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Perceptions In The Manufacturing Education Community

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

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June 20, 2010

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June 20, 2010

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June 23, 2010



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Past and Future of Manufacturing Education

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15.946.1 - 15.946.13



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Hugh Jack Grand Valley State University Orcid 16x16

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Hugh Jack is a Professor in the School of Engineering at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids Michigan. His interests include Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering, with a particular focus in control systems.

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Perceptions in the Manufacturing Education Community


A number of studies have been conducted to assess the status of manufacturing education. These focus on the departments and schools specifically. There is a need for a complementary study of the opinions of manufacturing educators. This paper describes a study of self-identified individu- als with interests in manufacturing education. The survey results examine the perceptions of the past, current, and future of the field. In particular teachable topics, pedagogical methods, industry needs, and the future of programs.


The survey addresses two major themes, attitudes about manufacturing education and curriculum content. The content of the survey was shaped by the authors experiences in SME organized forums and a summit1, 2, 3. The survey is also designed to compliment previous studies that look at Manufacturing Programs4, 5, 6, as opposed to the opinions of individuals.

The survey was offered in a brief format to increase response rates. The trade off is that it the results are less specific. However the results of the survey can lead to further surveys.

Survey Respondents

The survey was sent to a private email lists of individuals who have been identified through the SME and ASEE Manufacturing Division (approx. 400), and an email list server for the Engineer- ing Technology Division of the ASEE (approx. 1000). The early results of the survey shown below indicate a lack of input from manufacturing engineers and managers, researchers, and trade organizations. The small number of students is understandable given the distribution methods while the small number of consultants and trainers is reasonable given the general manufacturing demographics. Clearly the current results will have a bias towards manufacturing educators per- spectives.

Jack, H. (2010, June), Perceptions In The Manufacturing Education Community Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--15674

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