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Curriculum Development In Industrial Technology: Materials Science And Processes

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Curriculum Topics: Industrial ET/Industrial Technology

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10.384.1 - 10.384.10



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John Mativo

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Curriculum Development in Industrial Technology: Materials Science and Processes

Dr. John M. Mativo

Ohio Northern University Department of Technological Studies


The goal of Industrial Technology curriculum is to develop graduates that will enter the workforce with the best knowledge and skills or pursue further education having a strong background. In general, the curriculum requires students to take a materials course. Current practices in both metallic and nonmetallic materials fields have been either theoretical with very minimal practical application such as in Engineering programs or heavy on the practice oriented approach with very minimal theory as in Industrial Technology programs. Both theory and practice components are critical to the understanding and utilization of materials. A balanced combination of the two components in addition to utilization of software in material selection is highly recommended for the Industrial Technology Curriculum. Wood, as a material, will be used for illustration purposes. Any other material may be substituted as desired.


Most Engineering programs and Industrial Technology programs require students to take some type of a “materials” course as shown in Table 1. A “materials” course may be basically theoretical with very little processing component or conversely may be a processes oriented course with minimal theory. In both cases, the course is intended to introduce to the student the behaviors of materials under applied conditions and to equip the graduate with ability to select and use materials intelligently. Each approach has its bias and can be defended fully in terms of depth and breath of content and conversely can be subjected to criticism.

Engineering Industrial Technology

Strength of Materials I & II Metallic Materials and Processes I Engineering Materials Science Metallic Materials and Processes II Mechanics of Materials Nonmetallic Materials and Processes Materials Selection Table 1: Generic nature of course titles to be taken by students in respective programs

“Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education”

Mativo, J. (2005, June), Curriculum Development In Industrial Technology: Materials Science And Processes Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15443

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