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Advanced Diploma of Biomedical-Engineering


Develop your skills and knowledge in the latest technologies in biomedical engineering

Professional Certificate of Competency in Mechanical Engineering


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand basic mechanical engineering concepts such as force, work, power, moments and torques
  • Identify the various balanced and unbalanced forces and loads in a system
  • Determine the importance of common engineering material properties in relation to component life and failure
  • Perform basic design for static strength
  • Apply the theory and principles governing the operation of common mechanical drive components
  • Select appropriate gears and bearings
  • Understand the underlying principles governing the operation of common mechanical prime movers and actuators
  • Distinguish between the various heat transfer mechanisms and understand the principles governing the design of heat-exchangers
  • Perform simple design and selection of piping systems and related components
  • Monitor, control and analyse vibrations
  • Select the appropriate manufacturing system and understand the principles of design for manufacturing
  • Initiate and set up an effective but simple inspection and maintenance program (including lubrication)
  • Appreciate the need for standardisation and understand the common applicable mechanical standards and codes 

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This is an intensive course giving you the essentials of mechanical engineering. It is aimed at those with an engineering background.

Mechanical engineering in simple terms deals with any equipment that moves; this is what makes it perhaps the most broad and diverse of engineering disciplines. The mechanical discipline essentially derives its breadth from the need to design and manufacture everything from small, even nano, individual devices, such as measuring instruments, to large systems such as machine tools and power plants. Easy installation and serviceability are critical to the success of a mechanical system as is operational and design flexibility. Understanding parameters governing the selection and design of mechanical systems is essential for identifying suitable systems for a particular application.

In order to place all these issues in context, a good working knowledge of mechanical principles combined with a solid understanding of key concepts such as force, energy and heat is important. Mechanical power transmission is discussed from the point of view of gears, couplings and bearings. Proper selection and sizing of these critical mechanical components is vital to ensuring optimum performance and improved efficiency of a mechanical system. Recently, fluid engineering has undergone significant change and therefore a detailed overview of the underlying principles of fluid power and its applications is vital. The theory behind heat transfer, the various heat transfer mechanisms and the design of heat exchangers is also examined.

Any study of mechanical systems would be incomplete without including a review of mechanical vibrations. This will help you in monitoring, controlling and analyzing vibrations and in conducting fault diagnoses in mechanical systems. The field of maintenance has evolved into a separate and highly specialized function. An effective maintenance regime helps identify failure symptoms and enables initiation of corrective measures, for preventing unscheduled and sometimes catastrophic failures. Lastly, a discussion on the numerous standards, codes and regulations governing mechanical systems, helps put the whole course into perspective.

Course Outline

MODULE 1: Mechanical Engineering Basics

Introduction and basic concepts
Units for engineering quantities
Interpretation of mechanical drawings
Friction - importance in mechanical systems, types, static and dynamic friction coefficients

MODULE 2: Engineering Materials

Stress - strain relationship
Properties of engineering materials: strength, hardness, ductility and toughness
Thermal processing of metals and how it affects their properties
Ferrous and non-ferrous alloys
Common failure of modes of materials: Fracture, fatigue, creep and corrosion

MODULE 3: Mechanical Design

Basic principles
Factor of safety
Static equilibrium
Design for static strength
Threaded fasteners
Keys and keyways
Riveted joints
Design for fatigue strength

MODULE 4: Gears and Bearings

Gears: Terminologies, types, ratios and gear trains
Gear selection and gearboxes
Troubleshooting gear problems
Bearings: Loads, types, selection and troubleshooting
Installation guidelines

MODULE 5: Mechanical Drives

Belt and chain drives
Mechanical couplings
Hydrostatic drives
Hydrodynamic drives
Torque converters and fluid couplings
Clutches: Types, performance and selection
Brakes: Types, performance and selection

MODULE 6: Prime Movers

What is a prime mover?
Internal combustion engines
Electric motors
Hydraulic and air motors
Gas turbines
Mechanical variable speed drives
Hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders
Comparative merits/demerits of different prime movers
Primer mover selection criteria, applications

MODULE 7: Fluid Engineering

Concepts: Viscous flow and Reynolds number
Piping, selection and sizing
Pumps and valves: Types and applications
Fluid engineering symbols and diagrams
Analysis of piping systems
Seals, fittings, flanges gaskets and O-rings
Mechanical seals: Types, selection and maintenance

MODULE 8: Theory of Heat Transfer

Laws of thermodynamics
Thermal cycles
Heat exchangers: Types, maintenance and troubleshooting
Heat pumps
Air conditioning
Heat: Conduction, convection and radiation

MODULE 9: Mechanical Vibrations

Single degree of freedom system
Terminologies: Amplitude, phase and frequency
Natural frequency of vibration
Multiple degree of freedom system
Vibration measurement: sensors, analysers and interpretation
Use of vibration as a condition monitoring tool
Troubleshooting and correcting unwanted Vibrations

MODULE 10: Manufacturing and Production Systems

Metal production - foundry process
Cast making and metal melting
Die and precision casting
Heat treatment (hardening and softening)
Hot and cold working of metal
Numerical control
Machining and metal cutting
Broaching, shaping and sawing
Basics of welding and types of welded joints
Rapid prototyping

MODULE 11: Maintenance

Objectives, reliability and availability
Breakdown, preventive and predictive maintenance
Standard practices and tools
Factors influencing equipment downtime
Hazardous failures
Condition monitoring methods
Non-destructive testing and inspections
Planning and inspection schedules

UNIT 12: Mechanical Engineering Codes and Standards

Need for standardization
Mechanical engineering standards
Overview of standards
Benefits of standardization
ISO 9000/1

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In Company Online Training Solutions

Special class groups can be arranged on request to match your own schedule. If you have a large number of staff who should complete one of our programs, read more about our In Company Online Training HERE and contact us to assist you further.


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Course Fees

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The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) provides distance education to students located almost anywhere in the world – it is one of the very few truly global training institutes. Course fees are paid in a currency that is determined by the student’s location. A full list of fees in a currency appropriate for every country would be complex to navigate and, with today’s exchange rate fluctuations, difficult to maintain. Instead we aim to give you a rapid response regarding fees that is customised to your individual circumstances.

We understand that cost is a major consideration before a student commences study. For a rapid reply to your enquiry regarding courses fees and payment options, please enquire via the below button and we will respond within 1 business day.

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Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) Certificate Course Payment Options

Please contact us with your location for certificate fees in the relevant currency. Certificate fees include all live webinars with a professional instructor, 4 technical manuals (as searchable eBooks), course materials, software, postage, assignments and ongoing support. All you need to participate is an internet connection, computer and headset. We have group discounts available for our 3 month certificates.

Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) Advanced Diploma Course Payment Options

Three payment options are available for the Advanced Diploma courses;


Pay total amount upfront to receive a 5% reduction in fees.


Pay in 6 equal instalments over the duration of the course. First payment at least four weeks before the course starts. Payment dates will be set ahead of time and provided at the start of the course. You would receive the 30 technical reference eBooks in batches over the duration of the course.


Pay in even monthly instalments. First payment at least four weeks before the course starts, then one on the same date every month for the remaining period. This option incurs a 2% administration fee. You would receive the 30 technical reference eBooks in batches over the duration of the course.

Discounts are available for group bookings

For a rapid reply to your enquiry regarding courses fees and payment options, please contact us with your name, email address, course title(s), and location using the form below, and we will respond within 1 business day.

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  1. Advanced Diploma of Mechanical Engineering Technology
  2. Advanced Diploma of Plant Engineering
  3. Advanced Professional Certificate in Applied Industrial Thermodynamic Systems for Power Generation, HVAC, Refrigeration, Aviation
  4. Professional Certificate of Competency in Chemical Engineering and Plant Design
  5. Professional Certificate of Competency in Gas Turbine Engineering
  6. Professional Certificate of Competency in Fundamentals of Process Plant Layout and Piping Design
  7. Professional Certificate of Competency in Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC)
  8. Professional Certificate of Competency in Onshore and Offshore Pipeline Systems


Mechanical Engineering encompasses the conceptualisation, design, manufacture, control and maintenance of machines ranging from a conveyer, space shuttle to nanotechnology based objects. In broad terms, mechanical engineering channels the energy and forces in nature to the service of people. The fields in which mechanical engineering professionals operate are wide - ranging from oil and gas, power generation, water utilities, process plants, mining, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and defence.

A diploma in mechanical engineering is ideal for anyone wanting to get involved in the general engineering (whether design or maintenance) of large plants, especially as a plant engineer. Recently, mechanical engineering has begun to include many new systems in the electronics and control arena such as programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and SCADA as these are critical to the control of mechanical devices.

Students in the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) School of Mechanical Engineering can study an Advanced Diploma of Mechanical Engineering with subjects that include: mechanics, structural engineering, drive systems, rotating equipment, hydraulics, pneumatics, lubrication engineering, HVAC, pumps, compressors, machinery safety, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.

The focus in EIT's School of Mechanical Engineering is in providing students with both deep and broad skills in mechanical engineering technology, focusing on real systems. Whilst there is probably not a shortage of theoretically orientated practitioners in mechanical engineering, there is a need for highly skilled, practically oriented engineers, technologists and technicians, due to the rapidly increasing use of new technologies which are becoming a key component of all modern plants and equipment. Studying our mechanical engineering diploma online means you don't have to take extended periods away from existing work commitments.

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