June 20, 2010
June 20, 2010
June 23, 2010
15.377.1 - 15.377.11
DEVELOPING A NEW MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY CURRICULUM
Manufacturing is one of the areas that had been deeply hit by globalization and most of the manufacturer’s associate globalization with outsourcing due to recent history of U.S. manufacturing. Approximately 300,000 jobs were outsourced to foreign countries in 2003 and research predicts that 3.4 million jobs will be lost by 2015 in manufacturing outsourcing. Does this mean manufacturing is going to decline? Global manufacturing enables engineering and manufacturing responsibilities to be distributed in such a way that the product is built efficiently.
In this paper authors would discuss about the new manufacturing engineering technology program for the north east Indiana where the courses would provide graduates with solid knowledge and readily marketable skills in the area of manufacturing engineering. In recent years virtually all markets around the world demand that products be engineered to meet local requirements and preferences. Incorporating all these concerns a survey was done to see the hiring trend for the proposed manufacturing engineering technology curriculum. Based on the survey manufacturing ET curriculum was developed that provides a foundation in sciences complemented by general technical courses in mechanical and industrial engineering disciplines. The general technical courses, focusing on the practical application of engineering knowledge, include the subject areas of engineering graphics, engineering materials and mechanics, hydraulics and pneumatics, CAD/CAM, geometric tolerancing, design and engineering economics. The manufacturing-specific courses cover subjects in manufacturing processes, CNC, quality assurance, facilities layout, material science, design for manufacturing, and lean manufacturing.
Development of the proposed MFET (Manufacturing Engineering Technology) program at Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW) has been in progress for many years. Manufacturing courses have been offered as part of the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) and Industrial Engineering Technology (IET) degrees at IPFW since the 1970’s. During the period of late 1970’s to the early 1990’s the department of Manufacturing Technology offered a Manufacturing option as part of the MET program. Because of declining enrollments in the MET program during the early 1990’s the Manufacturing option was discontinued. However as a part of the MET curriculum many of the manufacturing option courses have been continuously offered since that time. With the increased demand for manufacturing specific courses as requested by current students, the Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC) for the MET and IET programs, and from employer surveys the department started planning a new B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering Technology program in spring 2007.
Mohammed, J., & Narang, R., & Albayyari, J. (2010, June), Developing A New Manufacturing Engineering Technology Curriculum Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. https://peer.asee.org/16225
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