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Unit Overview


This unit covers manufacturing methods including casting, joining, metal working, machining and finishing for a range of materials such as metals, polymers, composites (including concrete and natural materials), and advanced ceramics. Various relationships between material structure, manufacturing processes, component recycling and material properties are highlighted.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Mechanical Engineering major sequence

Students are able to (1) describe the manufacturing processes and behaviours of materials as used in engineering practice; (2) explain how the features and limitations of various manufacturing methods and materials are the key to success in engineering design work; (3) use engineering drawings to communicate design ideas and make mechanical engineering components; (4) analyse a mechanical engineering component to determine the likely methods used in its manufacture and joining; (5) select an appropriate manufacturing method for a given geometry and material; and (6) demonstrate personal initiative in individual and group work.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical class preparation and assignments; (2) laboratories; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Adam Wittek
Unit rules
GENG2000 Engineering Practice 2
and MECH2002 Engineering Materials 2 (ID 8063)
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
ENSC3002 Materials and Manufacturing (ID 438)
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour per week
practical classes: 2 hours per week
laboratories: 3 sessions per semester
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.