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ME 105 Engineering Graphics Challenge Exam Information

About the challenge exam

The MBE Department offers an ME 105 Challenge Exam for students who believe they have already obtained sufficient skill and knowledge in engineering graphics. The Challenge Exam is offered once a semester for eligible students. Students receiving a passing grade will receive credit for ME 105; students who take the Challenge Exam and do not pass will be required to take ME 105 to meet their BSME degree requirements. There is a $50 non-refundable fee required to take the Challenge Exam. For more information, please see the Challenge Exam section on the registrar’s Credit for Prior Learning website. Students who are taking ME 105 at the same time the exam is offered are not eligible.

Fall 2019 Exam Application and Administration deadlines

Applications due:  Friday, October 11, 2019
Approval Notification:  Friday, October 18, 2019
Test Administration:  Saturday, October 26, 2019  –  10:00am – 12:00pm in RUCH 238
Results Notification:  Friday, November 1, 2019

Further course and exam information

Below is information taken from an ME 105 Course Syllabus. Topics on the exam may come from any of the course objectives listed.

ME 105 MECHANICAL ENGINEERING GRAPHICS (3-0-3)(F/S). Theory and practice of creating graphical models for engineered products. PREREQ: MATH 170.

Course Description

This course introduces students to engineering design graphics theory and practice applied to manufactured products using hand drawing tools and SolidWorks CAD software. The class covers major concepts and frequently used commands required to advance from a novice to an intermediate user level in SolidWorks. Focus is on part and assembly creation and creation of 2D engineering drawings.

Course Objectives

Visualization, communication, and documentation of three-dimensional geometries (representing engineered products) through orthographic multi-views and isometric pictorials using manual sketching and computer-aided graphics.

Learning Outcomes (Students shall be able to):

  • Describe the role of graphics in the design and development of engineered products
  • Identify and describe the engineering stages used in the design and development of manufactured products
  • Read engineering scales and take driving dimensions from manufactured parts
  • Sketch free-hand pictorials of three-dimensional objects
  • Draw isometric pictorials of three-dimensional objects
  • Sketch and draw standard views of three-dimensional objects using orthographic projection
  • Draw an auxiliary or sectioned view of an object
  • Apply standard dimensioning practice to properly quantify the geometric attributes of three-dimensional objects that satisfies design intent
  • Apply tolerances to dimensions reflective of acceptable manufacturing variations in part geometry
  • Use engineering coordinate systems to locate basic geometric elements and primitive shapes in space
  • Describe how a parametric modeler captures design intent for part models
  • Describe how an assembly modeler captures design intent for an assemblage of part models
  • Use the solid modeling capabilities of a computer-aided design (CAD) package to generate a three-dimensional solid model
  • Generate the standard views of a solid model (top, front, side, and isometric) on a drawing template using the automated capabilities of a CAD package and obtain a scaled hardcopy
  • Add dimensions to the orthographic views of a solid model using the automated capabilities of a CAD package and obtain a scaled hard copy
  • Create assemblies of special purpose and standard part models using the automated capabilities of a CAD package and obtain a scaled hard copy
  • Apply reverse engineering to create a CAD database of a multipart, mass-produced consumer product.

To apply

If you believe you have sufficient knowledge in CAD, graphics design, etc., please fill out the ME 105 Challenge Exam Application.  Please see the top of the page for upcoming test administration dates and application deadlines.

If approved

Upon receiving notification of your approval from the MBE Department, students must fill out a Credit for Prior Learning form. Students confirm their registration for the Challenge Exam by bringing the Credit for Prior Learning form and a check for $50 (payable to the MBE Department) to the MBE Department office, ENGR 201. 

Exam administration

Students must bring the Credit for Prior Learning form including verification of fee payment to the exam.  The MBE Department will keep the form until the exam is graded.


Students must receive a grade of 75% or higher to pass the Challenge Exam. Students will be notified of their pass/fail status and receive a signed Credit for Prior Learning form from the MBE Department no later than the notification date shown above. Students receiving a passing grade must submit this form to the Registrar’s office to obtain credit for ME 105.  Students who do not pass the Challenge Exam will need to successfully complete ME 105 to obtain credit.


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