What is Engineering Design?

24.02.2020What is Engineering Design?

Simply put, engineering design is a logical and systematic series of steps taken by engineers to create functional products and processes that meet specific criteria and/or accomplishes pre-defined tasks. 

What are the steps in the design process?

  • establish technical requirements and functional criteria
  • system architecture development
  • concept generation and analysis
  • solution synthesis and detail design
  • manufacture, assembly and integration
  • verification testing and evaluation

Why does it all sound so complicated?

Because it is complicated, which is why engineers have to use precise and often scientific terms - not just when designing and building machines (aka mechanical engineering), but also when designing structures such as bridges, tunnels, roads and buildings (aka civil engineering).

Are there any other, more specialised, fields of engineering?

If you think about it, all the things we make from the materials around us must have their own field of engineering. Put another way, everything made from atoms has the potential to be engineered, and therefore designed.  

Can you give me some examples of engineering fields?

The six major engineering fields are:

  • Civil
  • Mechanical
  • Aerospace
  • Software
  • Electrical and Electronics
  • Materials

Under each branch are literally hundreds of different subcategories. You name it, there’s probably a field of study and application dedicated to it! Each has its own specific emphasis on particular areas of applied mathematics, applied science, and types of application.

What about really cutting-edge engineering design fields?

A good example is aerospace engineering which is concerned with the development of aircraft and spacecraft. Its two main branches are aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering. Aerospace engineering, particularly the astronautics branch, is often colloquially known as rocket science.

AEON’s vast experience in the R&D and Aerospace domains means that we maintain the highest standards when it comes to designing the right solution. We’re experts in developing practical solutions for even the most challenging requirements, and are able to apply our cross-disciplinary skills to designing sustainable solutions.

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Written by Rob Gabrielczyk