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Prototype and Practical Skills 1: Mechanical Fabrication

Course Code: ENGR 2100
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Engineering
Credits: 4.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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

Methods of Instruction

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

course prerequisites

ENGR 1110





curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.