One of the main functions of an engineer is to solve problems, many of
which require the use of mathematical formulae and equations. This lecture is
designed to provide learners with the skills and knowledge to solve such
problems. Many of the scientific principles and concepts such as Ohm's Law and
Newton's Laws of motion can all be expressed in the form of an algebraic
equation such as V = IR and F = ma.
The course will help learners to work with equations and manipulate them when required.
It will provide understanding of how to draw graphs and then use them to solve
linear and nonlinear problems.
Mensuration is another important tool, with engineers often required to
determine areas of regular and compound shapes together with volumes of regular
and compound solid bodies, for instance, when evaluating costs and quantities
of material needed for articular projects. Finally, trigonometry is covered in
the course, another powerful problem-solving tool for the engineer used to
solve problems such as the resolution of forces.
Engineering technicians need to be able to identify the materials that
are specified on engineering drawings, production plans and servicing
schedules. It is essential to select the correct material if a product or a
replaced component is to be fit for its intended purpose.
This unit will give learners an understanding of a range of common
materials encountered in engineering, their properties, uses and availability.
Learners will be expected to identify a range of ferrous, non-ferrous and
non-metallic materials and know about the form in which they are obtained.
Learners will also need to understand the properties that make individual
materials suitable for particular tasks.
The aim of this lecture is to deal with the essential working
practices of engineering to ensure that learners appreciate potential hazards.
This way, learners can enjoy all the challenges that an engineering profession
can offer without undue fear for their own safety or for that of others.
course starts by considering how materials and equipment should be handled and
the most appropriate personal protective equipment to use when undertaking
particular engineering activities. Learners will examine the hazards and risks
associated with an engineering activity including the working environment, the
use of tools and equipment and working with materials and substances that may
cause harm. A key focus of the lecture is learners acquiring an awareness of
the dangers of not working within appropriate legislation and procedures. The
course will take learners through typical incidents that they may have to deal
with at some point in their career.