MICRO-301 / 4 credits

Teacher(s): Bellouard Yves, Subramanian Vivek

Language: English


This course gives an introduction to production methods and manufacturing technologies used in microengineering. The focus is given on the understanding of physical phenomena underlying the processes, the relation between materials, manufacturing processes and design, as well as economical aspects.



Manufacturing, physics of manufacturing processes, process quality, process economics, reverse engineering.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Formalize requirements for a manufacturing process considering a given design
  • Analyze a given manufacturing process
  • Optimize the choice of material for a manufacturing problem
  • Analyze economical aspects for manufacturing

Transversal skills

  • Plan and carry out activities in a way which makes optimal use of available time and other resources.
  • Communicate effectively, being understood, including across different languages and cultures.
  • Keep appropriate documentation for group meetings.
  • Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking

Teaching methods

Note that the teaching is given in French (with the exception of two lectures), but lectures notes are in English, as a preparation to the upcoming master phase.

  • Teaching is done through lectures, exercices in class and through dicussion during the reverse engineering project.

Expected student activities

  • Individual student do exercises once every two-weeks, for which they see the solution the week after.
  • Once every two-weeks, alternating with the exercise sessions, students work in team on their reverse engineering topic. They are expected to write a report on their reverse engineering analysis at the end of the semester.
  • Students have the possibility (option) to follow in parallel an 'Engineering English' training. (This companion course is assessed separately.)

Assessment methods

  • Six short quizzes during the semester (evaluation is the average of the four best quizzes results) (10% of the grade)
  • Written exam at the end of the course (40% of the grade)
  • Reverse engineering project (50% of the final grade)


Office hours No
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes



  • M. Ashby, Materials selection in Mechanical Design, 4th edition, Elsevier
  • M.C. Shaw, P.K. Wright, S. Kalpakjian, Manufacturing Engineering & Technology,  Pearson

Ressources en bibliothèque

Moodle Link

In the programs

  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Manufacturing technologies
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Practical work: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

13-14  PO01  
15-16  PO01  
16-17  PO01  

Wednesday, 13h - 15h: Lecture PO01

Wednesday, 15h - 16h: Exercise, TP PO01

Wednesday, 16h - 17h: Exercise, TP PO01

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