In this interactive 3 month LIVE ONLINE course, you will learn how to:
- Apply basic mechanical engineering concepts such as force, work, power, moments and torque
- 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.
This course provides a solid overview of the principles of mechanical engineering to those who haven't worked in engineering or have only been peripherally involved.
This is a lighter less technical version of the more detailed alternative course "Professional Certificate of Competency in Mechanical Engineering".
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 analysing vibrations and in conducting fault diagnoses in mechanical systems.
The field of maintenance has evolved into a separate and highly specialised 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 program into perspective.
MODULE 1: Mechanical Engineering Basics
Introduction and basic concepts
Units for engineering quantities
Interpretation of mechanical drawings
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 materials
MODULE 3: Mechanical Design
Factor of safety
MODULE 4: Gears and Bearings
MODULE 5: Mechanical Drives
Belt and chain drives
Torque converters and fluid couplings
MODULE 6: Prime Movers
What is a prime mover?
Internal combustion engines
Hydraulic and air motors
MODULE 7: Fluid Engineering
Piping, selection and sizing
Pumps and valves
Symbols and diagrams
Seals, fittings, flanges gaskets and O-rings
MODULE 8: Theory of Heat Transfer
Laws of thermodynamics
MODULE 9: Mechanical Vibrations
Amplitude, phase and frequency
Multiple degree of freedom system
MODULE 10: Manufacturing and Production Systems
Cast making and metal melting
Die and precision casting
Hot and cold working of metal
Basics of welding
MODULE 11: Maintenance
Breakdown, preventive and predictive maintenance
Factors influencing equipment downtime
MODULE 12: Mechanical Engineering Codes and Standards
Overview of standards
Learning and Teaching
Benefits of Online Learning to Students
- Cost effective: no travel or accommodation necessary
- Interactive: live, interactive sessions let you communicate with your instructor and fellow students
- Flexible: short interactive sessions over the Internet which you can attend from your home or office. Learn while you earn!
- Practical: perform exercises by remotely accessing our labs and simulation software
- Expert instructors: instructors have extensive industry experience; they are not just 'academics'
- No geographical limits: learn from any location, all you need is an Internet connection
- Constant support: from your instructor(s) and a dedicated Learning Support Officer for the complete duration of the course
- International insight: interact and network with participants from around the globe and gain valuable insight into international practice
Benefits of Online Learning to Employers
- Lower training costs: no travel or accommodation necessary
- Less downtime: short webinars (60-90 minutes) and flexible training methods means less time away from work
- Retain employees: keep staff who may be considering a qualification as full time study
- Increase efficiency: improve your engineering or technical employees’ skills and knowledge
- International insight: students will have access to internationally based professional instructors and students
How Does it Work?
EIT Online Learning courses involve a combination of live, interactive sessions over the Internet with a professional instructor, set readings, and assignments. The courses include simulation software and remote laboratory applications to let you put theory to practice, and provide you with constant support from a dedicated Learning Support Officer.
Practical Exercises and Remote Laboratories
As part of the groundbreaking new way of teaching, our online engineering courses use a series of remote laboratories (labs) and simulation software, to facilitate your learning and to test the knowledge you gain during your course. These involve complete working labs set up at various locations of the world into which you will be able to log to and proceed through the various practical sessions.
These will be supplemented by simulation software, running either remotely or on your computer, to ensure you gain the requisite hands-on experience. No one can learn much solely from lectures, the labs and simulation software are designed to increase the absorption of the materials and to give you a practical orientation of the learning experience. All this will give you a solid, practical exposure to the key principles covered and will ensure that you obtain maximum benefit from your course.
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