The engineering process is the set of structured steps engineers follow in order to design and build products. There are many different versions of engineering processes with fewer or additional steps. However they all follow a common pattern. In this article, we’ll review a 9-step engineering design process that engineers use to tackle specific problems.
The initial step of the engineering design process involves delineating the issue. This is an important step, as a failure to clearly and precisely define the issue can cause delays at a later stage in the design process. Most often, the solution to a specific issue will naturally appear at this point. When students were asked to come up with a solution to attach their school lunch hooks to the desks’ bottoms They came up with an easy hook.
In the next step, the requirements analysis is performed to identify the specifics of the customer’s requirements and the resources available. This will help you develop a clear set of project requirements and limitations. If a customer requires an item that can support 20 pounds of weight the engineer will determine the maximum capacity of the system and the size of the hook to ensure it can hold all the lunches for all students.
The next stage, also known as design the synthesis or design planning, is when the details are defined and the design for the final product is developed. This is the process of setting the inputs and outputs of the various modules that make up the system, as well as their interconnections. Tools used in this phase include Gantt and Pert charts, resource loading spreadsheets sketchbooks, drawings, and prototype models.