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CHAPTER 3
Introduction to Engineering Design

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Engineering – An Exciting Profession
• Introduction to engineering profession

• Preparing for an engineering career
• Introduction to engineering design
• Engineering communication
• Engineering Ethics

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Outline
In this chapter we will

• Introduce you to the engineering design
process
• Discuss the basic steps that most engineers
follow when designing a product
• Discuss the importance of considering
sustainability in design

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Outline (continued)
• Introduce important design factors such as
 Economic consideration
 Material selection
 Teamwork
 Project scheduling
 Engineering standards and codes
• Present cases studies in civil, mechanical/
electrical engineering
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Objectives
The main objective of this chapter is:

To introduce the steps engineers follow to
successfully design products or provide
services that we use in our everyday lives

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Design Process – Basic Steps
1. Recognizing the need for a product or a service
2. Problem definition and understanding
3. Research and preparation
4. Conceptualization

5. Synthesis
6. Evaluation
7. Optimization

8. Presentation
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Design Process – Basic Steps (continued)
Step 1: Recognizing the need for a product
or a service

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Design Process – Basic Steps (continued)
Step 2: Problem definition and understanding

• This is the most important step in any design
process
• Before you move on to the next step
 Make sure you understand the problem
 Make...