St. Louis, Missouri
June 18, 2000
June 18, 2000
June 21, 2000
5.336.1 - 5.336.7
IMPACT OF MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION TO LOCAL INDUSTRIES
George Yang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Technology Mohammad Najafi, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Technology Missouri Western State College, 4525 Downs Drive, St. Joseph, MO 64507
In this paper, the history of a newly-established two-year manufacturing engineering technology program is presented. Impact of the program to the local community has been characterized by student population, student employment situations, and on-going collaboration with local industries. Statewide and local need assessment indicated that industries demand better-educated manufacturing workforces. The Northwestern Missouri area did not have a single postsecondary vocational technical education program in manufacturing that could produce the needed technicians or technologists for local industries. A two-year manufacturing engineering technology program would fit right into Missouri Western State College’s career-oriented education. Upon the approval of the Missouri Coordination Board of Higher Education, the program started in 1998, and within two years, collaboration with local industries had been established. Articulations with area technical schools have been going smoothly especially in the areas of facility usage and continuing education for students. Student-body growth is in accordance with projection. Student current employment situations and feedback from local industries regarding the improvement of the curriculum is presented.
Manufacturing Engineering Technology is the profession in which the understanding of abroad range of technologies is necessary to apply and control manufacturing processes. It includes methods of production of industrial commodities and consumer products. The manufacturing professional must be able to plan, design and implement the facilities, tools, machines, and the sequence of operations for producing high quality products at competitive prices.
Manufacturing Engineering Technology is a highly interdisciplinary field, requiring elements from other areas of engineering technology, along with an in-depth knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes. The manufacturing professional must posses excellent technical and communication skills, knowledge of computers, electronics, materials, information technology, and globalism and multiculturalism.
Graduates with Associate of Applied Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology will be able to fill a wide variety of positions. Specifically, career opportunities exist in manufacturing engineering of facilities, machinery and tool design, process and quality engineering, computer- aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM), robotics and industrial
Najafi, M., & Yang, G. (2000, June), Impact Of Manufacturing Technology Education To Local Industries Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. https://peer.asee.org/8434
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