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Developing Advanced Manufacturing Engineers For European Competitiveness.

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1997 Annual Conference


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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June 15, 1997

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June 15, 1997

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June 18, 1997



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2.141.1 - 2.141.8



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P.J. Sackett

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G.P. Nelder

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A. Skandalakis

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I. Introduction Manufacturing requires high-quality, professionally qualified, flexible and imaginative management committed to success and capable of managing change (1). Last year the authors undertook a study for the UK Department of Trade and Industry to identify the particular requirements of managing manufacturing change in the Small and Medium sized Manufacturing Enterprise. This highlighted the importance of manufacturing education coupled with enterprise development vision (2). There is a need for manufacturing engineers with an understanding of the integration of people in the manufacturing process, the integration of production activities with the concerns of the whole business from the suppliers to the customers, and the need to engage in continuing professional development, improvement and lifelong learning.

European Institutions that are aware of the need for cross-disciplined manufacturing engineers are beginning to "re-engineer" their academic programs to provide an integration of technological, organisational and human-factors disciplines. Universities and other academic Institutions are required to assess the philosophy of their programs, and the level and spread of expertise offered to the students. The ICIMS-NOE is a group of leading academic Institutions and companies which serves to encourage collaboration in Intelligent Control and Integrated Manufacturing Systems (3). Minimal work has been carried out in identifying requirements and the provision and capability of European Institutions in the fields of Advanced Manufacturing Education, and the Network was asked by the European Commission to undertake a survey focused on postgraduate Manufacturing Education.

II. Objectives The purpose of this pilot study is to position the European provision and capability in the fields of Advanced Manufacturing Education, and to provide a benchmarking baseline for Universities across Europe. More specifically, the objectives of the survey were:

• The research and articulation of state-of-the-art and international trends in Advanced Manufacturing Education in Europe, and the publishing of its conclusions. • A database containing detailed, relevant information about the nature, content and procedures of European Programs in Advanced Manufacturing. • A World Wide Web Site, giving high visibility, while acting as a dissemination medium for interim results

III. Data Collection Process A brief synopsis of how the survey participants were identified across Europe is given incorporating the techniques used. It includes a summary of how the questionnaire design was realised, and how the data storage system was implemented to support the data collection and analysis processes.

Sackett, P., & Nelder, G., & Skandalakis, A. (1997, June), Developing Advanced Manufacturing Engineers For European Competitiveness. Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 10.18260/1-2--6503

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