Application of Systematic Engineering Synthesis and Design Processes

Posted by cdrsample on January 18th, 2016

Last week, we finished the second element of the second part of the Professional Engineer Summary Statement document that is mainly focused on the application of the applicant’s engineering ability. Today we take a look in the third element of competency entitled: “2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.”

This is a central part of the Summary Statement document as it concerns an important aspect of ones engineering ability, which is the skillset that underlies the engineering design. For the design of a new system, an Engineer has to combine a wide spectrum of specialized knowledge and skills, and take into account a rich set of affecting factors and elements that play a role in the design.

In this element, applicants must showcase the ability to define the project requirements, identify the various factors involved, categorize them properly, and finally combine them successfully in the context of a system’s design. In this tutorial, we take a look at the first two of the four in total indicators of attainment of this element.

a.) Proficiently applies technical knowledge and open ended problem solving skills as well as appropriate tools and resources to design components, elements, systems, plant, facilities and/or processes to satisfy user requirements.

Example: I first designed and developed a scaled prototype of the production robot, in order to determine the forces that the arm would be required to endure with great accuracy. I then scaled up this model using an adaptive scaling methodology to develop my final design.

Example: I defined the user requirements after conducting a series of interviews with customers that had purchased and used the previous version of the drilling tool. This helped me devise the original design to enhance its most cherished properties and in the same time mitigate all of the noted drawbacks.

b.) Addresses broad contextual constraints such as social, cultural, environmental, commercial, legal, political and human factors, as well as health, safety and sustainability imperatives as an integral part of the design process.

Example: Knowing that the product design would be should be in compliance with both the engineering and the legal department requirements, I asked representatives from both to provide the absolute limits as those were set by their studies. This helped me design a product that required little modifications before reaching its final state, dropping the rapid prototyping cost and time greatly.

Example: I designed the new chimney to be in full accordance with the environmental regulations of the country, and also implemented a three-stage filtering system that would lower the rate of heavy metals deposition into the air around the plant.

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