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Development And Delivery Of An Industry Course In Electronics And Electronics Manufacturing

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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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4.187.1 - 4.187.6

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Kenneth Reid

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Elaine Cooney

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Session 2547

"Development and Delivery of an Industry Course in Electronics and Electronics Manufacturing"

Kenneth Reid, Elaine Cooney Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis


The Electrical Engineering Technology Department at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis has developed and presented “Fundamentals of Electronics Manufacturing” for a local electronics manufacturing firm. The course was developed to be presented either on-site or on campus, where it would be offered as a "learning communities" introductory course. The course is being offered for its second year at the company’s site, and has targeted a wide variety of employees with little or no previous technical training, including sales and marketing personnel, account managers, and assembly group leaders. Topics include basic electronics, PCB layout and fabrication, and electronics assembly. Each lesson is accompanied by a hands- on laboratory experience in the classroom or on the production floor. The laboratory sessions cover topics such as basic electrical measurement techniques, printed circuit board design, and hands-on manufacture and assembly of a functional, mixed technology circuit board.

The course allows faculty to interact with the design and manufacturing engineers, allowing faculty to keep abreast of state-of-the-art developments in electronics manufacturing and printed circuit board fabrication. The relationship between the local manufacturer and the faculty also leads to increased opportunities for students to tour the facility, and increased employment opportunities.

Funding for development and delivery will be addressed, as well as methods to determine local demand for industry training, and the necessity of a team to cover the breadth of topics. The contrast between college lecture preparation and the development of an industry specific course and differences in facilities and students will also be covered.

The Electrical Engineering Technology department at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis worked together with Diversified Systems, Inc., an Indianapolis electronics manufacturing firm, to develop and present a course entitled “Fundamentals of Electronics Manufacturing”.

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Reid, K., & Cooney, E. (1999, June), Development And Delivery Of An Industry Course In Electronics And Electronics Manufacturing Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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