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Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing


Detail critical information on the basics of GD&T. From there, dive into the more difficult principles through lectures, realistic examples, discussions and application problems. Interpret and apply ASME Y14.5M-2009

Learn and apply these techniques in datum selection and tolerancing optimization. This approach preserves functional product requirements, while taking into consideration manufacturing difficulties, introducing more producible tolerances, practical datum structures and pre-planning measurement methods.


The goal of this course is not only to give you a comprehensive knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing techniques, but through the use of discussion and applications problems, the ability to apply these techniques to your product lines with a great deal of confidence.

A thorough discussion of the basics of GD&T principles is the basis for the first part of the course. Then the course escalates into more advanced techniques and principles that build on the knowledge you've gained in every segment of the course to that point.

The principles presented in this course help you:

  • Interpret and apply ASME Y14.5M-2009
  • Reduce drawing changes
  • Reduce interpretation errors
  • Bid contracts with confidence
  • Design for maximum ease of production
  • Increase part tolerances
  • Assure mating parts will assemble

All dimensioning techniques discussed are functional, but also can be produced and inspected. It shows how bonus tolerances, composite tolerances and proper datum selection can decrease costs while preserving functionality.

The lectures, discussions and applications problems presented not only give you a thorough knowledge of the meaning of each geometric characteristic symbol, but also a perspective on how each symbol relates to the others for strengths and weaknesses, capabilities, advantages and disadvantages.

Throughout this course, you are constantly reminded of the most common errors, pitfalls and traps that any user can easily fall victim to and how to avoid such problems. Do's and Don'ts of proper tolerancing are reinforced in every segment of the course by showing how they apply to realistic assembly tolerancing conditions.

It shows the best usage of all geometric characteristic symbols and datum structures. Inspection methods and quality assurance strategies are stressed to create an understanding of the theory of geometric tolerancing by creating a physical embodiment of that theory through proper inspection techniques, gage and fixture design and usage.

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Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Interpret and apply the latest standards - ASME Y14.5-2009
  • Reduce drawing changes and interpretation errors while designing for maximum profitability
  • Bid contracts with confidence

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This program can be applied toward the:

Course Fee Includes Two Textbooks:

"Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing: Applications and Techniques for Use in Design, Manufacturing and Inspection" by James D. Meadows

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing: Workbook and Answerbook

Wed.-Fri., Sept. 23-25
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: James D. Meadows, Adjunct Instructor
$1190: Register by Thu., July 23
$1290: Register on or after Fri., July 24
Ends at Noon on Day 3 Discount Available
CEUs: 1.7/PDHs: 17
Enrollment Limit: 40
Program No. 4830-8246
Registration Deadline: Wed., Sept. 23
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Wed., Mar. 16-18, 2016
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: James D. Meadows, Adjunct Instructor
$1190: Register by Sat., Jan. 16, 2016
$1290: Register on or after Sun., Jan. 17, 2016
Ends at noon on day three. Discount Available
Enrollment Limit: 40
Program No. 4810-8704
Registration Deadline: Wed., Mar. 16, 2016
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  Related Courses  
Tolerance Stack-Up Analysis
Dimensioning and Tolerancing Principles for Gages and Fixtures
For more information, contact:
Marcia Gabriel,, 414-227-3378
Murali Vedula,, 414-227-3121


James D. Meadows
James D. Meadows has an unparalleled knowledge of how the tolerancing, manufacturing, design and inspection disciplines can come together to make for the highest quality, lowest cost products.

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