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Dimensioning for Interchangeable Manufacturing

+++ Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the TU Berlin Summer University will not take place on campus this year. Registrations for our Summer University Online program are now open! +++

Summer University Term 2: July 6th - July 17th, 2020

Course price: 950 Euros

22 hours of class a week, 3 ECTS credit points, max. 25 participants



This course will cover the fundamentals of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) and will delve into some of the practical implications and effects that drawing notations will have on actual production parts.

Learning Goals & Syllabus


  • Methods for determining tolerances and manufacturing precision
  • Pros and cons of using GD&T to specify dimensions and tolerances of parts and/or assemblies
  • General understanding of how to dimension a part and assembly drawing with GD&T
  • Knowledge of how GD&T usage will affect part production and assembly


Please click here to see the syllabus.

You may find the syllabus useful when discussing with your home University whether the ECTS credits attainable for this course are accepted by them.

Course Components:

The course will be comprised of four lecture days per week consisting of traditional classroom instruction intermixed with faculty-accompanied engineering tours. Students will receive a more in-depth practical overview of GD&T and will have opportunity to see the effects of tolerance selection in person.  Faculty-led discussions and group assignments/projects will help to reinforce the topics covered.

Tour 1: BMW Plant – Berlin

Tour 2: TBA

Course Technology Requirements:

There is no textbook for this course; students will be provided with handouts as necessary and should be prepared to take written course notes. Students will need a laptop computer with current versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, or equivalent software, to complete course assignments.


The general prerequisites of the TU Berlin Summer University are the following: at least one year of university experience + English level B2 or equivalent.

Additionally, students should have taken classes in:

  • Calculus 1
  • Physics 1
  • Any engineering drawing/CAD course or instructor approval


Sean R. Niemi, PhD

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida

Sean Niemi is the founding researcher of the newly formed MERGE Lab at the University of Florida, with a research and teaching focus on Mechanical Design, Design for Manufacturing, and Instrumentation Design.  Sean’s current work aims to integrate ongoing scientific research problems into the undergraduate design curriculum, engaging students with impactful, cutting edge, multidisciplinary problems to solve. Sean also co-advises the UF Rocket Team (Swamp Launch), mentoring a group of interdisciplinary students in developing a 10,000 ft. apogee rocket for the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition.  He has worked in industrial maintenance and in aerospace, with graduate work in soft matter engineering, 3D bio-printing, polymer tribology, and biotribology.

Please direct questions about the course to the TU Berlin Summer University Team at: . We will answer your questions and direct specific queries regarding course content to the course lecturers where necessary.

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Check out our Brochure and Poster for Summer 2020!

Summer University Term 2: July 6th - July 17th, 2020

Course price: 950 Euros

22 hours of class a week, 3 ECTS credit points

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Beth Sibly, Director
+49 30 4472 0230