The engineering process is made up of a set of structured steps that engineers go through to design and build products. There are numerous models of the engineering process with many or fewer steps, but most of them follow the same sequence. In this article, we will examine a 9-step engineering design process that engineers employ to solve specific issues.

The first step in the engineering design process is the definition of the issue. This is a crucial step as failing to accurately and precisely define the issue could result in delays later on in the design cycle. Sometimes the solution to a particular issue will naturally appear in this phase. When students were asked to come up with solutions to attach their lunch hooks at school to the bottoms of their desks They came up with a simple hook.

In the next step, requirements analysis is conducted to identify the specifics of the customer’s requirements and resources available. This helps you make a concrete set of project requirements and limitations. For instance, if a customer wants their new product to hold 20 pounds an engineer will estimate how much weight the system is able to support and what size the hook should be so that it will hold all of the students’ full lunches.

The next phase, referred to as design planning or design synthesis, is where details are established and the design for the final product is developed. This includes the creation of connections, outputs, and inputs of the various modules that form the overall system. Tools used during this phase include Gantt and Pert charts and spreadsheets for loading resources, drawings, sketches and proof-of-concept models.