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Introduction to Reverse Engineering

$ 2,600.00


27 May


On Campus (Sydney)


8 wks


Avg 6 hrs/wk

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Dr Stefan Lie

Dr Stefan Lie
Associate Professor in Product Design

Stefan is a product designer and design academic specialising in product interaction, material ecologies, and sustainable design. His research focuses on the relationship between humans and materials, exploring how object form, surface, and texture impact cultures of overconsumption and waste. At UTS, he co-directs the Material Ecologies Design Lab, exploring new design processes for regenerative systems.

Stefan collaborates extensively with industry partners, reimagining post-industrial waste as new products and materials. As a former furniture designer, his iconic creations include the Ribs Bench and Origami Slippers. Stefan teaches undergraduate and postgraduate design courses, challenging students to think critically about sustainable materials and disrupting design conventions for a more sustainable future.

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Iain Finlay

Iain Finlay
Facilitator and Casual Academic in Product Design

Iain is an industrial designer and university educator who has contributed to, and acquired expertise from a vast array of industries. He has an eye for detail and a passion for ethical, egalitarian, fit-for-purpose design, and design with integrity.

Since his graduation from UTS with a Bachelor of Design, Industrial Design (First Class Honours) in 2011, Iain has designed consumer headphones, musician IEMs, outdoor accessories, point-of-purchase props, business furniture, and medical therapy equipment. He holds numerous patents for headphones, IEMs, and medical equipment.

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Learn the principles and techniques of ethical reverse engineering, including component selection, data collection and digital model validation and verification. Essential for mechanical design, manufacturing and quality assurance professionals, this course enables enhanced efficiency and reduced costs by applying reverse engineering methods to various fields.

About this microcredential

During this microcredential, you will delve into the principles and techniques essential for harnessing the transformative power of reverse engineering. You will gain proficiency in accurately analysing, interpreting and collecting the physical component data necessary for part re-production, design development, quality assurance or digital preservation.

Tailored for professionals in mechanical design, manufacturing and quality assurance, this microcredential imparts practical skills aimed at enhancing efficiency and reducing costs within the respective fields. The course is structured into four modules, each offering comprehensive coverage, from an introduction to reverse engineering, to hands-on training in product disassembly and documentation for traceability. By the course's conclusion you should possess the knowledge and competence necessary to thrive in today's competitive landscape.

Whether a seasoned professional or embarking on your career, this course will provide invaluable insights and practical skills to propel your success in reverse engineering and beyond.

Key benefits of this microcredential

This microcredential has been designed to equip you with:

  • A deep understanding of the principles and techniques of reverse engineering, empowering you to unravel complex design challenges
  • The ability to utilise various equipment and techniques to create precise digital models, enhancing your versatility in digital design workflows
  • Introductory competence in analysing and interpreting data from scans, allowing you to extract valuable insights from complex scan data
  • A principal understanding of diverse software tools for manipulating and modifying digital models, expanding your toolkit for design optimisation
  • Insight into how the application of reverse engineering techniques can significantly increase efficiency and decrease costs in mechanical design, manufacturing and quality assurance processes, positioning you as a valuable asset in any industry.  

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A digital badge and certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the relevant assessment requirements and attainment of learning outcomes of the microcredential.  

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Who should do this microcredential?

This microcredential is suitable for, but not limited to:

  • Engineering professionals
  • Product designers and developers
  • Quality assurance specialists
  • CAD technician and 3D modellers
  • Manufacturing industry technicians
  • Innovation and R&D teams
  • Hobbyists and makers.  


Full price: $2,600 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional course information

Course outline

The course is structured into four modules, each offering comprehensive coverage. Each module includes self-study materials and facilitated live sessions. The following content will be covered during the course:

  • Module 1 - Introduction to Reverse Engineering
    Understand the fundamentals of reverse engineering and discuss the associated applications and ethical concerns.
  • Module 2 - Product Disassembly and Analysis
    Engage in tasks such as product autopsies, disassembly of products, and recording analysis and recovery information.
  • Module 3 - Manual Measuring
    Learn to identify key dimensions and explore different manual measuring methods used for reverse engineering.
  • Module 4 – Validation and Verification Process
    Undergo the process of validating and verifying reverse engineering work conducted by yourself and others.

Participants will work with a dedicated course facilitator who will support the learning and engagement online, as well as in-person. Teaching resources have been designed by a lead academic and a team of experts from the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building.  

This eight-week course includes self-paced online learning as well as on-campus workshops held in weeks 1, 4 and 7.

Course learning objectives

By the completion of this microcredential, you should be able to:

  • Understand the value and ethics of reverse engineering principles when applied to professionals engaged in product design, manufacturing, and quality assurance
  • Identify and evaluate common equipment and techniques used to create, manipulate, and modify digital CAD models of components
  • Verify and validate the accuracy of reverse engineered CAD models against original components.  


Participants are required to complete all assessment task components satisfactorily in order to pass the course. The final grade for this course will be based on the task outlined below.

Task: Reverse engineering project

This task aims to assess your understanding of reverse engineering values, ethics, and techniques. The independent task is split into three parts, which will be completed throughout the course in the following order:

  • Product autopsy and ethical considerations
  • Equipment and methodology selection
  • Verification and validation.



To complete this course, you will need a personal computer with adequate internet access and an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas.

Closed footwear and long pants are required for the lab workshops.

Contact us

  • For any questions about enrolment or payment, please contact UTS Open Support at 
  • For any questions about course content, delivery, or progression, please contact the Enterprise Learning team at

Book a session

Mon 27 May 2024-
Sun 21 Jul 2024
Expert: Dr Stefan Lie, Iain Finlay
  • UTS – Venue TBC
  • On Campus (Sydney)
  • 3 sessions, 6 hours total

Enrolments close Monday, 27 May 2024 at 11.59pm (AEST) or when all places have been filled, whichever occurs first. This eight-week course includes self-paced online learning as well as on-campus workshops held in weeks 1, 4 and 7.


Acknowledgement of Country

UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.