TAMT-110: Mechanical Power Transmission

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Trade & Apprentice Education
Skilled Trade & Apprenticeship
Academic Level
Course Subject
TAE - Maintenance Technology
Course Number
Course Title
Mechanical Power Transmission
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
TAMA-120 or TAE Apprentice Coordinator/Instructor Permission
Catalog Course Description

Presents installation and maintenance of mechanical power transmission systems. Covers bearings, couplings, belts, chains, shafts, pulleys, and speed reducers used in the modern factory by skilled trades.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. MPT systems, anti-friction bearings
  2. Bearing failures, fits and bearing mounting designs
  3. Lubrication, shields and seals
  4. Bearing mounting and maintenance
  5. Installation and removal of bearings
  6. Couplings and U-joints
  7. Power transmission drive chain
  8. Power transmission belts, clutches and brakes
  9. Conveyors and flat belts
  10. Install and align a drive chain, a V-belt, and a flat rubber belt
  11. SSpeed reducers
  12. Dismantling, inspection, and assembling a gear-type speed reducer
  13. Reactive, preventive, and predictive maintenance
  14. Introduction to shaft alignment and vibration analysis
  15. Assembling a conveyor system
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
  1. Practice the various proper shop safety procedures.
  2. Identify the principles of lubrication utilized in MPT systems.
  3. Explain the basic bearing principles and purposes.*
  4. Demonstrate the installation and removal tools used in MPT systems.
  5. Remove and mount bearings, hubs, sprockets and gears.
  6. Identify the different styles of flexible and rigid couplings.*
  7. Identify MPT drive chain systems and components.
  8. Identify MPT belt drive systems and components.
  9. Install and align chain and belt drives.
  10. Explain the various conveyor systems and their applications.*
  11. Identify the various speed reducers and their applications.
  12. Identify the different types of clutches and brakes.
  13. Explain the difference between reactive, preventive, and predictive maintenance principles.*
  14. Identify the different shaft alignment principles and techniques.
  15. Explain the principles of vibration analysis.*

* Objectives which involve critical thinking or problem solving.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

All students will be required to complete a comprehensive final exam that assesses the learning of all course objectives.  This exam must be weighted in a manner so that the exam score is worth a minimum of fifteen percent of the final grade.  This exam is to be a common exam administered to all sections of TAMT 110.    

General Course Requirements and Recommendations

Calculator use:  Students are encouraged to bring a calculator to all classes.  Any scientific calculator will be sufficient for this course.     


Texts, handouts, and/or workbooks will be determined by the TAE Department.


Effective Term
Fall 2014