Charlotte, North Carolina
June 20, 1999
June 20, 1999
June 23, 1999
4.153.1 - 4.153.11
1 Session 3563
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. https://peer.asee.org/8131
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