P10811: Ultimate Tailgate



Project Readiness Package

Project Summary Project Information

This is to be the ultimate tail-gate for a pickup truck. The idea is to provide a completely stocked workbench embedded in the tail-gate of the average truck. Initially this will be an 'add-on' feature purchased by the user. The eventual goal is to have OEMs deliver this on new vehicles. Every person who owns a truck has at least one time used the tailgate as a work surface. However, a stock tailgate provides little in the way of accommodating such use. With this tailgate, tasks performed on the tailgate may be done more effectively and poses less damage to the truck. The benefit to the student will be great. Not only will this project use every piece of engineering knowledge learned so far. It will take students to the next step of developing a business plan in order to guide them through the complete design process for putting a product on the market.

The tailgate will be designed for MTM Tools, LLC; however, their customer base will be vast. This would appeal to anyone from homeowners, contractors, off-roaders and everyone in between. The end result from this project will be a fully functioning prototype of this tailgate for one specific truck. From this base, the tailgate will be modified to fit other vehicles, as well as modifying the features of the tailgate to provide application specific accessories.

Project Name
Ultimate Tailgate
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Faculty Guide
Chris DeMinco(ME)
Faculty Consultant
Dr. Mark McVea (ME)
Primary Customer
Dr. Mark McVea
Team Members Discipline

Jonathan Brooks

Spencer Herendeen

Matthew Piatkowski

Mechanical Engineer, Project Manager

Electrical Engineer

Mechanical Engineer


Project Planning

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Project Plan MSD I

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Customer Needs Analysis

Customer Needs Heirarchy

Customer Needs Priorities

Engineering Specifications

Needs versus Specifications

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Customer Meeting Notes

Concept Development

Concept Breakdown Flowchart

Concept Screening and Selection

Preliminary Design

System Level Design Review Presentation

Preliminary Design Drawings

Preliminary Budget Estimation

Detailed Design

Detailed Design Review Presentation

Design Drawings

Feasibility Studies

Budget and Bill of Materials

MSD II Preparation

Preliminary Test Plan


Project Planning

Project Plan MSD II

Risk Management MSD II

Summary of Changes

Finalized Design

Final Design Drawings

Final Bill of Materials

Test Plans

Electrical Testing

Mechanical Testing

System Testing

Project Paper

Project Paper

Project Poster

Project Poster

Final Design Review

Final Design Review

Project Overview

Design Issues and Recommendations

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Week 11:Pending