Powertrain and Driveline Basics
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Powertrain and Driveline Basics

Powertrain and Driveline Basics

A 1-Day Class

This course outlines automotive powertrain layout, configuration, major components and operational theory and function from the air inlet of the internal combustion engine to the contact patch of the drive tires.  It is a high-level overview of all the major component including their function and integration into the powertrain driveline.  It is intended as an introduction to automotive powertrain technology and driveline operation. 


Learning Objectives 

By completing this course, you will be able to identify, recognize or articulate: 

  • Operation of an internal combustion engine based on hydrocarbon fuels 
  • Concept of coupling an engine to transmission 
  • Function of a transmission in an automotive driveline 
  • Connectivity of the transmission to the drive axle 
  • Power distribution to the drive wheels 
  • Overview of the interaction of brake systems in managing power distribution 
  • Suspension and the concept of static and dynamic weight distribution 
  • Tractive effort and tire contact patch theory and function 


Who Should Attend 

The intended audience for this course is powertrain engineers, vehicle platform powertrain development specialists, people interested in vehicle dynamics, engineers involved in the application or design of engines, transmissions and driveline components, or other technical personnel who need to understand the operational theories and functional principles of modern vehicle driveline systems. 



Because this course is targeted at several design and engineering disciplines, learners should have a B.S. in engineering or related field. 



  • Internal combustion engines 
  • Driveline coupling 
  • Transmissions 
  • Driveline components 
  • Axles and transaxles 
  • Suspension 
  • Brakes 
  • Tires and tractive effort based on friction