Short Courses

The Engineering and Design Lifecycle

Master your role in the engineering and design lifecycle to improve safety, efficiency and communication at all stages.
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Master your role in the engineering and design lifecycle to improve safety, efficiency and communication at all stages.

Knowing the practical steps in the engineering and design lifecycle is essential knowledge for your career.

From the moment a concept is designed until an asset is retired, the engineering and design lifecycle underpins your work. Whatever the scale, understanding this lifecycle is crucial to delivering value.

This self-paced course defines the steps in the lifecycle, and what you need to know. We'll cover:

  • the requirement specification
  • concept and preliminary design
  • detailed design
  • design reviews
  • verification and validation
  • construction and commissioning
  • operations and maintenance
  • end of life

Using a mix of case studies and practical tasks, you'll learn to make informed decisions at each phase in the lifecycle. 

You'll learn how to improve safety and sustainability outcomes. You'll also improve your communication with stakeholders by understanding where your work fits into the wider context of the lifecycle. 

Mastering the lifecycle will also help you manage broad and sometimes conflicting requirements for designs.

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8 Hours, self-paced
Location & dates

1 January - 31 December

Additional Information

Once you register, you will be provided with access to the EEA Online platform to start this course.

We can arrange bulk registration packages for corporate clients.

This includes the option to set up an access code for your organisation, allowing your team to register for courses on demand, avoiding the need to request individual Purchase Orders.

We can also customise this course to align to your business objectives or L&D needs.

Find out how we can help you and your team by completing an enquiry form or calling us on +61 3 9321 1700.

Learning outcomes
  • Describe the stages and activities within a typical engineering and design lifecycle
  • Identify the elements of a comprehensive Requirement Specification
  • Explain the importance of having a whole-of-life perspective of engineering and design
  • Explain the difference between the engineering lifecycle and the design lifecycle
  • Identify and assess opportunities for adding value at the concept design stage
  • Describe design change control
Is this course for you?

Is this course for you?

This course suits engineers and designers looking to move into management roles. Engineers should have 0—6 years' experience.

It also suits:

  • detailed designers
  • project managers

You'll benefit from this course regardless of your discipline or industry.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Topics we’ll cover

Topics we’ll cover

  • The engineering and design lifecycle
  • The requirement specification
  • Design stages
  • Realisation, operation and maintenance
  • Engineering management and design management
  • Contract management
  • Safety and sustainability
Mike Hurd FIEAust CPEng
Trevor Zwar MIEAust CPEng
How you'll learn

This course is delivered through EEA Online, our digital learning platform.

You'll learn using a mix of practical case studies, quizzes and reading, audio and video materials. You'll also apply your knowledge in practice with a variety of assessment tasks and learning checks.

It will take approximately eight hours to complete. As it is self-paced, you can start anytime and save your progress as you finish each module.

Once you register for the course, you have 90 days to complete it.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a digital badge as evidence of your achievement. Learn more about Engineering Education Australia’s digital badges including how to claim and share on our Frequently asked questions page.

This also counts towards the number of Engineers Australia Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours you can claim.

EEA Online access

EEA Online is powered by leading Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas by Instructure.

Once you register for a course, you will be provided with access to the EEA Online Canvas platform to start this course.

If you are registering for your first EEA Online course, you will receive an email from [email protected] inviting you to set up your EEA Online account. 

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Mobile access

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The most beneficial thing about this course was the [level of] detail and explanations behind the engineering processes from concept to delivery. I also liked the mix of content - reading, listening [to audio] and watching the videos.


The [engineering and design lifecycle] is useful for every engineer / designer to know. 

The example to run through the material that was learnt in the module allowed us to be able to see how the material can be applied to an actual project. The expert opinions was the most beneficial part of the course as they gave us more food for thought.

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