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Transmission Engineering Academy ACAD11

The Transmission Engineering Academy covers the sciences of automotive passenger car and light truck engineering principles and practices necessary to effectively understand, develop, specify and start the design process. Topics include advances in manual, automatic, automated manual, and continuously variable transmission technology, materials and processes applicable to the major components within these transmissions, calibration of these systems unto themselves and integration into the full vehicle powertrain. The Transmission Academy is an intensive learning experience comprised of multiple industry experts who lead lecture and structured practical sessions, production and / or test facility tours and a comprehensive hands-on workshop. Two evening sessions are included.

Course materials include a copy of the textbook, The Automotive Transmission Book, by Robert Fischer.

Please be advised that this course may involve one or more of the following; driving and/or riding in a vehicle, participating in a hands-on workshop, and / or taking part in an offsite tour using outside transportation. Attendees may be required to sign a waiver on-site and produce a valid driver license from your state / country of residence.

Learning Objectives
By attending this Transmission Engineering Academy, you will be able to identify or describe:
  • Several new and emerging technologies within the transmission engineering field
  • Specific transmission terminology, design and development processes
  • Key issues facing transmission designers, calibrators and integrators
  • The fundamental technical reasons and limitations of transmission technology in terms of efficiency, NVH, service life and drivability (i.e. operator satisfaction)
  • Calibration techniques, methods and outcomes that assess affectivity of results
  • The key aspects of transmission integration into the modern vehicle powertrain
  • The function, limitation and concerns of lubricants and lubrication as it applies to transmission function and operation
  • Emerging transmission technologies, their optimum application, limitations, cost implications and as a function of regulation and operator expectation
  • Common materials and materials processing techniques, as a function of the state-of-the-art requirements of these systems

Who Should Attend

This academy will be especially valuable for engineers who are involved in the design or manufacture, are responsible for assembly process, calibration and integration of any common style transmission or related components into the following types of vehicles: passenger cars, light trucks, light duty off- highway vehicles, light duty farm machinery, and military vehicles. Supplier quality management and procurement personnel involved in and responsible for the above transmissions and/or components may also benefit from attending.


Attendees are expected to be familiar with the basics of automotive transmission technology, general architecture, powerflow and application through sufficient work experience or by participating in a seminar such as SAE’s 99018 - Fundamentals of Modern Vehicle Transmission Systems or the related e-Seminar PD730419.

Pre-Recorded Courses

The following on-demand online course modules (Web Seminar RePlays) are required components for successfully completing this Academy. Participants will receive access to the courses upon registration with the expectation that they complete the modules in advance of Day 1 of the Academy.

WB1709 - IVT Using a DFTV-IVT combined with a Planetary Gear Train
Course Length: 1.5 hours

WB1710 - Performance and Use of Polymer Plain Bearings in Transmission Design
Course Length: 1 hour

WB1711- New Mechanical Shifting Devices in Automotive Transmissions
Course Length: 40 minutes


  • Introduction and Orientation
  • Mechanical Power Transmission Overview
  • Transmission Specific Technologies, Operation and Function within an Automotive Application
  • Detailed Review of specific Transmission Technologies
    •  Manual Transmission (MT)
    • Automatic Transmission AT)
  •  Detailed Review of Specific Transmission Technologies
    •  Automatic Transmission (AT)
    • Continuously Variable Transmission Technology
    • Automated Manual Transmission (AMT)
    • Dual-Clutch Transmission Technology;
      •  Benefits of Technology to Automotive Power-Transmission
      • Justification for Use
      • Basic Considerations of Design and Application
      • Subtleties of Design and Application
      • Powertrain Integration Issues
  • Dual-Mass Systems as Applied to Dual-Clutch Transmissions
    •  Definition and Description of Dual-Mass Technologies
    • Functional Objectives
    • Application Considerations
    • Design Parameters and Considerations
    • Failure Modes and Component / System Protection
  • Kinematics
    • Concept of the Stick Diagram and the Lever Diagram
    • Interrelationship of Components
    • Use as a Means to Optimize Packaging
  • Rotational Inertia Workshop
  • Dry Clutch Technology Review, Design Considerations and Application Discussion
    •  Operation, Design and Control
    • Required Operational Parameters and Response
    • Failure Mechanisms
  • Synchronizer Technology Review, Design Considerations and Application Discussion
    •  Operation, Design and Control
    • Required Operational Parameters and Response
    • Failure Mechanisms
  • NuVinci Continuously Variable Planetary (CVP) Technology
    •  General Overview
    • Operation, Function, and Applicability
    • Design and Application Considerations
  • Facility Tour
  •  Torque Converter Technology Review, Design Considerations, Development and Application Discussion
    •  Operation
    • Analytic Representation, Analysis and Assessment for Application
    • Effect of Transmission System Operation
    • Failure Modes and Effects
  • System Dampener Technology Review, Design Considerations and Application Discussion
    •  Operation
    • Analytic Representation, Analysis and Assessment for Application
    • Effect of Transmission System Operation
    • Failure Modes and Effects
  • Wet Clutch and Brake Technology Review, Design Considerations and Application Discussion
    •  Operation, Design and Control
    • Required Operational Parameters and Response
    • Failure Mechanisms
  • Friction Materials Technical Overview, Applicability, Functional Considerations and Concerns
  • Hands-On Teardown Workshop
  •  Wrought and Cut Metal Properties and Applicability
    •  General Overview
    • Selection Criteria and Considerations
    • Processing Considerations
    • Working Properties
  • Heat Treatment Consideration and Technology
    •  Applicability
    • Specification and Verification
  • Powdered Metals: Technology, Applicability, Processing, Benefits
    •  General Overview
    • Processing Considerations
    • Working Properties
    • Applicability
  • Lubricants
    •  Basics of Chemistry and Formulation
    • Applicability and Selection
    • Specification
    • Effects of the Use of the `Wrong Lubricant"
    • How Lubricants Fail
    • Various Types of Lubricants
      •  Gear Oil
      • ATF
      • CVT / Toroidal and Traction Fluids
  • Lubrication Systems / Transmission Charge Pump
    •  Specifications and Operational Requirements
    • Technologies - Current and Near Term Applicable
    • Design Aspects and Attributes
    • How to Quantify and Reduce Parasitic Losses
    • Failure Modes and Effects on Transmission Systems
  • Powertrain Integration, Communication and Calibration
    •  Objectives, Function and Requirements
    • What is Calibration?
    • Common Calibration Techniques
    • Operational Assessment of `Good vs. Bad" Calibration
    • System Response and Tuning
  • Friction Materials
    •  Basics
    • Design
    • Application and Specification Considerations
  • Energy Management Through the Transmission
    •  Energy and Its Forms
    • Parasitic Losses
    • Sources of Inefficiencies and Solutions to Losses
  • Assessment, Evaluation and Conclusion
W. Mark McVea

William Mark McVea - Lead Instructor, KBE , Inc;
Christopher Cleveland, R&D Scientist, Afton Chemical Corporation;
Rashid Farahati, LuK Division of Schaeffler Group USA, Inc;
Anders Flodin, Research Scientist, Höganäs AB;
David Guisbert, Quality Associates Metallurgical Services;
Brian Schoolcraft, Senior Engineer, Fallbrook Technologies, Inc.;
Eckart Schneider, Director Global Development PM Components, Höganäs AB;
Claire Whitton, Sr. Research Chemist, Afton Chemical Corporation;
Brian Zaugg, Schaeffler Group Automotive Division of Schaeffler AG

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Fees: $3450.00
SAE Members: $2760.00 - $3105.00

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

For additional information, contact SAE Customer Service 1-877-606-7323 (724-776-4970 outside the U.S. and Canada) or at

Duration: 5 Days
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