Mechanical Engineering for Non-Mechanical Engineers

Why Attend

This course provides non-mechanical engineers and other professionals with an introduction to the core subject areas of mechanical engineering. Engineering as a profession is becoming increasingly multi-disciplinary and is also combining with other professions. People can find themselves working with mechanical engineers, without understanding the technical language or the key engineering principles.

This course focuses on traditional mechanical engineering subject areas. It covers design, statics (stationary objects), dynamics (things that move), fluids (gases and liquids) and other general subjects. The theory covers the terminology and the basic laws that underpin each topic. A better understanding of the precise use of terms can help improve communication with mechanical engineers, and participation in mechanical engineering projects. For example, we discuss the difference between ‘gauge’ and ‘absolute’ pressure, and why that matters.

This course covers a broad range of mechanical engineering subjects.  The subjects are explained with examples of engineering applications, with a range of exercises to enhance understanding and support learning. Comprehensive references are provided for participants who would like to further their learning on any specific topic in further detail.

Course Methodology

This course will be delivered with a range of training methods, including group discussion, individual reflection, videos, exercises, and experiments.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the main subject areas of mechanical engineering
  • Recognize the key terminology and the fundamental laws
  • Clarify communications with mechanical engineers
  • Analyze engineering problems better
  • Participate more effectively in mechanical engineering projects

Target Audience

This course is designed for professionals who work alongside mechanical engineers or in organizations where mechanical engineering is an important part of their business.  It is also beneficial for those who wish to broaden their knowledge base and gain a practical insight into the subject.

Target Competencies

  • Technical expertise
  • Analytical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication skills
  • Collaborative working


South Africa

Training Dates:

Each course starts every Monday of each week. Please book your training on a date that is a Monday.

Course Duration:

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Course Fees

Note: Please fill in the online application form on the left or bottom if this page to receive a quotation with detailed pricing from AATICD.

How to Apply:

To Apply Simply Fill in the Online Enquiries / Applications form on the Right Sidebar or Bottom of this website


When filling the online application form; please take note of your desired Training Month, Duration in Weeks and Training Session. This will give us the exact dates you will be attending your classes.

Also note that Tuition Fees must be paid upfront on or before training start date. This is to ensure that all resources are made availabe for you before you start. You will not be allowed into training if fees are not paid and verified.

Also note that Tuition Fees Cancellations must be made 14 business working days before the starting date of training. This will allow us to do a 50% refund of the total amount paid. If cancellations are made thereafter note that no refund will be made to delegates.

Tuition Fees include teas and lunch as well as either a laptop or tablet which a delegate will take home free of charge.

Tuition Fee DOES NOT include Accommodation, Dinners and other Extra Curricular Activities or Incidentals. Delegates are expected to fund this on their own. AATICD will not be held accountable for any incidents to delegates.

In-House Trainings are also available for 3 or more delegates for any duration. Please consult with our Administration for such In-House training bookings.

Course Outline

  • Design
    • Mechanical engineering design
    • Standards
    • Technical drawing
    • Orthographic projections
    • Tolerances
    • Fits
    • Mechanical components
    • Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
  • Statics
    • Properties of engineering materials
    • Solid Mechanics
    • Forces
    • Newton’s Laws of Motion
    • Equilibrium
    • Stress
    • Strength
    • Strain
  • Dynamics
    • Types of motion
    • Energy
    • Friction
    • Lubrication
    • Bearings
    • Shafts
    • Fatigue
    • Vibration
  • Fluids
    • Fluid mechanics
    • Gases
    • Perfect gas law
    • Liquids
    • Buoyancy
    • Viscosity
    • Aerodynamics
    • Thermodynamics
  • General Subjects
    • Mathematical approach
    • Units
    • Computer tools
    • Problem-solving
    • Documentation
    • Ethics
    • History of mechanical engineering
    • Professional engineering registration