The Engineering Process

The engineering process is a series of steps that engineers use to develop functional products and processes. It is a process that is highly iterative that can be used to design prototypes and improve upon existing solutions. It is also a great method to improve problem solving skills and create a mindset of « design within constraints ». The engineering design process is very similar to the scientific method, but engineers utilize creativity and design.

Identify the issue

Engineers first have to identify what the project requires to be successful. This involves a lot of thinking about the possibilities and requires the engineer to consider constraints (e.g. available time, materials and tools) while coming up with solutions. This step requires an engineer to analyze the various options by identifying weaknesses and strengths, and deciding on the most effective solution for achieving the objective of the project.

Develop Ideas

Engineers can choose among a range of approaches to create solutions, which range from brainstorming, discussion to 2D CAD modelling and animation. The process of comparing and analyzing the resulting solutions to the specifications of the problem can help determine the best solution.

Once the final design is decided, it’s time to design the prototype. It can be as simple a sketch on the paper or a working prototype built using CAD software. This step allows the engineer to test out the final product and check whether it fulfills all the objectives he has set for it.

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