June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
College Industry Partnerships
MassBay Community College offers two certificates in advanced manufacturing: one in manufacturing technology and one in manufacturing innovation. Each certificate is twelve month long and students need three semesters to finish. The last semester is dedicated to a paid industry internship where students are placed in a company and work under the supervision of a company advisor and a faculty. The internship is mandatory for the students to graduate. Students may work up to 40 hours a week for $15/hour. These internships usually lead to full-time employment.
Sometimes, it is difficult for students to secure paid internships. This paper describes an innovative model where a company provides a project for the students to work on and conduct on campus. In turn, MassBay compensates the students for 80 hours @ $15/hour; 80 hours beign the minimum to fulfill the internship requirement for the certificate. In addition, a faculty advisor is assigned to the students. The advisor acts as a liaison between the company and the students. Moreover, as part of the advanced manufacturing program that is funded by NSF, Massbay works collaboratively with a local major university. Thus, MassBay faculty advisor is aided by a Ph.D. graduate student from the university. As a result of these collaborations, the team consists for four MassBay students, a MassBay faculty advisor, an industry advisor from the sponsoring company that provided the project, and a Ph.D. graduate student. They all worked together during the past summer semester on the project.
The company provided multiple projects. The students selected one of them. The project goal was to design robot safety cages around a manufacturing machine to protect and guard the machine operator from robots traveling above head. The company provided the project specs. The students set to design and simulate cages design using SolidWorks CAD/CAM software. Students, the faculty advisor, and the graduate student visited the company multiple time during the project execution to seek feedback and test their designs. The students were able to successfully design new cages to meet the company requirements.
The paper will describe further the project in more details, how the team members worked together, the company feedback and guidance to students, the company plans to implement students results to build the cages. The paper also describes the lessons learned and the benefits to students, MassBay faculty, and the company. Finally, the paper discusses future collaboration with the company.
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