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Oct 15 - 17, 2024 8am-4pm CST 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 Online 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.

Course Instructors

Jon Ness


Jon is a Managing Governor and Principal Engineer at Matrix Engineering and has over 34 years of experience in business and engineering team leadership. His career has been focused on the development of off-highway equipment and powertrains. He has unique technical expertise in designing and validating dynamically loaded bolted joints. In his consulting role, Jon has led numerous joint failure investigations, including re-design efforts to mitigate risks to the system owners. He actively participates in ongoing research projects and has taught many classes related to Failure Modes and Effects Analysis and Bolted Joint Design and Validation. He received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from South Dakota State University. A licensed engineer in Minnesota, Jon is an active member of the UL2703 Standards Technical Panel, a contributor to the ASCE Manual of Practice for Solar PV Structures, and a Certified Fastener Specialist through the Fastener Training Institute.

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Laurence Claus

Mr. Claus has over 35 years in the fastener industry. He spent the first 26 years with a fastener manufacturer, becoming an expert in threaded fasteners, especially those in the automotive and aerospace market segments. For the last 10 years, he has served the industry as both trainer and consultant, as the President of his company, NNi Training and Consulting Inc., and as the Industrial Fastener Institute’s Director of Training and Education. Additionally, Mr. Claus is the current Chairman of the SAE Fastener Committee, Vice Chairman of the ASTM Fastener Committee F16, Subcommittee Chairman of ASME B18.6 of the ASME Fastener Committee B18, and Subcommittee Chairman of ASTM F16.91 of ASTM Fastener Committee F16. For this course, Mr. Claus will share his expertise in topics such as the fundamentals of threads, fundamentals of bolts, screws, and nuts, fastener materials, metallurgy, and heat treatment, making sense of the various bolt strength classes, and fastener platings and coatings.

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