ENME313-17S2 (C) Semester Two 2017

Electro Technology for Mechanical Engineers

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2017
End Date: Sunday, 19 November 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 July 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 13 October 2017


An introduction to the basic principles of circuit theories, RL and RC circuits, transduction principles, mechanical measurements, instrumentation techniques, operational amplifiers, data acquisition, Programmable Logic Control, power electronics and electric machines and control.

Almost all mechanical systems incorporate electrical, electronic, and computational elements in the form of sensors, data acquisition units, signal conditioning and processing, control systems, motors etc. To use these elements effectively, Mechanical Engineers must have an understanding of how they work, their performance characteristics, and limitations. This course covers the fundamental electrical and electronic theories necessary to understand what is going on inside these elements, as well as practical aspects such as how their behaviour might affect their intended use in engineering applications.

The course complements Controls and Vibrations (ENME303) and serves as a foundation for subsequent elective courses in Instrumentation and Sensors (ENME423), Robotics (ENMT482), and Linear Systems Control (ENME403), as well as Final Year Research Projects requiring sensors, instrumentation, data acquisition, and processing.

This course includes 5 laboratory sessions during term 4. The labs are conducted on Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) with a variety of common sensors and actuators, giving students practical experience with industry standard equipment.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

 Explain the fundamental concepts of electrical circuits
 Design and analyse simple electronic circuits
 Apply basic instrumentation techniques, data acquisition, and signal processing to make a physical measurement
 Describe the principles, performance characteristics and limitations of electric motors
 Explain the basic concepts of electric power (AC and DC) and power systems


60 points at 200-level in mechanical engineering


ENMT201, ENME339, ENME443

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Chris Pretty


Andrew Lapthorn


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Homework 20% 6 worked problems, 1 per fortnight commencing 4th August 2017
Term 2 labs 15% 5 labs, 1 per week during term 4
Test 1 14 Sep 2017 20%
Final exam 45%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Rizzoni, Giorgio , Kearns, James; Principles and applications of electrical engineering ; Sixth edition;

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $919.00

International fee $5,000.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Mechanical Engineering .

All ENME313 Occurrences

  • ENME313-17S2 (C) Semester Two 2017