Engineering Design Process in the Mechanical Engineering Program at Cal Maritime: An Integrated Approach


The capstone design project has become an integral part of the mechanical engineering (ME) program at Cal Maritime. Students in the program take three courses in sequence starting in the spring semester of their junior year. The first course, Engineering Design Process, introduces the students to the ten tasks involved in the design process. These tasks are introduced and taught in five stages as follows: 1) Problem Definition, 2) Conceptual Design, 3) Preliminary Design, 4) Detailed Design and prototyping, and 5) Communication Design. The details of each task are introduced and discussed. Students implement the first three stages in their second course, Project Design I, and the last two stages in their third course, Project Design II. Successful completion and understanding of these courses are the key to completing the ME program requirements as well as on-time graduation at Cal Maritime.