Cranfield University's Centre for Automotive Engineering is offering a short course in the rapidly changing field of automotive transmission and driveline technology. Read more Read less

This course provides an opportunity for managers and technologists to rapidly become aware of the engineering issues that surround the operation and application of transmission and driveline components.  

The course is structured to provide an introductory overview and then a more in-depth study of the main sub-systems and components. Delivered by academic and industrial specialists who are actively undertaking research in the sector, the course is targeted to provide the latest and most relevant material that is currently available. This course offers a unique opportunity to learn about today's state of the art technology and gain an insight into its future direction.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,700. The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

This course is a 5-day standalone course which is supplemented by the broader range of courses offered by the Department. In particular the programme of courses offered in the area of Hybrid Electric Vehicles is seen as an important but separate area of powertrain technology. The course consists of a mix of lectures and demonstrations of component and system operation with copies of presentation material.

What you will learn

This course offers an efficient way of up-skilling technical staff in the rapidly growing area of automotive transmission engineering. On completion of the full course programme delegates should have a comprehensive understanding of the technology and be able to make a significant contribution to design and development teams working in the automotive sector.

Core content

The course will cover:

  • Transmission Categories: Manual and Automatics, Production and Trends
  • Typical Construction and Operation of Transmissions: Manual and Automated Manuals, Automatic Transmissions, Dual Clutch Transmissions, Continuously Variable Transmissions and Split Path Operation
  • Torque Converters: Operation and Matching
  • Synchronisers
  • Gearing Basics: Geometry, Conjugate Motion, Noise, Rattle, Error, Backlash and Module
  • Gear Loading and Life: Reaction Loads, Parallel and Bevel, Failure Modes, Bending, Contact Fatigue, Wear, Scoring and Micropitting
  • Clutch Operation: Thermal and Torque Calculations for Wet and Dry
  • Shafts: Torsion, Bending and Deflection
  • Splines: Capacity, Classification, Fit and Backlash
  • Final Drive Units: Open, Passive and Active
  • Tribology: Hertzian Contact and Stress, Lubrication Regimes, Friction and Stribeck 
  • Transmission Control: Automatic and CVT Control.

Who should attend

Practising engineers, researchers and managers working in automotive and other sectors. 


  • Prof Nick Vaughan (Cranfield University)
  • Dr Marko Tirovic (Cranfield University)
  • Dr Robert Frazer (Gear Design Unit, Newcastle University)
  • Mr Dominic Smith (Xtrac Ltd)
  • Dr Matthew Greaves (Cranfield University)
  • Dr Nick Hurd (GKN Driveline)
  • Mr Paul Glendenning (GKN Driveline)


10% discount applies if booked eight weeks in advance.

Accommodation options and prices

Accommodation is available at Mitchell Hall which is located on campus. All rooms are en-suite and bookings are on a half-board basis from Sunday to Friday. If you would like to book accommodation for this short course at Mitchell Hall, please indicate this on the registration form and we will arrange this for you.

Alternatively, you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.