Essential Concepts of Bearing Technology
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Essential Concepts of Bearing Technology

August 3-5, 2021 |  Daley College  |  REGISTER

$2,150 ABMA Members

$2,450 Non-members


The course is taught at Richard J. Daley College in Chicago, IL. A shuttle bus is available each day to transport students from the Hilton Oak Lawn.

Daley College

7500 S. Pulaski Road

Chicago, IL 60652


Hotel Information

Hilton Oak Lawn

9333 S. Cicero Avenue

Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Hotel reservation link will be posted soon.

Course Outline

Essential Concepts Course Outline:

This course is specially designed for engineers and others with technical backgrounds that have had limited exposure to bearings and need to adapt their technical training to bearings or seek an upgrade to their technical knowledge. The Essentials Course focuses on understanding basic internal geometry, tribology, bearing attributes and applications and explores the basic concepts around manufacturing methods, loads, internal load contacts, lubrication and failure.

Course participants will gain knowledge in:

  • Rolling Bearing Types, Attributes, Typical Applications,
  • Macrogeometry & Industry Standards
  • Bearing Loads & Applications: Static and Dynamic
  • Mounting Arrangements, Held/Free, Methods
  • Contact Stresses – Surface & Subsurface
  • Bearing Load Sharing & Internal Loading
  • Bearing Pre-Load
  • Materials for Ball & Roller Bearings
  • Concepts in Friction, Lubrication & Wear
  • Ball & Roller Bearing Deflections & Stiffness
  • Bearing Lubricants, EHL & Lubrication Methods
  • Failure Modes in Rolling Bearings
  • Bearing Life Standards & Calculation Methods 

Registration Information


$2,150 ABMA Members

$2,450 Non-members


  • Breakfast vouchers for the Hilton Oak Lawn and lunch
  • Networking reception
  • Shuttle service from hotel to Daley College (course location)
  • Coffee, tea, water and other beverages during class
  • Course binder and book



Complete instructor bios can be found here.



Dr. Tim Ovaert
Professor of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

University of Notre Dame





Dan Snyder

Engineering Consultant

Bearings and Lubes Consulting LLC





Lavern (Vern) D. Wedeven

Wedeven Associates, Inc.



Cancellation Policy

Substitutions for registrants unable to attend will be accepted any time prior to the beginning of the course. We do ask however, that any course-related materials already received by the registrant be forwarded to the substitute attendee. Substitutions must be submitted in writing to ABMA. Cancellations received 60 days prior to course start date will incur a 25% processing fee. Cancellations received between 30 days and 59 days from the start of the course will incur a 50% processing fee. There are no refunds for cancellations within 30 days of the course start date.