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Status Study of South Texas and Northern Mexico Technical Colleges Offering CAD/CAM/CNC Programs Compared to an Advanced Manufacturing Program in CAD/CAM/CNC

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Two-Year College Special Topics Potpourri

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Two Year College Division

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22.10.1 - 22.10.10

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Farzin Heidari Texas A&M University, Kingsville

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Dr. Farzin Heidari currently serves as an Associate Professor of Industrial Technology at Texas A&M University, Kingsville. Dr.Heidari has twenty years of teaching experience in CAD/CAM courses. He is currently serving as the Graduate Coordinator for the Industrial Management program.

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A Comparative Study of South Texas and Northern Mexico Technical Colleges Offering CAD/CAM/CNC ProgramsThe purpose of this study is to investigate the current status of the South Texas and NorthernMexico technical colleges and analyze the degree of advanced manufacturing adaptation inCAD/CAM/CNC technical programs. Significant steps have recently been taken by both regionsto implement advanced manufacturing in their area technical colleges. However, a regional studyhas not been conducted to determine the nature and extent of CAD/CAM/CNC integration inSouth Texas and Northern Mexico.The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has brought immense industrial growth inthe last two decades for the South Texas and Northern Mexico industries. With the growth of themanufacturing industries in the region, the need for better technical programs offering advancedmanufacturing is evident. This study presents the program offerings and the degree of theadvanced manufacturing adaptation by both regions and answers the following questions: • Which subjects are being taught in technical colleges? • What subject sequence and course order is evident in the technical courses of technical colleges? • What type of software and automated equipment is utilized in technical colleges? • What has been the effect of NAFTA on technical college curriculums? • How does the course sequence of the South Texas technical colleges compare to the Northern Mexico technical colleges?The information provided by this study will serve as a source from which meaningful decisionscan be made regarding the implementation and integration of CAD/CAM/CNC programs inSouth Texas and Northern Mexico technical colleges.

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