This course is an excellent follow-up to the 98024-A Familiarization of Drivetrain Components seminar (which is designed for those who have limited experience with the total drivetrain).
By attending this seminar, you will be able to:
This seminar is designed for engineers (working with passenger cars, light trucks, and SUVs) who need to master AWD componentry, and the function and effect of those components. Engineers new to the 4WD/AWD field, as well as managers, marketing personnel, purchasing professionals and others interested in all-wheel drive fundamentals will benefit from this seminar.
Also available as an SAE On Demand Course!
Fundamentals of Automotive All-Wheel Drive Systems (PD730556)
A technical background in any discipline is beneficial, although not required.
"Although a complex topic, this seminar provided a one day overview of many of the latest devices in the automotive drivetrain arena that are currently in the market."
Steven J. Wesolowski
Director of Global Strategies
"The course content exceeded my expectations and left me much more confident in my understanding of driveline systems."
"A good introduction to all-wheel-drive systems with good balance between theory and real-world experience."
"This course saves at least several days to learn driveline technologies compared to self-desk research. In today's world where time is so valuable, the price of class is well worth it."
"A great overview of the AWD market and the systems and devices that are utilized."
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.
Joe Palazzolo is Director - eDrive Systems at GKN Autmotive. He leads the development team responsible for mechanical and electrical design of new automotive propulsion systems and torque transfer devices, as well as the industrialization of new driveline technologies from concept to production readiness. Previously, Joe was GKN Driveline’s chief engineer for Geared Products, holding increasingly responsible roles since joining GKN Driveline in 2006. He is also a GKN Engineering Fellow. Prior to joining the company, 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.