Power Transmission Components

Provided by: ToolingU

"Power Transmission Components" provides an overview of various components used to transmit energy through mechanical systems. Many systems use gear trains, belt drive systems, chain drives systems, or a combination of these to transfer energy from a power source to a point of use. Industrial applications requiring frequent stopping and starting and varying operational speeds use clutching mechanisms controlled by manual or automatic transmissions. As certain power transmission components are best suited for certain applications, manufacturers must determine which components are most appropriate for a given situation. Understanding advantages and disadvantages of various components based on operating speeds, load capacity, and other factors helps ensure efficient operations. Professionals in manufacturing should understand the basics of power transmission in all its variations.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe power transmission
  • Describe how energy is used in mechanical systems
  • Describe the function of prime movers
  • Distinguish between types of prime movers
  • Describe the function of gear trains
  • Distinguish between different types of gears
  • Describe the function of belt drive systems
  • Distinguish between different types of belts
  • Describe the function of chain drive systems
  • Distinguish between different types of chains
  • Describe the function of bearings
  • Distinguish between different types of bearings
  • Describe couplings
  • Distinguish between different types of clutches
  • Describe transmissions
  • Distinguish between manual and automatic transmissions.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for mechanical/electrical/plumbing maintenance technicians.

Course ID







Communication, Critical Thinking, Personal Effectiveness, Bearings, Gear Machining, Power Distribution, Transmissions

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

3 hrs



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