June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
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Creating a New 4-year Degree in Engineering Technology Engineering Technology DivisionAbstract:This paper will discuss the need for a new 4-year degree in Engineering Technology (ET).The following trends at the student, university, and global levels suggest that such adegree will be well received and is needed at US universities. 1) US universities are closing down manufacturing and industrial engineering departments. The alternative would be to have a degree program in ET that has a wider appeal for all kinds of businesses that need people to operate technologically oriented processes. 2) There has been a general drop in the ability of US kids to excel in higher math skills. Less than 5% of engineers who learn higher order math, practice what they learned. Most are assisting in the management of processes that are already in place or designed by others. Hence, creating a degree in ET with some exposure to calculus might attract a wider base of students in the program. Most US students who do not absolutely shine in mathematics tend to shy away from engineering programs. 3) Globalization and inflation a. In the past two decades there has been a substantial increase in wages and benefits in developing countries like China, Mexico, Brazil and India. b. Most manufacturing companies are in the process of optimizing their supply chains utilizing a mixture of foreign suppliers and indigenous assemblers for their products. c. The cost of shipping, inventory, communications, and quality for off-shore suppliers is constantly on the rise. There is a possibility that if these trends continue, many companies are likely to reconsider manufacturing their products in the US, increasing the demand for people who understand technology to be able to run automated processes like ET majors.In this paper, how the body of knowledge for an ET program based on the above will bediscussed. An outline of a curriculum will be presented along with the laboratory andhands-on practicum, internships and coops that might be needed to strengthen theprogram.
Linn, J. B., & Mehta, M. B., & Sanders, J. H. (2011, June), Creating a New Four-Year Degree in Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17673
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