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GD&T Training Software That Produces Measurable Results
Based on ASME Y14.5-2009

When companies want to educate their employees on how to properly specify and interpret geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, how do they provide consistent training throughout all departments and locations?

Successful companies use ETIís GD&T Trainer, a computer-based training package that provides employees with interactive training, instant lesson feedback, and easily measured progress. The software was developed by GD&T expert Alex Krulikowski and is based on the ASME Y14.5-2009 Dimensioning and Tolerancing Standard.

This video highlights several features of the GD&T Trainer and explains how the software can benefit organizations that use it to train current and new employees. It was produced by Effective Training Inc., an SAE International company.


The GD&T Trainer: Fundamentals 2009 is a comprehensive computer-based training program that teaches the fundamentals of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing based on the ASME Y14.5-2009 Standard. The course includes 29 lessons that cover the basic rules, definitions, and concepts of GD&T, with quizzes that reinforce the material and allow students to gauge their level of understanding.

The GD&T Trainer: Fundamentals 2009 can be used as: 

• A complete course in GD&T, with quizzes, final exam, and certificate of completion 
• A geometric tolerancing seminar 
• A supplement or review for live training 
• An internal GD&T certification 
• An on-the-job reference 

This course is recommended for all individuals who create or interpret engineering drawings. Users should have completed ETI's Engineering Drawing Requirements course or use drawings regularly on the job.

Screenshots and Animations
The GD&T Trainer: Fundamentals 2009 features detailed, colorful lesson screens, with full color animations that demonstrate concepts and help students visualize important topics.

Lesson screens encourage student interaction, and include 3D solid part examples.

To see sample screenshots and animations, click here.


Program Topics
The course contains 29 lessons that explain the terms, symbols, modifiers, rules, and basic concepts of geometric tolerancing as prescribed in ASME Y14.5-2009. Program topics include:

Drawing Standards
• Dimensions, Tolerances, and Notes
• Coordinate Tolerances and GD&T
• General Dimensioning Symbols
• Key GD&T Terms
• Symbols and Modifiers
• GD&T Rules
GD&T Concepts
Flatness Tolerance
Straightness Tolerance
• Circularity Tolerance
• CylindricityTolerance
• The Datum System
• Datum Targets
• Size Datum Features (RMB)
• Size Datum Features (MMB)

• Perpendicularity Tolerance
Parallelism Tolerance
• Angularity Tolerance
• Position Tolerance - Introduction
• Position Tolerance - RFS/MMC
• Position Tolerance - Special Applications
Position Tolerance Calculations
• Circular Runout Tolerances
• Total Runout Tolerances
• Concentricity Tolerances
• Symmetry Tolerances
• Profile Tolerance Introduction
• Profile Tolerance Applications

For a more detailed view of the lesson objectives and goals, click here.

The GD&T Trainer: Fundamentals 2009 lets you choose from the following courses: 

The Fundamentals of GD&T Class Course – is a complete course in the fundamentals of GD&T based on ASME Y14.5-2009. The course includes 29 lessons, numerous exercises, 29 quizzes and a final exam. Each quiz must be successfully completed in order to progress to the next lesson. The minimum passing score for the quizzes and final exam can be set through the Course Administrator. A certificate of achievement may be printed upon completion. 

The Fundamentals of GD&T Seminar Course – has the same lesson content as the class course without the quizzes or final exam. Lessons can be viewed in any order. When the course is finished, a certificate of completion may be printed. 

The GD&T Trainer: Fundamentals 2009 can also be used to certify your employees. . .

The GD&T Certification Test – is a 150-question test that covers the fundamentals of GD&T and verifies the student’s mastery of the topic. A certificate may be printed upon receiving a score of 90% or higher. 

Course Administration Tools
The GD&T Trainer: Fundamentals 2009 also contains newly updated course administration tools helps track student progress. The Course Administrator allows changes to course options and assignment of student passwords. When a student works a lesson, a record of his/her performance is saved in a log file that lets administrators monitor student progress. The Course Reporter allows you to print and export various reports on student progress.

  • Student/course records stored in MS Access database
  • Holds up to 2,000 students
  • Additional fields can be added to log-in screen
  • Set automatic time-out feature for lessons
  • Simultaneous record access for multiple admins
  • Additional student/company info storage
  • Limit student access when more than 1 course
  • Report generator tracks students and courses
  • Set minimum passing scores for lesson quizzes/final
  • Password protect student records
  • More than 90 different report types 

Take a look at the tools and their functions.

Money-Saving Benefits of CBT
No matter which course type you choose, computer-based training is the most cost-effective way to train one student or a 1000 employees. To see a chart illustrating the cost-benefits of CBT, click here.

cost saving

The GD&T Trainer: Fundamentals 2009 is available in the following platforms: 

The GD&T Trainer: Fundamentals 2009 – Single-User
Designed for use by one person on a stand-alone PC, the single-user is ideal for anyone who wants convenient, affordable GD&T training at home. The software can be used to learn the fundamentals or improve upon GD&T skills. It can also be used for certification and as a resource when training is done. (This version allows registration and training by one individual on a single PC.
It is not sold to companies, and it cannot be loaded onto a LAN system.)
Part PD021249 - GD&T Trainer: Fundamentals 2009 - Single User - ASME Y14.5-2009
- ordering info 

The GD&T Trainer: Fundamentals 2009 – Multi-User
Designed for one or more users on a stand-alone PC, the multi-user is ideal for companies who want affordable, consistent, onsite GD&T training. Register and set up a training schedule for multiple users on one non-networked computer, allowing them to train at different times of day. An administrator can track individual results. The software can be used to learn GD&T, brush up on skills, for GD&T certification, and as a resource when training is done. (This version allows registration and training by multiple users on a single PC. It cannot be loaded onto a LAN system.)
Part PD021250 - GD&T Trainer: Fundamentals 2009 - Multi User - ASME Y14.5-2009
- ordering info 

The GD&T Trainer: Fundamentals 2009 – LAN (Local Area Network)
For companies who want to maximize employee time, the LAN version is the most productive. It allows multiple professionals to train concurrently, right from their desktops. The administrator can register students and track individual results, but there is no need to create training schedules, since this version allows employees to train simultaneously at their own workstations. The software can be used to learn GD&T, brush up on skills, for certification, and as a resource when training is done. (This version allows registration and training by multiple users on a LAN system, depending upon amount of seats purchased.)
Part PD021251 - GD&T Trainer: Fundamentals 2009 - LAN Version - ASME Y14.5-2009 – call for pricing

Which GD&T Trainer: Fundamentals 2009 is right for you?
Compare GD&T Trainer: Fundamentals 2009 features

System and Software Requirements

The recommended system requirements are: 

  • Pentium 4-based computer with a 2GHz or higher CPU
  • 512 MB RAM minimum, 1024MB or higher recommended
  • 500 MB or more of free hard drive space minimum
  • Sound card and speakers for audio narration
  • Video card capable of displaying 24-bit color at a resolution of 1024x768
  • Windows 7/8/10
  • Adobe Flash Player 13.0 or higher
  • Visual Basic 6 Runtime (Admin and Reporter only)
  • .NET Framework 2.0

Certificate of Achievement  
Students who complete the Fundamentals of GD&T class course with the minimum set passing score will receive a Certificate of Achievement. A Certificate of Completion is awarded to students who finish the seminar course.

Click on the certificate for a larger view.

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