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Hand on manufacturing Engineering, An analytical studyA new paradigm in manufacturing engineering education was born as a result of long and diversemeetings and discussion between five academic educational institutes and five new industrial partnersin Michigan. In 1993 the above mentioned entities came out join in the Greenfield coalition for newmanufacturing engineering education. The Coalition was one of several coalitions through out theNation sponsored by a good grant from NSFThe objective was to help training and educating our students to be the “renaissance Engineers”.To reach that very challenging objectives, the Greenfield coalition started building the new paradigm ina non classical academic approach.The paradigm consisted of two avenues: • The Academic Curriculum. • The Hands on Program.The curriculum was structured in a reverse order process were the skills of the graduate weredetermined through a series of meeting between educators ( the university partners) and the costumers( the Industrial partners). Once the skills were agreed upon, knowledge areas were identifies which ledto choose the courses needed to serve the goal.The hands on program was very rigorously designed to help students acquire the best possibleexperience in real world manufacturing. All students in the program worked 40 hours a week in the CATa state of the art factory which manufactured parts for the industrial partners. Each student have tofollow a comprehensive rotation plan that will expose him or her to various department from shippingand receiving through engineering.Teaching by objective was a theme that was used in development of cources. These objective werereflected in the design of the syllabi of the courses and were served through well defined outlines.Just in time math and science notion and self paced learning were introduced in these programs to helpinterrelations between engineering courses and the math and science prerequisites.The nontraditional approach to education was borrowed by some universities, were self paced and oneroom math schoolhouse type of classes were introduced.The programs curry a lot of challenges and open many roots for success for students, yet theadministrative challenges were also considerable.The experience proved that the collaboration between Academic institutions and industrial partnerscould work for the benefit of both and above all for the students benefits.Coordination of work among different academic institutes was one of the biggest challenges. Eachinstitution would be part of the degree offered by other institution which created many problems, yet itopened a door for possible improvement of inter academic institution relations.
Abro, S. R., & Cuper, J. (2011, June), Hands-On Manufacturing Engineering Education: An Analytical Study Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18048
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