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Advanced Blueprint Reading (0.8 CEU)

This program was developed for quality staff, inspectors and engineers to develop a better understanding of how to interpret blueprints and what is required to meet certain specifications. Interactive exercises will explore international drawing methods, section views for specific details, basic blueprint review, powder metal materials callouts, and surface finish.  Prerequisites: Basic Blueprint Reading and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing Fundamentals.

Advanced Gear Technology (0.8 CEU)

Designed for product and quality engineers and powder metal tool designers and tool builders this course offers advanced instruction in inspection and design of spur gears. The involute curve will be reviewed to understand the mechanics of two gears during rotation.  There will be practical, hands-on exercises and use of formulas in basic design of spur gear sets.  Prerequisite: Gear Technology.

Autodesk Inventor™ (1.5 CEUs)

Students will become familiar with and use the features of Autodesk Inventor™.  Some of the topics included are sketching, modeling features, working with different drawing views, and modification options.  Students will create, tweak, and animate a presentation module.

AutoCAD Fundamentals

Explore the many drawing facets provided by AutoCAD.  The students will learn to define the drawing environment and work with the drawing toolbar, the modify toolbar, and the dimension toolbar.  Students will also create a personalized toolbar and learn to use profiles, template/dim styles, threads/blocks, and block/insert.  Explore X-Ref, print to scale, identify paper space, produce sketches, and more.

Basic Blueprint Reading (1.6 CEUs)

Blueprint Reading is intended for all personnel who need to understand the meaning of drawing/prints. Emphasis is placed on understanding multi-view relationships, symbology and conventional dimensioning and tolerancing methods.  Numerous exercises involving the reading of prints will be utilized throughout. Participants are encouraged to bring their own prints for discussion.

Gear Technology (0.7 CEU)

Beginner and intermediate engineering, quality and sales personnel can review basic terminology, calculations, gear types, and explore tolerance and accuracy levels and basic inspection methods in this course.  The use of practical exercises will demonstrate calculations of basic gear dimensions.  Sample gear prints will be reviewed.  Training is based on the published standards of the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) and includes a discussion of European (DIN) standards.

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing Fundamentals (1.6 CEUs)

Discover the major pitfalls of traditional coordinate tolerancing - and how Geometric Tolerancing overcomes them.  Then, starting with your basic blueprint knowledge, you'll learn the symbols, terminology and rules of Geometric Tolerancing as prescribed in the current standard (ASME Y14.5-2009).  Prerequisite: Basic Blueprint Reading.

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing Applications (1.6 CEUs)

This advanced course sharpens your Geometric Tolerancing skills and makes the tool even more useful.  Drawing from the real world of industry, the instructor introduces you to functional dimensioning; shows you how Geometric Tolerancing reduces product costs; teaches you how to select part datums; discusses profile tolerancing and gaging in-depth; and provides dozens of time-and cost-savings tips. You'll take part in extensive classroom discussions, team exercises and problem-solving sessions.  Prerequisite: Fundamentals of GD&T

Inspecting Geometric Tolerances (1.6 CEUs)

Put your Fundamentals of GD&T knowledge to use.  This two-day course will help give guidelines for selecting the most appropriate inspection method of a part feature.  Participants will gain an understanding of design principles to produce low cost, functional gages.  They will also be taught a method of practical datum selection as well as guidelines for using modifiers.  Criteria for selecting company/division gaging policies and an overview of gaging equipment capabilities will also be covered.  This class is appropriate for quality engineers and technicians, machinists, designers, and inspection personnel.  Prerequisite: Fundamentals of GD&T or prior knowledge of GD&T techniques (ASME Y14.5)

Introduction to CNC Programming

This introductory class provides students with an understanding of the principles of CNC.  Students gain experience and familiarity with the programming, setup, and operation of the CNC lathe and CNC mill.

Industrial Maintenance Technology

These courses, teaching the latest methods of optimizing the reliability and efficiency of industrial equipment, can help you improve equipment performance and effectiveness.  No matter what maintenance model an organization uses, a workforce skilled in industrial maintenance technology is critical for success. Any of these courses will benefit anyone interested in developing or enhancing skills in industrial maintenance.

Industrial Robotics (2.4 CEUs) This course is designed for anyone who needs skills in the programming, installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of industrial robotic systems.  Emphasis is on robot programming, operations, and interfacing.  Robotic components such as actuators, sensors, tooling, and control systems are examined.  A description of the classification systems used for robots is provided.  Robotics safety standards are also emphasized

Introduction to Hydraulics (2.4 CEUs) Topics to be covered include identifying the components of a basic hydraulic circuit and how they work together, operating and troubleshooting hydraulic pistons and vane-type cylinders, and constructing, operating, and maintaining basic hydraulic circuits. Students can learn to operate and test complex hydraulic circuits which may control displacement, volume, pressure, regeneration, and closed-loop circuits to name a few.


Introduction to Pneumatics (2.4 CEUs) Students will identify components of a basic pneumatic circuit and understand how they work together.  Operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of pneumatic actuators and different types of compressors will be explored.  Learn to construct, maintain, and troubleshoot pneumatic circuits used for pressure, speed and directional control.  Select, install, maintain, and troubleshoot components of a typical pneumatic air distribution system.


Motors, Controls, and AC Drives (2.4 CEUs) This program emphasizes maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting of DC and AC motors.  Topics also covered are testing, repairing, and troubleshooting of DC and AC motor control circuits, along with operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of AC drives.

Programmable Logic Controllers (2.4 CEUs) PLC programming, maintenance and troubleshooting will be covered in this course.  Students will learn to identify and understand PLC hardware details.  The Penn State DuBois PLC lab will be utilized for programming, maintenance, and troubleshooting PLCs using RSLogix.  A basic understanding of electricity and electrical test equipment is required.  

Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers (2.4 CEUs) This program emphasizes advanced PLC programming, data acquisition, and process control.  Topics covered include advanced PLC instructions, program editing, data acquisition, and industrial process control.  Allen Bradley PLCs and electrical equipment will be used.  Prerequisites: A basic working knowledge of PLCs and familiarity with timers, counters, PLC hardware, and basic PLC programming. 

Metrology. The Science of Measurement

Perform hand-on exercises in the metrology lab.  Learn to select the right measuring equipment and perform required studies using samples of sintered powder metal parts.  Quality, engineering, and sales personnel will benefit from this course.  Participants should have knowledge of blueprint reading and geometric tolerancing fundamentals.

Process Capable Tolerancing™ (0.8 CEU)

Review any engineering product design drawing revision column and it becomes clear that most designs aren’t right the first time. Most often, the main problems result from poor tolerance capability.  The statistical concepts behind the process capability index Cpk and its importance to engineers and designers are explained in layman’s terms.  After an introduction to tolerance stack up using the vector method is presented, the Process Capable Tolerancing™ methodology for creating components and products that are robust to process variation is presented using the Tolerance Capability Expert software.  Industrial case studies are used to illustrate the methodology.