Intro to Mechanical Design (MEAM 1010 / MEAM 101) - Elective

MEAM 101

Learn about the fundamentals of Mechanical Design!

This hands-on, project-based course covers the fundamentals of the modern mechanical design process, from needfinding and brainstorming to the basics of computerized manufacturing and rapid prototyping. Topics include: product definition (needfinding, observation, sketching, and brainstorming); computer-aided design (part creation, assemblies, and animation using SolidWorks); fundamental engineering design practices (material selection, dimensioning, tolerances, etc.); basic computer simulation and analysis; and rapid prototyping (laser cutter, 3-D fused-deposition modeling, and an introduction to computer-controlled machining).

Student Comments:

  • “Great class, the projects are fun and interesting, and valuable skills are learned, especially in SolidWorks. Great for any engineering major, not just MEAM.”
  • “Since this course was based primarily on the learning and use of SolidWorks, I felt that I was truly learning something that would be useful to me in the future.”

Note: Seniors are not permitted to register for this course. We encourage students to take this course early in their academic careers.


Please note: Due to NGSS changes to course numbering in March 2022, this page has been updated to reflect the new 4-digit course numbers.