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Introduction to mechanical engineering

This two-day course is designed to provide non-engineers with an introduction to the profession, its history, professional regulations and some of the main subject areas of mechanical engineering.

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This two-day course is designed to provide non-engineers with an introduction to the profession, its history, professional regulations and some of the main subject areas of mechanical engineering.

The technical focus of this course is predominantly on the topics covered within a first year Mechanical Engineering degree course and aims to develop core mechanical knowledge. It is intended as an overview for non-technical personnel who work alongside mechanical engineers and does not include any complicated mathematics or equations.

It is an effective and valuable contribution to understanding mechanical engineering but in 2 days can only scratch the surface of the subjects, so will give guidance on where to go for more detailed and specialised information.

Who should attend?

This programme is designed for non-engineers wishing to gain a practical insight into the subject. Previous delegates have included those working in sales, human resources and support roles within engineering organisations.

How will I benefit?

After the course you will be able to:

  • Have a clear understanding of the latest capabilities of mechanical engineering.
  • Contribute more effectively to mechanical engineering projects.
  • Communicate more effectively with mechanical engineers. 
  • Understand the key elements of mechanical engineering.
  • Know how the profession came about and developed.
  • Know the different levels of professional engineers and the different skills.
  • Have an overview of the fundamental mechanical sciences - Solid mechanics, dynamics, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics and strength of materials.
  • Have an overview of mechanical engineering design - Process and principles.
  • Have had a go at using a CAD system.
  • Have an overview of control systems theory and feedback.
Contributes 14 CPD hours

This is one of the best courses I have done in a long time. Not being an engineer I was afraid I would be left behind. I was not and found I was also able to contribute in the conversations, but understand the subject matter.

Cheryl Teasdale Office of Rail and Road

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Meet our trainers

These trainers regularly teach Introduction to mechanical engineering.

  • Jean Billingsley

    Jean Billingsley

    Jean has 25 years’ experience in engineering and project management, holding senior management positions at Rolls-Royce and Alstom, most recently as Programme Manager.
  • Penny Taylor

    Penny Taylor CEng FIMechE FWES

    Penny is a Fellow of the Institution and has over 20 years experience in the automotive industry and is an experienced trainer, coach and facilitator.

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