March 2011 Newsletter Title
Nine Tracks to GD&T Expertise


Educational Tracks prioritized by Job Function

9 TracksIIGDT has developed a training track to address weak points in the process chain. We call it Eight Tracks to GD&T Expertise.

Understanding the proper interpretation or intent of GD&T is not equally shared in all disciplines of the process chain. This starts at management and moves down through design, engineering, manufacturing to inspection. We all assume we know GD&T, but the doors of knowledge are closed through non-participation and assumptions.

Today our education system fails to address this important aspect of the full system. Many engineers come out of school knowing how to use the latest software and tools, but not the fundamental knowledge GD&T addresses.

Education in manufacturing no longer addresses GD&T period: Inspectors often take a quick one-day course and they are expected to be masters of the GD&T universe: Very disheartening.

When the entire process incorporates a full understanding of GD&T your engineering design group specs products that can be manufactured, assembled and inspected as intended. There will be no ambiguity only true clarity.

The benefit is increased quality, reduced manufacturing costs and most important, providing the customer a product to be proud of.

Nine Tracks of GD&T Expertise

IIGDT has developed a relationship chart showing by job responsibility the recommended level of training provided.

Eight Tracks to GD&T Expertise by Department & Job Function

Each track is designed to aid all management levels in determining which GD&T and measurement courses are essential for each technical and non-technical discipline including managers and executives

Eight Tracks to GD&T Expertise
No. of Tracks Recommended Educational Tracks by Job Function
8 Tracks 8-Tracks to GD&T Expertise Overview
7 Tracks Purchasing and Sourcing
6 Tracks Regulatory and Sales
5 Tracks Design
6 Tracks Manufacturing
6 Tracks Toolroom
6 Tracks Quality and Measurement

These tracks form an educational path based on the business function you are involved in. Not all of the tracks apply to all of the job functions and no job function has all eight tracks (some have five, six or 7 taught tracks). Each track is made up of one or more courses that are intended to define the minimum level of GD&T expertise that a particular job function need to optimally perform their job.

In the coming weeks a new announcement will be made that details the 8-Track Series on the website.

Seminar Series 
IIGDT has added several new dates for the informative GD&T Series!
Upcoming Seminars:
  • Omaha, Nebraska (October)
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa (November)
  • Plymouth, Minnesota (November)
Visit the GD&T Seminar Series home page.
Contact Information:

Dr. Greg Hetland
Phone: (612) 670-9311
Fax: (612) 395-5405

12159 Quail Ave., Lane N
Stillwater, MN 55082