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Promoting Safety Throughout the Design-Build-Test Curriculum

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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Design in Engineering Education Division Poster Session

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Design in Engineering Education

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Michael M. Umbriac University of Michigan

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Michael Umbriac is a lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Michigan, where he teaches the sophomore and junior design-build-test classes.

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Amy Hortop University of Michigan

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The undergraduate mechanical engineering curriculum at the University of Michigan has a unique team-based, Design-Build-Test spine of required classes. In each of these design courses, students are tasked with solving an open-ended problem using the appropriate engineering skills and tools. Laboratories and equipment are made available to students for fabrication and testing of their design concept, giving them real-world exposure to engineering. In an effort to continue to keep our students safe, we have implemented several safety procedures for all undergraduate students working on projects. In this paper we present the procedures that are currently used for promoting the safety of our undergraduate students while they are building and testing their projects for these classes. We aim to provide students with appropriate guidance regarding the use of the tools, equipment, and laboratories which they use to build their projects. After describing the structure of the courses and the facilities available, we detail the procedures that are used, in context relative to the current literature and similar programs at other institutions. Specific aspects presented here include machine shop training, exercises on the mill and lathe, procedures for checkout of tools, safety plans, and approvals of both engineering drawings and manufacturing plans. We offer suggestions for procedures that could be adopted by other academic institutions.

Umbriac, M. M., & Hortop, A. (2016, June), Promoting Safety Throughout the Design-Build-Test Curriculum Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26000

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