60 Engineering – General

Last update: Oct 27/23


IntechOpen: Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology (CC BY) by various

National Science Digital Library (Various CC and other licences) by various.

A collection of high quality online educational resources for teaching and learning with emphasis on the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


Engineering Statistics (CC BY-NC-SA) by Carnegie Mellon University Open Learning Initiative

This Engineering Statics course contains many interactive elements, spread throughout, to promote conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills. These include simulations, some with adjustable parameters controlled by the student, to help visualize concepts; “walk-throughs” that integrate voice and graphics to explain an example of the procedure or a difficult concept; and, most prominently, interactive exercises in which students practice problem solving, while receiving hints and feedback.

Mechanics for Applied Science (CC-BY) Curated and Designed by Jennifer Kirkey

This is a first-year course in engineering mechanics intended for students pursuing a degree in engineering. Topics include two-dimensional and three-dimensional force systems, moments of a force, equations of equilibrium, truss analysis, machines, internal forces, friction, and particle kinematics.This course pack contains 23 modules. Each module has a lesson plan, a problem sheet, and an activity sheet with a completed example. The syllabus in this course pack details a potential course schedule and recommended readings from two different textbooks: a common commercial textbook and an open textbook with similar content.

Mechatronics Technology Program (CC BY-NC-SA) by Carnegie Mellon University Open Learning Initiative

Created through a collaboration with the OPEN Platform+ program, the National STEM Consortium academic certificate in Mechatronics Technology is built on a 30-semester-credit model and is mapped to the Siemens Mechatronic Systems Level 1 certification. The skills taught include electrical, mechanical, and computer technologies. Graduates are prepared for entry-level Mechatronics positions in almost every industry.

Public Policy Analysis for Engineers (CC BY-NC-SA) by Carnegie Mellon University Open Learning Initiative

This course will introduce students to the interrelationship of engineering and public policy, how to conduct neutral policy analysis, and then apply that knowledge in case studies to practice the skills they have learned. The modules take a flipped classroom/active learning approach by using short videos to educate students, activities to practice the skills taught and incorporates real-world examples such as hydraulic fracturing, drones, and 3D printing.


Edinburgh DataShort: College of Science & Engineering (Various CC licences)

A digital repository of research data produced at the University of Edinburgh by the College of Science and Engineering.


Visualization in Engineering  (various open licenses) by various.


Engineering Technology (CC BY) by Network Solutions

This website consists of a series of 3D simulations on engineering technology.

Supplementary Materials

Engineering Technology Simulations (CC BY) by Network Solutions

A collection of open simulations covering automation and robotics, electrical & motor control, process control or renewable energy.


Basic Engineering Data Collection and Analysis (CC BY-NC-SA) by Stephen B. Vardeman & J. Marcus Jobe

This textbook stresses the practical over the theoretical. Step by step, students get real engineering data and scenario examples along with chapter-long case studies that illustrate concepts in realistic, thoroughly detailed situations. This approach encourages students to work through the material by carrying out data collection and analysis projects from problem formulation through the preparation of professional technical reports—just as if they were on the job.

Beyond Lean: Simulation in Practice (CC BY-NC-SA) by Charles R. Standridge

The fundamental goal of this text is to show how discrete event simulation can be used in addition to lean thinking to achieve greater benefits in system improvement than with lean alone. Realizing this goal requires learning the problems that simulation solves as well as the methods required to solve them. The problems that simulation solves are captured in a collection of case studies. These studies serve as metaphors for industrial problems that are commonly addressed using lean and simulation.

Decolonizing the Engineering Curriculum (CC-BY-NC) by Pamela Wolf; Alex Gonzalez; Curtis Rattray; Debalina Saha; James Shaw; Nika Martinussen; and Ben Harris

Reconciliation+design is a set of adaptable resources developed to enable Engineering faculty to include Indigenous reconciliation in engineering courses. These resources consist of lecture slides, sample assignments, and rubrics primarily centred around decolonization. Your role will be to teach the decolonization curriculum from your perspective.

Engineering: An Introduction for High School (CC BY-NC) by CK-12

An online textbook written for students in high school. The text was collaboratively written by university engineering and education faculty members at Arizona State University. The text currently has four content chapters that cover the nature of engineering, engineering and society, engineering design, and the connection between engineering, science, and mathematics.

Engineering Economics () Author(s):Schmid, B., Vanderby, S.

There are few engineering projects undertaken that do not have the cost of the project as a major, if not the most important, factor in the decision to undertake the project.  The cost of the project is weighed against the potential for profit or the benefits that the project may provide. While we could envision projects in our personal lives such as remodeling our houses, or deciding if its more economical to repair our car versus buying a replacement, the projects we undertake as engineers are often much larger in scope and cost. The scale of projects in engineering can be in the 100’s of millions of dollars for significant infrastructure projects; consider, for example, the electricity grid and modernization for renewable energy sources, the transportation network, and natural resource projects such as mines, mills, and petroleum facilities.

Engineering Reflection Guidebook (CC-BY-NC-SA) by  Kyle Ansilio, Shelir Ebrahimi, Alanna Carter

This “Engineering Reflection Guidebook”  is intended to expand experiential learning course offerings through a series of interactive modules for students as well as instructional teams. The developed resource includes two interactive modules: one for training undergraduate students on writing a reflection based on the “What? So what? Now what?” model, and another to guide instructional teams with evaluating and providing feedback on a reflection essay. This book also provides an instructor toolkit to help teaching teams create their own reflection assignments based on the learning outcomes of their courses.

Engineering Improvisation: New Approach to Design Thinking Mindset (CC-BY-NC-SA) by Reza Yazdanpanah; Shelir Ebrahimi; Gary Diggins; Andrea Hemmerich; and Lauren Folk .

Engineering students are usually competent with the technical aspects of the design thinking process such as testing and prototyping, however, they mostly struggle to grasp the importance of the early steps of the design thinking process, which are collecting information (from the client and other resources) and idea generation. In response to these training gaps in experiential learning curriculum, our team started this project to design and create online multi-component modules to guide undergraduate engineering students in developing their skills in the main area of Improvisation in Engineering. These skills that are connected to main steps of Engineering Design Process, will guide students through developing new design thinking mindsets.

Engineering LibreTexts Library (CC BY-NC-SA) by various

A collection of open textbooks, assignments, and other educational resources related to engineering.

Engineering Systems Dynamics Modelling, Simulation, and Design (CC-BY-NC) by Mehrzad Tabatabaian

This textbook emphasizes the fundamentals of modelling methods—including Lagrangian and bond graph—and introduces a software tool for modelling and simulation to support the design of common engineering systems. This approach minimizes the time-consuming effort of manipulating and extracting system equations and writing computer code for integrating and finding their solution. We believe that our approach helps both students and professionals currently working in the field to become more productive engineers. Videos of selected worked-out examples help the reader understand the topic and applications for real-world engineering systems.

Fundamentals of Infrastructure Management (CC-BY) by Donald Coffelt and Chris Hendrickson

This book grew out of a decade of co-teaching a course entitled ‘Infrastructure Management’ at Carnegie Mellon University. The text draws examples and discusses a wide variety of infrastructure systems, including roadways, telecommunications, power generation, buildings and systems of infrastructure. We have found that some common fundamentals of asset management, analysis tools and informed decision-making are useful for a variety of such systems. Certainly, many infrastructure managers encounter a variety of infrastructure types during their professional careers. Moreover, due to the functional inter-dependencies of different infrastructure systems, it is certainly advantageous for managers of one infrastructure type to understand other types of infrastructure. For example, roadway managers rely upon the power grid for traffic signal operation.

Introduction to Linear, Time-Invariant, Dynamic Systems for Students of Engineering (CC BY-NC) by Hallauer, William L. Jr.

This text covers the ODEs and behaviors of first-order and second-order dynamic systems; the ODEs and behaviors of mechanical systems having two degrees of freedom, i.e., fourth-order systems; classical feedback control; the basic features of proportional, in­tegral, and derivative types of classical control; and methods for analyzing the stability of classical control systems.

Introduction to Vacuum Technology by D. M. Hata, E. V. Brewer and N. J. Louwagie (CC-BY-NC-SA)

This book approaches vacuum systems from a pressure regime viewpoint, covering basic vacuum science, followed by the rough vacuum regime, including gas load, pumping mechanisms, pressure measurement, vacuum system construction, and basic troubleshooting concepts. The study of high vacuum systems follows and the same topics are revisited, and finally the topics of leak detection and residual gas analysis are discussed.

New Approaches to Engineering Design Thinking Mindset: Idea Generation (CC BY-NC-SA) by  Shelir Ebrahimi, Kristina Stepanic, Armaghan Taghvaei, Reza Yazdanpanah

The developed resource includes two independent chapters that focus on some brainstorming techniques as well as biomimicry as new mindsets for idea generation. The resource has been created as a series of self-learning modules to support all undergraduate engineering students, regardless of their level of study. It can also serve as supplementary training modules for instructors.  Since each online module focuses on building different skills, they can be used in combination or individually. Educators can incorporate the modules at different points in their programs.

Notes on Diffy Qs: Differential Equations for Engineers (CC BY-NC-SA) By: Jiří Lebl

A first course on differential equations, aimed at engineering students. The prerequisite for the course is the basic calculus sequence.

Engineering and Information: Research Skills for Engineers (CC BY-NC-SA) by Katie Harding, Alanna Carter, Shelir Ebrahimi, Eva Mueller

This book, Engineering and Information: Research Skills for Engineers, is intended to expand experiential learning course offerings for undergraduate students through a series of interactive modules. The developed resource includes seven independent modules that focus on essential skills for engineering including how to find, understand, evaluate, and document information sources that are commonly used by engineers such as journal articles, patents, standards/guidelines, books, and webpages.

Structural Analysis (CC BY-NC-ND) by Felix Udoeyo

This textbook is designed for upper-level undergraduates studying civil engineering, construction engineering and management, and architecture. It is also useful for construction professionals seeking licensure in their field of practice.

Technical Project Management in Living and Geometric Order – Third Edition (CC BY) by Jeffrey S. Russell, P.E.; Wayne P. Pferdehirt, P.E.; and John S. Nelson, P.E.

This book is the result of a collaboration among the instructors responsible for Technical Project Management, one of the ten required classes in the Master of Engineering Management (MEM) program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This class is designed to help students build on their past experiences and develop effective strategies for managing complex technical projects, with an emphasis on applying project management concepts to real-world problems.


Practical Engineering Videos (CC YouTube Licence) by Practical Engineering

A collection of engineering videos created by Grady Hillhouse, a professional civil engineer. His goal for Practical Engineering is to increase exposure and interest in the field of engineering through the use of practical examples.

Engineering Technology Simulation Learning Videos (CC YouTube Licence) by @engineeringtechsims. Simulations developed by Lucid Way E-Learning Group

Over 100+ quick microlearning videos on various Engineering Technology topics including automation, electrical, motor control, process control, fluid power, industrial robotics and more! The videos are short and are meant to be used in various classroom learning situations.

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This chapter is adapted from Engineering - General in OER by Discipline Directory by Edited by Lauri M. Aesoph and Josie Gray.


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