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A Proposed Approach To Design An Efficient Program In Industrial Technology

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Building Bridges in ET

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7.95.1 - 7.95.8



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Mohamed Gadalla

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Session 3650

A Proposed Approach to Design an Efficient Program in Industrial Technology

Dr. Mohamed Gadalla Kean University, Department of Technology, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, NJ 07083 Tel: 908-527-2284, E-mail:

Abstract Technology education at the university level can be grouped into: Engineering Technology (ET) and Industrial Technology (IT) Programs. These programs are primarily focusing on applications in Engineering Science. A typical IT curriculum includes: hands-on type of experience courses, courses on humanities, liberal arts, physiology, management, economic, etc. The graduates of these programs are workforce that can be used in many workplaces such as: industry, government, educational institutes, financial institutions, etc. Although the graduate of IT programs has a wide scope of knowledge in many areas, he or she can still suffer from a lack of some fundamentals in mathematics, and core courses that are considered as core elements in building a sound skeleton of a scientific knowledge. It is believed that by efficient design of the IT curriculum many of these pitfalls can be avoided.

In this paper a case study of a program design and development in industrial technology in Computer Integrated Design and Manufacturing Technology (CIDMT) will be shown. The conflicting factors to be considered and resolved in the curriculum design will be highlighted and discussed.

1. Introduction

The National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT) defines Industrial Technology as a field of study designed to prepare technical and or management oriented professionals for employment in business, industry, education, and government. Industrial Technology compared with Engineering and Engineering Technology is primarily involved with the management, operation, and maintenance of complex technological systems while Engineering and Engineering Technology are primarily involved with the design and installation of these systems. [1].

Historically, Industrial Technology programs grew out of colleges and universities, to prepare secondary school industrial arts teachers. As more and more graduates took industry management jobs the program began to better prepare students to enter industry. Slowly industrial technology evolved as an identity resulting in new separate degree programs. While industrial arts programs focused on technology and psychology, later industrial technology programs combined technology and management. Table 1 shows a brief historical view of the IT programs [2].

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Gadalla, M. (2002, June), A Proposed Approach To Design An Efficient Program In Industrial Technology Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11026

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