The engineering process is the sequence of steps that engineers follow to create and construct products. There are a variety of different models of engineering processes, with fewer or more steps. However, they all follow a similar pattern. In this article, we’ll review a 9-step engineering design process that engineers use to solve specific problems.

The first step in the engineering design process involves defining the problem. This is a crucial step, since failing to clearly and precisely define the problem could stall projects at a later point in the design cycle. In many cases, the solution to a problem is discovered at this point. For example, when students were asked to design a method to hold their school lunch hooks onto the bottom of their desks, they came up with a straightforward solution of fixing a hook to the bottom of the desk.

The next step is to perform a requirements analysis in order to identify the specific requirements of customers and the available resources. This will help you come up with a concrete set of project requirements and limitations. For instance, if a customer wants their new product to hold 20 pounds then the engineer will figure out the amount of weight the system will be able to hold and what the hook’s size must be to ensure it will hold all of the students’ full lunches.

The next step, also known as design the synthesis or design planning, is where the specifics are set and the specific design of the final product is designed. This is the process of creating the inputs and outputs of the various modules that make up the system, as well as their interconnections. This phase comprises Gantt and Pert chart, resource loading spreadsheets and drawings, sketches, and proof-of concept models.

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