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ERIC Number: EJ1076152
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1941-1766
Closing the Competency Gap in Manufacturing Processes as It Applies to New Engineering Graduates
Ssemakula, Mukasa; Liao, Gene; Ellis, Darin
Advances in Engineering Education, v2 n1 Spr 2010
Industry has consistently identified lack of experience in manufacturing processes as one of the key competency gaps among new engineering graduates. This paper discusses a laboratory-based course that provides realistic hands-on manufacturing experiences to students. The course uses team-based projects that help students gain hands-on experience with selected manufacturing processes. The projects start with simple components that can be made on a single machine such as a lathe or a mill, and progress to the manufacture and assembly of a fully functional mechanism. This approach introduces students to the issues involved in putting together a non-trivial assembly. Multiple evaluation tools including focus groups, surveys, and actual observations, were used to assess the effectiveness of the approach used. The results indicate that this is indeed an effective way of addressing industry concerns.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: DUE-0126856