TAMT-200: Predictive Maintenance - Shaft Alignment and Couplings

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Academic Level
Course Subject
TAE - Maintenance Technology
Course Number
Course Title
Predictive Maintenance - Shaft Alignment and Couplings
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
TAMT-110 or TAE Apprentice Coordinator/Instructor Permission
Catalog Course Description

Provides specialized instruction in the practices and equipment used in shaft alignment, and the end-to-end and parallel alignments of machines. Explores machine failures due to rotating shaft misalignment and vibration created from shaft center lines not being in the same plane. Covers inefficiencies and increased wear due to misalignment, shaft alignment methods, soft foot, thermal growth, rim, face, reverse dial indicator, and MPT couplings.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Introduction to shaft alignment and shaft misalignment effect of machinery.
  2. Solid couplings, alignment equipment, and tools.
  3. Flexible couplings, site preparationm and the rough alignment procedure.
  4. Rough alignment procedure (horizontal).
  5. Grid couplings, and rim and face alignment procedure (vertical).
  6. Rim and face alignment procedure (horizontal).
  7. Rubber insert couplings and reverse dial indicator alignment procedure.
  8. Reverse dial indicator graphing techniques.
  9. Chain couplings and visible laser alignment procedure.
  10. Thermal growth patterns in machinery and graphing techniques.
  11. Multi-shaft alignment procedures.
  12. Proper coupling selection, installation, and alignment.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Identify the various misalignment types.
  • Perform the basic site preparation procedure.*
  • Identify and correct the condition of soft foot.
  • Solve problems using the shim formula.
  • Calculate expansion/contraction problems with relation to shaft alignment.*
  • Identify the tolerances allowed for a specific machinery application and correctly chose the proper coupling required.*
  • Demonstrate the rough alignment procedure.
  • Demonstrate the rim and face alignment procedure.
  • Demonstrate the reverse dial indicator alignment procedure.
  • Demonstrate the visible laser alignment procedure.
  • Explain the theory of  thermal growth patterns in machinery.*
  • Identify, install, and disassemble the various couplings used in MPT systems.
  • Assessment and Requirements

    Assessment of Academic Achievement

    All students will be required to complete a comprehensive final examination that assesses the learning of all course objectives.  This exam will consist of two parts, the first part consisting of a written portion and the second part will be an  actual shaft alignment.  This exam must be weighted in a manner so that this exam score is worth a minimum of fifteen percent of the final course grade.  This exam is to be a common exam administered to all sections of TAMT 200.

    General Course Requirements and Recommendations

    Calculator Use:  Students are encouraged to bring a calculator to all class sessions.  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