|Summary of this project
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Recent changes in the global business environment dictate
the need for engineering technicians to obtain new skills in Design
for Manufacturability, Parametric Solid Modeling,
Team-work, and Communication. In addition, there is a significant
workforce shortage of engineering technicians across the U.S. and particularly
within the areas of Iowa and South Dakota served by this proposal.
This project focuses on improving the way that the above topics are
taught in community college manufacturing education programs. It also
focuses on increasing the pool of qualified applicants to these programs.
Four flexible course modules and instructor-training materials will
be developed that may be infused into a wide range of existing curricula.
The modules integrate design for manufacturability,
team-work skills and parametric solid modeling content to improve
the efficiency and effectiveness of instruction. Summative evaluation
tools will be used to assess the impacts of the modules on student skills.
Women who are completing an internship
in a baccalaureate program in technical training will deliver a program
designed to recruit female students into manufacturing-related
programs at three Midwestern community colleges. In addition,
these interns will support community college technical instruction to
supplement released time for community college instructors who are involved
in this project.
An outcome of this project will be larger numbers of better prepared
workers that will lead to a more competitive U.S. manufacturing industry.
The eventual impact on students will be a heightened awareness of the
inter-action between design and manufacturing, and the skills to effectively
operate in a team environment.
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