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Board # 59. : Industry Certification Program in Quality Control

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Engineering Technology Division Poster Session

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Engineering Technology

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Ali Ahmad Northwestern State University

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Ali Ahmad is the Head of the Engineering Technology Department at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He received a B.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Jordan (Amman, Jordan; with Highest Distinction) and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida (Orlando, Fl, USA). He has diverse expertise in human-computer interaction, quality engineering, and simulating human-machine systems. He previously worked on projects related to transfer of training in advanced human-machine systems, usability evaluation of everyday products and services, and research in multimodal systems and virtual environments. His current research interests include virtual reality applications in manufacturing, multimodal interaction design, audio interfaces, advanced usability evaluation techniques, simulating complex human-machine systems, and advanced application of statistical techniques. Dr. Ahmad is a Certified Simulation Analyst and a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

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Engineering Technology curriculum generally provides wide spread knowledge in problem solving, management of resources, and process planning. Quality Control is a key skill required by Engineering Technologists, who work in project-driven manufacturing companies. An Industry Advisory Council for a university in Louisiana expressed the need for quality control trained graduates, and worked with Engineering Technology faculty to develop a post-baccalaureate certificate program focused on quality control.

This paper discusses the development of a post-baccalaureate industry certificate program in quality control. It starts by identifying the need for quality control knowledge and skills. After that it discusses the key components for quality control body of knowledge. These components led to identifying relevant course topics to include: Statistical Analysis, Economics, and Quality. These topics were used to evaluate university curricula to identify what existing courses can be used to deliver the required knowledge and skills. Furthermore, the developed certificate is offered both face-to-face and online, hence the paper discusses adaptations of content to facilitate delivery in these different environments. The paper concludes by providing directions for future development of the certificate.

Ahmad, A. (2017, June), Board # 59. : Industry Certification Program in Quality Control Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27885

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