Mechanical Drive Systems

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Course Description:
This course covers the systems used in industry to transfer power from prime movers like electric motors to mechanical devices. Introduction to the basic physics concepts, design considerations, installation and repair techniques applicable to the mechanics of industrial production equipment, with additional emphasis on efficient power transmission, components will be taught. This course is suitable for industrial maintenance and repair technicians in all industries.


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Required textbooks/ course materials:

Amatrol Electronic Learning System W19148-XA00UEN-E1 - Mechanical Drives 1 (990-ME1M) Copyright 2013 Amatrol, Inc.  *Access to the Amatrol eLearn will be provided by your instructor at no cost to the student.

Supplemental readings and videos available in Canvas Leaning Management System.


Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

This course provides the basic foundation for the design, installation, maintenance and repair of mechanical drive systems including gear drives, belt drives, chain drives and their components. Students will learn The course will also introduce the student to the correct and appropriate use of mechanic’s hand tools including wrenches, drift pins, dial calipers, feeler or gap gauges, spirit levels, straight edges and dial indicators.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Identify and use hand tools properly

Use inspection equipment appropriately

Identify symptoms and changes in a system

Monitor and correct parameters during tests

Interpret technical drawings

Explain equipment modifications per engineering specifications

Read and follow written instructions

Demonstrate an understanding of; and ability to follow oral instructions

Answer and ask questions coherently and concisely

Read critically to identify oversights and assumptions

Demonstrate knowledge of technical language and technical acronyms

Calculate tolerance(s)

Use different unit systems appropriately

Use appropriate notation

Solve simple algebraic equations

Use safe practices while operating, troubleshooting and maintaining industrial equipment

Apply the 5S's: Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain

Establish routine operations involving maintenance schedules

Demonstrate troubleshooting techniques to identify root cause, errors and faults of a problem

Isolate systems for troubleshooting

Develop a strategy for making system improvements based on troubleshooting activities with strong focus on fail-safe methods

Perform computer-based system and/or machine troubleshooting


Tests, Quizzes, Standardized Exams, Final Exams, Skills Performance and Skills Demonstration, Practicums, Observations, Reports/Presentations





















Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  1. Learning modules for course theory delivered online.
  2. In-class lecture and discussion.
  3. Hands-on competency-based labs.
  4. In-class and asynchronous assessments.



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