
  • Be fully capable to design a complete mechanical drive
  • Be fully capable to replace an existing outdated drive with a drive from a different manufacturer which is readily available and outperforms the old drive
  • Execute basic damage analysis of power transmission components

Target Audience
Non Mechanical Engineers and Technologists involved with:

  • Maintenance and Reliability
  • Service
  • Machine repair
  • Design and project engineers and technologists
  • Plant and Facilities engineers and technologists
  • Millwrights


  • Managers and supervisors of aforementioned personnel.
  • Mechanical engineers who need to refresh their power transmission knowledge
  • Professionals who need to upgrade their knowledge of power transmission
  • New graduates
  • Industrial distribution sales professionals
  • Industrial Purchasing professionals

After Participating in this Course You Will Be Able To:

  • Gain practical knowledge on power transmission components that you will be able to take back to your work place and immediately apply.
  • Increase  your productivity by being able to immediately identify adequate maintenance practices and improve your predictive and preventive practices
  • Select all components of a mechanical drive
  • Add to your ability to identify causes of failure and failure modes of power transmission components
  • Identify any power transmission component

Program Outline (1.2 CEUs / 12 PDHs)


  • Power
  • Force, torque, power
  • How to calculate necessary Power
  • Exercises
  • Power generation
  • Power Transmission

Mechanical Drives (For each drive: operating conditions, lubrication if needed, selection and failure modes)

  • V-belt drives
  • Belts
  • Sprockets
  • Synchronous drives
  • Belts
  • Sprockets
  • Chain drives
  • Chains
  • Sprockets
  • Couplings
  • Gear
  • Grid
  • Chain
  • Disc
  • Elastomer
  • U joints
  • Fluid
  • Clutches
  • Brakes
  • Backstops
  • Open gearing
  • Reducers
  • Mounting
  • Foot mount
  • Shaft mount
  • Shafts
  • Parallel shafts
  • Right angle
  • Planetary
  • Gears
  • Spur
  • Helical-Bevel
  • Worm
  • Overload protection
  • Torque guard
  • Torque Pro


  • Types
  • Friction (sleeve)
  • Anti friction (rolling)
  • Ball
  • Roller
  • Needle
  • Load caring capacity
  • Life calculations
  • Exercises
  • Design
  • Bearing arrangements
  • Bearing Units
  • Foot mounted
  • Flange mounted
  • Bearing housings
  • Split bearings


Factors to consider

  • Alignment
  • Soft feet
  • Thrust generation
  • Vibrations

Final Exercise

  • Participants will design a complete drive package

Voya Djordjevic Dipl.Ing. (M.Sc), P.Eng. is a Mechanical Engineer with more than 15 years of experience in power transmission (mechanical drives, drive packages, reducer retrofits and replacement), complete conveyor design, bearing maintenance, damage analysis, mechanical design, plant maintenance and plant shutdown planning.  He worked for 12 years with a major Canadian industrial MRO distributor as Engineering Superintendent and Technical Services Manager. His engineered solutions (some single project values over 5M) and improved maintenance practices he implemented, can be found in many Western Canadian pulp and paper mils, port terminals, cement plants, mines, boats and other.  He has developed a unique knowledge on bearing failure modes, and large bore bearing repair. He is a Canadian citizen and lives in New Westminster, BC, and is a member of APEGBC and APEGGA.  He fluently speaks several languages.
Prerequisites & Certificates


Certificates offered

1.2 CEU / 12 PDH

Cancellation Policy
If you wish to withdraw from a course, you must advise us, in writing, including the official receipt. Our policies regarding refund are:

More than fifteen business days in advance: a full refund minus $50.00 administration charge.

Fifteen or less business days in advance: a transfer to another course or a credit, valid for one year, to another GIC course can be considered. Credits are transferable within your organization.

If the course has been running for more than 2 weeks, or after the course has started, an 80% credit towards another GIC course may be considered, if notice is received before the start date of the second session. After this time, no refunds or credits will be issued. If a speaker is not available due to unforeseen circumstances, another speaker of equal ability will be substituted.

GIC reserves the right to cancel or change the date or location of its events. GIC's responsibility will, under no circumstances, exceed the amount of the fee collected. GIC is not responsible for the purchase of non-refundable travel arrangements or accommodations or the cancellation/change fees associated with cancelling them. Please call to confirm that the course is running before confirming travel arrangements and accommodations.

Refund Policy: Allow up to 30 days for refunds to be processed.

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