MDME: MANUFACTURING, DESIGN, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING 

How the Course is Run


9154 Diploma of Engineering - Technical (Mechanical)
  • 20 units (subjects)
  • 900 nominal hours
  • 1 year full time study (provisional on Maths/background)
  • 2 years part time study
9163 Advanced Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical)
  • 30 units = 20 units from 9154 + 10 advanced units 9163
  • 1400 hours = 900 hours from 9154 + 500 nominal hours advanced 9163
  • Full time 2 years = 1 year 9154 (provisional on Maths/background) + 1 year 9163 
  • Part time 4 years = 2 years part time 9154 + 2 years part time 9163

Foundational Knowledge Bricks

Australian VET courses are built out of units. A unit is what used to be known as a subject. For example:

MEM300012A Apply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing engineering or related environment

These units can be accessed at training.gov.au

Here, we use bricks to build units - particularly in the foundation knowledge areas. The definition of a brick is much more strict than the definition of a unit, in order to avoid overlap, duplication and ambiguity.

 

A LEARNING BRICK IS...

1. Assessible: Usually one assessment per brick.
2. Unique: Overlap is strongly discouraged. (That's the whole point of a brick).
3. Modular: As universal as possible. (Use the same brick in other units of similar level).
4. Useful: It achieves a specific skill, or topic of knowledge.
5. Small: Typically as long as a single lesson or demonstration, similar to a chapter in a book.
6. Targeted: Specific level of depth and rigor based on the course level. Spanning Cert 2, 3, Diploma etc should not be possible.

Unit Clusters, Streams and Projects

Most classes are run as a cluster of units, where a selected group of units are combined to facilitate project work and simulated engineering activities. This promotes auxiliary engineering activites that are easily missed in the didactic lecture/exam approach - things like working in teams, procuring, planning a project, selling ideas, presenting solutions...

Each class cluster is focussed on one of two main streams - Design or Automation. The Design stream includes the traditional mechanical engineering physical science, materials and CAD. Automation covers basic electronics, control programming and microprocessor projects.

Students meet several projects during their course. In their first year (Diploma) the CAD cluster and Automation cluster are both harnessed for the Robot Maze project. Later, some class projects are run in Diploma or Advanced Diploma. The grand finale is the Mechatronics Project where students bring their skills together in a year-long project that marries mechanical engineering hardware with control systems. Projects can be individual or in small teams (usually two), with the task defined by students, their workplace or specified by the teacher using college hardware. In 2012 we have a team taking part in the National Instruments Robotics Challenge, the only entry that is not a University.

 

Diploma

CLASS (UNIT CLUSTER)

CLASS OBJECTIVES

EXAMPLE

WORKSHOP

MEM07032B Workshop Mach
MEM05012C Routine MMAW
MEM13002B OHS
MEM18002B Power Tools  

Full time students take extra practical skills in engineering workshop.
(enrichment)

MATHS

MEM30012A Maths
MEM23001A Adv Maths
MEM12025A Graph/Stats

Applied maths with some engineering applications.
F/T group

DESIGN 1

MEM30005A Forces
MEM30004A 3D CAD
MEM30001A CAD
MEM30007A Sel Matls
MEM23061A Test Matls

CAD/Design class. Focus on 3D with CNC. Class harnessed to 1st year robot project outcomes.
Applied CAD + robot mech design + CNC fabrication.

AUTOMATION 1

MEM16006A Comms
MEM30025A Elect Sys
MEM30026A Time Ckts
MEM14082A Apl MTr pri
MEM23003A Prog ctrlers

Control, programming, sensors, electronics. Class harnessed to 1st year robot project outcomes.
Microcontroller + sensors + circuitry + procurement + debugging + contest.

DESIGN 2

MEM30006A Stresses
MEM30009A Contrib Dsgn
MEM23041A BSP-Dyn
MEM23041A BSP-Fluids
MEM23041A BSP-Thermo
MSAENV272B Enviro sus

Mech Eng fundamentals scientific principles.
Strength of Materials + Statics + Dynamics + Fluid Mech + Thermo.

AUTOMATION 2

MEM16008A Intract com
MEM30027A Basic PLC
MEM12025A Graph/Stats
MEM23001A Adv. Maths
MEM23051A Elect ctrl pri
MEM23062A Sel MTr Matl

Control, programming sensors, electronics.

Class targets industrial control programming + PLCs.

Advanced Maths (P/T students)

 

Advanced Diploma (Continued from above)

CLASS (UNIT CLUSTER)

CLASS OBJECTIVES

EXAMPLE

DESIGN 3

MEM09151A Comp.model
MEM23081A Apply sci pri ME

Mech Eng design. Iterative design methods. Speadsheet and app-based design tools.
FEA and CAD-based design. Theoretical design projects, class projects.

AUTOMATION 3

MEM22002A Manage Self
MEM23082A App sci pri MTr

Control, programming sensors, electronics. Class prepares for Mechatronics project hardware and control programming.

DESIGN 4

MEM14061A Plan des ME prj
MEM23071A Select apply ME
MEM23091A Apply M Des pri.

Mechatronics project and associated plan, research, documentation team-work, procurement fabrication, debugging, presentation.

National Instruments Robotics Challenge.

AUTOMATION 4

MEM22001A Perf eng activ
MEM14062A Plan/des MTr prj
MEM22004A Manage eng Proj

Mechatronics project and associated plan, research, documentation team-work, procurement, fabrication, debugging, presentation.

Example: (2011 student excellence award) Segway clone


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