Print Engineering Problem Solving

One of the most important skills of both the technician and engineer is that of problem solving. However, it is not
enough to just "get the answer", but one must be able to present the line of reasoning and computations to one's
colleagues. This enables checks and to incorporate the work into overall projects. Although there is no "best"
format for presentation of engineering calculations there are certain features each must have.
Since at this time in their technical careers, most students have not developed a pattern on problem solving, this
module will present a method preferred at South Campus for technical work. You may later develop improvements
to suit your individual needs. However, instructors in your other technical courses will expect written work to meet
these minimum criterion.
Problem Solving Criterion for
Engineering Technology
Type of paper
It is very common in engineering to use paper plain on one side with grid lines on the back. The rear lines are
helpful in sketching since they are visible on the plain side. All work is done on the plain side of the paper. Only
one side may be written on. The paper is lined with margins and a header section. Using engineering paper may
seem demanding at first, but your purpose in school is to learn good work habits and skills that will serve you
through your technical career. It is best to do things "by the book" now and adjust to "company policy" on the job.
Each paper should be numbered in the upper right hand to indicate the page and the total number of pages (1/3 2/3
3/3). Each paper should hold additional information as needed, such as, course number, your name, etc. In this class
the information is as follows:
First heading block:
Second heading block:
Third heading block:
Fourth heading block:
Fifth heading block:
Student's name
Course title or Course number
Assignment description
Page number
Writing Instrument
Work must be done in pencil so that you can erase small errors. Use a number 2B pencil.
Any reasonable style of lettering may be used. It is best to print. Use a style typical of that used in drafting. Use
care but sketch, don't draft. Also check for spelling errors! There is no excuse for spelling errors except
carelessness. Would you buy a house from a careless contractor?
Problem Layout
Each problem should be stated fully at the top of the paper. This may involve only copying the words from the text
or it may involve the formulation of a verbal description of a situation.
State all givens and assumptions.
Include all diagrams used. If more than one drawing is used for a problem, label them as Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.
Use symbols standard to the situation
Problem Solving Criterion for
Engineering Technology
Always include a unit with the final answer, such as feet, inches, cubic yards, etc.
State all equations or formulas used. Give a reference if possible. Show all important steps from the given equation
to the final answer. Underline the final answer with a single or double line. Color is also helpful.
Format for filling in the heading sections on the Engineering Paper:
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