New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
June 29, 2016
Over the past ten years, industry that hires engineering and engineering technology graduates has put a large emphasis on education that crosses the boundaries of traditional technical disciplines. For example, in the oil and gas industry, there is a growing need for new hires that have expertise in integrating electrical and mechanical systems to create, operate, and maintain intelligent electromechanical systems. To this end, the Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution Department at _____________ is proposing a new program entitled “Multidisciplinary Engineering Technology.”
The new program, which will reside in ____________ College of Engineering, will be based on a strong engineering technology core curriculum that incorporate fundamentals in mechanics, thermodynamics, materials, electronics, programming, instrumentation and project management. The students can then customize their degree through faculty-designed, twenty-seven credit hour emphases that are based on technical areas identified though industry/faculty collaboration. In this way, the program will be versatile and able to respond to changing industry needs. For example, the first emphasis will be in mechatronic systems where the students will augment their core knowledge with courses in embedded systems, control systems, fluid power systems, and mechanical/electronic system design. The mechatronics emphasis was identified through multiple sources including industrial advisory committee meetings, industry visits and specific industry requests.
Currently the program is going through the university request for approval process and will officially begin in Fall 2016. In the interim, the faculty is developing the new courses required in mechatronics and is working with industry to identify at least two additional emphasis areas. Because of the structure of the program and the fact that it leverages existing coursework, it will not require a substantial investment of resources in the beginning. Finally, it is envisioned that the new program will be accredited through ASEE based on the general engineering technology criteria.
This paper will discuss the details of the new Multidisciplinary Engineering Technology curriculum, the efforts made to create emphasis areas, the approval process, and the recruitment of the first class of students. It will also summarize the efforts that led to the program design.
Porter, J. R., & Morgan, J. A., & Zhan, W., & Johnson, M. (2016, June), Multidisciplinary Engineering Technology: Addressing the Change in Industry Workforce Needs Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25762
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