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Freshman Engineering Drawing And Visualization At Youngstown State University

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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10.645.1 - 10.645.12



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Daniel Suchora

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Session 2438

Freshman Engineering Drawing and Visualization at Youngstown State University

Hazel M. Pierson, Daniel H. Suchora

Youngstown State University


The first year engineering curriculum at Youngstown State University is a two-semester sequence of courses taken by qualified first year students of all engineering majors. Part of this freshman experience involves an exposure to engineering graphics including 2D drafting with AutoCAD and Solid Modeling with Solid Works. One problem encountered in teaching the graphics sequence is the lack of preparation our students have from high school in basic engineering drawing skills. This includes visualizing objects described by traditional three view drawings and understanding basic information typically shown on engineering drawings. This paper outlines the development of a non degree credit course which was instituted to solve this problem.

Background Information

Entering engineering students typically take a college prep sequence of courses in high school which generally gives at best very little exposure to engineering drawing. In the distant past at Youngstown State we had a non credit course which was used to develop student skills in engineering graphics. This course was required of students who had not completed two years of high school drafting. After completing this non credit course a rigorous advanced course in engineering drawing was taken which developed the necessary background for successful entry into the engineering field. Both courses used drafting instruments and T-Squares.

As we moved into the computer graphics realm, the engineering dean decided that only computer graphics could be maintained in the engineering college; no paper/pencil work was to be continued. At this point the non credit course used to bring under prepared students up to speed was dropped with the logic that the needed background could be developed during the computer graphics portion of the curriculum.

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Suchora, D. (2005, June), Freshman Engineering Drawing And Visualization At Youngstown State University Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14563

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