Focusing on what employers consider "design experience", and is typically not taught in university academics

M-010 | Fundamentals of machined part design

This part of the program focuses on real-world, proper and cost-effective design of machined parts.

Partial list of topics: machined part design, conventional milling and turning (lathes), CNC machining, design of cost-effective machined parts, material selection, treatment and finish of machined parts, design of holes, cutouts, features related to threaded fasteners, design for user safety, and more.

M-020 | Engineering drawings of machined parts

Covers essential topics that are specific to drawings of machined parts. It is not a substitute for an ASME Y14.5 course on GD&T, but rather focuses on real-world engineering drawings which often exclude some unnecessary, impractical GD&T principles.

Partial list of topics: dimensioning techniques, tolerancing, quality control, title blocks, revision control, section and detail views, material and part finish, annotations, and more.

M-030 | Mechanical integration of standard components

Design principles and methods to successfully integrate standard, off-the-shelf components into products and systems. 

Partial list of topics: mechanical integration of clamps and part-holding components, mounting of various types of motors and sensors, belts and pulleys, lead screws, bearings of various types (linear and rotational), frame extrusions, and more.

M-034 | Methods to locate and attach parts (custom applications)

Various methods to locate and attach round and non-round parts to each other, for custom applications.

Partial list of topics: Set screw holding, friction and clamp holding, use of dowel pins, shoulders, pockets, and more.

M-037 | Mechanical design with pneumatic components

This module covers introductory topics related to design of custom applications that involve pneumatic components.

Partial list of topics: Pneumatic cylinders, slide tables, grippers, actuator position sensing, control, and more.

M-130 | CASE STUDY: automated electro-pneumatic tube-coiling machine

In-depth review of a real-world automated assembly machine. We review the overall system design, along with the selection, sizing, and integration of pneumatic actuators, geared servo motors, spline shafts, component design and mechanical integration, threaded fastener selection, part-attachment methods, and more.

M-040 | Introduction to the Cognetix Process for Mechanical Design Excellence

An introductory overview of the Cognetix process for mechanical design excellence, from objective definition and concept generation, up to the basics of product verification and validation. Learn what it takes to produce innovative, excellent, well-balanced designs according to Cognetix Engineering's proven track record.

Partial list of topics: Development steps that are often overlooked, powerful concept and idea generation techniques, concept selection methods, individual work and collaboration approaches, well-balanced design generation, and more.

M-110 | CASE STUDY: design of a manufacturing assembly fixture

A detailed "look over the shoulder" of a Principal-level engineer as he/she designs a manufacturing assembly fixture from beginning to end, according to the principles and methods taught in the program's modules.

Special attention is paid to brainstorming and concept generation that fulfills the project's design requirements.

This is yet another valuable case study that closely resembles the type of real-world projects that are often assigned to us as design engineers.

M-050 | Assembly drawings

Learn how to create real-world, professional-level assembly drawings that include details that are often not covered in a typical academic program. 

Partial list of topics: Bill of materials (BOM), assembly drawings, exploded views, assembly notes and instructions, and more.

M-060 | Basic testing and troubleshooting of prototypes

Learn basic testing and troubleshooting techniques, processes, and approaches that are sometimes overlooked. We apply the training to the real-world case studies that are included with your program.

Partial list of topics: informal preliminary prototype testing, formal testing, introductory testing methods and protocols, sample size selection and number of test runs determination with statistical significance, and more.


An optional add-on to the foundation-level program

M-070 | Introduction to sensors

Learn about important types of sensors used for automated device development--how they are different, when to choose which type, and how to integrate them into your designs.

M-080 | Introduction to motor types and selection

We will cover basic types of motors, including motorized closed-loop systems such as servomotors. You will learn their differences, how to choose a given type of motor and how to mechanically integrate them into your designs.

M-090 | Introduction to control of electromechanical systems

A versatile, knowledgeable engineer must understand control systems--we do not solely focus on mechanical design--we must aim at developing broader knowledge, especially in the area of control and sensors. This module does exactly that.

M-120 | CASE STUDY: design of a custom automated device

Another valuable look-over-the-shoulder case study, as the lead instructor designs a 2-axis, automated color-tracking device. Topics include: design requirements, brainstorming, concept generation and selection, as well as the integration of two stepper motors, limit switches for homing and end-of-travel detection, and a color-tracking camera module. A brief overview of the C++ program code is included.


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Will my employer reimburse me for this program?

Many employers reimburse educational and training expenses for their employees, especially those programs that enhance the value of the employee. Even if your employer does not reimburse such expenses, you may want to talk directly to your employer, discuss the content of the training material, and  point out the value you will  bring to the company as a result of completing the program. (Regardless of employer reimbursement, your investment in this program will pay for itself in no time, since it will enhance your skills, give you high quality, solid mechanical design and engineering knowledge, and position you as an asset with higher earning potential.)

How is this online program different from the typical engineering curriculum at a university?

Engineering degrees are extremely valuable. However, for the most part, they teach a solid theoretical foundation to build upon. Typically, a mechanical engineer is not ready to take on interesting and sophisticated design tasks right out of school, or even several years into their career. This online program focuses on real-world design situations and applications and you will gain significant design knowledge in just a few weeks.

How else may I learn the content taught in this program?

The type of training taught at the COGNETIX Mechanical Engineering Academy is unique. The Academy focuses on filling the large gap between a recent graduate of an engineering degree and an experienced professional in the field of engineering. Most programs offered by the academy are just a few weeks long. The typical alternative is to go through years and years of developing yourself as a professional, that is, if you're lucky enough to work with knowledgeable engineers that can provide some level of mentoring. Even then, unfortunately, there is the risk that the “knowledge” you acquire that way may not be of high quality. The academy’s programs focus on condensing multiple years into a few short weeks while providing training of the highest quality.

What are the benefits of including this certificate program in my resume?

Adding this certificate program to your resume will most definitely enhance your value as an engineer. Employers who notice the certificate will see that you are developing yourself professionally. (If they don't notice the certificate, you should most definitely point it out to them.) Here's why: if you lack extensive professional design experience, successful completion of the academy’s programs give you a lot of the knowledge typically only acquired with experience. Most importantly, during the interview, when asked mechanical design questions that fall within the scope of the program, you will be in a much better position to be able to answer them very well, and that is something that will impress most hiring managers, who will also be more inclined to overlook lacking hands-on experience!  IMPORTANT: if not asked, you should volunteer information during an interview that reveals your deeper knowledge on the topic of mechanical design, to make the best possible impression on an employer.

How does the money back guarantee work?

There is a 30-day money back guarantee, with the first day being the day of purchased enrollment. (You gain instant access to the initial material as soon as you enroll.) If for whatever reason you find that the course is not up to your level of expectations, and you have completed at least 3 weeks of program material and tests, simply contact the COGNETIX Mechanical Engineering Academy for a reimbursement.

How much theory do I need to know and what are the academic prerequisites?

An academic science and physics theoretical background is not required to participate in these programs; in fact, neither is an academic engineering or technical degree. For this type of real-world mechanical design, we typically use only 1 to 5% of the theory that we learn in engineering school. We will cover whatever theory you need to understand.

All you need to join and succeed is these programs is a sincere interest or passion for mechanical design!

What area of mechanical design and engineering does this program focus on?

Custom applications are those for which only a small number of designs will be manufactured or produced, typically 1-10, sometimes more. As an example, a custom application could be a fixture, mechanism or an automated machine used in the manufacturing of products (or as a product development prototype). There would only be a small number of fixtures, machines or prototypes produced for this application. This type of design provides a great level of versatility and foundation, and that is what these programs focus on. (In the future, there will be programs offered by the academy with a focus on mechanical design excellence for mass-produced products.)

Will I learn common and advanced terminology used in real-world mechanical design of custom applications?

Absolutely. The language and terminology presented and taught in this program reflects real-world custom application mechanical design projects, especially those involving machined parts.

Do I need to have access to a CAD program, such as SolidWorks, and will I learn how to use SolidWorks?

Access to a CAD program or SolidWorks is not required, although it would be helpful. (Some CAD files are provided for reference only, but they can be opened with a generic, freely available CAD tool.) The focus of this program is to teach solid, actionable mechanical design principles and best practices, not how to use a specific CAD tool. (CAD training may be available in the future through the academy).

Nevertheless, throughout the video and live demonstrations, you will see how SolidWorks is used by the lead instructor, and several CAD techniques and best practices will be shared.

Why learn automated control of electromechanical systems, if I am a Mechanical or Manufacturing engineer?

Mechanical design and engineering is a broad field and a versatile, knowledgeable design professional understands control systems well, which puts him/her in the likely position to produce better, well-balanced designs of electromechanisms, and automated and semi-automated products and systems.

What are the tests like and what is their format?

The program includes automated online tests designed to ensure a high level of understanding of the material. A passing grade of 100% is required because we want to ensure your learning of key concepts and principles, without leaving any gaps in your knowledge or awareness of these topics. Tests may be retaken multiple times (without penalty) to provide you with the opportunity to review the material being tested on. We are very serious about the quality of these programs. Not to worry, however, since the tests are practical and most participants pass them after 1 or 2 attempts.

This way, the academy makes sure that you have learned the material well, so that we can best serve your professional objectives.

Please note that an academic science and physics theoretical background is not required at all. In fact, an engineering degree is not necessary to succeed in these programs and pursue mechanical design mastery.

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