A Familiarization of Drivetrain Components 98024

Topics: Powertrain & Propulsion

In this course, participants will be exposed to various methods that can be used to accomplish an efficient, robust & quiet running drivetrain. This course focuses on the terms, functions, nomenclature, operating characteristics and effect on vehicle performance for each of the drivetrain components. Participants will receive an introduction to the various components of the drivetrain, including the clutch or torque converter, manual or automatic transmission, driveshaft, axle, wheel ends, and brakes.

This course also provides insight into: the structure and function of each component; vehicle integration; and related noise, vibration and harshness issues. Participants will be equipped to evaluate the space requirements, mounting needs, clearances required, and effect on vehicle response for each component.

Participants will receive a copy of James Halderman's book, The Automotive Technology, 4th Ed.

Learning Objectives

By attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss both practical and technical aspects of smoothing clutch operation by incorporating cushion and torsional dampers.
  • Compare different types of transmission synchronizers, automatic transmission torque converters, hydraulic clutch operation and epicyclic gear trains.
  • Describe the interaction of gear ratios and vehicle performance as related to engine horsepower and torque curves.
  • Explain phasing and mounting of propeller shafts as related to torsional excitation and secondary couple loads
  • Review different types of differentials.
  • Compare common misconceptions of limited slip devices to their actual performance.
  • Recognize four-wheel drive systems and the need for an inter-axle differential.
  • Appraise electronic control of torque through braking and clutching devices.
  • Evaluate the total drivetrain package as a system.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for engineers now working with passenger car, sport utility, truck, bus, industrial, and off-highway vehicles who have had minimal prior experience with the total drivetrain.

Also available as an SAE eLearning Course!
A Familiarization of Drivetrain Components (PD730555)


An engineering undergraduate degree in any discipline would be beneficial.


"Excellent overview of the entire drivetrain, but includes some detail and practical insight instead of being too broad and overgeneralized."
Scott A. Van Luvender
Applications Engineer
Acadia Polymers

"An informative seminar for general introduction to the drivetrain components and terminology for any one entering the drivetrain industry."
James Lee
Friction Material Manager
Sulzer Euroflamm US, Inc.

"This course tied together the subjects that I have been trained in very well."
Brent Pawlak
Sales Engineer

You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

Joseph Palazzolo

joe_palazzoloJoe Palazzolo is Director of Business Development and Electrified Product Strategy at Dana Incorporated’s Light Vehicle Drive System business where he is responsible for managing business development for electrified systems and guiding the strategy for electrified products. Previously, Joe was at GKN Automotive where he held roles of increasing responsibility, including chief engineer for geared products. Prior to that, he was a development engineer and technical fellow at other automotive suppliers.

Mr. Palazzolo holds more than a dozen patents and is an award-winning author of two books, High-Performance Differentials, Axles & Drivelines and How to Rebuild the Ford 8.8 and 9-inch Axles. He also wrote three chapters in the Automotive Engineering Encyclopedia. He maintains the ASE certified Master Technician and Undercar Specialist certifications, has chaired the SAE All-Wheel Drive Standards Committee, and has been an active SAE member since 1990. Mr. Palazzolo was a recipient of the SAE Forest R. McFarland Award for distinction in professional development and education in 2007. In 2010, he achieved the SAE Master Instructor designation and continues to maintain this in his three seminars, which he has been teaching globally since 1999. In 2013, he reached the SAE Fellow membership grade which recognizes his technical and professional accomplishments to the industry.

He has designed, built, campaigned, and supported various race cars and teams for both professional and amateur racing organizations. His scope of work has been inclusive of the entire vehicle but also focused on competitive, high-performance drivetrain systems. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cleveland State University and a master’s degree in Automotive Engineering from Lawrence Technological University. He has received numerous patents for his work and creativity in advancing mobility systems.

Duration: 2 Days
CEUs: 1.3

Fees: $1512.00

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