The completion of a fasteners course signals a new and exciting direction for THORS, and the path is now paved for a wide variety of fastener related courses to follow. This fundamental learning experience lays the groundwork for courses in areas such as threaded fastener manufacturing, threaded fastener coatings and sealants, the basics of bolted joints, and other future potential courses.
Our subject matter expert (SME) for this course, Guy T. Avellon, brought over 30 years of experience working professionally with threaded fasteners, along with his genuine fascination and interest for the subject. In his frequent role as an expert witness in court cases, Guy is all too familiar with the catastrophic consequences of fastener failure. His insight towards the proper securing of fasteners, as well as failure mode prevention, proved invaluable for this groundbreaking course.
The challenge with putting together a threaded fastener course was not necessarily describing how to install fasteners – threaded fasteners are fairly commonplace and most people are familiar with their application. The challenge was putting concrete terminology to an industry that often seems bereft of concrete terminology.
Your shop calls this a hex bolt? Well, we call it a cap screw. You call this a cap nut? That’s odd, we call it an acorn nut. Carriage bolt, you say? Well we call this a one-eyed wombat.
Alright, I’m exaggerating on the last one, but you get the idea.
So to avoid confusion with fastener terminology, we chose to emphasize the functionality of the fasteners and concepts that we covered. The manner in which fasteners are applied crosses language barriers and transcends the various slang terms that might be heard. The specific features of threaded fasteners—along with nuts and washers—exist for very specific reasons. We put our focus on such specific features and chose to help our learners understand how and why the features were present.
Once we knew where the threaded fastener course was headed, the rest fell into place. The grading systems for threaded fasteners, the steel used to make threaded fasteners, mechanical properties, failure modes, failure prevention methods—these are just a few of the important areas covered in this course. We asked ourselves: if someone was just hired in a threaded fastener industry, what should they understand during their first week of employment?
This fundamental question is what we chose to answer; to give learners the knowledge to step forward with confidence in any of the many positions available in threaded fastener industries. By stripping the material down to its fundamental level and focusing on functionality, we knew that learners could take that knowledge and apply it to any position involving threaded fasteners, regardless of what terms were currently being thrown around the shop.
When learning about threaded fasteners, focusing on functionality is the key.