ERIC Number: ED033246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Effects of Automation on the Nature of the Work of the Draftsman in Industry, and the Innovative Programs of Instruction for Automated Drafting in Selected Junior Colleges in California to be Used for Curricular Revision. Final Report.
Husung, William T., Jr.
Visits to 35 industries and professional offices throughout California and interviews of 219 draftsmen and supervisors were conducted to determine: (1) the effects of automation on the needs of industry for draftsmen with general versus specialized training, and (2) the curricular revisions in vocational drafting programs in junior colleges to meet the needs of automation. A survey questionnaire was sent to 87 public junior colleges to identify: (1) the general nature of the programs, (2) which colleges were using computer assisted design and drafting for numerical control, and (3) which colleges had an established program in architecture, engineering and production. Visits were made to 20 of the most innovative colleges and 44 instructors were interviewed. The conclusions were: (1) There is very little need for skills or knowledge regarding computer-aided drafting at present, (2) Automation is not greatly influencing the needs for draftsmen, (3) Numerical control machining operations had little effect on the draftsman's work, (4) More emphasis should be made on curriculum content, and (5) Teachers of drafting should relate job descriptions to their students. A list of the participating companies and 2-year colleges is included. (GR)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Citrus Coll. Foundation, Azusa, CA.