San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
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THE FOUR PILLARS OF MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING: WHAT ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY GRADUATES SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MANUFACTURING The Four Pillars of Manufacturing Engineering essentially differentiates the uniquecharacter of manufacturing, manufacturing engineering and manufacturing engineeringtechnology, defines the standard for advanced manufacturing topics, and provides a body ofknowledge concept with which all those engaged in advanced manufacturing education canalign. Developed by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) through its Center forEducation, the four pillars are derived from the ABET accreditation criteria for manufacturingengineering programs and build on the topics in the SME-defined body of knowledge for thecertification of manufacturing engineers and manufacturing technologists. The concept of thefour pillars encompasses: 1) Materials and manufacturing processes; 2) Product, tooling, andassembly engineering; 3) Manufacturing systems and operations; and 4) Manufacturingcompetitiveness. The Four Pillars of Manufacturing Engineering is a tool for promoting greaterunderstanding of the breadth and depth of the field of manufacturing engineering. Initiatives areunderway, led by the SME Center for Education, to build on this foundation, to promulgate theconcept broadly within SME, and to engage in dialog with other professional societies thatrepresent engineering, engineering technology, industrial technology, and related educationalprograms from whose graduates enter manufacturing-related career paths. Supporting materialsare to be developed to aid in helping to inform a broader array of manufacturing professionals,post-secondary educators, high school educators, public policy officials, media representatives,governmental agencies, and the general public about the manufacturing engineering field. Thispaper will provide a status report on these efforts, demonstrate how the Four Pillars may be usedby various audiences to position their organizations and initiatives, and outline additional plansfor future implementation.
Mott, R. L., & Bennett, R. J., & Jack, H., & Wendel, S., & Stratton, M. J., & Raju, V., & Erevelles, W. F., & Waldrop, P. (2012, June), The Four Pillars of Manufacturing Engineering: What Engineering and Technology Graduates Should Know About Manufacturing Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/22056
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