Prototype and Practical Skills 1: Mechanical Fabrication

Science & Technology
Course Code
ENGR 2100
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered


Course Description
This project course will introduce students to mechanical fabrication. Students will design, build, and prototype mechanical devices.
Course Content

This project course will introduce students to mechanical fabrication. Students will design, build, and prototype devices.  Students will learn to safely operate a variety of tools and fabrication technologies such as:

  • A variety of general cutting, shaping, and finishing tools such as motorized shears, wrenches, vice grips, files, and sand paper.
  • CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Machine
  • Waterjet
  • Laser Cutter
  • TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) Welders
  • Spot Welders
  • 3D Printing
  • Press Brake
  • Drill Press
  • Dremel tool
Learning Activities

Lectures, demonstrations, and hands on lab work.

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following:

Quizzes: 10% - 20%
Group Project: 20% - 30%
Individual Student Projects (minimum 2): 20% to 40% per project

Learning Outcomes

After taking this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the procedures for working safely in a rapid prototyping workshop.
  • Explain the operating principles of all the fabrication machines and technologies covered in the course.

Demonstrate with the fabrication machines and technologies covered in the course:

  • Safe operation
  • Ability to design and create new devices
  • Ability to modify or augment existing devices or apparatuses
  • Ability to fabricate prototype devices
Textbook Materials

Students should consult the Douglas College Bookstore for the latest required textbooks and materials. The exact textbook and course materials will be decided by the course instructor.  They will be similar to:

  • Douglas College Custom Courseware on Mechanical Prototyping
  • "Machine Shop Trade Secrets: A Guide to Manufacturing Machine Shop Practices" by James Harvey, current edition
  • "Makers: The New Industrial Revolution" by Chris Anderson, current edition







Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

These are for current course guidelines only. For a full list of archived courses please see

Institution Transfer Details for ENGR 2100
Alexander College (ALEX) No credit
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU APSC 1XX (4)
College of the Rockies (COTR) COTR APSC 2XX (3)
Columbia College (COLU) No credit
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) No credit
Northern Lights College (NLC) No credit
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
Trinity Western University (TWU) No credit
University Canada West (UCW) No credit
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit
University of Victoria (UVIC) No credit
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU ENGR 2nd (4)

Course Offerings

Summer 2023