Introduction to Mechanical Systems

Provided by: ToolingU

“Introduction to Mechanical Systems” provides a foundational overview of mechanical systems - simple machines, such as the lever, incline planed, and wheel, are the building blocks of even the most complex mechanical systems. Both simple and complex machines manipulate mechanical forces, including distance and friction, in order to achieve mechanical advantage. Understanding how simple machines work is essential to understanding and working with any type of machinery. This includes being familiar with each type of simple machine as well as its components, function, and mechanical advantage, all of which serve as the basis for understanding advanced mechanical topics. Without the foundational information presented in this class, users will not be prepared to study more complex aspects of mechanical systems.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe mechanical systems
  • Describe the factors affecting mechanical advantage
  • Describe the three classes of levers
  • Describe the wheel and axle
  • Describe a fixed pulley
  • Describe a movable pulley
  • Describe the difference in mechanical advantage between movable pulley systems
  • Describe the inclined plane
  • Describe the wedge
  • Describe the screw
  • Describe the gear
  • Describe different types of gears
  • Describe the cam
  • Distinguish between other devices used in mechanical systems.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for mechanical/electrical/plumbing maintenance technicians.

Course ID







Communication, Critical Thinking, Personal Effectiveness, Mechanical Systems, Gear Machining, Shaft Machining

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

2.5 hrs



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