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Developing the Industry 4.0 Workforce

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Integration of Current Issues into Manufacturing

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Arif Sirinterlikci Robert Morris University Orcid 16x16

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Arif Sirinterlikci is a University Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and the Department Head of Engineering at Robert Morris University. He holds BS and MS degrees, both in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey and his Ph.D. is in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Ohio State University. He has been actively involved in ASEE and SME organizations and conducted research in Rapid Prototyping and Reverse Engineering, Biomedical Device Design and Manufacturing, Automation and Robotics, and CAE in Manufacturing Processes fields.

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This paper surveys the workforce development efforts for the fourth industrial revolution, known also as Industry 4.0. The paper sketches out the needs of the manufacturing industries based on the applications of Internet of things (IOT), cyber-physical systems concepts, and digital manufacturing, supported by multiple case studies. Individual courses specifically targeting Industry 4.0 have been gradually developed, however only a limited number of standalone programs are currently available since the area is very focused. Programmatic development efforts varying a wide range of educational and training backgrounds and levels are covered in this paper, including the MIT’s Management Executive Education, practically oriented technical or engineering-based MS, BS, and AS degrees within the field in addition to the apprenticeship- based training programs including a one from the author’s institution, and certification programs from industrial entities like Cisco. Each type and level program’s contributions and their matches to the workforce needs are emphasized in this paper, along with the definitions of exact needs of the manufacturing industries. The paper is concluded with data on labor statistics, and programmatic and course-based development proposals to help fill current and future voids in workforce development. Minor- and concentration-based program designs are highlighted for complementing existing ABET accredited programs in electrical and computer engineering, manufacturing engineering, and engineering technology.

Sirinterlikci, A. (2020, June), Developing the Industry 4.0 Workforce Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34437

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