The 9 Step Engineering Process

The engineering process is a set of steps that engineers must follow to design and build products. There are many models of the process of engineering that include fewer or more steps, however, most follow the same pattern. In this article, we’ll look at a 9-step engineering design process that engineers use to solve specific issues.

The first step in the process of engineering design is to define the problem. This is a crucial step as failing to fully and precisely define the issue can stall projects later in the design cycle. Most often, the solution to a particular problem will naturally arise during this step. For instance when students were asked to come up with a solution to hang their school lunch hooks on the bottom of their desks they came up with a simple method of attaching a hook onto the bottom of the desk.

In the next step, the analysis of requirements is performed to identify the specifics of the client’s requirements and the resources available. This will enable you to create a concrete list of project requirements and constraints. For example If a client requires their new product to hold 20 pounds an engineer will estimate the amount of weight the system is able to support and what size the hook should be to ensure that it can accommodate all of the students’ full lunches.

The next phase is design synthesis, or design planning. This is where the specifics are determined and a complete design of the product is developed. This includes establishing the interconnections, outputs and inputs of the different modules that comprise the overall system. This stage includes Gantt and Pert chart, resource loading spreadsheets and drawings, sketches, and proof-of concept models.

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