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Module Descriptor

MECH1003 Engineering Drawing

Code MECH1003
Alt. Codes(s) None
Title Engineering Drawing
Level 1
UCL Credits/ECTS 0.25 / 3.75
Start September
End June
Taught by Dr John Aston - (65%) Module Coordinator
Dr Tim Baker - (35%)


Students considering registering for this course must have attained passes in A-levels or the equivalent that meet the minimum requirements for admission onto the undergraduate programmes in Mechanical Engineering.

Course Aims

To teach the fundamentals of engineering drawing as a means of communicating engineering concepts and product design. To equip students with the ability to create and interpret engineering drawings.

Method of Instruction

Lecture presentations plus supervised/assisted “by-hand” drawing exercises and CATIA-based CAD exercises.


Assessment is by means of a series of short “by-hand” drawing exercises, two CATIA-based exercises, a mid-sessional test, plus participation in an end-of-year CATIA-based group design exercise.

(The CAD package CATIA is installed on Departmental teaching computers. Students are also given the opportunity to purchase a one-year (renewable) license for CATIA for their own laptops or desktop computers via the Department)

Recommended Reading

  • “Engineering Drawing with CAD Applications”, O. Ostrowsky. (ISBN 978-0-340-50411-6)
  • “A guide for schools and colleges to BS 8888:2006, Technical Product Specification”, British Standards Institution, PP 8888-1:2007. (September 2007)
  • “Engineering drawing practice. a guide for further and higher education to BS 8888:2006, Technical product specification (TPS)”, British Standards Institution, PP 8888-2:2007. (April 2007)
  • “Welding Practice”, Brian D. Smith, Arnold. (ISBN 0-340-61406-4)


Principles of a view, first angle and third angle projection. Types of line and their uses. Scaling. Dimensioning. Standard conventional representations. Auxiliary views, sections and sectional views, assembly drawings; pictorial views and isometric projection. Introduction to screws and screw threads, bearings, properties and choice of materials. Fundamentals of computer-aided drawing and design, application examples, practical experience in the use of current software.

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