Course at a Glance
Code: CME
Course Length: 3 Months

In this interactive 3 month LIVE ONLINE course, you will learn to:


Course Details


This is an intensive course giving you the essentials of 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 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

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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