June 14, 2009
June 14, 2009
June 17, 2009
14.797.1 - 14.797.10
INTRODUCING A FLEXIBLE ADAPTATION FRAMEWORK FOR IMPLEMENTING ‘LEARNING FACTORY’ – BASED MANUFACTURING EDUCATION
1. Introduction The Learning Factory (LF) model was first developed as part of the TRP/NSF funded Manufacturing Engineering Education Partnership with the goal of developing a practice-based engineering curriculum that balances analytical and theoretical knowledge with integrated physical facilities for product realization in an industrial-like setting1-2. The model has been successfully implemented in several other institutions3. However, full implementation of the LF model can be expensive. In 2002, Wayne State University was awarded an NSF grant to develop an adaptation of the LF model that would be less costly to implement. This goal was achieved by introducing the use of coordinated hands-on projects in standard laboratory settings across selected courses, using a model engine as the unifying theme4-6. This proved to be a more cost- effective way to give students hands-on experience in a range of issues involved in product realization.
The lack of hands-on experiences in specific manufacturing processes has been identified as one of the major competency gaps in manufacturing engineering education. In 1997, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) launched its Manufacturing Education Plan (MEP) to address key engineering competency gaps of new graduates that it had identified7. The gaps identified in 1997 were revised in 1999 and revised further in 2002-03. The latest rankings are shown in Table 1. (Note: higher ranking indicates larger competency gap and greater need.) Since the institution of the MEP, SME has funded more than $15 million for diverse projects throughout the nation to expand and improve manufacturing, engineering, science, and technology education so as to help close these competency gaps.
Table 1: Ranked SME Competency Gaps
1. Business knowledge/skills 2. Supply chain management 3. Project management 4. International perspective 5. Materials 6. Manufacturing process control 7. Written & oral communication 8. Product/process design 9. Quality 10. Specific manufacturing processes 11. Manufacturing systems 12. Problem solving 13. Teamwork/working effectively with others 14. Personal Attributes 15. Engineering fundamentals
In 2008, Wayne State University was awarded a follow-on NSF grant to broaden the implementation of the results from the first award. The goal of the current project is to distill a core of course-level learning outcomes from our previous work and develop an approach for mapping these to higher program-level outcomes that help to meet industry-defined competency gaps. We are taking the successful approach of using coordinated hands-on activities across
Ssemakula, M., & Liao, G., & Ellis, D., & Kim, K., & Sawilowsky, S. (2009, June), Introducing A Flexible Adaptation Framework For Implementing Learning Factory–Based Manufacturing Education Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/5025
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