Thomas J. Armstrong
University of Michigan
College of Engineering

Professor Biographical information: Research
  • Job/task analysis and design
  • Biomechanics, work, gait, climbing, and handtools.
  • Ergonomic and disability
  • Work-related musculoskeletal disorders of upper limb, e.g., fatigue, tendinitis, & carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Selected publications


  • Telephone: (734) 763-3742
  • FAX: (734) 764-3451
  • E-mail:
  • G656 IOE Building, 1205 Beal Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2117
Professional Societies Professional Journals

Information and Tools For Ergonomic Job/task Analsyis & Design::
  1. Basic model for study of human-machine system
  2. Job/task analysis
  3. Asking questions
  4. Text entry time exercise
  5. Reaction time exercise
  6. Time study procedures
  7. Time study web app
  8. Video analysis app
  9. Digitize points in selected image
  10. Body links & reach limits calculator
  11. SketchUp: work layout
  12. AutoCAD: work layout
  13. Strength demands & capacities
  14. Management of localized fatigue
  15. Work energy demands, physical work capacity, and fatigue

Lecture recordings - AutoCAD
  1. Work Station Layout Using AutoCAD
  2. Construct a 2-D model of worker standing at bench
  3. Construct a 2-D model of shop layout with multiple workers standing at benches
  4. Construct a 3-D model of worker standing at bench
  5. Construct a 3-D model of shop layout with multiple workers standing at benches; use subract method to make room.
  6. Construct a 3-D model of shop layout with multiple workers standing at benches
  7. Construct a 3-D model of shop; use polysolid to make room.
  8. Construct a 3-D box or room
  9. Use of viewports to show selected views of 3-D model
  10. Construct a 3-D model of tote pan

U Mich Resources
  1. U of Michigan Human Resources Health and Well-Being
  2. U of M Department of (Campus) Environmental Health
  3. College of Engineering Safety Committee
  4. Michigan Engineering Resources Planning and Management
  5. U of M library
  6. U of M Staff Directory

Ergo Design Resources
  2. NIOSH Ergonomics
  3. DOL OSHA Ergonomics
  4. NIH DOHS Ergonomics: Offices/Labs/Patient Care
  5. NIH DOHS Computer Workstation Ergonomics: Self-Assessment Checklist
  6. NIH DOHS Office Ergonomics: Exercises and Stretches
  7. NIOSH Future of Work Initiative
  8. FDA Medical Device Ergonomics
  9. Job Accommodation Network
  10. National Rehabilitation Information Center
  11. Americans with Disabilities Act
  12. ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities (ADAAG)
  13. World Wide Web consortium, W3C
  14. Van Cott HP, Kinkade RG, editors. Human engineering guide to equipment design. Department of Defense; 1972.
  15. Anthropometric source book. Volume 1: Anthropometry for designers
  16. Anthropometric source book. Volume 2: A handbook of anthropometric data
  17. Anthropometric source book. Volume 3: Annotated bibliography of anthropometry
  18. 2012 Anthropometric survey of U.S. Army personnel: methods and summary statistics
  19. Wagner, D., Birt, J. A., Snyder, M. D., & Duncanson, J. P. (1996). Human factors design guide for acquisition of commercial-off-the-shelf subsystems, non-developmental items, and developmental systems (No. DOT/FAA/CT-96/1).

Health Statistics

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics -- access latest data on musculoskeletal disorders
  2. National Health Survey Statistics

Aviation Resources

  1. FAR PART 61 - Certification: Pilots, Flight Instructors, and Ground Instructors
  2. FAR PART 91 - General Operating and Flight Rules
  3. Aeronautical Information Manual Official Guide to Basic Flight Information and ATC Procedures
  4. FAA Advisory Circulars (ACs) AC Search
  5. NTSB Aviation Accident Database & Synopses
  6. 1800wxbrief
  7. Skyvector: on line aviation charts
  8. FightAware: Real-time Worldwide Flight Traffic
  10. Aviation Safety Reporting System, ASRS