Charlotte, North Carolina
June 20, 1999
June 20, 1999
June 23, 1999
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Distance Learning: Recent Graduates Share Their Experiences and Recommendations
Marla E. Hacker, Thomas M. West
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department Oregon State University
This paper discusses a graduate level engineering distance learning program, which started transmitting courses in 1994. The program currently has a dozen graduates. The graduates recently provided their perspective of the program. The information is shared in this paper.
Basis for the Program
Manufacturing Engineering is an important and growing aspect of technical education, research, and economic development in the United States. Concerns about U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing continue to grow and the global economy continues to emphasize the contributions of value-added manufacturing operations. Some of the important elements in today’s changing economic environment are: demand for higher product quality; reduced time from concept to availability for sale; increased product output; and short product life cycles. The half-life of products has decreased to the point that 50% of product sales occur within three years of initial design. These factors have resulted in the absolute need for engineers who are prepared to initiate, design, plan for production, and control the manufacture of quality products. Economic survival in this environment requires the education of professionals who can integrate all the engineering and production functions required to manufacture a constantly changing array of new products.
II. Introduction to the Program
The Manufacturing Engineering Masters Program was established in response to industry input requesting continuing education opportunities for engineers working in manufacturing environments. Manufacturing Engineering is concerned with the application of specialized engineering and managerial knowledge applied to the development of productive systems of people and machines. Primary emphasis is on the design, operation and control of integrated systems for the production of high quality, economically competitive goods. The specific curriculum and course delivery modes were developed and established in partnership with industry through an Industry-based Technical Advisory Board (TAB). TAB had the following corporate representatives: Anderson Consulting, Boeing, Oregon Cutting Systems, Gunderson
Hacker, M. E., & West, T. M. (1999, June), Distance Learning: Recent Graduates Share Their Experiences And Recommendations Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina. https://peer.asee.org/7598
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