Level 3 Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)

£9.99 / month


This course covers the fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering. Most of the topics in this course would be covered on any level 3 Engineering programme, particularly if your studies are mechanically biased. If you are currently studying Mechanical Engineering at level 3, or wish to revise prior to commencing a Mechanical Engineering course at level 4 or above, then this course will provide a suitable foundation of knowledge and understanding.

Note: This course is best studied in conjunction with the ‘Level 3 Essential Mathematics for Engineers’ course, as many of the topics require the application of maths.

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Who is the ‘Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering’ Course Designed For?

This course is suitable for anyone studying, or considering study in mechanical engineering at Level 3 or above.

If you are already studying mechanical engineering, then it is likely that you would benefit from compounding your understanding of the topics covered in this course.

If you are considering studying mechanical engineering at any level, then it is essential that you gain a sound knowledge of the application of key themes and principles, by mastering the skills contained in this course.

When studying a level 4 mechanical engineering qualification with any institution, it will be assumed that you can apply all of the principles covered in this course. If you study a higher level programme with the Engineers Academy®, then you will be given complementary access to this course, alongside your main programme, for revision purposes.

Disclaimer: Please note that you will not receive a level 3 qualification upon completion of this course, as it has been designed specifically to support students who are currently studying related disciplines, or who are preparing for further study of the subject. It is not a qualification in its on right.

If you are unsure, please Contact Us for more information before purchasing this online course.

What is included in the ‘Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering’ Course?

The list below provides an overview of the topics covered in this course:

1.  Static Engineering Systems

  • Finding the Resultant of Two Forces
  • Finding the Resultant of Systems of Forces
  • Non-Concurrent Co-Planar Force Systems
  • Simply Supported Beams (Point Loads)
  • Simply Supported Beams (UDLs)
  • Cantilever and Over-Hanging Beams
  • Shear Force and Bending Moment Diagrams (Graphical)
  • Shear Force and Bending Moment Diagrams (Analytical)
  • Direct Stress, Strain and Elastic Modulus
  • Shear Stress, Strain and Modulus of Rigidity
  • Series and Parallel Compound Bars

2.  Dynamic Engineering Systems

  • Equations of Motion
  • Newton’s Second Law
  • Simple Rotating Systems

3.  Energy and Work

  • Work, Energy and Power
  • Conservation of Energy
  • Conservation of Momentum
  • Impact Loading
  • Simple Lifting Machines

4.  Fluid Systems

  • Pressure Head, Thrust Force and Overturning Moments
  • Fluid Flow in Tubes, Pipes and Ducts
  • Archimedes’ Principle for Immersed Objects

5. Thermodynamic Systems

  • Heat Transfer and Changes of State
  • Thermal Expansion, Stress and Strain
  • Gas Laws

2 reviews for Level 3 Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Thank you Andy for giving this opportunity to complete this course. I enjoyed it all the way thru and made my brain to work at highest capacity :). Few weeks no sleep but it was worth it. Course is very well setup and easy to use.
    With 5 attempts, by the time I get it right it can get to attempt 5 but this gives me chance to understand the questions and calculations perfectly clear.
    I do think it is very good course to be part of. Thank you Andy and good luck in your future.

    • andygsmith

      Thank you for your feedback on the course. I have been impressed by your work ethic over the past few months and am delighted to accept you on to our HNC programme in General Engineering. Keep up the amazing work!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    I took this course between the Level 3 Essential Mathematics for Engineers and the Level 4 HNC components that follow on. There’s a wide range of topics covered and it gives an excellent grounding in some very complex subjects.
    It’s hard to pick out a favourite part, but I found Archimedes Principle a particularly challenging subject, with the pay off being the satisfaction felt once I got to grips with it. Whether or not an object will float in water is such an essential calculation for an engineer to understand. I’ve probably been mulling it over since playing with toys in the bath when I was a kid. Now I understand – and there’s an enormous boost of confidence that goes with that.
    The above can said for all of the topics. The key – and I made similar comments about the Maths course – is two fold: 1) the method of teaching is as simple and straightforward as possible with no pretence or superficial BS, and 2) the desired learning outcomes are all reachable goals. It’s important to a student’s confidence to be able to make the steps without either feeling they’re too easy (and therefore not worthy of any real pride), or so hard that they seem unattainable. I think that’s the key to why I’ve enjoyed this platform. The structure, pace and increases in difficulty are perfect.
    Personally, I would recommend preceding this with the L3 Maths course, but that’s just my take on it. Be prepared to pay attention and put in the work, but chances are that if you’re serious about this course then you’re already willing to put in the effort to succeed at it.
    Thanks to Andy for the excellent content and continued support.

    • andygsmith

      Thank you for the positive and very detailed feedback Graham! It has been a privilege to work with you during the HNC programme and you are continuing to make excellent progress through each of the bridging courses and HNC units.

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