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Mechanical Engineering for Non-mechanical Engineers

2 Day Training

Dates: 10 – 11 June | 26 – 27 August 2024
Locations: Johannesburg, South Africa
Platform: Available In-Class / Online

Price: Available on request

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Course Introduction

Mechanical Engineering for Non-mechanical Engineers course is designed to meet the needs of individuals of all disciplines and will also benefit those with a mechanical background seeking to refresh their knowledge.


This Mechanical Engineering for Non-mechanical Engineers course provides non-mechanical engineers and other professionals with an introduction to the core subject areas of mechanical engineering. Engineers, technicians, maintainers, and operators who may not have a mechanical background are often given the responsibility for the procurement, installation, operation, and maintenance of mechanical equipment. To be effective, such personnel should have a fundamental understanding of the principles that dictate the design, operation, and maintenance of this mechanical equipment. The course will emphasize practicality and cost effectiveness.

Course Objectives

After attending the Mechanical Engineering for Non-mechanical Engineers training, attendees will be able to:

  • Apply practical knowledge regarding the operation and maintenance of mechanical equipment

  • Add to your ability to achieve a cost-effective approach to the use of mechanical equipment

  • Implement a process to improve equipment reliability

  • Select the most appropriate equipment that meets the specific needs of your industrial processes

  • Have better appreciation of the how forces, on beams in static equilibrium, are analysed, in determinate support scenarios.

  • Calculate forces in members of simple truss systems, using the method of sections and be able to analyse motion of objects in the kinematic and kinetic realms.

Who should attend?

  • Engineers

  • Technicians and Maintenance Personnel

  • Operators

  • Project Champions and Managers

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Training Methodology

Our diverse instructional approaches ensure effective learning:

– Lectures & Presentations: Engage with expert-driven, stimulating content.
– Course Material: Access well-crafted supporting resources.
– Group Work: Collaborate on discussions and case studies for practical insights.
– Workshops & Role-Play: Participate in immersive, scenario-based activities.
– Practical Application: Focus on applying theoretical knowledge in real situations.
– Post-Training Support: Receive extensive support after training for skill implementation.

Training Outline

Part 1: Overview of the Engineering function

The MOST Important factor: The Corporate mandate for success (or failure). The various components identified and explained. Professional registration and adherence to International and National Standards and Regulations. The ‘Certificated’ Engineer.


Part 2: Mechanical Engineering Part I

The Basic Concepts: Force, Work, Energy, Power, Units of engineering quantities, Friction.


Part 3: Mechanical Engineering Part II

Mechanical Drawings, Projections, Dimensions, Assembly Drawings, Welded Joints, Bolt, Nut & Screw Fasteners, G Keys, keyways and keyed assemblies, Tolerance, limits and fits.


Part 4: Mechanical Engineering Part III

The role of CAD and CAM, Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM).


Part 5:   The impact of ‘Smart’ measurement and Sensors

How Mechanical, Electrical and structural disciplines benefit from 21st Century Technology.


Part 6: Engineering Materials

Elasticity, Plasticity, Ductility, Brittleness, Malleability, Toughness, Harness, Wear Resistance, Fatigue Resistance, Corrosion Resistance, Creep Resistance, Porosity, Weld resistance, Alloys, Metal Fracture.


Part 7:  Mechanical Design

General design requirements, Codes & Standards, Safety Factor, Mechanical components: Gears, Pulleys, Couplings etc.


Part 8:  Mechanical Engineering Codes and Standards

Need for standardization, Overview of standards, ISO 9000/1


Part 9: Manufacturing  

Foundry processes, Heat treatment, Hot & Cold Working of Metals, Numerical Control, Sawing, Broaching, Shaping, Welding, etc.


Part 10: Mechanical Automation

Sensors and actuators, Velocity and motion, Temperature, Pressure, Flow, Level Measurement, Pneumatics & Hydraulics, Control Valves, Electrical Drives, Electrical Machines, Gear Motors, Control Systems


Part 11: Fluid Engineering  

Pumps, Compressors, Turbines, Boiler Plant, Thermodynamics


Part 12: Maintenance of Machinery

The need for maintenance, Types of maintenance, Maintenance strategies, Predictive Maintenance and the 2022 Concept of Maintenance


Part 13: Theory of Heat Transfer

Heat Exchangers, Heat Pumps, Airconditioning


Part 14: The latest ‘Smart’ Technology

 The IIOt, Edge Computing, Smart Sensors, Predictive Analytics., The latest Wireless Technology for ‘Smart Plant’ Enhancement


Part 15: Quality Control

How to maximize Return on Investment


Part 16: Open Session & Close-out

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