Fundamentals of Threaded Fasteners and Joint Design

Course Overview

The course will provide participants with an in-depth explanation of fastener terminology, technology, and threaded fastener joint design calculations and strategies which will enable the student to design the joint and select the proper threaded fasteners so the system will not fail in service. The course will include case studies, problems which will be solved during class and a demonstration of preload scatter achieved through torque tightening. All critical calculations are summarized in the Simplified Bolted Joint Design Guideline which defines a systematic method for evaluating most bolted joints for the common failure modes.

The focus of the course will be on dynamically loaded fastened joints rather than structural joints according to AISC 360. Although the VDI-2230 standard will often be referenced, the course is not intended to provide a detailed presentation of this standard.

Target Audience

This course was developed for engineers or technical staff tasked with design, specification, procurement, quality, or assembly of threaded fastened joints. 


This is an intermediate technical level course which includes equations which need to be solved with algebra. Individuals with some prior experience with fasteners and bolted joint design may find this course easier but there is something for everyone to learn in this course. 

In-Person or On-line Learning

Students may choose to attend in-person or via a live on-line stream concurrent with the in-person training. The in-person session will be held in the training facilities at Matrix Engineering Consultants, 12986 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55344.

Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

  • The three day in-person and on-line learning event is worth 21 PDHs.
  • Students who solve the supplemental learning exercises and participate in the follow up webinar to review the results will receive an additional 3 PDHs.

Class Cost: $1995/student

  • Cost includes training binder which will be given the students participating in-person and shipped in advance to students participating on-line.
  • Lunch and snacks will be provided for students participating in-person.
  • Discounted rates are available for IFI members and other groups of two or more students. Please contact Matrix Engineering Consultants for details.


April 23rd - 25th, 2024
Class Time: 8-4pm CS