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The image is of a rotory table designed in a previous Introduction to Engineering course. It will later be used to support a robotic arm. The design was first done on paper, then refined on a CAD system. Once the design was completed, parts were fabricated in the department's shop using a CNC milling machine and other shop equipment. Finally, the rotary table was assembled and the electronics prepared.

Course Content

This course introduces the student to the broad field of engineering. The role of the engineer is to design and build "things". These things range from the microscopic sized designs of nanotechnology to monstrous earth-moving equipment and bridges. Whatever the specific design challenge, the principles and techniques have a common thread, based on physical laws and implementation of the scientific method. We will spend our time learning how to use these principles and techniques to solve problems found in real-world situations. We will not only learn how to analyze a problem and go through the steps needed to solve it, but also practice the art of proper documentation, presentation, teamwork and organization of the tasks involved. Some of the steps along the way will include:

Engineering - What do engineers do?

Mathematics - The basic tool of the engineer.

Measurements - Standards, accuracy and repeatability.

Mechanics - The basic concepts of mechanics and machines.

Electricity and Magnetism - Fundamentals and electronics applications.

Computers - Tools for the engineer in design, analysis and fabrication.

Our work will be divided between the classroom and the laboratory and, once the basics have been covered, will in large part project-based. You will work in groups, learning teamwork, communication, reporting and organizational skills as well as problem-solving skills.

Session Notes

Session 1: Introduction to the course, some surveys and a math review/calibration.