Workshop on Mechanical Engineering for Non-Mechanical Engineers

Program Overview:

This course provides non-mechanical engineers and other professionals with an introduction to the core subject areas of mechanical engineering. Engineering as a profession is becoming increasingly multi-disciplinary and is also combining with other professions. People can find themselves working with mechanical engineers, without understanding the technical language or the key engineering principles.

This course focuses on traditional mechanical engineering subject areas. It covers design, statics (stationary objects), dynamics (things that move), fluids (gases and liquids), and other general subjects. The theory covers the terminology and the basic laws that underpin each topic. A better understanding of the precise use of terms can help improve communication with mechanical engineers, and participation in mechanical engineering projects. For example, we discuss the difference between ‘gauge’ and ‘absolute’ pressure, and why that matters.

This course covers a broad range of mechanical engineering subjects. The subjects are explained with examples of engineering applications, with a range of exercises to enhance understanding and support learning. Comprehensive references are provided for participants who would like to further their learning on any specific topic in further detail.

For Whom:

This course is designed for professionals who work alongside mechanical engineers or in organizations where mechanical engineering is an important part of their business. It is also beneficial for those who wish to broaden their knowledge base and gain a practical insight into the subject.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

■   Explain the main subject areas of mechanical engineering

■   Recognize the key terminology and the fundamental laws

■   Clarify communications with mechanical engineers

■   Analyze engineering problems better

■   Participate more effectively in mechanical engineering projects

Course Outline:

Day 1: Design

■    Mechanical engineering design

■    Standards

■    Technical drawing

■    Orthographic projections

■    Tolerance

■    Fits

■    Mechanical Components

■    Computer-Aided Design (CAD)

Day 2: Statics

■    Properties of engineering materials

■    Solid Mechanics

■    Forces

■    Newton’s Laws of Motion

■    Equilibrium

■    Stress

■    Strength

■    Strain

Day 3: Dynamics

■    Types of motion

■     Energy

■    Friction

■    Lubrication

■    Bearings

■     Shafts

■    Fatigue

■    Vibration

Day 4: Fluids

■    Fluid mechanics

■    Gases

■    Perfect gas law

■    Liquids

■    Buoyancy

■    Viscosity

■    Aerodynamics

■    Thermodynamics

Day 5: General Subjects

■    Mathematical approach

■    Units

■    Computer tools

■    Problem-solving

■    Documentation

■    Ethics

■    History of mechanical engineering

■    Professional engineering registration

Training Methodology

Lectures, discussions, exercises, and case studies will be used to reinforce these teaching/learning methods.