Mechanical Systems

Course Number: GT 103
Transcript Title: Mechanical Systems
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: April 3, 2015
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 20
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 30
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default)
Repeats available for credit: 0
Approved delivery mode: online


Course Description

This course focuses on learning the fundamentals of mechanical power. Students learn common mechanical components from nuts and bolts to gears, gear boxes, shafts and bearings. Students perform common mechanical tasks, and learn to fine tune drive systems involving belts, chains, etc. This course demonstrated the importance of lubrication in maintaining gears and other movable parts, and emphasizes operations to reduce friction and wasted motion, which are major contributors to energy inefficiency. In order to legally do electrical wiring and some types of electrical troubleshooting, the State of Oregon requires that a person hold an appropriate Electrical License or Electrical Apprentice Card. Prerequisites: GT 101.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Use hand, power, and electronic tools to troubleshoot, maintain, and repair mechanical systems.
  2. Build and maintain mechanical and electrical equipment having movable parts.
  3. Identify and troubleshoot mechanical problems.
  4. Devise maintenance routine for mechanical systems.
  5. Work safely both alone and in a team.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Intelitek on-line activities including end of section tests and final evaluation.
  2. Instructor generated evaluation including tests and projects.
  3. Hands on lab activities.
  4. Hands on evaluation.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Mechanical components overview - nuts, bolts, fasteners, propellers, bearings, and other common mechanical tasks
  • Drive systems (chain, belt, direct drive)
  • Lubrication of gears and other types of mechanical moving parts
  • Introduction to bearing technology
  • Descriptions of pressure gauges, intensifiers, hydraulic accumulators, pumps, and lubrication properties
  • Maintenance procedures and schedules
  • Sustainability issues in mechanical systems