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Manual Methods for Reverse Engineering

$ 2,600.00


03 June


Mixed (online and in-person)


8 wks


Avg 5 hrs/wk

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Lead academic

Anna Lidfors Lindqvist

Anna Lidfors Lindqvist

Anna is dedicated to education, centring her efforts on enhancing student learning. She played a pivotal role in reforming the curriculum with a thorough programme approach, making significant contributions to a variety of engineering courses in the School of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering. Anna, who specialised in vehicle dynamics and control, earned her PhD in this field, where she led the Australian Technology of Networks (ATN) Solar Car team, a project marked by extensive collaboration. Her research and consultancy are primarily aimed at practical applications with a strong focus on net zero emission technologies.

In addition to her academic duties, Anna has been actively involved in industry projects, where her work is especially noted for advancing mechanical design and innovation. Her approach embodies a deep understanding of the engineering design process, emphasising iterative development, problem-solving and creativity to meet the complex demands of modern engineering challenges.  

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Learn the principles and techniques of manual reverse engineering methods and their application in manufacturing and quality assurance. This highly sought after skillset will help to unlock the door to a rewarding career in this rapidly expanding field.

About this microcredential

This microcredential will introduce you to manual reverse engineering methods processes for professional applications across various technical domains. You will gain hands-on experience in how to accurately measure physical objects using advanced tools such as computer metrology, vernier calipers, and micrometers. By the completion of the course, you will have learned how to analyse measurement data for precise digital modelling and component reproduction.

Key benefits of this microcredential

Upon completion of this course learners will:

  • Gain practical skills in manual reverse engineering methods tailored for engineering applications
  • Enhance proficiency in interpreting and analysing measurement data to ensure the precision of 3D scanned components
  • Acquire hands-on experience in applying manual techniques for reverse engineering, specifically tailored for professionals involved in manufacturing and quality assurance.

Learners will also have bookable practical access to the Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM). 

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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 technicians 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 3 modules, with each including online, self-study and in-person lab sessions. The following content will be covered during the course:

Module 1: Introduction to Reverse Engineering and 3D Scanning  

  • Week 1 - Introduction to reverse engineering
  • Week 2 - Introduction to 3D scanning and modelling.

Module 2: Manual Measurement & Tolerancing  

  • Week 3 - Fundamentals of manual measurement 
  • Week 4 – Tolerancing. 

Module 3: Advanced Measurements & Quality Assurance  

  • Week 5 - Advanced measurement techniques  (bookable access to the Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) available)
  • Week 6 - Quality assurance.

Module 4: Practical Applications of Reverse Engineering 

  • Week 7 - Manual reverse engineering in industry.

Course learning objectives

  • Reflect on the principles and techniques of manual reverse engineering methods for engineering applications
  • Analyse measurement data to validate the accuracy of a 3D scanned component
  • Apply manual techniques to reverse engineer components for engineering professionals engaged with manufacturing and quality assurance.


This course employs a focused assessment strategy to gauge participants' understanding and application of reverse engineering concepts.

Task 1 - Key activities (x 3)

Throughout the course, participants will engage in several key activities designed to build skills and knowledge in reverse engineering, 3D scanning, and quality assurance. These activities serve as preparatory exercises and contribute to the learner's readiness for the final assessment.

Note: These activities are ungraded, but are crucial for successful completion of the final assessment.

Task 2 - Final assessment (weight - 100%)

The core assessment of this microcredential is a single, 5-minute video presentation, which carries the full weight of the assessment load.

The video should succinctly cover the submissions from key activities 1-3, showcasing your journey through the reverse engineering process, including key findings and learning experiences. It should also demonstrate an understanding of quality assurance, tolerancing and the implications of manufacturing methods on the final product.

Participants will be evaluated on the depth of their analysis, the clarity of their presentation and their ability to synthesise course concepts in a practical context.



  • Proficiency in CAD software is essential as it forms a fundamental component of the course
  •   To complete this online course, you will need a personal computer with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas, Zoom and Microsoft Teams.  

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 The Faculty of Engineering and IT at

Book a session

Mon 03 Jun 2024-
Wed 31 Jul 2024
Expert: Anna Lidfors Lindqvist
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  • Mixed (online and in-person)
  • 4 sessions

Enrolments close Friday, 31 May 2024, 5pm (AEST) or when all places have been filled, whichever occurs first. 


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.