'Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.'

Charles Eames

'To design is to communicate clearly by whatever means you can control or master.'
Milton Glaser

HNC / D Engineering design resources:

1. Prepare an engineering design specification in response to a stakeholder’s design brief and requirements.



Project brief for engineering design HNC /D
Stillage Project Schools 2016.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [189.5 KB]
HNC Eng design ass1.docx
Microsoft Word document [73.4 KB]

Use the links below to find out about Human Factors in engineering, Failure mode effect analysis and Communications in the engineering sector.


For Assignment 1 you should then:

A) Analyse the client brief above

B) Work out constraints and opportunities for development 

C) Produce a detailed specification in response to the breif

D) Proudce a FMEA

E) Produce a Gantt chart for the project

F) Produce a critial path analysis for the project

G) Evaluate the planning methods you have used. (Compare & contrast the positives and negatives of each method and make a clear value judgement explaining your conclusions)

H) Evaluate the industry specification you have produced for your project with the one provided below. 

Adobe Acrobat document [1.1 MB]

Use this for Assignement 1 as your industry standard specification to evaluate against for the D1 grade.

Industry standard design specification
Adobe Acrobat document [69.1 KB]

List of generic failure risks to engineering projects:

Materials misspurchased

Sickness of staff

Design flaws

Manufacturing equipment failure

Tooling breaking

Transport failure

Natural Disasters

Weather Conditions 

Defects and flaws in the material

Client changes the remit of the job or timescale

CAD license runs out

2. Formulate possible technical solutions by using prepared examples of engineering design specifications.


HNC Eng design ass2.docx
Microsoft Word document [73.1 KB]

To complete assignment B you should use sketching and annotation to create a range of annotated design solutions and then evaluate them carefully against each point in your sepcification. 


From there use the evaluation information and your own design decisions to develop a design solution that accounts for all of the specification points. 


Explain through annotations and design documentation such as production plans. 


Once you have a final sketched solution that you are happy meets the specification requirements model this using a CAD package and produce a fully compliant technical drawing to ISO or BSI standards. 

Once you are happy with your design and technical drawings make sure that you develop a plan for manufacture.  (Review the .PDF document below)

NASA main_Manufacturing_Planning_Guide.p[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.6 MB]

3. Prepare an engineering industry standard technical design report by using appropriate design calculations, drawings and concepts.



HNC Eng design ass3.docx
Microsoft Word document [73.1 KB]
Download this for a guide to the headings and content needed for a professional engineering report
Microsoft Word document [40.5 KB]
Medical engineering design report.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [6.3 MB]
Exemplar of Student work at distinction level for assignment 3
Adobe Acrobat document [1.5 MB]

4. Present, to an audience, a recommended technical design solution by using real examples of stakeholder briefs.

HNC Eng design ass4.docx
Microsoft Word document [73.3 KB]
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