Continuing Education

Continuing Education

Licensed Engineers are eligible to earn pdh credit for the Professional Development seminars.  Click here for upcoming dates.  All courses can be presented on site as well.  Contact Tripod Innovation for more information.

Professional Development

Licensed professional engineers may earn professional development credit through attending these seminars.  Follow the host registration links for details about your state’s individual requirements.

Engineering Triumphs Part 1: “Living Large”  Large machines and structures inspire us like no other engineering achievement. While their size alone might be impressive enough, many of the underlying technologies are often quite innovative in their own right. Living Large examines some of these successes through discussions of cement preheaters, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, the Airbus 380, and mining industry grinding mills.  4 pdh. ak
Engineering Triumphs Part 2: “Material World”  This presentation examines how designers solve problems through material selection. Material World explores the innovative use of materials in diverse applications, such as armor, space exploration, and industrial equipment. Also included is a straightforward technique for reviewing material choices on an environmental basis.  4 pdh. aerogel
Engineering Triumphs Part 3:  Cement Manufacturing   Cement is the world’s most common building material, with worldwide consumption exceeding 4 billion tons consumed annually.  Manufacturing a consistent and reliable product in such vast quantities requires specialized equipment and processes, along with significant amounts of energy, materials, and expertise.  This seminar provides a tour of a typical cement plant and provides an in-depth explanations of machines and processes used to make this familiar grey powder.  4 pdh. cement-kiln
Engineering Triumphs Part 4:  Sports Projectiles  Many of our favorite sports and pastimes involve throwing, kicking, hitting, or otherwise dealing with some form of projectile.   Their variety provides designers with both challenges and opportunities as they strive to optimize athletic performance.  Attendees of this seminar will gain a basic understanding of aerodynamic principles, with a special emphasis placed on their application to sport.  They will also learn how athletes utilize the underlying scientific principles to gain advantages over their opponents.  4 pdh baseball
Introduction to Fluid Mechanics Fluids are literally all around us.  Designers of golf balls, hydraulic systems, and even bridges must consider the effect of fluid phenomena.  This introductory course shows explains the basic principles that govern fluid behavior.  Specific topics include:  hydrostatics, Bernoulli’s Principle, classifications of flows, aerodynamic drag, and flow measurement devices. 4 pdh. fluids
How Things Break: Fatigue  This seminar presents an introduction to the material fatigue phenomenon, along with the methods used by engineers to estimate component life under cyclic loading.  Topics include:  affect of material selection and processing, techniques to increase fatigue resistance, bolted joints, bearings, and corrosion fatigue.  Several case studies will be used to illustrate the concepts.  4 pdh. chain
How Things Break: Thermal Effects  Temperature impacts designs in sometimes unforeseen ways. Ambient conditions can modify material properties, induce stresses, and change how a system functions.  This seminar will introduce and explore the various ways temperature influences materials and designs. Phenomena such as ductile to brittle transition, creep, and thermal shock will be discussed. Case studies will give real world context to the underlying theory. Design techniques for accommodating these thermal effects will also be included.  4 pdh. schenectady

Engineering Exam Review

Review courses for F.E. Mechanical and P.E Machine Design and Materials exams are available.  The FE Exam Review features a subscription based video review, including 40 hours of lectures.  The PE Review is an in depth, 12 week live course with full instructor support.

Creative Problem Solving

Tripod Innovation offers informative and interactive seminars on creative problem solving.  Courses for both technical and non-technical audiences are available.   Note:  These courses are not eligible for Professional Engineering continuing education credit.

Why Didn’t I Think of That?  Generating creative solutions is not a mystical talent, but a skill that can learned, developed, and improved. Anyone who needs solutions beyond the ordinary, from entrepreneurs seeking business concepts, to educators developing teaching aids, or even aspiring inventors working on the next big thing, will benefit from this seminar. 9 dots
Creative Problem Solving for New Product Development  New Product Development is creative problem solving.  This seminar introduces TRIZ and other ideation techniques that are particularly well suited to technical scenarios.  For more information, please see our Creative Problem Solving for New Product Development white paper. faciliatation

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