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MECH1560: Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

Objectives: a) To develop an understanding of the role of Mechanical Engineers and the core concepts within the discipline. b) To understand the content of the degree structure and how the subjects are applied. c) To develop an understanding of a range of machining and manufacturing processes required to make mechanical components. Introductory Mechanical Engineering (60%): The subject introduces the core mechanical engineering concepts of design and mechanisms, intelligent systems, applied materials and fluid machinery. An overview is provided of the range of roles and the skills and knowledge required of a Mechanical Engineer. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between the subjects in the degree program and how they are applied by practicing engineers. Manufacturing Technology (40%): An overview of a range of processes related to the design and manufacture of aerospace components is provided through hands-on experience. Manufacturing Technology practical work is undertaken in: (a) Hand tools, Machining, and Welding - an introduction to basic manufacturing processes used to fabricate mechanical engineering hardware. Safety requirements: All students are required to provide their own personal protective equipment (PPE) and comply with the workshop safety rules provided in class. Students who fail to do this will not be permitted to enter the workshops. In particular, approved industrial footwear must be worn, and long hair must be protected by a hair net. Safety glasses must be worn at all times. (b) Solid Modelling - the use of computer aided design (CAD) tools to model geometry and create engineering drawings of engineering components. (c) Microcontrollers - ubiquitous in modern engineered products - will be introduced through experiential learning with development kits.

Code MECH1560
Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
AERO1560 or MTRX1701 or ENGG1800 or CIVL1900 or CHNG1108 or AMME1960 or BMET1960 or ENGG1960 or ELEC1004

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Enhance oral communication skills by presenting in front of a group
  • LO2. Understand some of the fundamentals of machinery and equipment common to mechanical engineering by researching some common machines and machine components
  • LO3. Apply some introductory analysis techniques and problem solving methods by using basic statics, dynamics, and thermodynamics to analyse, size and design very simple machines
  • LO4. Develop basic skills in the use of manufacturing processes
  • LO5. Understand how a range of machining and manufacturing processes are used to make mechanical components and to have hands-on experience with some of them.
  • LO6. Obtain a broad knowledge of the types of sub-disciplines within mechanical engineering
  • LO7. Understand the role of a graduate mechanical engineer
  • LO8. Develop a high-level understanding of the course content and curriculum within the mechanical engineering degree