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Updating The Objectives Of A Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Manufacturing Program Innovation

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10.1381.1 - 10.1381.13



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Daniel Johnson

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Updating the Objectives of a Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program

Daniel P. Johnson

Assistant Professor and Manufacturing Program Chair Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology/Packaging Science Department Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York


A key aspect of outcomes based assessment processes like those used in the TAC of ABET accreditation process is setting the objectives and outcomes for the activity under review. Assessments of the Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) indicated that the needs of industry employers had shifted based on changes in product design, product development and manufacturing strategies. Globalized production, joint technology development ventures, interdisciplinary team based product/process design and other issues have changed the traditional roles and needs of the Manufacturing Engineer. This paper highlights a process of establishing and evaluating the program outcomes and program educational objectives for Manufacturing Engineering Technology at RIT by focusing on the changing role of the practicing manufacturing engineer. Findings include identification of new constituents, impacts on the traditional industrial advisory board, and updates to outcomes, objectives and curriculum.


The Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology and Packaging Science Department (MMET/PS) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Electrical/Mechanical Engineering Technology and Packaging Science as well as Master of Science Degrees in Computer Aided Manufacturing and Packaging Science. The department currently has 809 students and there are 51 in the Undergraduate Manufacturing Program. Students can complete the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program on a part-time or full time basis. Five quarters of cooperative education or equivalent full time experience is required. Transfer students are accepted from a variety of academic programs including internal transfers from other RIT programs and external transfers from two-year programs in engineering technology and similar areas. Full-time students entering as freshmen normally require 12 academic and 5 co-operative education (co-op) quarters to complete the program. As a result, the Manufacturing program typically requires 4 years and 9 months to complete.

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Johnson, D. (2005, June), Updating The Objectives Of A Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14701

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