The History of ETI
In 2014, SAE International bolstered its engineering fundamentals portfolio of GD&T learning products by acquiring ETI. SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. ETI products have been integrated into SAE International’s portfolio, and Alex Krulikowski has joined the SAE International staff, helping to develop new programs and courses.
Effective Training, Inc.
(ETI) is an internationally recognized leader in the field of geometric
dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T). Company founder Alex Krulikowski
is a noted GD&T expert, educator and author of more than 20
books and articles on the subject. Alex gained more than 30 years of
industrial experience as design supervisor with one of the world's
largest manufacturing corporations. He also has a degree in industrial
vocational education from Eastern Michigan University.
company’s formation and growth
In 1985, Alex decided
to utilize his GD&T knowledge and to fulfill his desire to teach
by founding ETI. Since its inception, ETI has provided expert GD&T
training for students, educational institutions and corporations.
The company has become world-renowned for its fine products and
knowledgeable trainers. ETI currently employs a staff of professionals
who aid in the development and marketing of GD&T training products
and teach workshops throughout the world.
expanding product line
Alex is a member of several
standards committees, so all ETI products are up to date with the current
standards. He also has extensive experience in industry, so our teaching materials
are geared to a practical approach that enables the knowledge to be transferred
to the workplace. Over the years, our product line has expanded from textbooks,
workbooks, and charts to videos and software. Instructor kits are available
with full-color slides packages or on a CD-ROM with digital transparencies
and printable teaching materials. Materials have also been translated into
The company continues
to evolve. With the formation of its website (etinews.com) in 1997,
ETI has become an unsurpassed GD&T resource. The site includes an online ordering
system that includes information on all our products and a section
that highlights the many services and workshops ETI can provide
for your company.
ETImail online newsletter
In 2002, ETI began producing ETImail: an online GD&T newsletter. Each issue includes full-length articles by Alex, information on
the ASME standards, and a mailbag with answers to GD&T questions. The newsletter archives are available on the website.
More GD&T resources and cutting-edge training options
In 2005, the
GD&T Cost-Saving Calculator was added to the site. The calculator
is a free tool that helps companies understand the amount of unnecessary
expenditures each year due to employees not knowing how to correctly
apply and interpret GD&T. That same year, ETI added two free skills surveys. Visitors can access these short surveys anytime to see how well they know GD&T fundamentals, or to test their skills at tolerance stacks. In 2008, ETI began offering live web training and started a blog that provides GD&T insights, answers to technical questions, and information about new products and services.
ASME Y14.5-2009 and ISO Geometrical Tolerancing
The release of the new ASME Y14.5 standard in 2009 fostered a host of new workshops and products, beginning with comparison charts, an updated pocket guide, onsite and public courses. In addition to the 2009 standard products, ETI branched out with their first ISO geometrical tolerancing resource. Alex Krulikowski's ISO Geometrical Tolerancing Guide
clarifies interpreting standard-compliant technical drawings that use ISO 1101:2004 and its companion published standards. It guides the user as to which ISO standards should be referenced on a drawing and what the standards cover.
Future products and services
ETI will continue to add products, training, and resources, including new courses, software, textbooks, and workbooks based on ASME and ISO standards. The company will continue to implement new technology as it becomes available, taking full advantage of any and all improvements that can be utilized in their products and training.
Timeline of ETI milestones, products, services, and resources:
As ETI continues to grow,
we will also continue to provide innovative answers to your training needs.
If you or your company need GD&T training, products, or services, contact ETI.