The Apprentice Automation Challenge provides a brilliant opportunity for talented apprentices to compete in an innovative design and manufacturing challenge to improve an everyday home or garden device.

The Challenge is open to teams of apprentices from companies, colleges and training providers of engineering and manufacturing technologies.

Participants will be asked to submit a report which is to include a design specification, manufacturing instructions, user manual and a business case for the mass production and sale of the product.

Is your team ready? Be the best prepared team in the competition with our handy online resources! Simply click on the titles and log in with your IMechE details.

Read more about the Challenge and updates here.

Mechanical Design Engineering Handbook

Peter R.N. Childs

Second edition, 2019

This handbook is a straight-talking and forward-thinking reference covering the design, specification, selection, use and integration of the machine elements that are fundamental to a wide range of engineering applications. Sections cover bearings, shafts, gears, seals, belts and chains, clutches and brakes, springs, fasteners, pneumatics and hydraulics, amongst other core mechanical elements.

The Product Manager’s Desk Reference

Steven Haines

Second edition, 2014

In this fully revised edition of the definitive product management guide, veteran product management thought leader and practitioner Steven Haines clearly illustrates the entire product life cycle, from beginning to end. The book is packed with an array of best practices and helpful hints that are critical to the efficient management of products.

Product Development

A Structured Approach to Consumer Product Development, Design, and Manufacture

Second edition, 2015

This book reviews the precepts of product design in a step-by-step structured process and focuses on the concurrent nature of product design. It helps the reader to understand the connection between initial design and interim and final design, including design review and materials selection. The second edition of this instructional reference work presents invaluable insight into the concurrent nature of the multidisciplinary product development process.

Design for Environmental Sustainability

Life Cycle Design of Products

Carlo Arnaldo Vezzoli

Second edition, 2018

This book provides a comprehensive framework and practical tools to support environmentally sustainable design processes. It puts forward an articulated vision of methods, tools and strategies for the integration of environmental requirements into product development, and highlights potential strategies and design guidelines, accompanied by a large selection of high-quality, environmentally aware product design case studies.

Engineering Materials 1

An Introduction to Properties, Applications and Design

David R.H. Jones and Michael F. Ashby

Fifth edition, 2019

This book is a core materials science and engineering text for third- and fourth-year undergraduate students; it provides a broad introduction to the mechanical and environmental properties of materials used in a wide range of engineering applications. The 5th edition boasts expanded properties coverage, new case studies, more exercises and examples, and all-around improved pedagogy.

Up and Running with AutoCAD 2020

2D Drafting and Design

Elliot J. Gindis and Robert C. Kaebisch


This book uses a combination of step-by-step instruction, examples and insightful explanations to emphasise core concepts and practical application of AutoCAD in engineering, architecture, and design.

Manufacturing Engineering Handbook

Hwaiyu Geng

Second edition, 2016

A fully revised guide to manufacturing engineering technologies, principles, and applications. This second edition shows how to optimise all aspects of the global manufacturing process and build the highest quality goods at the lowest price in the shortest possible time. All-new topics include cloud computing, the Internet of Things, 3D printing, nanomanufacturing and advanced manufacturing, and operations research.

Making the Business Case

Proposals that Succeed for Projects that Work

Ian Gambles


This concise book shows you how to make sense of the task at hand, develop a strategy, articulate your options, define the benefits, establish the costs, identify the risks and make a compelling case. Just as with the best business cases, the text is concise, jargon-free and easy to read; illustrated throughout with practical examples drawn from real cases and including reflective exercises at the end of each chapter to help you consolidate what you have learned. 

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