June 15, 1997
June 15, 1997
June 18, 1997
2.283.1 - 2.283.8
Manufacturing Engineering Technology Senior Projects Course
John E. Mayer, Jr. Texas A&M University
The primary emphasis of the manufacturing engineering technology projects course is to prepare senior students to face the challenge of solving real manufacturing problems in industry. Students work together in teams of three or four students. The team leader is responsible for arranging and conducting meetings of the group outside of the classroom time, and for meeting deadlines and completion of the project. Written and oral reports are made by the students. Each team works on an industrial manufacturing problem with an industry sponsor, therefore the projects are industry driven. Example projects are described.
This paper focuses on the senior projects course as it is taught in the manufacturing engineering technology curriculum at Texas A&M University. TAC/ABET requires a capstone projects course in the final year of the baccalaureate program which draws together major elements of both design and manufacturing processes 1. It should be project oriented and comprehensive in utilizing prior course work.
The primary emphasis of the manufacturing engineering technology projects course is to prepare senior students to face the challenge of solving real manufacturing problems in industry. The scope of the project requires prerequisite knowledge from earlier courses. Students work together in teams of three or four students. The students choose their team members and elect a team leader. The team leader is responsible for arranging and conducting meetings of the group outside of the classroom time, and for meeting deadlines and completion of the project. Each team works on an industrial manufacturing problem with an industry sponsor. The teams select their own project. The selection is made from projects suggested by members of the Industrial Advisory Committee of the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program, by companies for which the students have worked during summers, by companies where relatives of the students work, or by alumni. The professor in charge of the course must approve any chosen project.
The mode of conducting the course is discussed next. During the first three to four weeks of the semester the students are introduced to the course, choose team members, elect a team leader, and select a project. Visits to project sponsors might be necessary during that time period. On the fourth week, the student teams submit a written Proposal and present the proposal orally to the whole class. During the 5th - 13th weeks, a progress report on the project is presented orally
Mayer, J. E. (1997, June), Manufacturing Engineering Technology Senior Projects Course Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. https://peer.asee.org/6676
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