Credits: 3


Prerequisite: ENES221; and (ENME392 or STAT400).
Restriction: Must be in Engineering: Mechanical program.
Business aspects of engineering product development. Relationship of design and manufacturing. Product specification. Statistical process control. Design team development. The development process.

Semesters Offered

Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023, Fall 2024, Spring 2024

Learning Objectives

In this course, the student will develop and/or refine the following areas of knowledge:

  • Students will be able to use a systematic product development process in designing a product or system.
  • Students will be able to perform product benchmarking as a product development tool.
  • Students will be able to use statistical tools such as Analysis of variance and multiple comparison procedures to analyze test data.
  • Students will be able to gain competency in Design for Manufacturing and Design for Assembly techniques.
  • Students will be able to use product profit model as a product economic tool.
  • Students will be able to use statistical and worst-case tolerancing schemes as tools in detail design.
  • Students will be able to practice skills in the areas of teamwork, oral presentations, and technical writing.


Topics Covered

  • Steps of a typical product design process
  • Performance benchmarking
  • Product design specification
  • Concept generation, selection, and testing
  • Detail design topics, including behavior of materials under mechanical and thermal loading as is common in most products
  • Material selection, mechanical design of components (as applicable to the tool being examined)
  • Selection of manufacturing process and design for manufacture and assembly, failure modes and effects analysis (in brief)
  • Tolerancing
  • Applications of statistics in product design and testing for development and performance
  • Product economics


Learning Outcomes

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Additional Course Information


This course is the first of the two design courses in the curriculum and is required for all ME students. It provides the students with a fundamental understanding of the product development process and hands-on-experience in theoretical modeling and experimental analysis of product and subsystem performance and manufacturing. The fundamentals of the product design process, the tools, methods, software and strategies involved, are taught through lectures by faculty and industry experts. At the same time the students are dissecting, benchmarking and performance testing a product designed and manufactured by Stanley Black & Decker. Students will continue to study the engineering design and manufacture of the products by focusing (in teams) on a single subsystem to understand the design decisions made to achieve the subsystem and overall product performance and suggest possible changes in the subsystem to improve corporative objectives for the tool. Student teams will present the results of this focused study to peers, faculty, and engineering professionals and prepare and submit a formal technical report.


G. Dieter and L. Schmidt, Engineering Design, 5th Edition, 2012, McGraw-Hill.

Class/Laboratory Schedule 

  • Two 50 minute lectures and one 110 minute lab session per week