This degree program emphasizes two technical areas: manufacturing processes and industrial management. Manufacturing courses provide an understanding of processes common to large segments of the manufacturing industry such as metallic materials, plastics, and computer numerical control. The drafting and design course sequence provides practical skills in computer-aided design, using the latest industry software as well as the technical knowledge to provide specifications for manufactured products. Quality and industrial management courses emphasize the application of statistics and management techniques that maximize quality. Graduates are employed in business and industry and are prepared to continue for a bachelor's degree major in manufacturing or quality.
Manufacturing - Fall 2014 course requirements
General learning outcomes for students graduating from this major include:
- Given prints and/or specifications for a manufactured product involving metallic materials, the ability to identify appropriate manufacturing processes, suggest alternative methods, sequence activities, and identify safety concerns to the satisfaction of their immediate supervisor;
- The ability to prepare and/or interpret detail drawings or sketches that incorporate dimensions, conventional tolerances, and surface textures;
- The ability to prepare and/or interpret assembly drawings and three-dimensional computer models, to verbally communicate and apply information on the relationship among parts, parts required, geometric tolerances, and revision tables;
- Working collaboratively with production and management personnel, the ability to contribute to the effective implementation and utilization of modern industrial management practices that maximize customer and employer satisfaction;
- The ability to collect, analyze, and interpret quantitative and qualitative data to control manufacturing processes and provide feedback for continuous improvement.