The 9 Step Engineering Process

The engineering process is a set of steps that engineers use to develop and create products. There are a variety of different models of engineering processes with fewer or more steps. However, they all follow a similar pattern. In this article, we’ll explore a 9-step design process that engineers employ to solve specific issues.

The first step in the process of engineering design is to identify the issue. This is an essential step as failing to fully and clearly define the problem could cause delays later in the design cycle. Most often, the solution to a particular issue will naturally arise in this stage. For instance when students were tasked to think of a way to hold their school lunch hooks on the bottom of their desks they came up with an easy solution of attaching a hook to bottom of the desk.

In the next step, the analysis of requirements is performed to identify the specifics of the customer’s requirements and the resources available. This allows you to make a list of the project’s requirements and limitations. If a client wants something that can hold 20 pounds of weight the engineer will determine the maximum amount of weight the system can hold and the size of the hook to ensure it will be able to hold the entire lunch for all students.

The next phase is design synthesis or design planning. This is where the particulars are established and a detailed design of the product is created. This is the process of establishing the inputs and outputs of the various modules that make up the system, and their interconnections. This phase includes Gantt and Pert chart, resource loading spreadsheets and drawings, sketches, and proof-of concept models.

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