MECT06010 2013 Design and Engineering Technology

General Details

Full Title
Design and Engineering Technology
Transcript Title
Design and ET
75 %
Subject Area
MECT - Mechatronics
MENG - Mech. and Electronic Eng.
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Michael Moffatt
Programme Membership
SG_EMTRN_C06 201500 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechatronics SG_EMTRN_C06 201500 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechatronics SG_EGENE_X07 201700 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in General SG_EGENE_X06 201700 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Engineering in General SG_EMECH_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Engineering in Mechatronics

The overall aim of this module is to enhance students’ knowledge of the design process and to introduce them to engineering workshop techniques and safe manufacturing practice.

This module will equip students with the foundation skills needed to produce 3D CAD models and 2D detail and assemblies drawings of parts and products, typically encountered in the mechanical engineering/mechatronics sector of manufacturing industry. The module will also introduce students to the technologies encountered in manufacturing, the machine tools and equipment used in engineering workshops and will equip students with basic practical skills in workshop technology.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe the design process, employ recognised design techniques and appreciate the role of the mechanical designer.


Produce freehand schematic, orthographic and pictorial sketches of engineering parts and products.


Use a solid modelling CAD system to create 3D models of parts and assemblies and to produce detail and assembly drawings of engineering parts, products and devices, in an efficient and conventional manner.


Read and interpret engineering drawings and produce drawings which conform to ISO standards.


Describe common machining processes employed in manufacturing, such as turning, milling, grinding, electro-discharge machining, laser and plasma cutting.


Use standard machine tools, workshop equipment and metal joining processes to undertake basic practical manufacturing tasks.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

In addition to the normal CAD and Engineering Technology lectures and practicals, Engineers working in design and manufacutre in industry will be invited as guest lecturers and site visits will be arranged, where possible.

Module Assessment Strategies

The assessment of CAD will involve the assessment of all assignments undertaken in class, design project activity completed independently and an end of term assessment test.

The assessment of Engineering Technology will involve the assessment of all practical assignments undertaken in the workshop and an end of term written assessment test.

Indicative Syllabus

The Design Process: Stages in the design process, design methods, procedures and tools, design strategies and plan‑of‑action for a particular design project.

Freehand Sketching: Freehand sketching techniques, orthographic, isometric and oblique projection, sketching of pictorial, detail and assembly drawings, sketching of design projects.

Computer Aided Design: Efficient part modelling tools and techniques, use of wizards and toolboxes for creating standard parts, holes and features, introduction to assembly modelling, insertion and arrangement of parts, views, patterns, instances, assembly mates, standard, advanced and mechanical mates, assigning colours, materials, part numbers and descriptive titles.

Engineering Drawing: ISO standards and conventional representation of parts and assemblies, creation of detail drawings, complete shape description, dimensioning implications and feature specification, creation of assembly drawings, sectional assemblies, balloon references, bills of materials ,creation of a complete set of working drawings for an engineering product.

Reading Drawings: Determination of form and geometry, shape description, determination of size and tolerance, size description, specification of manufacturing instructions, items and quantities in engineering assemblies, schematic drawings, electrical diagrams.

Individual Design Project Work: Design brief, design specification, concepts and alternatives, concept sketches, evaluation of alternatives, details drawings, project reports and presentations.

Functional Design: Role of the designer, role design plays in product success, use of standard features, fasteners, parts and materials, design for machinability, manufacturability, assembly and maintenance.

As the focus of the design element of the module is mechanical design, the material covered and examples used will integrate engineering design philosophy, introduce students to common mechanical/mechatronic devices and highlight the approach adopted by designers in industry.

Health and safety in the workshop. Health and safety standards. Approach required for machining and workshop practical activities. Cutting speeds and feeds. Measuring equipment and bench tools. Common machine tool elements and machine principles - power transmissions, motors, bearings, gears, cams, belts, etc.

Machining and manufacturing processes such as; drilling, turning, milling, grinding, spark erosion, laser cutting, plasma cutting, CNC machinng, bending, shearing, soldering, welding, screwing & tapping and bench work.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Assessment of CAD Assignments Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 30 % OnGoing 2,3,4
2 End-of-term Assessment Test - CAD Continuous Assessment Assessment 20 % End of Semester 1,3,4
3 Assessment of Eng Tech Assignments Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 30 % OnGoing 5,6
4 End of Term Assessment Test - Eng Tech Continuous Assessment Assessment 20 % End of Semester 5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Design Projectwork Computer Laboratory Design and CAD 3 Weekly 3.00
Workshop General Engineering Workshop Engineering Technology Practical 2 Weekly 2.00
Lecture Lecture Theatre Engineering Technology Theory 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 6.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Giesecke F.E., et al. Technical Drawing with Engineering Graphics Pearson 2012

Jensen C. et al. Engineering Drawing & Design McGraw Hill 2008

Cross N. Engineering Design Methods Wiley 1994

Planchard D.C. & M.P. Engineering Design with SolidWorks SDC Publications 2012

Black Bruce, J. Workshop processes, practices & Materials Newnes 2004

Chapman W.A.J. Workshop technology Edward Arnold