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Mechanical Engineering Fundamentals for Non-Mechanical Engineers

8 Professional Development Hours

Learning Objectives and Take-Aways

  1. Understand the principles and concepts associated with mechanical energy, work, torque, power – and the inter-conversion between these entities in the engineering realm. 
  1. Get familiarized with methods and strategies utilized by mechanical engineers for analysing forces and moments in beams and truss systems - in static equilibrium.
  1. Understand how to perform stress, strain, toughness and ductility analyses on engineering materials.
  1. Get familiarized with – or get refreshed on – basics of dynamics; kinematics and kinetics, in linear and angular motion domains.
  1. Learn about strengths, thermal and alloying characteristics of materials.
  1. Comprehend and learn to apply hydrostatics and hydrodynamics principles, laws and equations for analyses of fluid systems.
  1. Gain an introduction to – or get refreshed on – the four stages/phases of refrigeration cycle, illustrated and supported by DuPont R-134a refrigerant pressure-enthalpy case study.
  1. Get introduced to some of the basic instruments utilized by mechanical engineers.

Course description

This course is and abridged version of the 2-Day Mechanical Engineering Principles and Practice for Non-Mechanical Engineers Course. This course caters, mainly, to Engineers, Technicians and Facilities Managers who are not intimately familiar with Mechanical Engineering Principles and Practices. Through this course, attendees are expected to learn basic principles of mechanical engineering in a simple, easy to understand, format. This course will enable attendees to accomplish straightforward and common calculations associated mechanical engineering concepts such as statics, kinetics, kinematics, materials, mechanics of materials, fluid mechanics, hydraulic machines, thermodynamics, refrigeration cycle, financial evaluation and decision making associated with typical engineering projects. Most concepts are presented in basic and easy to understand terms. Mechanical engineering concepts are illustrated by practical numerical problems and case studies. Past experience has shown that even professionals without engineering education can take away a commensurate amount of engineering knowledge from “cross-discipline” skill building seminars, such as this one.

Course Outline:

  • Mechanical engineeringsystem of units - Imperial (US) and Metric (SI) Systems.
  • Basic mechanical engineering concepts, associated formulas and units
  • Dynamics – Kinematics: The kinematics topic provides an introduction to concepts, laws and analytical techniques pertinent to motion in the absence of unbalanced forces.
  • Dynamics – Kinetics: The kinetics topic introduces the attendees to concepts, laws and problem analysis techniques associated with bodies or objects in motion, when motion is influenced by unbalanced forces.
  • Materials and Mechanics of Materials: This topic covers concepts such as stress, strain, strengths of materials, alloy phase diagrams, phase equilibrium liquid-solid diagrams.
  • Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Machines: This topic includes fluid statics, hydrodynamics and hydraulic machines.
  • Thermodynamics: In this segment, the attendee is introduced to some fundamental, yet practical, thermodynamic concepts, principles, laws, problem solving techniques.
  • Refrigeration Cycle: Basic refrigeration cycle model is covered, coupled with brief explanation of thermodynamic processes associated with each segment of the refrigeration cycle.
  • Engineering Economics and Financial Analysis of Engineering Projects: This topic is intended to provide engineer and non-engineer attendees with a brief introduction to basic, yet practical, methods for performing simple, financial evaluations of capital projects.

Who Should Attend?

  • Licensed Professional Engineers, who need to meet the annual or biennial license renewal PDH (Professional Development Hour) or CEU (Continuing Education Units) requirements.
  • Engineersand Architects who do not possess current working knowledge of mechanical engineering and are interested in broadening their engineering knowledge base through basic cross-training.
  • Facility Managers, Maintenance Engineers, Maintenance Managers, Engineering Managers, Program/Project Managers and other professionals in leadership role who sense a lack of current and adequate mechanical engineering knowledge to hold meaningful technical discussions and to make informed decisions when interacting with their mechanical engineering direct reports or colleagues.
  • Non-engineers, including technical writers responsible for developing operations and maintenance manuals for mechanical, civil and HVAC systems
  • Procurement/purchasing professionals who are responsible for acquisition of mechanical, civil and HVAC systems
  • Candidates aspiring to take the FE or PE exams.
  • Energy Managers and Construction Managers,
  • Patent attorneys and attorneys who specialize in construction, workplace safety and workmanship litigation cases.
  • Other professionals whose annual PLP, Performance and Learning Program, includes engineering/technical courses/seminars/workshops.
Course Rating
3.9 out of 5

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This course is currently scheduled on the following date. Click to learn even more details about this offering.

Online, 11/1/2023


Almost all of EPIC's courses offer :

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

These course credits will help attendees earn training requirements for their associations or provincial governing bodies.

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