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Precision Engineering, Measurement & Design

Summer University Term 1: 11th June - 5th July


Course price: 1.850 Euros

18 hours of class a week, 5 ECTS, max. 25 participants


The four-week course is an introduction to precision engineering aimed at students from all engineering majors, and will cover topics such as high-precision measurements, statistical data analysis, and standard uncertainty analysis methods.

Precision Engineering Design & Measurement covers the fundamental practices common to all engineering majors in making and reporting basic engineering measurements and their use in designing high-precision items. Students will learn about the engineering design process, commonly used engineering measurement tools, statistical analysis and standard uncertainty analysis methods. Three local tours at businesses and museums will punctuate how precision measurements are used in engineering design practice.

This course is an introductory engineering course and is therefore more suitable for undergraduate level-engineers (graduates from other fields are of course welcome). 

Learning Goals & Syllabus


    Upon course completion students should have a working understanding of precision measurements and the engineering design process. Students will be familiar with how to approach engineering measurements, what uncertainty in measurements means in practice, and how to statistically examine engineering data in design.


    A syllabus for the course will be online here shortly, but for now you can take a look at the syllabus from the 2017 Precision Engineering course here (PDF, 89,3 KB)

    You may find the syllabus useful when discussing with your home University whether the ECTS credits attainable for this course are accepted by them.

    Course components

    The course will consist of three lecture days per week, plus field trips.


    • Tour 1: M German Telecommunication Museum
    • Tour 2: German Science and Technology Museum
    • Tour 3: BAM (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung)
    • Tour 4: Braun-Sammlung Ettel Museum für Design (Berlin)

     There will be varied assessment methods.


      The general prerequisites of the TU Berlin Summer University are: at least one year of university experience + English level B2 or equivalent.

      This course is intended for students from all engineering majors that have successfully completed a college calculus and physics course. Course content will be applicable and use examples from a variety of engineering disciplines, so students from all engineering majors are encouraged to participate.


      Dr. Daniel Dickrell,

      Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida

      Dan Dickrell is an Assistant Engineer in the College of Engineering at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. He is also a member of the graduate research faculty in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE). He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida and has worked as a mechanical engineer at Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, IL, Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, NM, and in private industry.

      Since 2007, Dr. Dickrell has taught various engineering design and mechanics courses in the MAE department (Statics, Mechanics of Materials, Introduction to Mechanical Design). He also teaches first-year course: Introduction to Engineering Design and Programming for the College of Engineering. In 2012-2013 academic year he was voted "Teacher of the Year" in the MAE department by students and faculty.

      Please direct questions about the course to the TU Berlin Summer University Team at: . We will answer your questions and direct specific queries regarding course content to the course lecturers where necessary.

      Registration for the TU Berlin Summer University 2018 will be opening in late October. 

      Early Bird discounts will apply until the 28th of February 2018. 

      Registration will take place online on the "Register" tab on the left hand menu of this website. 

      Summer University Term 1: June 11th to July 5th 2018

      Course price: 1.850 Euros

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