June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Semester-Long Project of a Part Failure for Freshman Students in Mechanical Engineering Technology
Freshman Mechanical Engineering Technology students typically have very little engineering knowledge or experience to complete a failure project at this stage of their post-secondary education; therefore, it is difficult to develop an assignment for them to complete that will be interesting, academic level appropriate and achievable. Another challenge is to use varying topics of the course to coincide with the completion of the project
This paper presents how a Semester-Long Project of a Part Failure for Freshman Mechanical Engineering Technology Students was implemented into a Manufacturing and Materials course. At the beginning of the semester, students are required to acquire an everyday part that has failed under normal operating conditions and complete a paper that is collected at the end of the semester. The paper is to include the name and application of the part, material of the part, description of why and the type of failure of the part, how the part was manufactured, and how the failure can be prevented in the future. Students are provided the guidelines for the assignment, the paper format, and the grade sheet the educator uses for the paper.
The project has proven to be rewarding and challenging to both the student and the educator. Also, the project provides other benefits that greatly help to achieve ABET outcomes. The student outcomes should be as follows: ability to apply knowledge to engineering technology activities, ability to conduct standard tests, ability to function as a team member, ability to apply written communication and use appropriate technical literature, and a commitment to quality and timeliness, The mechanics of the project are discussed in this paper in addition to student feedback about the assignment.
Nitterright, F. A., & Clippinger, D. (2019, June), Semester-Long Project of a Part Failure for Freshman Students in Mechanical Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33256
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