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Course Description

University of California, Davis
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Engineering Graphics Design - ENG 004
Fall 2012
CRN: 22156, 22157, 22158, 22159

Lecture 2 hours; laboratory 3 hours. Engineering design, descriptive geometry, pictorial sketching, computer-aided graphics, and their application in the solution of engineering problems.

This course is an introduction to engineering design and the related graphical tools used to communicate design concepts. Topics include the following: visual thinking, engineering design, free-hand sketching, projection theory, pictorial sketching, solid modeling, engineering drawing standards, tolerancing, plotting, and computer-aided design.

This course is designed to address three of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering student outcomes:

  • to prepare you to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • to prepare you to communicate effectively
  • to prepare you to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice


  • Introduction to engineering Design and its place in society
  • Exposure to the visual aspects of engineering design
  • Exposure to sketching and freehand drawing
  • Exposure to engineering graphics standards
  • Exposure to solid modeling
  • Exposure to computer-aided geometric design
  • Exposure to creating working drawings
  • Introduction to projection theory
  • Exposure to engineering communication


Dr. Jason K. Moore
2013 Bainer Hall
Office Hours: T 5:00-6:00 PM and R 1:00-2:00 PM, or by appointment

Teaching Assistants

Time and Location

The lecture meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:10-1:00 in 6 Wellman. All the studio sections meet in 1116 Academic Surge Building (ASB). Studios will start meeting on the second scheduled date, see table below. You must attend the section in which you are registered.

Section Lead TA Backup TA Date & Time Location Start Date
A01 James Pitts Alexander Fung T 2:10-5:00 1116 Academic Surge Oct 9
A02 Alexander Fung James Pitts W 3:10-6:00 1116 Academic Surge Oct 10
A03 Kevin Uy Yuriy Zrodnikov R 9:00-11:50 1116 Academic Surge Oct 4
A04 Yuriy Zrodnikov Kevin Uy R 2:10-5:00 1116 Academic Surge Oct 4

Office Hours

I will be available in my office during office hours (Tuesday 5:00-6:00 PM and Thursday 1:00-2:00 PM, or by appointment) and via the smartsite chatroom, smartsite forum, and normal email during that time period.

Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. For your own enlightenment, please visit the Academic Integrity web page from UC Davis Office of Student Judicial Affairs at to review the campus' policy on academic responsibility and integrity and read the UC Davis code of academic conduct (

Exams and midterms will be closed note, closed book and done on an individual basis.

Feel free to discuss homework assignments and work on them together, but each student must turn in a unique solution.

The TA's will set ground rules for working together on studio assignments. The project will be a group effort with a single report for the entire group along with peer evaluations.


Fundamentals of Graphics Communication, Bertoline and Weibe, 6th Edition, McGraw Hill Publishing. ISBN:978-0-07-352263-0 [Book Info]

Both reading and homework will be assigned from the textbook. A copy of the textbook will be available on two-hour reserve at the library. If you have an older edition, I cannot guarantee that the homework problems or the content is the same as the current edition. Find a friend to share the textbook with if the price is prohibitive.


Several drawing/sketching supplies will be helpful in your pencil and paper work. All supplies are available from the campus bookstore at a discounted price. You must purchase the required supplies before the first studio session and bring at least the sketch pad to the first studio.


  • Spiral Unlined Sketch Pad, at least 50 Sheets (9"x12" recommended)


  • Divider (some compasses can be used as a divider)
  • Circle Template (~1/16”-2”)
  • 1 Gig (or more) USB memory stick (Cloud sevices like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Ubuntu One are good options for storing and sharing data for the class too.)


All of the required software will be available in 1116 Academic Surge, but you may download and install the software on your personal computer too.

Lecture Schedule

This is a tentative schedule for the lecture topics and exam dates.

Date Topic Reading Notes
Sep 27 Introduction, Design Examples Chapter 1  
Oct 2 Design Process, Visual Thinking Chapter 1  
Oct 4 Sketching, Standards & Conventions, Construction Lines, Proportions Chapter 2  
Oct 9 Drawing types, Diagramming Chapter 5 HW #1 Due
Oct 11 Geometric Modeling Chapter 3  
Oct 16 '' '' HW #2 Due
Oct 18 3-D Solid Modeling Chapter 4 Guest Lecturer
Oct 23 '' '' HW #3 Due
Oct 25 Multi-View Standards Chapter 5  
Oct 30 '' '' HW #4 Due
Nov 1 Midterm    
Nov 6 Assemblies, Pictorial Projections Chapter 7  
Nov 8 Dimensioning and Tolerancing Chapter 9  
Nov 13 '' '' HW #5 Due
Nov 15 Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing Chapter 10  
Nov 20 Design Documentation Chapter 11 HW #6 Due
Nov 22 Thanksgiving Holiday    
Nov 27 Auxilary Views Chapter 6  
Nov 29 Section Views Chapter 8 HW #7 Due
Dec 4 Plotting, charts, figures    
Dec 6 Random topics, review   HW #8 Due
Dec 14 Final Exam   8-10 AM

Studio Schedule

This is a tentative schedule of the studio topics. The first studio starts on the second official day of lab.

1 Visual Thinking, "free-form" sketching, introduce workstations
2 2D -> 3D & 3D -> 2D sketching, diagrams, hidden lines/sections
3 Computer accounts and intro Inventor tutorials
4 Tutorials and modeling a simple part. AutoDesk Inventor download information.
5 Tutorials, Gyro model & assembly as homework. Students break into project groups. Submit three ideas to model for the project.
6 Final drawings tutorials, simple part & gyro-rotor detail drawings, sketch of project parts with description of how it will be modeled as homework, students may begin project modeling.
7 Begin project modeling - Organized Studio.
8 Work on project modeling - No organized studio but TAs are available.
9 Projects due one hour before end of lab period, final hour presentations

Assignments & Grades

Grades will be available in the grade book periodically throughout the course along with class statistics. Check the website on a regular basis to gauge your performance. Keep in mind that 15% is deducted per business day late on all assignments. Take extra caution if you believe your exams or assignments to be incorrectly graded. If the request for additional points is found NOT to be valid, one point will be subtracted from the total score of the assignment or exam.

Studio 35% Includes studio homework, in-studio projects, and quarter project
Lecture Homework 15% Includes possible in-class assignments; no make up in-class work
Midterm 20% November 1: Fifty minutes during lecture period.
Final 30% December 14: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM.
In class
From time-to-time there will be in-class assignments which will count towards your lecture homework grade.
Lecture Homework
Weekly homework will be assigned which will be due the before class the following week.
You are required to keep a design notebook (unlined sketchpad) for this course. Details on its use will be discussed in the first studio (lab) session. It will be collected a few times during the quarter and graded on consistent use and not on quality alone. Please number, date, and initial each page entry.
Several in studio assignments will be given.
Studio HW
The TA's may assign additional homework assigments in studio if necessary.
By the end of the studio sessions a group project will collected. Each group will be responsible for modeling and producing production drawings of a complex multi-component item. The project will be based on the quality of work and peer evaluations of teammates.


We will make heavy use of smartsite for the course. Log in to with you Kerberos ID and passphrase then select ENG 004 A01-A04 FQ 2012 or access the smartsite through this link:

We will be using several features in smartsite:

All class announcements will be sent to your UCD email address and be collected here. Check this regularly during the class for important information.
You will turn in some or all assignments through smartsite. If you have the ability to scan or take a clear photograph of your assignments, you can turn them in digitally. Otherwise they must be handed in at the beginning of class on the due date. Compress all of your files and documents into a single zip file with your name and section in the file name and attach it to the assignment. All documents must be in PDF form. Use Inventor's Pack and Go feature for inventor files.
Chat Room
Feel free to use the chat room to meet with you peers and group members if you can't all be in one physical place. I will be available for chat during our scheduled office hours. The TAs may be available during studio sessions too.
Course Website
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Email Archive
All emails sent to the class will be archived here. You may send emails to if you have general questions that all of the class may benefit from. Do not abuse this. Send personal emails to me and the TA's through our UCD email addresses.
Feel free to start topics and discussion in the forums. All class participants and the instructors will be able to comment.
You grades and basic stats on your relative performance will be available as the course goes along.
This allows you to send emails to everyone or just the instructors. The same rules apply as in the "Email Archive" section.
Files, documents, and other resources will be available here for download.