The aspiration to materialize the dream to design mechanical systems, to understand mechanisms, to design internal combustion engines, to deal with aerodynamics and much more encourages many students to study Mechanical Engineering.
During the first year, the students study courses in mathematics and physics, when the connection between these subjects mechanical engineering is not immediately clear, but will come into effect in the subsequent years of study. In order to allow the student to experience Mechanical Engineering already during the first year, a project learning type course was added to the curriculum.
To study various issues of engineering in a practical manner.
To contend with real life calculation problems without the use of a computer.
To comprehend the complexity of the transition from design to construction.
To develop autodidactic and team work skills.
To learn manufacturing technologies and material properties.
To develop creative thinking, thermo-dynamics, and so on.
As part of the “Practical Engineering” course, the students study issues of Mechanical Engineering, Solids Mechanics, and Engineering Content, in a practical manner through the actual implementation of projects. Thus, for example, they learn to understand materials stresses by means of building a bridge, building a candle powered engine, in order to comprehend
Each student is required to build two engineering projects during the course, and to furnish an appropriate report for each project. The work on the projects is carried out in pairs (not individually and neither in trios), and the limited and inexpensive means obligate the students to invest a great of contemplation in coming up with creative solutions. A competition is held amongst all the projects submitted, upon the completion of all the projects, with the grade for each project being influenced by the results of the competition.
Studies in the “Practical Engineering” Course enable the Students: