June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
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Project Rejuvenation: A time tested 1st year machine tool project Abstract
An engineering prerequisite course for Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineers has stood the test of time as it has changed with technology. The course laboratory project was originally designed to offer students a hands-on approach. The rejuvenation of the project retained the hands-on approach with updates to meet technological changes. More importantly, the outcomes and objectives were updated to meet the current department and ABET standards. In addition, more complete assessment tools were included in the course to provide greater input concerning the success of the class. Today, the Survey of Machine Tool Applications course is a prerequisite for a sophomore level Introduction of Mechanical Design course and is intended to expose students to material selection and equipment used in an engineering shop setting.
The Survey of Machine Tool Applications Course addresses issues contemporary design engineers face when they must apply their knowledge of material fatigue, durability, recycleability, disposability, availability, and aesthetics in addition to the traditional concerns of strength, sizing, and cost. Modern computer aided design software can render elegant functional parts but the associated manufacturing costs for producing these pieces can be prohibitive. The project offers fundamentals for evaluating how materials and processes relate to the basics of manufacturing. In addition to being useful for students as they progress through their program, it sets the stage for their senior engineering design project and ultimately their career. This paper speaks to the curriculum design needed to bring the project up to 21st century academic standards.
Changes in the curriculum design identify the outcomes of a project originally designed in 1955 and how those outcomes and expectations have been aligned to meet the department outcomes and ABET standards of today. The course identifies and addresses using more than one assessment tool that translates well to the department and ABET standards for assessment. Rejuvenation of a time tested project provides a sound model for a hands-on, lab oriented first- year project.
Purpose of the paper
The paper addresses the rejuvenation and redesign of the GE255 Survey of Machine tool applications. The course has been taught since 1954 to Mechanical Engineering students as well as other engineering majors over the last 50-plus years. When the College of Engineering expanded to include a Manufacturing Engineering and Technology major, the course was included as a foundation for them as well. This paper discusses the curriculum design needed to bring the project up to 21st century academic standards.
The course laboratory project was originally designed to offer students a hands-on approach. The rejuvenation of the project retained the hands-on approach with a re-design of outcomes, objectives, materials, processes, assessment, and presentation to meet current department objectives and ABET standards. More complete assessment tools were included in the course to provide greater input concerning the success of the class.
Svec, H., & Svec, H. (2007, June), Project Rejuvenation: A Time Tested 1 St Year Machine Tool Project Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1552
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