OUR TRAINING ASSOCIATES
All of our training associates are industry professionals with decades
of experience applying GD&T and teaching GD&T. Our associates have:
-expert knowledge of the Y14.5 standard
-current industrial experience using GD&T
-experience and skill using James Meadows' course materials.
Many of our associates are current members of the Y14.5 committee on
Dimensioning and Tolerancing, are Senior Certified GDT Professionals and
are active in the writing of multiple ASME documentation and measurement
All of our associates use identical training materials and lesson plans
so you receive the same topic presentation from every training
associate; however, based on client company needs, some course topics
can be emphasized, de-emphasized or added per request.
Gene Cogorno has been described by his students as a workhorse
instructor and that his classes are an enjoyable learning experience. He
is easy going, affable and knowledgeable. He has a sense of humor and is
capable of relaying technical topics in an easy to understand, down to
earth, manner...and he loves teaching.
He teaches a wide variety of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
and related topics, displaying a great deal of
client company needs. Those course topics include: Basic and Advanced GD&T,
Tolerance Stack-Up Analysis, Reading Engineering Drawings (Blueprint
Reading Fundamentals), Inspection Methodologies, Statistical Process
Mr. Cogorno has written his own book on GD&T, published by McGraw Hill.
He has been a full-time technical trainer in GD&T and related topics for
20+ years. He has a great deal of technical knowledge regarding design,
manufacturing and inspection techniques from a wide variety of
industries and has offered GD&T and related topic training for the
military and military contractors, the private sector, and for colleges
He holds an Associate's Degree from San Joaquin College and a Bachelor's
Degree and Master's Degree from San Jose State. His degrees are in
Engineering and Industrial Education.
James Keith and James Meadows have worked closely together as vice chair
and chair of ASME Y14.43 (Gages & Fixtures Standard) since the late
1990s. Mr. Meadows knows Mr. Keith to be hard working, knowledgeable and
From James Meadows: 'I have a great deal of respect for his ability to
teach others very difficult topics as they relate to GD&T and all of its
different aspects. His experience in
inspection, as well as design, makes him the type of
well-rounded individual most qualified to teach any aspect of GD&T and related topics.' He is
passionate about teaching GD&T related topics and has been doing it for
James has worked in the following areas: 20+ years as engineering
standards specialist; 10+ years in aircraft design checking; 7+ years as
aerospace designer; Petrochemical draftsman; and Manual/Numerical
Control Machinist and Set-Up Inspector.
James Keith's ASME standards committee affiliations, as listed below,
are some of the most impressive of any individual in the United States.
• ASME Y14.3/4 Committee (Orthographic and Pictorial Views)
• ASME Y14.5 Committee (Dimensioning and Tolerancing)
• ASME Y14.8 Committee (Forging and Casting)
• Chair of ASME Y14.36 Committee (Surface Texture)
• Vice Chair of ASME Y14.43 Committee (Dimensioning and Tolerancing
• ASME Y14.45 Committee (Measurement Data Reporting)
• ASME Y14/B89 Joint Working Group (Definition of Engineering Measurands)
• ASME B89.4.21 Practical CMM Applications
• Alternate Member AED Committee (Aerospace Engineering Drawings)
• Owner of Critical Concepts consulting and prototype manufacturing shop
Dr. Patrick J.
Dr. McCuistion obtained bachelor (1977) and master (1982) degrees from
Pittsburg State University (PSU) and PhD (1989) from Texas A&M
University (TAMU). All degrees were in Industrial Education with focus
areas related to engineering drawing and mechanical design.
Jim Meadows has often said that Pat McCuistion has revolutionized the
look of the ASME documentation standards. His 2D and 3D illustrations
made clear what a
complete geometric product definition should be and
explain complex geometric characteristic definitions, principles and
measurement practices. His work in the Y14.43 standard on Gages and
Fixtures was so ground breaking and impressive that he was immediately
recruited as the creator of the Y14.5-2009 standards illustrations. Pat
understands that the first thing people look at in books and standards
and presentations is the illustrations, and his are simply the best.
He has eight years of experience working in various engineering design,
drafting, and checking positions at various manufacturing industries
(feed mills, dehydration facilities, automotive components, catalytic
convertors, heavy equipment transmissions, and auto bodies).
He taught one year at PSU and three years at TAMU. As an associate
professor in the College of Engineering and Technology, Department of
Engineering Technology and Management at Ohio University since 1989 he
has taught: Engineering Graphics Fundamentals, Engineering Graphics
Applications, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, Dimensional
Analysis, Dimensional Metrology, Enterprise Computer Methods (Microsoft
Word, Excel, Visio, PowerPoint, and Project), Quality Management Systems
(ISO 9001 and Six Sigma), Technical Writing, and Product Design.
He is an active member of the following ASME/ANSI codes and standards
subcommittees: Y14 Main Committee, Y14.2 Line Conventions and Lettering
(Chair), Y14.3 Multiview and Sectional View Drawings, Y14.5 Dimensioning
and Tolerancing (Figures), Y14.5.2 Certification for Geometric
Dimensioning and Tolerancing Professionals (Figures), Y14.8 Castings,
Forgings, and Molded Part Drawings, Y14.35 Drawing Revisions, Y14.36
Surface Texture (Vice Chair, Figures), Y14.43 Dimensioning and
Tolerancing of Functional Gages (Figures), and B89/Y14 Joint Committee
on the Specification of Notation to Support Requirements for Size and
Geometric Tolerances (Figures). He is also an ASQ member.
He has authored one textbook on geometric dimensioning and Tolerancing,
three ASME internet courses in Drawing Interpretation, Basic GDT and
Advanced GDT, and 15 technical articles on dimensioning topics and
computer aided instruction.
He is an ASME certified Senior Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
Professional and an ADDA certified Mechanical Drafter.
Rick is one of the most productive workers on a wide variety of ASME
standards committees dealing with GD&T principles and applications and
measurement, inspection and gaging.
He is a current member of the Y14.5 Dimensioning and Tolerancing
standards committee and a founding and current member of the 14.43
standard on Gages and Fixtures. He not only knows the theory of
also how to apply its
principles to measurement, manufacturing and design.
Jim Meadows often says that Rick is one of the most intelligent
individuals he has ever met and has a wide range of knowledge on GD&T
In his long career, Rick has often worked two jobs: one in the aerospace
industry and another as a college professor. This gives him a great deal
of practical knowledge and lots of experience explaining it. He has also
been teaching GD&T in industry (aerospace and other industries in the LA
area) and at the college level (in the CADD and Engineering Technology
departments) for about 30 years.
His ASME committee affiliations include: Y14.5 (Dimensioning and
Tolerancing),Y14.43 (Dimensioning and Tolerancing Principles for Gages
and Fixtures), Y14.45 (Reporting Inspection Data) and B89/Y14 Joint
Working Group (Special Notation for Size and Geometric Tolerances).
He is an ASME Certified Senior GD&T Professional (Cert # 0143). He has a
B.S. degree in Applied Science and Technology (Area of Specialization:
Engineering Graphics) and a Masters of Education (MED) degree (Area of
Specialization: Learning and Technology).
Rick loves teaching GD&T and related topics and his students are in for
a rare experience: an instructor who thoroughly knows his topic, conveys
it with warmth and understanding, and genuinely cares about how much
everyone in the class learns.