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June 14, 2015
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Educating and Training the Next Generation of Industrial Engineers to Work in ManufacturingNow more than ever manufacturing in the United States needs a workforce with a blend of bothstrong hands on trade skills and the technical problem solving skills typically learned through thecompletion of a B.S. Industrial Engineering program. This paper discusses a holistic approachbeing taken in an industrial engineering program to increase student interest in manufacturing byproviding a hands on educational experience in a manufacturing processes course whileproviding ample opportunities for students to gain hands on manufacturing work experiencethrough undergraduate teaching internships and manufacturing co-ops and internships.This paper discusses the active role that senior undergraduate students with manufacturinginternship and co-op experience play in helping to deliver the manufacturing processes course.Senior undergraduate industrial engineering students with manufacturing industry internship orco-op work experience are helping to deliver a manufacturing processes course through hands onlab instruction, on site plant visits, industry speakers and networking sessions, and a final coursecase study. The active learning assignments, laboratories, and delivery of the course will bediscussed in detail.The paper displays the results of a questionnaire that included a blend of qualitative andquantitative questions administered to the junior and senior level industrial engineering studentscompleting the manufacturing processes course. In addition to data collected on studentsatisfaction and motivation with course delivery, data was also collected to test prior studentknowledge of manufacturing processes, perception of manufacturing, and student interest inmanufacturing careers before and after taking the manufacturing processes course. Data was alsocollected on student internship and co-op trends for the industrial engineering studentscompleting this manufacturing processes course.The results of the questionnaire showed that only one student out of the fifty five students polledactually stated that he or she had a “Strong Knowledge Base of Manufacturing Processes” beforetaking the manufacturing processes course. The results showed that approximately one third ofthe students stated they “Would Not” consider a career in manufacturing prior to taking themanufacturing processes course but after taking the course they “Would” consider a career inmanufacturing. 94% of the junior level students that searched for a summer industrialengineering co-op or internship had already secured an internship or co-op by the time theycompleted the questionnaire during the final week of this course during Spring semester.
Lynch, P. C., & Bober, C., & Wilck, J. (2015, June), Educating and Training the Next Generation of Industrial Engineers to Work in Manufacturing Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23906
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