ENGRMAE 188 Engineering Design in Industry (2015-2016)

ENGRMAE 188 Engineering Design in Industry

(Not required for any major. Selected Elective for ME.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRMAE 188 Engineering Design in Industry (Credit Units: 4) Principles of engineering design in the context of an industrial application. Local manufacturing firms define an engineering design project to be completed in 10 weeks. Projects include initial brainstorming to final design, with a formal presentation. May be taken for credit 3 times. Mechanical Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 4)

Required Textbook:
Recommended Textbook:
  • Eppinger, S. and Ulrich, K. Product Design and Development
  • Fundamentals of Engineering Supplied Reference Handbook downloaded from website: http:// www.ncees.org/exams/study_materials/fe_handbook/
Derek Dunn-Rankin
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a, EAC c, EAC d, EAC e, EAC g, EAC k.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs. ME-4 (EAC c)

2. Function on a multi-disciplinary team. (EAC d)

3. Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems particularly to conceptualize objectives and constraints. (EAC e)

4. Identify governing principles. (EAC a)

5. Apply fundamental analytical tools, and predict performance. (EAC a, EAC k)

6. Communicate effectively. (EAC g)

Prerequisites by Topic
Lecture Topics:
  • Project definition. Identify the goal. Accumulate and define the requirements.
  • Define specifications. Refine project concept after iteration with companies and faculty. Develop rough solution possibilities.
  • Background Information gathering.
  • Proposed Solution and Test/Analysis Needs. Design/Prototype. Series of tests and measurements. Refined project definition.
  • Preliminary design review at company site. Presentation discussion with company about the direction for the future. Refine project definition.
  • Follow through design review recommendations.
  • Final exam presentation.
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Depends on each group's project.

Laboratory Projects:
Professional Component

Contributes toward the Engineering Topics and/or Design experience for both Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering majors. Students are engaged in a major design experience coordinated with local industry for the entire quarter.

This one-quarter multi-disciplinary team design effort achieves a project goal posed by an industry sponsor. It is a realistic design problem and represents a professional exercise in contemporary design. Because the problem is posed by industry, the task is open-ended and not defined as a textbook challenge. This means that experiments must be developed, analytical and computational tools exercised, data collected and interpreted, benchmark studies undertaken, constraints identified and engineering problems posed and solved. In addition, a midterm design review and final design presentation require communication skills. The interaction between industry and the university bring issues of professional and ethical responsibilities into focus and demonstrate a relation between engineering and the larger society. Interacting with professional engineers and customers demonstrates the role of continuous learning in engineering practice. All of the projects will require that basic science and engineering skills be applied to a realistic problem.

Design Content Description

Each student is expected to spend at least 12 hours per week earning the four units awarded by this course. Of these 12 hours, 4 are to be spent at the company site or interacting with company representatives and 4 more hours are to be spent during the working hours of 8-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, in order to ensure adequate contact with vendors and other working professionals. The final 4 hours includes the 1 hour formal class time, and 3 flexible hours. Students are required to schedule meetings for faculty assistance whenever called for by the timely execution of their projects.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Attendance and Participation at weekly project reviews: 10%
  • Performance on weekly tasks assigned: 30%
  • Midterm review performance: 20%
  • Final Presentation: 20%
  • Company interaction: 15%
  • Group interaction: 5%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 4.0 credit units

August 6, 2014
Senate Approved:
April 30, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr