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DT330 – Engineering Systems and Design

About this course:
This course covers machine and mechanical system design and analysis through the study of Mechanical Electrical Plumbing (MEP) system applications. Basic Building Information Modeling (BIM) techniques and technical documentation is applied to a variety of industrial and commercial products utilizing orthographics, sections, auxiliaries, tolerance reviews, geometric dimension and tolerancing (GDT), as well as the creation of facility and production plans. Emphasis is placed on the current American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard for geometric dimension and tolerancing and its application to working drawings. Applications emphasize green technology concerns, such as water and energy conservation in industrial, commercial, or municipal settings.

Upon mastering the content of this course, you should be able to:
-apply the principles of proper dimensioning and tolerancing, as well as apply notes, and specifications to technical design documents.
-produce finished drawings for use in manufacturing a product.
-produce finished documentation specifying the use and applicability of given mechanical products in commercial applications.
-analyze the application of machine system components in accord with professional workplace practices.

What you should expect from this class:
Your grade depends on 3 parts of the class ... your assignments, your assessments, and how you manage and present your work. This course will emphasize developing Technical Documentation skills, presenting your work, and managing your work in a professional manner.

This class is a combined lecture and lab class. It is most common that students need to attend full class sessions regularly in order to pass this class. The class is designed so that most students who are familiar with and good at using computers can complete most of the work during assigned class times. If you are not familiar with computers or if you do not work very fast on computers, you may expect to spend extra time outside of lab in order to meet the course requirements. The Learning Resource Center computers are equipped with appropriate versions of all of the software that you might need. You can also download AutoCAD and RevitMEP for free from AutoDesk if you are a registered student. Google Sketch-up is also available as a free download.

Here is a high quality sample of what we cover in this class. You will be required to create a similar portfolio of your work.

What you need to bring to class the first day:
-Your USB Memory stick that has your DT310 Files on it.
-A 1-1/2" - 2" Binder in which you can keep hard-copies of your work. (Optional)

What you should do ahead of time to be prepared for the first day of class (we will also do this in class the first day, but if you are familiar with it, it is much easier):
Log into the ARC D2L site and look for the DT330 course.
Find the content page, the discussion page, and the drop-box.
Find the survey page and take the unit 1 - introduction surveys

If you are unfamiliar with any of the following functions, then you may wish to attend an optional class on the first Saturday of the semester:
-save files
-copy files
-cut and paste images from one file to another
-set drawing units, line-weights, line colors, and linetypes
-use the AutoCAD Design Center to access blocks, layouts, dimstyles, and textstyles
-use AutoCAD layouts to present multiple views of the same object from model space
-plot to DWF, pdf, and paper formats on various paper sizes
-combine multiple files into 1 single dwf, pdf, doc, or ppt file
-use excel to create charts and graphs
-use excel to perform repetitive calculations
-use AutoCAD to extract attribute data or use Revit to create Key Schedules