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Survey of Manufacturing Company Expectations Based on the SME Four Pillars of Manufacturing Knowledge

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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State of Manufacturing

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23.1120.1 - 23.1120.17



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Paul Nutter Ohio Northern University

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Paul Nutter, CMfgE, CQE, CQA, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Technological Studies at Ohio Northern University. He has been teaching manufacturing technology since 2000, and has 26 years of experience in industrial and manufacturing engineering, primarily with Rockwell Automotive. Nutter is active in the Society of Manufacturing Engineers as faculty advisor for SME Student Chapter S186, and was the 2011 chair of the SME Technical Community Steering Committee. He previously served as chair of the 2009 & 2010 Automated Manufacturing and Assembly Community, the 2007 & 2008 Simulation Technical Group, on the 2006 Member Council, the 2005 Student Relations Subcommittee, and the 2005 SME Youth Program Task Force. He has also participated on various committees for annual conferences, and received the 2009 national SME Award of Merit.

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Robert L. Mott P.E. University of Dayton

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Robert L. Mott, P.E. is professor emeritus of engineering technology at the University of Dayton. He serves the Society of Manufacturing Engineers through the Manufacturing Education & Research Community and the SME Center for Education and he is a recipient of the SME Education Award. He has authored four textbooks. Applied Fluid Mechanics 6th ed, Applied Strength of Materials 5th ed, Statics and Strength of Materials, 1st ed, and Machine Elements in Mechanical Design 5rd ed, all published by Pearson/Prentice-Hall. He also works with the NSF-sponsored National Center for Manufacturing Education at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. He is a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and the recipient of the James H. McGraw Award, the Frederick J. Berger Award, and the Archie Higdon Distinguished Mechanics Educator Award from ASEE. He is also a member of ASME. His degrees are the BSME from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and the M.S.M.E. from Purdue University.

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Carl R Williams University of Memphis

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Associate professor and Coordinator for Graduate Studies for the Department of Engineering Technology. B.S. in business and B.S. in engineering from Mississippi State; M.B.A. in marketing and M.S. in Industrial Systems Engineering from the University of Memphis and Ph.D.-ABD in supply chain. P.E. by exam in Manufacturing Engineering, Certified Manufacturing Engineer, certified Associate in Engineering Management. Most active with SME, including Faculty Adviser to SME student chapter, Membership Consultant for area chapters, extensive work with professional licensure and accreditation. Recipient of the SME Joseph A Siegel Award.

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Mark J. Stratton Society of Manufacturing Engineers

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Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Education Relations Manager, Dearborn, Mich.

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Survey of Manufacturing Company Expectations Based on the SME Four Pillars of Manufacturing KnowledgeAbstractThe Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has published a detailed study of manufacturingeducational needs entitled Curricula 2015: A Four Year Strategic Plan for ManufacturingEducation. A principle component of the study is the organization and visual representation ofthe key topics for manufacturing education into a graphical form that has been designated the"Four Pillars of Manufacturing Knowledge" (previously titled the"Four Pillars of Manufacturing Engineering").To assist in program and curriculum improvement of manufacturing engineering or technologyprograms, a survey has been (will be) conducted of a broad audience including managers,company owners and educators who are members of SME, or subscribe to the EngineeringTechnology Listserv. The topics identified in the Four Pillars of Manufacturing Knowledge werespecified along with a few others. Respondents were asked to indicate (in their opinion) howimportant each topic is for graduates of these programs.This paper provides documentation and evaluation of manufacturing company priorities formanufacturing engineering or technology programs. This can benefit any program in assessingtheir effectiveness to fulfill the needs/expectations of manufacturing industries, and providesrecommendations of appropriate curriculum revisions to enhance the job-readiness of students tobetter serve these ‘customers’ of our academic services.An additional benefit of this survey and evaluation is the validation of the topics and structure ofthe Four Pillars of Manufacturing Knowledge, with the opportunity to contribute to evolutionaryimprovements.Included in the paper and presentation will is an explanation of the survey and methodologiesused to gather and organize the data received, and the summary and analysis of results. Therewill also be a listing of significant comments by respondents, and implications of the results foradjustments in subject matter topics, applications and technologies for the curriculum theseprograms.

Nutter, P., & Mott, R. L., & Williams, C. R., & Stratton, M. J. (2013, June), Survey of Manufacturing Company Expectations Based on the SME Four Pillars of Manufacturing Knowledge Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22505

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