Gear Failures and Tribology of Gears

Course Provider

Centre for Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE@NTU)


Continuing Education and Training Certificate


Understand gear failures and tribology of gears to avoid disruptions to operations. Implement appropriate corrective actions using a structured failure analysis approach.

Upon successful completion of the course, learners will be awarded an "NTU Certificate of Completion".

Cetim, the leading French Technical Centre for Mechanical Industry, was established in 1965 to support innovation and competitiveness of engineering companies through its multidisciplinary expertise and unique R&D capabilities.

In Asia Pacific, CETIM-Matcor, a forward-looking company, is specialized in the field of Material & Corrosion Assessment, Failure Analysis & Forensic Investigation and Mechanical Power Transmission.

Jointly with NTU, CETIM-Matcor will conduct advanced engineering courses for engineers who will like to understand and learn in depth knowledge from our experience trainers with vast industrial and field experience. Courses are largely focused on Corrosion Engineering and Failures Analysis in areas such as Pressurized Equipment, Shafts, Gears & Bearings as well as Forensic Engineering Investigation.

Course Availability

  • Date(s): 04 to 05 Jun 2024

    Time: 9:00AM to 5:00PM

    Venue: NTU@one-north campus, Executive Centre (Buona Vista)

    Registration is closed.

Upon completion of the training, the attendants will be able to carry out the following:

• Understand the tribological aspects of in-service gear drives
• Explain the mechanisms of damage and identify the causes of the failures
• Propose appropriate corrective actions
• To exchange with experts in the field

• Gear drives – Overview:
   o Type of gear transmissions
   o Kinematic meshing
   o Manufacturing processes
   o Materials and heat treatments
• Tribology for gear applications:
   o Basic notions of tribology
   o Lubrication and lubricants
   o Operation of parallel axes gears
   o Tribology of gear mesh
   o Lubrication for gear transmissions
• Main failures of gears in service
   o Phenomena affecting the surface of the teeth
   o Aspects of the teeth due to permanent deformations
   o Aspects of the teeth after fracture
   o Case studies
• Calculation of cylindrical teeth (information)
• Monitoring of gears
   o Overview of the test methods and means
   o Monitoring of in-service reducers and gear assemblies
   o Monitoring of gear assemblies: lubricant analysis
• Training Evaluation
   o Review daily assessment (oral)
   o Final assessment questionnaire

Engineers (especially Professional Engineers) and technicians of Design Offices, production and measurement departments. 

This course is qualified for 10 Professional Development Units (PDU) by the Professional Engineers Board. 

Standard Course Fee: S$1,962.00

SSG Funding Support

 Course fee

Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes


BEFORE funding & GST

AFTER funding & 9% GST

Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) (Up to 70% funding)



Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS)


SCs aged ≥ 40 years old
SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)
(Up to 90% funding)

  • Standard course fee is inclusive of GST.
  • NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click here for more information.


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Mr Robert Shandro


Principal Consultant with CETIM - MATCOR in the field of mechanical, power transmissions and materials engineering. A Specialist in failure investigation, forensic engineering and condition assessment with more than 30 years of consulting experience in Energy, Aerospace, Transportation, Shipbuilding and Public Works. Involved in close to 2,500 failure analysis and consulting services for litigation.

Member of French delegation for ISO TC60 (Technical Committee), Expert in load capacity calculation of gears, terminologies, notation, strength and quality of materials for gears.

Areas of Expertise

• Failure analysis of a wide range of mechanical equipment/components and structural facilities
• Design, verification and failure analysis on mechanical power transmission components
• Condition and remnant life assessment of mechanical power transmission