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Curriculum Development In Manufacturing Technology; A Survey Of Society Of Manufacturing Engineers (Sme) College Fellows

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.153.1 - 4.153.11

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Robert Spradling

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Robert Hayes

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Ahmad Zargari

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Curriculum Development in Manufacturing Technology: A Survey of Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) College Fellows Ahmad Zargari, Robert Hayes, Robert Spradling Morehead State University


Shortly after the end of World War II, American manufacturers diverted their

considerable military manufacturing capabilities into the production of consumer goods.

At that time, the worldwide demand for American products was strong and U.S. firms

produced almost half of all the manufactured goods sold in the world.

During the past 20 years, America’s manufacturing leadership and dominance has

declined as competition for world markets has continually increased among industrialized

nations. The automotive and electronics industries are perhaps the most visible part of

America’s manufacturing base to be impacted by this onslaught by foreign competitors

(Dugger and Teagarden, 1998).

Recognizing the fact that manufacturing expertise and capability are factors vital

to the stability of the nation’s economy is an important step in keeping America’s

manufacturing base from being further eroded by ravenous foreign competitors. Cordtz

(1992) noted that, "in an increasingly competitive and technology-oriented world, the

pool of employees who are qualified--even by historical standards, much less by those of

the future--will be shrinking instead of growing" (p. 66). In this new era, workers'

knowledge and qualifications will have more to do with economic success than will other

Spradling, R., & Hayes, R., & Zargari, A. (1999, June), Curriculum Development In Manufacturing Technology; A Survey Of Society Of Manufacturing Engineers (Sme) College Fellows Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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