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Engineering Fundamentals

TPC Training Systems’ Fundamentals training series covers subjects essential to every field, while explaining the latest technology and its applications: courses on blueprints, schematics, math, measurements, materials, tools, safety, troubleshooting, OSHA regulations relevant to operation and maintenance personnel.

Unit 101: Reading Blueprints ($130)

Covers all types of blueprints used in industrial plants. Discusses machine parts and machine drawings. Features drawings of a compound rest and a clutch-brake control. Examines hydraulic, pneumatic, piping, plumbing, electrical, air-conditioning, and refrigeration drawings. Introduces sketching used in industrial plants.

Lesson 1 – Introduction to Blueprints

Lesson 2 – Machine Parts

Lesson 3 – Machine Drawings

Lesson 4 – Sheet Metal Drawings

Lesson 5 – Building Drawings

Lesson 6 – Hydraulic and Pneumatic Drawings

Lesson 7 – Piping and Plumbing Drawings

Lesson 8 – Electrical Drawings

Lesson 9 – Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Drawings

Lesson 10 – Sketching

Unit 102: Reading Schematics and Symbols ($130)

Covers all types of schematics and symbols used in commercial and industrial settings. Examines symbols on schematics, electrical symbols and diagrams, piping symbols and diagrams, hydraulic and pneumatic diagrams and symbols. Discusses air conditioning and refrigeration systems, including explanations of electrical/electronic control schematics. Covers welding and joining symbols.

Lesson 1 – Introduction to Schematics and Symbols

Lesson 2 – Symbols on Schematics

Lesson 3 – Electrical Symbols

Lesson 4 – Electrical Diagrams

Lesson 5 – Piping Symbols

Lesson 6 – Piping Diagrams

Lesson 7 – Hydraulic and Pneumatic Symbols

Lesson 8 – Hydraulic and Pneumatic Diagrams

Lesson 9 – Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems

Lesson 10 – Welding and Joining Symbols

Unit 103: Using Mathematics in the Plant ($130)

Begins by introducing mathematical basics-numbers and numerals, subtraction, addition, multiplication, and division. This course examines common fractions and decimal fractions, ratios and proportions, powers and roots. Discusses the calculator: usage, basic and special functions, internal logic, and special purpose calculators. Moves on to cover geometry, algebra, and formulas for problem solving. Concludes by explaining properties of triangles and trig and inverse trig functions. Mathematics in the Plant is available in online and course manual formats.

Lesson 1 – Whole Numbers

Lesson 2 – Common Fractions

Lesson 3 – Decimal Fractions

Lesson 4 – Ratios and Proportions

Lesson 5 – Powers and Roots

Lesson 6 – Calculators

Lesson 7 – Geometry

Lesson 8 – Algebra

Lesson 9 – Using Formulas

Lesson 10 – Trigonometry

Unit 104: Making Measurements ($130)

Covers units of measurement used in commercial and industrial applications. Examines all aspects of basic measurement concepts and procedures, including accuracy and tolerance. This course discusses techniques and devices for comparison measurements (dial indicators and gauge blocks). Shows common methods for measuring volume, motion, force, temperature, fluid flow, and electricity. Explains how to use scales and rules, combination calipers, and micrometers. Making Measurements is available in online and course manual formats.

Lesson 1 – Units of Measurement

Lesson 2 – Metric Measurement

Lesson 3 – Linear Measurement

Lesson 4 – Comparison and Surface Measurement

Lesson 5 – Measuring Bulk Materials

Lesson 6 – Measuring Motion

Lesson 7 – Measuring Forces

Lesson 8 – Measuring Temperature

Lesson 9 – Measuring Fluids

Lesson 10 – Measuring Electricity

Unit 105: Working With Metals in the Plant ($130)

Introduces metals, metallurgy, and metalworking. Discusses the properties of metals, including their mechanical properties. This course examines several industrial manufacturing processes. Covers iron and standard steels. Explains the different kinds of heat treatment and their usage. Discusses some techniques of working with copper, aluminum, magnesium, titanium, lead, nickel, tin, and zinc.

Lesson 1 – Introduction to Metals

Lesson 2 – Properties of Metals

Lesson 3 – Manufacturing Processes

Lesson 4 – Iron and Steel

Lesson 5 – Standard Steels

Lesson 6 – Heat Treatment

Lesson 7 – Copper

Lesson 8 – Aluminum

Lesson 9 – Magnesium and Titanium

Lesson 10 – Lead, Nickel, Tin, and Zinc

Unit 106: Working With Nonmetals in the Plant ($130)

Introduces major nonmetal materials and how they are most frequently used. Describes properties, characteristics, and classifications of each material. Covers synthetic and natural materials. Examines various paints and coatings, their proper use, preparation, and application. Surveys industrial chemicals. Chemical safety precautions are covered, along with the proper use of protective equipment.

Lesson 1 – Introduction to Nonmetals

Lesson 2 – Plastics

Lesson 3 – Rubber

Lesson 4 – Wood

Lesson 5 – Construction Materials

Lesson 6 – Insulating Materials

Lesson 7 – Paints and Coatings

Lesson 8 – Industrial Chemicals

Lesson 9 – Adhesives

Lesson 10 – Carbon

Unit 107: Using Hand Tools ($130)

Covers the most important hand tools used on the job. The course begins with measuring tools, including a discussion of units of measurement. Examines the various kinds of wrenches and screwdrivers, their uses, maintenance, and handling techniques. Explains other hand tools by specialty: pipefitting tools, plumbing tools, electrician’s tools, sheet metalworking tools, machinists’ metal-working tools. Ends with hoisting and pulling tools.

Lesson 1 – Measuring Tools

Lesson 2 – Wrenches and Screwdrivers

Lesson 3 – Pipefitting Tools

Lesson 4 – Plumbing Tools

Lesson 5 – Electrician’s Tools

Lesson 6 – Woodworking Tools

Lesson 7 – Masonry, Plastering, and Glazing Tools

Lesson 8 – Sheet Metalworking Tools

Lesson 9 – Metalworking Tools

Lesson 10 – Hoisting and Pulling Tools

Unit 108: Using Portable Power Tools ($130)

Explains the uses, selection, safety, and care of industrial power tools: electric drills, electric hammers, pneumatic drills and hammers, screwdrivers, nutrunners, wrenches, linear-motion and circular saws, routers and planes, electric sanders, grinders, and shears. Covers tool sharpening techniques for selected tools.

Lesson 1 – Electric Drills

Lesson 2 – Electric Hammers

Lesson 3 – Pneumatic Drills and Hammers

Lesson 4 – Screwdrivers, Nutrunners, and Wrenches

Lesson 5 – Linear-Motion Saws

Lesson 6 – Circular Saws

Lesson 7 – Routers and Planes

Lesson 8 – Electric Sanders

Lesson 9 – Grinders and Shears

Lesson 10 – Tool Sharpening

Unit 109.1: Industrial Safety and Health ($130)

Explains government involvement in ensuring a safe workplace. Discusses safety in various maintenance situations. Discusses personal protective equipment and fire safety. This course includes expanded coverage of many health hazards. Covers ergonomics, environmental responsibility and importance of maintaining a safe work environment.

Lesson 1 – Introduction to Safety and Health

Lesson 2 – Government Safety and Health Regulations

Lesson 3 – Personal Protective Equipment

Lesson 4 – Chemical Safety

Lesson 5 – Tool Safety

Lesson 6 – Material Handling

Lesson 7 – Working Safely with Machinery

Lesson 8 – Working Safely with Electricity

Lesson 9 – Electrical Equipment Safety

Lesson 10 – Fire Safety

Lesson 11 – Protecting Your Health

Lesson 12 – A Safe Work Environment

Unit 110: Developing Troubleshooting Skills ($130)

Explores the subject of troubleshooting and the importance of proper maintenance procedures. Covers working with others, aids in communication, and trade responsibilities. Outlines troubleshooting techniques and aids, using schematics and symbols. Focuses on specific maintenance tasks, breakdown maintenance, and planned maintenance.

Lesson 1 – Introduction to Troubleshooting

Lesson 2 – Working with Other People

Lesson 3 – Troubleshooting Techniques

Lesson 4 – Aids to Troubleshooting

Lesson 5 – Preparing for Troubleshooting

Lesson 6 – Using Schematics and Diagrams

Lesson 7 – Solving Mechanical Problems

Lesson 8 – Solving Electrical Problems

Lesson 9 – Breakdown Maintenance

Lesson 10 – Planned Maintenance

Unit 151: Chemical Hazards ($80)

The Chemical Hazards course covers OSHA’S Hazard Communication Standard. Discusses the physical and health hazards presented by dangerous chemicals. Explains the information contained in a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).

Lesson 1 – What the Standard Requires

Lesson 2 – Types of Chemical Hazards

Lesson 3 – Material Safety Data Sheets