-- what does it include?
-- The involvement of the design engineer can be narrow or broad.
I am comfortable working at any level of involvement and I look
forward to an opportunity to help you reach your goals.
As a consultant
it is important for me to gain an understanding of the level of
involvement you require of me. Even the simplest design requires
hundreds or even thousands of decisions at various levels and across
many disciplines. Design is not something that simply takes place
on the desk or at the workstation of an engineer.
the design must meet the functional requirements. The product must
perform it's function using the available power source and within
the intended operating environment. It must fit within some physical
dimensions. It must accept some inputs and produce some outputs....It
could be that simple but it seldom is unless an incredible effort
and attention to detail has been applied to the specification process.
and in my opinion equally important, there is a long list of additional
requirements that must be considered part of the design effort.
They must be considered part of the design effort because they either
impact many of the detail decisions of the design process or the
detail decisions of the design process impact them.
While this is
by no means an exhaustive listing of additional considerations, it
does underscore the fact that the scope of a design effort can be
very broad indeed.
- Cost and
of the physical design; mechanical engineering, housing, physical
interface, electrical interface, mounting, clearance of components,
of other departments; preferences of purchasing, manufacturing,
testing, distribution, and field support.
requirements of many types; engineering, manufacturing, test reports,
about the intended product life span in relation to the technologies
chosen; are the chosen components likely to be available for the
expected manufacturing period and will they also be available
for repair purposes for the intended life of the product?
about environmental implications of the technologies and manufacturing
methods dictated by the design.
looking concerns about the disposition of the product at the end-of-life.
has prepared me for involvement at any, or all, of these levels
and in co-operation with the many disciplines involved with product