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Industrial Design Projects (ME 229 and ME 495)
Two of the most important components of our department’s program are ME 229 and ME 495. These project-based courses complement the other core and elective design courses that are taken throughout the program. Lectures on a number of topics of importance to the design process, including project management, sustainability, safety, patents and standards are also given during ME 229 and ME 495. A measure of the value we place on design is that all faculty members serve as an advisor for at least one group in the ME 495 course, which gives students access to the wide range of expertise in our department.
ME 229 is a three credit second year design course. Teams of four students solve one of four design problems that have been supplied by a sponsor. The students produce a technical report and make a presentation to their peers, the project sponsors, faculty members, an industrial engineer and communication specialists from the Graham Centre. Along with completing their design projects, students also learn AutoCAD®.
ME 495 is the department’s six credit capstone design course. Teams of three students work to solve a practical engineering problem supplied by an industrial sponsor.
Students spend the fall term and part of the winter term evaluating design alternatives, developing and analyzing a final design, and preparing a technical report (about 50 pages) and a final presentation. In addition to developing detailed drawings and specifications, many teams also build a prototype of their final design.
Benefits For Industrial Sponsors:
The Department of Mechanical Engineering would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for sponsoring design projects in 2007-08 and 2008-09: Sponsors List.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering would also like to thank Shell Canada Limited for their financial support of ME 495, which has been used to support two engineers-in-residence (Ken Coutu and Rick Retzlaff), design group expenses and the final presentation event.