Introduction to mechanical engineering (MSK100)

The course will provide an introduction to the mechanical engineering program and a basis for the later courses in the program. This is achieved by learning the basics of technical drawing, 3D modeling and using equipment in the institute's laboratories and mechanical workshop.

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


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The course aims to give the student an introduction to mechanical engineering and a foundation for the later courses in the study. This is achieved by learning basic technical drawing, 3D modeling, and using equipment in the department's laboratories and mechanical workshops. Through exercises and project work, the student will become familiar with the engineering profession in collaboration with other students.

The course consists of four modules:

  1. Drawing; introduction to technical drawing and 3D modeling
  2. Measurement techniques; introduction to tolerances and use of measuring equipment
  3. Materials; introduction to material technology
  4. Mechanical workshop; introduction to production techniques such as welding, turning, milling, and additive manufacturing.

Learning outcome


  • HSE regulations for the lab
  • Fundamentals in geometric description of machine parts
  • Knowledge about structure and microstructure of materials
  • Have a basic understanding of machining deviations and tolerances, as well as relevant standards


  • Make simple technical drawings and make 3D models in a relevant 3D modelling software
  • Create simple machine parts through production techniques such as welding, milling, turning, and 3D printing.
  • Use measurement equipment in the lab

General competence:

  • Plan and perform a work in collaboration with other students
  • Able to interpret and analyse measurement results

Required prerequisite knowledge



Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Report 1/1 2 Weeks Passed / Not Passed All

The report is conducted in groups. No re-sit opportunities are offered for the report. Students who do not pass the report can retake it the next time the course is held.

Coursework requirements

Work requirement 1, Work requirement 2, Work requirement 3
3 compulsory assignments is to be conducted in groups.

Course teacher(s)

Coordinator laboratory exercises:

Swen Roemer

Coordinator laboratory exercises:

Mona Wetrhus Minde

Coordinator laboratory exercises:

Adugna Deressa Akessa

Course teacher:

Ove Mikkelsen

Course coordinator:

Knut Erik Teigen Giljarhus

Coordinator laboratory exercises:

Emil Mannes Surnevik

Head of Department:

Mona Wetrhus Minde

Course teacher:

Vidar Folke Hansen

Course teacher:

Hirpa Gelgele Lemu

Open for

Mechanical Engineering - Vocational Path, Bachelor in Engineering Mechanical Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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