BEng Mechanical Engineering with Management

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Manufacturing Engineering 2

Course unit fact file
Unit code MECH20051
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


Engineering manufacturing is vital to the economy of a modern developed nation. Whatever is designed by mechanical engineers has to be manufactured. The times when a designer completed a design and sent it to the manufacturing department to make are gone. Most of the costs of manufacture are determined at the design stage, so it is vital that there is effective collaboration between designers and manufacturing engineers.

This unit covers three key elements of manufacturing for mechanical engineers: It introduces some of the most common machining process. It then introduces various types of machine tools and the way these are programmed. Finally, key equipment employed for the inspection and testing of the components manufactured is presented.

This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.  Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates



Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Manufacturing Engineering 1 (Mechanical) MECH11012 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


This unit aims for students to acquire knowledge and develop an understanding of three aspects of manufacturing for mechanical engineering: Machining; NC machine tools and the programming of these; engineering metrology.


Machining: Fundamentals of cutting theory; Introduction to a range of machining processes, such as turning, milling, drilling and tapping; Cutting tool design and geometry; Cutting parameters.

Numerically controlled machine tools: Description of machine tool types; Definition and merits of NC hardware; Applications of computers in NC activities; NC programming.

Metrology: General introduction to metrology (types of errors, traceability); Introduction to common metrology equipment, its operating principle and limitation, e.g. callipers, slip gauges, micrometres; Design, application and operation of coordinate measuring machines; Surface metrology (roughness and hardness); Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM).

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 80%
Report 20%

Feedback methods

Exam - Written individual and general feedback, three weeks after the last group of students attended their lab session.

Report - Immediate verbal feedback during the lab session.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
eAssessment 10
Lectures 22
Practical classes & workshops 2
Tutorials 2
Independent study hours
Independent study 64

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Robert Heinemann Unit coordinator

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