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Developing Product And Manufacturing Integration Engineers: Integrating Graduate Education, Training, And Managed Job Assignments Into A Strategic Career Path

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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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4.183.1 - 4.183.6

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Mary S. Bonhomme

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Edward R. Alef

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Edward G. Borbely

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Session 2322

Developing Product and Manufacturing Integration Engineers: Integrating Graduate Education, Training, and Managed Job Assignments into a Strategic Career Path

Edward R. Alef, Mary S. Bonhomme, Edward G. Borbely General Motors Corporation/Purdue University/University of Michigan


This paper describes two separate but interrelated learning programs that integrate advanced education and training into a twelve-year experiential learning process. One program is in integrated product (vehicle) engineering and another in integrated manufacturing engineering. The objective of these programs is to develop and prepare engineers for positions as technical leaders in each of these mission-critical areas.

Both programs contain four critical elements that are designed to instill in the learner the capability to execute advanced but clearly defined job requirements within a prescribed set of time and budget constraints. The components also develop the ability to achieve these objectives within a dynamic matrix of rapidly advancing technology and organizations. These four components include:

1. a master’s degree in engineering with a plan of study that is interdisciplinary and includes a highly specialized job assignment unique to each learner; 2. over 1600 contact hours of specific and proprietary training to complement the plan of study in the degree program; 3. a scheduled and well-coordinated set of job assignments ranging sequentially over twelve years and performed concurrently with the successful completion of both the education and the training; and 4. a project-based course, culminating in a certificate, that applies the body of knowledge to management decisions for improvements and innovations.

This formal certification prepares graduates for high-level management responsibilities and positions in both vehicle and manufacturing integration engineering.

The programs emphasize the importance of globalization, systems engineering, and manufacturing processes in the context of a multi-variable, multi-cultural academic-industrial environment. Both programs are described concurrently in this paper as effective and efficient

Bonhomme, M. S., & Alef, E. R., & Borbely, E. G. (1999, June), Developing Product And Manufacturing Integration Engineers: Integrating Graduate Education, Training, And Managed Job Assignments Into A Strategic Career Path Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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