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Teaching Future Manufacturing Engineers Laws, Acts, Standards, And Liabilities

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

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June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

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June 17, 2009



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Manufacturing Education Curriculum

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14.1138.1 - 14.1138.10

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Arif Sirinterlikci Robert Morris University Orcid 16x16

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ARIF SIRINTERLIKCI is currently an Associate Professor of Engineering at Robert Morris University. He has been the Coordinator of the RMU Learning Factory and Director of Engineering Laboratories. He holds a B.S. and an M.S., both in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey, and a PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Ohio State University. He has conducted research and taught in mechanical, industrial, manufacturing engineering, and industrial technology fields. He has been active in ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) and SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) as an officer of the Manufacturing Division and an advisor to technical communities and student chapters, respectively.

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Teaching Future Manufacturing Engineers Laws, Acts, Standards, and Liabilities Abstract

This study focuses on teaching manufacturing engineering students laws/acts, standards, and liabilities. The teaching environment for this activity is a safety and methods engineering course, which is an elective for this ABET accredited stand alone manufacturing engineering program. Even though there are some relations between the two main elements of the course, methods engineering content is excluded from this study. In addition to the various technical subjects relating to safety, health, and environmental management, the author developed a law content including law categories and associated court structures, law terminology and concepts for engineers, safety and health related law and acts, federal standards and regulations including OSHA standards, environmental legislation and regulations, and ethics and liabilities. To enhance the student learning experience various learning media are utilized. Relevant teaching tool arsenal encompass but not limited to filling in OSHA forms and logs based on case studies, watching a product safety and liability movie and writing a report on it, combining text-book information with short videos, and preparing Workers Compensation presentations to be conducted. The student response for the effort has been positive allowing the author to identify the students having an attitude towards studying law after completing their engineering degrees. The study also better prepares these prospective manufacturing engineers in terms of knowing their own, employers, and customers’ rights and responsibilities, and most importantly implications of their actions throughout their career.


This paper presents a case study on teaching manufacturing engineering students laws/acts, standards, and liabilities in ENGR 4200 - Safety and Methods Engineering course. Methods Engineering content is excluded from this paper. The course is an elective taken by seniors of this ABET accredited manufacturing engineering program. The author covers a wide variety of safety, health, and environment related subjects listed below in the sequence below1. The curriculum starts with basic safety and methods concepts and their importance in global competition, followed by law content and details of technical hazard subjects. Most of the subjects are covered with concise information due to this busy schedule.

≠ Introduction to Safety and Health: Basic definitions of safety and health concepts constitute the initial subject of this course. Differentiation between sudden and severe (acute) impact of safety concerns versus prolonged and lesser impact of health (chronic) problems is presented. Giving examples such as stress as a safety and health hazard improve student understanding of these two basic concepts. ≠ Safety and Health Movement: The struggles of the safety and health movement since the beginning of the Industrial Age is the second subject covered in the course. This section includes the labor unions’ efforts, court fights, public cries after major incidents in history, and their impacts on the state of the safety and health field today. ≠ Impact of Safety, Health, and Environmental Issues on Global Competition: The impact of safety, health, and environmental factors on global competition is another basic

Sirinterlikci, A. (2009, June), Teaching Future Manufacturing Engineers Laws, Acts, Standards, And Liabilities Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas.

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