Testimonials

Pierre Bergeron

5 star rating

“Having worked in a material acquisition for the past 18 years and as the System Engineer Manager for a Light Armored Vehicle Project at the edge of technologies for the last 8 years, I can guarantee you that this course has hit a home run for me. ...”

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“Having worked in a material acquisition for the past 18 years and as the System Engineer Manager for a Light Armored Vehicle Project at the edge of technologies for the last 8 years, I can guarantee you that this course has hit a home run for me. I was looking for an on-line course that would go over the different trades-off that designers and decision-makers go through to achieve an optimal state-of-the-art product covering the the high hierarchy: Mobility, Firepower and Protection trade-offs to the ones at the sub-system level (engine, transmission, tire, suspension). The entire course - with support from EIT - is a very well oiled machine. Great course, thanks and definitely highly recommended. Mr. Pierre Bergeron, Dept National Defence, Canada.”

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James Tsarouhas

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“EIT's real-world experience, attention to detail and prompt communication have made this course a true pleasure. Applying theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios and examples within this course gives you the confidence to go into industry an...”

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“EIT's real-world experience, attention to detail and prompt communication have made this course a true pleasure. Applying theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios and examples within this course gives you the confidence to go into industry and hit the ground running. ”

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Course Description

The Diploma of Military Technology (Vehicles & Mobility) is a specialist course designed and delivered by the Eggler Institute of Technology (USA). This unique course provides a fascinating and absorbing study into the engineering science and technology used in the design of modern military land vehicles. 

You will learn the fundamentals of modern military combat and logistic vehicle design and the operational trade-offs associated with different technology choices. 

The course is specifically structured to prepare you for future roles working on military vehicle projects in the fields of engineering, project management and logistic support.

As part of the course you receive an e-copy of the course folder, course presentation slides, a transcript for each learning module, access to an amazing range of specialist videos, a formula booklet and copies of a selected range of course references.

This Diploma provides a unique learning opportunity and pathway to new knowledge and skills. Further details about how to enrollment in the course are available here.

Course Instructor

Expert in Military Vehicle Technology

Mark has over 25 years’ experience working on complex projects as a senior professional engineer and project manager. Over the years, he has worked on many large defence major capital acquisition programs both in US, Australia, Middle-east and Europe. In recent years, he has focused on developing a market-leading Institute of Technology and has developed a broad range of niche education and training courses specialising in systems engineering and military vehicle technology. Mark holds an honours degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Science (Defence Technology).

Mark Eggler

Expert Instructor

Course curriculum

180 hours

  • 02

    Course Assessment

  • 03

    Student Resources

    • Course Folder

    • Student Study Guide

    • Formula Booklet

    • List of Acronyms

    • List of Symbols

    • Effective Writing Booklet

  • 04
  • 05

    Module 1 Historical Overview & Introduction to Land Vehicles (3 Hrs)

  • 06

    Module 2 Fighting Vehicle Design (3 hrs)

    • Module 2 - Reading List

    • Module 2 - Transcript

    • Audio Lesson 4

    • 4.0 Introduction and Scope

    • Video 3.1 (E) - Development of Puma IFV

    • 4.1 Design Balance

    • 4.2 Critical Dimensions – Vehicle Width and Height

    • 4.3 Critical Dimensions – Turret Ring Diameter

    • 4.4 Critical Dimensions – L over C and Pitch Ratios

    • Quiz 4 - Lesson 4

    • Audio Lesson 5

    • 5.1 Design Problems and Trade-Offs

    • 5.2 Powerpack and Sprocket Positioning

    • 5.3 Turret and Gun Configurations

    • 5.4 Survivability

    • Audio 1.1 (E) - Fighting vehicle developments (Interview with Christopher Foss)

    • Quiz 5 - Lesson 5

    • Audio Lesson 6

    • 6.1 Vehicle Fitted NBC Systems

    • 6.2 NBC Filters

    • 6.3 Toxic Free Area Environment Regulation

    • Video 3.2 (E) - FNSS PARS 6x6 CBRN Vehicle

    • 6.4 Vehicle Availability

    • Video 3.3 (E) - Megafactories - M1 Abrams Tank (Part 1)

    • Video 3.4 (E) - Megafactories - M1 Abrams Tank (Part 2)

    • 6.5 End Fighting Vehicle Design

    • Quiz 6 - Lesson 6

  • 07

    Module 3 Logistic Vehicle Design (2 hrs)

    • Module 3 - Reading List

    • Module 3 - Transcript

    • Audio Lesson 7

    • 7.0 Introduction and Scope

    • Video 4.1. (E) - Logistics Vehicle Design Intro Video

    • 7.1 Historical Overview

    • 7.2 Common Design Considerations

    • 7.3 Chassis & Sub-frames

    • 7.4 Load Sharing Suspensions

    • 7.5 Towing Issues and Couplings

    • Video 4.2. (E) - Truck and Trailer vs 60 Degree Slope

    • Video 4.3. (E) - Truck and Trailer vs Water Obstacle

    • 7.6 Tray-type Logistics Vehicles

    • Video 4.4. (E) - Tatra Tray Vehicle Mobility Demonstration

    • Quiz 7 - Lesson 7

    • Audio Lesson 8

    • Video 4.5. (E) - Oshkosh HET Mobility Demonstration

    • 8.1 Tractors

    • Video 4.6. (E) - MAN TGA ILHS 8x4 Loading ISO Container

    • 8.2 Integrated Load Handling Systems

    • 8.3 Flatracks and DASLI

    • Video 4.7. (E) - RMMV HTRV Demonstration

    • 8.4 Recovery Vehicles and Summary

    • Video 4.8. (E) - EKA Recovery Vehicles

    • Quiz 8 - Lesson 8

  • 08

    Module 4 Engine Technology (2 hrs)

    • Module 4 - Reading List

    • Module 4 - Transcript

    • Audio Lesson 9

    • 9.0 Introduction and Scope

    • 9.1 Internal Combustion Engine Overview and Requirements

    • 9.2 Engine Anatomy and Configurations

    • Video 5.1 (E) - Engine Configurations

    • 9.3 Fuel Consumption and Performance Indicators

    • Video 5.2 (E) - SI 4 Stroke Engine Basic Principles

    • 9.4 Spark Ignition Engines

    • Video 5.3 (E) - CI 4 Stroke Engine Basic Principles

    • 9.5 Compression Ignition Engines

    • Quiz 9 - Lesson 9

    • Audio Lesson 10

    • 10.1 Euro 4 and 5 Engines and Pollution Reduction

    • 10.2 MTU Examples

    • 10.3 Boosting Performance – Superchargers

    • Video 5.4 (E) - How a Turbocharger Works

    • 10.4 Boosting Performance – Turbochargers

    • 10.5 Gas Turbines

    • Video 5.5 (E) - AGT 1500 Gas Turbine

    • 10.6 Future Developments and Conclusion

    • Quiz 10 - Lesson 10

  • 09

    Module 5 Transmissions & Driveline Technology (4 hrs)

    • Module 5 Reading List

    • Module 5 - Transcript

    • Audio Lesson 11

    • 11.0 Introduction and Scope

    • 11.1 Requirements, Components and Configurations

    • 11.2 Gear Matching and Final Drive Ratio

    • 11.3 Power Take-up Components – Dry Plate Friction Clutches

    • Video 6.1. (E) - How a Clutch Works

    • 11.4 Power Take-up Components – Torque Converter

    • Video 6.2. (E) - Torque Converter

    • Video 6.3. (E) - Torque Converter Operation

    • Quiz 11 - Lesson 11

    • Audio Lesson 12

    • 12.1 Transmissions – Manual (Layshaft)

    • Video 6.4. (E) - Gear Ratio

    • Video 6.5. (E) - Gearbox Operation

    • 12.2 Transmissions – Dual Clutch

    • Video 6.6. (E) - Dual Clutch Transmission

    • 12.3 Transmissions – Automatic (Epicyclic)

    • Video 6.7. (E) - Planetary Gearing

    • Video 6.8. (E) - Automatic Transmissions

    • 12.4 Transmissions – Semi-automatic

    • Video 6.8.1. (E) - Semi-automatic Transmissions

    • 12.5 Transmissions – Continuously Variable

    • Video 6.9. (E) - How a CVT Works and its Operation

    • 12.6 Transmissions – Zeroshift and Future Development

    • Video 6.10. (E) - Zeroshift

    • 12.7 Final Drive and Differential

    • Video 6.11. (E) - RWD Final Drive

    • Video 6.12. (E) - How a Differential Works and Types of Differentials

    • Video 6.13. (E) - ZF Hybrid Vector Differential

    • 12.8 Propeller Shafts and Connecting Joints

    • Video 6.14. (E) - Hookes-Cardon Joint

    • 12.9 End Transmissions and Drivelines

    • Quiz 12 - Lesson 12

    • Audio Lesson 12A

    • 12A.1. Introduction and Scope - HED

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    • Video 12A.1 (E) - The Shadow Hybrid Electric Drive Vehicle

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    • 12A.2. Historical Overview

    • 12A.3. Hybrid-Electric Drives and Driving Forces.pdf

    • 12A.4. Hybrid-Electric Drives – Series Layout

    • 12A.5. Hybrid-Electric Drives – Parallel and Other Layouts

    • Video 12A.3 (E) - Qinetiq’s E-X-drive™ Tracked Vehicle Transmission

    • 12A.6. Benefits and Challenges in the Military Environment

    • 12A.7. Current Trends and Summary

    • Video 12A.4 (E) - Genesis Hybrid Electric Drive Combat Vehicle

    • 12A.8. End

    • Quiz 12A

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    Module 6 Tracks, Running Gear & Tracked Vehicle Steering (3 hrs)

    • Module 6 Reading List

    • Module 6 - Transcript

    • Audio Lesson 13

    • 13.0 Introduction and Scope

    • 13.1 Fundamental Requirements and Performance Metrics

    • 13.2 Road Wheels

    • 13.3 Track Functional Requirements and Track Types

    • 13.4 Single Pin Tracks

    • 13.5 Double Pin Tracks

    • 13.6 Track Design Issues

    • 13.7 General Issues with Track Selection

    • 13.8 Rubber Band Tracks

    • Video 7.1. (E) - Rubber Band Tracks and Running Gear

    • Quiz 13 - Lesson 13

    • Audio Lesson 14

    • 14.1 Introduction to Tracked Vehicle Steering

    • 14.2 Skid Steering – How It Works

    • 14.3. Mechanics of Skid Steering and Important Relationships.pdf

    • 14.4. Skid Steering Equilibrium Analysis

    • 14.5. Longitudinal Track Forces and Implications

    • Quiz 14 - Lesson 14

    • Audio Lesson 15

    • 15.1. Calculating Operating Condition (Parameter Xe’) and Sprocket Torque

    • 15.2. Kinematics of Skid Steering – Sprocket Speed Ratio and Turn Radius

    • 15.3. Kinematics of Skid Steering – Slip Factor and Power

    • 15.4. Comparing Theory with Practice

    • 15.5. Skid Steering Transmissions – Clutch and Brake, Geared Systems.pdf

    • 15.6. Skid Steering Transmissions – Braked, Controlled and Double Differentials and Hydrostatic Steering

    • Video 7.2-1. (E) - Double Differential Steering

    • Video 7.3. (E) - Triple Differential Steering

    • 15.7. End Tracked Vehicle Steering

    • Quiz 15 - Lesson 15

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    Module 7 Automotive Performance (2 hrs)

    • Module 7 - Reading List

    • Module 7 - Transcript

    • Audio Lesson 16

    • 16.0 Introduction and Scope

    • Video 8.1 (E) - Automotive Performance Introduction

    • 16.1 Automotive Performance

    • 16.2 Rolling Resistance

    • 16.3 Aerodynamic Resistance

    • 16.4 Gradient Resistance and Road Load

    • Quiz 16 - Lesson 16

    • Audio Lesson 17

    • 17.1 Normal Force, Adhesion Force and Tractive Effort

    • 17.2 Constant Power Concept

    • 17.3 Gearing Requirements

    • 17.4 Tractive Effort, Overall Gear Ratio & Road Power

    • 17.5 Example and Tractive Effort Model

    • 17.6 End Automotive Performance

    • Quiz 17 - Lesson 17

  • 12

    Module 8 Amphibious Vehicle Design (3 hrs)

    • Module 8 Reading List

    • Module 8 - Transcript

    • Audio Lesson 18

    • 18.0 Introduction and Scope

    • Video 9.1. (E) - Russian River Crossing Exercise

    • 18.1 Shallow Fording

    • Video 9.2. (E) - Shallow Fording Jeep

    • 18.2 Deep Fording

    • Video 9.3. (E) - Deep Fording Video

    • Video 9.4. (E) - Tank Deep Fording and Snorkeling

    • 18.3 Snorkel Fording (General).pdf

    • Video 9.5. (E) - Underwater Fording View

    • 18.4 Snorkel Fording – Design Issues I

    • 18.5 Snorkel Fording – Design Issues II

    • 18.6 Swimming and Propulsion

    • Video 9.6. (E) - EFV Swimming

    • Quiz 18 - Lesson 18

    • Audio Lesson 19

    • 19.1 Floatation and Buoyancy

    • 19.2 Stability (General)

    • Video 9.6-1 (E) - AAAV Rollover in Rough Surf

    • 19.3 Transverse Stability

    • Video 9.7. (E) - Metacenter Definition

    • 19.4 Free Surface Effects

    • Video 9.8. (E) - Free Surface Effects

    • 19.5 Longitudinal Stability

    • 19.6 Recent Amphibious Vehicles

    • Video 9.9. (E) - Marines Practice Beach Landing

    • Video 9.10. (E) - The EFV (Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle)

    • 19.7 End Amphibious Vehicle Design

    • Quiz 19 - Lesson 19

    • Video 9.11. (D) - Documentary on the Military Amphibious DUKW Duck

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    Module 9 Tyre Technology (2 hrs)

    • Module 9 Reading List

    • Module 9 - Transcript

    • Audio Lesson 20

    • 20.0 Tyres – Introduction and Scope

    • 20.1 Rims and Tyre Construction

    • Video 10.1. (E) - Types of Wheels and Design Requirements of Tyres

    • Video 10.2. (E) - Rim Sizes and Designations

    • Video 10.3. (E) - Tyre Construction

    • 20.2 Tyre Types

    • Video 10.4. (E) - Cross Ply Tyres

    • Video 10.5. (E) - Radial Ply Tyres

    • Video 10.6. (E) - Radial Ply Tyres – Design Characteristics

    • 20.3 Tread Patterns.pdf

    • 20.4 Runflat Tyres and Split Rims

    • Video 10.7. (E) - Hutchinson Runflat Tyres

    • 20.5 New Tyre Developments

    • 20.6 CTIS – Tyre Pressure and Components

    • 20.7 CTIS – Benefits

    • Quiz 20 - Lesson 20

    • Audio Lesson 21

    • 21.1 Tyre Characteristics – Introduction and Scope

    • 21.2 Tyre Handling Behaviour and Slip Angle

    • Video 10.8. (E) - Slip Angle

    • 21.3 Corner Force and Cornering Stiffness

    • 21.4 Camber Force and Camber Stiffness

    • Video 10.9. (E) - Camber

    • 21.5 Self-aligning Torque and Rolling Resistance

    • 21.6 Longitudinal Force and Slip

    • 21.7 Behaviour of Runflat Tyres.pdf

    • Video 10.10. (E) - Runflat Tyres Test

    • 21.8 End Tyre Technology.pdf

    • Quiz 21 - Lesson 21

  • 14

    Module 10 Wheeled Vehicle Steering & Vehicle Handling (2 hrs)

    • Module 10 Reading List

    • Module 10 - Transcript

    • Audio Lesson 22

    • 22.0 Wheeled Vehicle Steering – Introduction and Scope

    • 22.1 Articulated Steering

    • 22.2 Skid and Wagon Steering

    • 22.3 Ackermann Steering

    • 22.4 Steering Geometry and Caster

    • 22.5 Camber and King-pin Axis Inclination

    • 22.6 Vehicle Handling – Introduction and Scope

    • Video 11.1. (E) - Vehicle Handling Introduction

    • 22.7 Low Speed Turning – Ackermann Angle

    • 22.8 Bicycle Handling and Neutral Steer Point

    • Quiz 22 - Lesson 22

    • Audio Lesson 23

    • 23.1 Correction Steer Angle and Static Margin

    • 23.2 Case Studies

    • 23.3 Handling in a Corner

    • 23.4 Kinematics of Cornering Vehicles I

    • Video 11.2. (E) - Kinematics of Cornering Vehicles

    • 23.5 Kinematics of Cornering Vehicles II

    • 23.6 Directional Stability and Critical Speed

    • Video 11.3. (E) - Vehicle Dynamics

    • 23.7 Factors Affecting Vehicle Handling

    • Quiz 23 - Lesson 23

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    Module 11 Suspensions, Ride & Human Response to Vibration (3 hrs)

    • Module 11 Reading List

    • Module 11 - Transcript

    • Audio Lesson 24

    • 24.0 Suspensions - Introduction and Scope

    • 24.1 Suspension Requirements

    • Video 12.1. (E) - Springs and Shock Absorbers

    • 24.2 Springs and Shock Absorbers

    • Video 12.2. (E) - Suspension Systems Introduction

    • 24.3 Tracked Vehicle Suspensions

    • 24.4 Wheeled Vehicle Suspensions I

    • Video 12.3. (E) - Independent Suspensions

    • 24.5 Wheeled Vehicle Suspensions II

    • 24.6 Future Developments

    • Quiz 24 - Lesson 24

    • Audio Lesson 25

    • 25.1 Ride & Vibration - Introduction and Scope

    • 25.2 Ride Concepts and Vibration

    • Video 12.4. (E) - Ride Basics

    • 25.3 Road Roughness and Power Spectral Density.pdf

    • 25.4 Types of Vehicle Vibration

    • 25.5 Vehicle Dynamic Response

    • 25.6 Free Vibrations and Natural Frequency

    • 25.7 Damped Vibration and Shock Absorbers

    • Video 12.5. (E) - Damped Vibration

    • Quiz 25 - Lesson 25

    • Audio Lesson 26

    • 26.1. Tracked Vehicle Ride

    • 26.2 Resonance and Sprung Mass Acceleration

    • Video 12.6. (E) - Resonance Effects

    • 26.3 Quarter Car Model, Ride Rate and Motion Equations

    • Video 12.7. (E) - Dynamic Response

    • 26.4 Vibration Analysis and Vibration Isolation

    • 26.5 Pitch, Bounce and Wheelbase Filtering

    • 26.6 Centres of Oscillation

    • 26.7 Human Response to Vibration

    • 26.8. ISO Standards - Human Exposure to Whole-body Vibration

    • Quiz 26 - Lesson 26

  • 16

    Module 12 Vehicle Mobility & Terramechanics (4 hrs)

    • Module 12 Reading List

    • Module 12 - Transcript

    • Audio Lesson 27

    • 27.0 Vehicle Mobility-Introduction and Scope

    • 27.1 Mobility Categories and Soil Properties

    • 27.2 Traction and Drawbar Pull

    • 27.3 Ground Pressure Relationships

    • 27.4 Vehicle Cone Index and Vehicle Limiting Cone Index

    • 27.5 NATO Reference Mobility Model

    • 27.6 Work by Wong

    • Video 13.1. (E) - Reconfigurable Wheel-Track (Darpa)

    • 27.7 Tyres vs Tracks and Tracked Vehicle Design Principles.pdf

    • Quiz 27 - Lesson 27

    • Audio Lesson 28

    • 28.1 Terramechanics-Introduction and Scope

    • 28.2 Soil Properties

    • Video 13.2. (E) - The Particulate Nature of Soil

    • 28.3 Soil Strength

    • Video 13.3. (E) - Shear Strength of Soil

    • Video 13.4. (E) - Effect of Particle Size and Strength on Soil Strength

    • 28.4 Calculating Traction Forces and Slip

    • 28.5 Micklethwait’s Equation

    • 28.6 Factors Effecting Drawbar Pull

    • Quiz 28 - Lesson 28

    • Audio Lesson 29

    • 29.1 Calculating Soil Resistance Force

    • 29.2 Parametric Methods

    • Video 13.5. (E) - Simulation of Terramechanics

    • 29.3 Empirical Methods – Nominal Ground Pressure

    • 29.4. Empirical Methods – Mean Maximum Pressure

    • 29.5 Mean Maximum Pressure in Practice

    • Quiz 29 - Lesson 29

    • Audio Lesson 30

    • 30.1 Cone Index and Remoulding Index

    • 30.2 Vehicle Cone Index

    • 30.3 Estimating Vehicle Cone Index

    • 30.4. Vehicle Limiting Cone Index

    • 30.5. Mobility Numerics.pdf

    • 30.6 Mobility Numerics – Performance Equation

    • Quiz 30 - Lesson 30

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