June 15, 1997
June 15, 1997
June 18, 1997
2.407.1 - 2.407.6
The Core Courses in the Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineering Technology Program
Bob Lahidji, Ph.D. Eastern Michigan University
The competitive edge in manufacturing is no longer based upon the utilization of high tech equipment. The advantages associated with possessing high tech equipment has been diminished due to the availability and downward pricing of equipment. For example, in the automobile industry obtaining high tech equipment does not provide a competitive edge over the competitors. Today the emphasis is on continuous improvement, simplifying in manufacturing processes, and optimizing of human resources.
The objective of this paper is to report the core courses and laboratory activities in manufacturing/mechanical engineering technology programs. These programs prepare students for careers in America's changing industrial environment.
Four-year Engineering Technology programs started in the early 1960's because engineering programs were becoming too theoretical. A baccalaureate in engineering technology prepares individuals to become engineering technologist. The Engineering Technology Council has defined engineering technology as a:
Profession in which a knowledge of the applied mathematical and natural sciences gained by higher education, experience, and practice is devoted to application of engineering principles and the implementation of technological advances for the benefit of humanity. Engineering technology education for the professional focuses primarily on analyzing, applying, implementing and improving existing technologies and is aimed at preparing graduates for the practice of engineering closest to the product improvement, manufacturing, and engineering operational functions.1
Today, there are about 110 colleges and universities which offer 315 ABET accredited programs in over 90 disciplines.2 The review of the literature reveals that the engineering technology curriculum is composed of 33% mathematics and sciences, 25% liberal studies, and 40 to 45% in the major field of study. Approximately 67% of the course work in the major field of study in Engineering Technology subjects are involved in some type of laboratory activities.3
Lahidji, B. (1997, June), The Core Courses In The Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineering Technology Program Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. https://peer.asee.org/6472
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