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Design Of An Engineering Graphics Course For A Pre Engineering Program

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

Start Date

June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



Conference Session

Curriculum Development and Applications

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Engineering Design Graphics

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11.408.1 - 11.408.9



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Mark Holdhusen University of Wisconsin-Marathon County

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Mark Holdhusen is an Assistant Professor of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County. He began at UWMC in January of 2005 after completing his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Mark received a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in August of 1999. He currently lives in Wausau, WI with his wife, Elona, and his two dogs.

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Design of an engineering graphics course for a pre-engineering program Abstract

A pre-engineering program is intended to give engineering students the core courses in engineering before transferring to a different university to finish their bachelor’s degree. One course that usually is taught in pre-engineering programs is engineering graphics. The requirements for such a course are quite varied depending on the school and the engineering discipline to which the student transfers. This paper discusses the specific issues that arise in developing an engineering graphics course for a pre-engineering program. An outline of the course is presented including the material taught, homework assignment structure, timelines, design projects, and assessment of students’ work. Instructor and student reactions to the newly designed course are discussed, including their views on the relevancy, work load, and overall reaction.


The University of Wisconsin-Marathon County (UWMC) offers a two-year pre-engineering program. The purpose of this program is to give students the core engineering courses they need during the first two years in college. After completing the first two years, they transfer into one of many engineering programs at many universities. The curriculum of such a pre-engineering program must encompass necessary courses students need regardless of which specific major or university they transfer. Engineering graphics is one course which is required in many engineering programs. However, the topics covered in such a course are dependent on the specific engineering discipline. Due to enrollment and resources, pre-engineering programs typically can only offer one engineering graphics course to meet the requirements of all engineering majors. This paper details the development of an engineering graphics course for a pre-engineering program to meet the requirements of transfer universities regardless of the engineering discipline.

Most students at UWMC transfer to universities within the University of Wisconsin System. Because of this fact, the curriculum of the UWMC pre-engineering program is designed for smooth transfer to an engineering program within the UW System. The subject matter of most of the core engineering courses is well defined and consistent over time and across disciplines and universities (i.e. Statics, Dynamics, etc.). However, engineering graphics is highly dependent on current CAD technologies as well as current engineering practices in industry. Engineering graphics courses are constantly evolving and universities are including new and innovative topics based on current industry standards. These changes lead to new courses at universities and cause transferability issues with already existing courses in pre-engineering programs. Therefore, engineering graphics courses in pre-engineering programs need to change to meet the new requirements of the transfer schools.

At the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County, something very similar happened to what is described above. Engineering programs within the UW System changed their engineering graphics requirements and the engineering graphics course currently offered at UWMC no longer transferred. Therefore, the pre-engineering program at UWMC was required to create a new

Holdhusen, M. (2006, June), Design Of An Engineering Graphics Course For A Pre Engineering Program Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--612

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