<!-- TITLE: Mechanical --> <!-- SUBTITLE: An overview about Mechanical Design --> ![Logo](/uploads/logo.png "Logo"){.pagelogo} # Overview This page is to help prospective mechanical and aerospace engineers find subteams and tasks to join that are similar to industry jobs. Check out the following subteams and the opportunities each presents for mechanical/aerospace design. Members are by no means restricted to one subteam and can choose to work on multiple tasks and projects within and across subteams. # Subteams ## Airframe The [airframe subteam](/subsystems/airframe/overview) is composed almost entirely of mechanical and aerospace engineers and present the most opportunities for students in these majors. The team is tasked with design, development, fabrication, testing, and modification of the flight vehicle's structure. The airframe team typically performs most of the following tasks: * Look over design requirements and competition guidelines to brainstorm intial designs * Develop models for cost-benefit analysis and material selection * Use SOLIDWORKS and SVN to collaboratively and iteratively design the flight vehicle with CAD software * Hold and participate in design reviews with other members and club alumni * Perform CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and FEA (Finite Element Analysis) along with Matlab-Simulink simulations to collect data on proposed designs * Develop BOMs (Bills of Materials) for the airframe to purchase parts within a budget * Fabricate the airframe using various manufacturing techniques and tools * Support the testing team on the flight line to make sure the design maintains structural and functional integrity ### Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) This year, the AUVSI competition requires the participating teams to design a UGV that will be deployed from the flight vehicle, land safely on the ground, and autonomously drive to a specified location. The vehicle design team will be a subsection of the airframe team and work closely with the airframe designers to integrate the UGV with previous and/or new flight vehicles. The team will perform the same tasks as the airframe team, simply working on a smaller system that will be integrated into the overall system. ## Ground There are also opportunities on the [ground subteam](/subsystems/ground/overview) that cater to mechanical more than software engineers. We are looking to develop an autonomous antenna tracker that will follow the drone while it is in the air. The team will perform the following tasks: * Look over design requirements to brainstorm intial designs that utilize existing materials * Use SOLIDWORKS and SVN to collaboratively and iteratively design the tracker with CAD software * Hold and participate in design reviews with other members and club alumni * Develop BOMs (Bills of Materials) for the tracker that fit within our budget * Fabricate the tracker using various manufacturing techniques and tools * Work with software engineers to integrate the mechanical parts * Support the testing team on the flight line to make sure the design maintains structural and functional integrity ## Testing Mechanical and aerospace engineers are needed to help the testing throughout the development process to make sure that manufactured airframe undergoes the necessary quality assurance checks for reliability. More than likely mechanical/aerospace oriented members will assist this subteam while belonging primarily to one of the others. # Summary Most of the tasks for mechanical and aerospace engineers will fall within the airframe subteam. Although this seems limiting compared to the number of software-centric subteams, airframe design is extremely complex and will take months of iterative design before materials are even purchased to begin manufacturing. As for the 2018-2019 competition year, the exact tasks will depend on the number of mechanical and aerospace members on the team and their skill levels. More than likely, this season will be focused on retrofitting our old quadcopter, Spinny, for integration with the ground vehicle while beginning the development of a fixed wing aircraft for the 2019-2020 season. Rest assured, there will be plenty of opportunities for anyone who is willing to join the teams.