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Basic Machines Part 1

COURSE NO: M03-035
Basic Machines Part 1
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course discusses the six simple machines: the lever, the block, the wheel and axle, the inclined plane, the screw and the gear. When you familiarize with the principles of these simple machines, you can readily understand the operation of complex machines.


A machine is any device that helps you to do work. It may help by changing the amount of force or the speed of action. Machines may also be used to change the direction of a force or in other cases transform energy; for example, a generator transforms mechanical energy into electrical energy. Complex machines are basically combinations of two or more simple machines.


This 3 PDH online course is applicable to engineers, designers, manufacturers and anyone interested to gain an understanding of basic machine operation.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning about the principles of levers, their different classes and mechanical advantages
  • Understanding the basics of the block and tackle, their different configurations and mechanical advantages
  • Understanding the basics of wheel and axle and understand their mechanical advantages
  • Learning about the mechanical advantages of inclined planes
  • Familiarizing with the uses of the screw and jack
  • Understanding the basics of gears, their different types and mechanical advantages
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Chapters 1 through 6, of the Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center "Basic Machines" NAVEDTRA 14037 - training course.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Basic Machines - Part 1 (1.6 MB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 3 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this NAVEDTRA publication.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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