MEM14085A Apply mechanical engineering analysis techniques

Nominal Hours: 54 | Diploma/Adv Dip: Elective (Group 3) | Competency Based  
Assessment Plan A: (One Semesters: 18 weeks)
Updated July 2014

(18 week schedule)

Task Topic Description and Link to Notes Quiz # Practice
Assess schedule Work Load% Must Pass Book Chap

This unit best to be combined with MEM09011B Engineering Design Concepts

Select something (plant, product, project, system) to assess (mechanical design or assessment of changes).

This can be achieved either by RPL of a prior or current work-related project, or by undertaking a new project to fulfil this unit. Group project work is permitted.

Assessment is by a written REPORT, fulfilling all criteria according to Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria

For example report see the following link. A simple design study on modifiactions of a wheelbarrow.

Engineering Design Concepts: Chapter 7

The technical content of this example (force analysis) IS required in this unit. Analysis may involve any of the engineering physics areas, such as engineering mechanics (forces, stresses, motions) and also fluid mechanics, thermo etc.

Report - - - - 100% - -
- TOTAL - - - - - 100 - -


Quiz = Computer Based Testing: Typically consists of practice mode (iTester) and assessment mode (Moodle).
Exam = Written test submitted on paper, all working shown neatly.
* Pre-requisite tests embedded in these subjects.

Required Texts   

Text book Subjects Picture
Ivanoff, Val
Engineering mechanics: An introduction to statics, dynamics and strength of materials 
McGraw-Hill.  1996
ISBN 0074702394
RRP $80.95 (June 2009)
  • Forces (Statics)
  • Dynamics
  • Stresses



(*CAUTION: This subject contains two unofficial pre-requisites: MEM30005A Forces and MEM30006A Stresses. MEM30005A must be done prior (pre-requisite), but MEM30006A can be done concurrently (co-requisite) Assessment is a combination of multiple choice tests, written tests, and submitted reports (print/email).

  • Lab Reports: Specification for lab reports. (Including error analysis where required)
  • Project Reports: Specification for project reports.
  • TESTER tasks: Computer based learning and assessment using the TESTER program.
    Procedures and rules. For most computer-based assessments, homework must be presented before Tester (exam mode) can be attempted.  In some cases, certain programs (e.g. Excel) are excluded from running with Tester during an exam. 



Apply technical mathematics


Apply engineering mechanics principles

It is also recommended to have completed MEM30005A Forces, MEM23006A Fluids/Thermo, MEM30006A Stresses, so this is normally considered as a late stage Diploma subject (2nd year part time).

This unit best to be combined with MEM09011B Engineering Design Concepts


Unit Descriptor

This unit of competency covers the skills needed to undertake a range of mechanical engineering-related analyses. The analyses may relate to design, fitness for purpose evaluations, installation and commissioning, and other mechanical engineering-related tasks. Documentation of the design process includes calculations, specifications, computer-aided design (CAD) files, risk analysis, sustainability and life cycle assessments.

Application of the Unit

This unit applies to mechanical engineering analyses undertaken as part of a mechanical design or mechanical assessment of plant, products, projects, system changes or improvements. It is suitable for people working as mechanical designers and draftspersons and those pursuing careers and qualifications in mechanical engineering or related disciplines. The work may be undertaken individually or as part of a team. 

Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria

1. Investigate mechanical analysis context and need
  1. Review the context and negotiate parameters of the mechanical design or task in consultation with stakeholders
  2. Identify relevant engineering scientific principles and required analysis techniques
  3. Investigate life cycle design and sustainability implications of mechanical design or existing plant or equipment
  4. Determine specification, documentation and graphical techniques required for analysis
  5. Confirm work health and safety (WHS) and regulatory requirements, codes of practice, standards, and risk management relevant to mechanical analysis task
  6. Determine available sources for any required technical and professional assistance
2. Apply mechanical analysis techniques
  1. Plan, schedule and coordinate the analysis task
  2. Create adequate and accurate calculations, preliminary graphics and maintain analysis process records
  3. Evaluate multiple solutions against analysis criteria
  4. Apply systems thinking to problem solving and decision making
  5. Incorporate professional and technical assistance, as required
  6. Apply specification, documentation and graphical techniques modelling, mock-up or prototyping techniques, where required, to achieve or test solution
3. Report results
  1. Record results of analysis
  2. Provide documentation, such as calculations, specifications, diagrams, CAD files, mock-ups or prototypes


Knowledge and Skills 

  1. communicating and negotiating with stakeholders and team
  2. determining or confirming relevance of mechanical engineering scientific principles and analysis techniques, including principles of: (any 2 or more of the following)
    • mechanics
    • fluid power
    • fluid dynamics
    • thermodynamics
    • electrical fundamentals
    • engineering materials, properties and processes
  3. evaluating WHS and regulatory requirements, standards and codes of practice for relevance to analysis tasks
  4. evaluating multiple solutions against analysis criteria, risk, sustainability and cost factors
  5. applying life cycle design and sustainability parameters to analysis task
  6. planning, scheduling and coordinating the analysis task
  7. applying problem solving and decision making with systems thinking for contingencies and constraints and continuous improvement
  8. specifying, documenting and applying graphical techniques, including modelling
  9. undertaking or supervising mock-up or prototyping techniques, where required, to achieve solution
  10. creating and maintaining adequate and accurate calculations and analysis process records
  11. reporting and documenting results of investigations, application of principles and techniques, calculations, specifications, diagrams, CAD files, mock-ups or prototypes of designs
  1. implications of life cycle design, fitness for purpose evaluation and sustainability for mechanical analysis process
  2. mechanical engineering-related analysis processes and techniques to investigate, synthesise and develop proposals, evaluate feasibility against analysis criteria, and review and revise in consultation with stakeholders and team or support functional group
  3. common model, mock-up and prototyping techniques relevant to mechanical engineering
  4. systems thinking, problem solving and decision making, and continuous improvement methods
  5. WHS and regulatory requirements, codes of practice, standards, risk management and registration requirements
  6. sources of professional and technical assistance
  7. procedures for planning, scheduling and coordination of analysis
  8. hardware requirements of typical mechanical, fluid power, hydrodynamic and thermal applications
  9. engineering scientific principles required for design analysis: (2 or more of the following)
    • mechanical
    • fluid power
    • fluid dynamics
    • thermodynamics
    • electrical fundamentals
    • engineering materials, properties and processes
  10. mechanical analysis calculation techniques
  11. software for product planning and analysis, such as CAD, stress analysis and mould design, and project management
  12. documentation and required information
  13. prototyping options, including mock-ups, physical and virtual modelling, and rapid prototyping


Glossary (Range Statement) 

Engineering mechanics tasks  Engineering mechanics tasks covered by this unit include, but are not limited to: • application of resultant loads and reactions on machines, support frames and beams • application of the torque and power required to drive translation screws and winding drums against inclined and vertically suspended loads subject to gravitation, acceleration and friction resistance loads • selecting a range of standard hardware, such as shafts, bolts and hooks, subject to plane axial or shear stresses and deformation limits • analysing bending and shear stresses in beams subject to static point and distributed loads
Motions Motions described in this unit may be of constant velocity, constant acceleration or sinusoidal accelerations (e.g. sprung bodies). Other non-uniformly accelerated motions may be described for contrast only. This unit confines itself to 2-D plane motion
Appropriate licensed technical and professional assistance

Appropriate licensed technical and professional assistance may include:

  • technical support and advice relating to elements which have intrinsic dangers, such as:
  • high pressure
  • energised fluid vessels
  • high temperatures and heat energy capacity
  • wiring with high current control voltages above extra low voltage
  • professional support for technologies may include:
  • specialist electric motor drives and controllers
  • specialist materials, plastics, metal alloys and nano materials
special processes, foundry, alloy welding, heat treatment, sealing and fastening

WHS, regulatory requirements and enterprise procedures

WHS, regulatory requirements and enterprise procedures may include:

  • WHS Acts and regulations
  • relevant standards
  • codes of practice from Australian and overseas engineering and technical associations and societies
  • risk assessments
  • registration requirements
  • safe work practices
state and territory regulatory requirements

Analysis may include:

  • static and dynamic analysis of loads
  • the stresses and deformations resulting
  • the transmitted power, torque and speed
graphical and mathematical methods and software options