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Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing for Manufacturing

Summer University Term 2b: July 8th - July 19th, 2019

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Course price: 950 Euros

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

Registration deadline is June 8th, 2019.


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



You can find the syllabus for this course HERE [2]. 

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


Dr. Sean Niemi is received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering working in the University of Florida Soft Matter Engineering Center. Prior to completing his graduate studies he had a brief foray into industry working at Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and in industrial manufacturing reliability.

Sean is now a Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UF teaching senior design and focusing his efforts on mechanical component design and experimental design.


Registration for Term 2 is now closed. Check out our program for Term 4 or Winter 2020 [3]!

Brochure & Poster Download

Check out our Brochure [4] and Poster [5] for Summer 2018! 

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Beth Sibly, Director
+49 30 4472 0230
summeruniversity@tubs.de [11]
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