The Manufacturing Engineering Technology program at Pittsburg State University is driven by the following:
The goal of the Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program is to become the leading source of manufacturing graduates, and to provide manufacturing knowledge for the state of Kansas, the region and the nation. The program will continue to generate graduates who quickly become valuable resources and leaders in their companies. The students, faculty and staff will be actively engaged in modern educational methods and applied research through interactions with industry, government agencies, and the community.
Guided by the above goal, measurable objectives have been established for the Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program.
Objective: To produce valuable graduates.
The elemental objective for the PSU Manufacturing Engineering Technology program is to produce graduates who are valued by industry for their technical know how, leadership and communications skills. The achievement level in this objective is measured by closely monitoring the placement process of the graduating class every semester. A record of the placement status for each of our Manufacturing Engineering Technology graduating seniors is kept by the Engineering Technology office.
Objective: To offer an up-to-date curriculum.
The quality of the curriculum is measured using the TAC/ABET guidelines as a minimum, supplemented with twice-a-year formal consultation with the Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC), and continuous dialog between the faculty and industry experts. An indicator of the continuous improvement of the manufacturing curriculum is an annual curriculum review by the manufacturing staff and department chair.
Objective: To develop faculty in advanced manufacturing knowledge.
The faculty of the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program have over 125 years of combined teaching and industry experience within the Manufacturing field. Staying current is accomplished through memberships in professional societies. The faculty also regularly participate in NASA fellowships, industrial consulting and private applied research projects. Statistics are collected regularly as part of the annual faculty reviews.
Objective: To develop a strong association with industry.
A strong interaction between the program and industry is needed to ensure the alignment of the curriculum with the latest trends and technological developments. Measures of the level of interaction are the ratio of the number of faculty to the number of companies with which there is active interaction, the amount of scholarship funds from industry, and the level of continuing education activity offered or taken by the faculty.
Objective: To promote the program and participate in professional societies nationwide.
Promotion and dissemination of experiences in the educational, research, and professional communities are important to enhance the prestige of the program and Pittsburg State University. The achievement of this objective is measured by the level of participation of the faculty in educational conferences, research conferences, and outreach activities. Our faculty regularly participate in conferences sponsored by the Society for Manufacturing Engineers (SME), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), The American Foundry Society (AFS), The American Welding Society (AWS), and other related societies. Another indicator is the participation of the faculty in important roles in the professional societies. Our faculty hold positions in the local and national SME and AFS Chapters.
The graduates of the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program work in all segments of manufacturing and industry throughout the world. Many companies recruit on campus and at annual career fairs both on and off campus. Our Manufacturing graduates are highly sought after for a variety of positions. One of the tools we employ to assure quality is our Senior Project or Capstone experience. This two semester, yearlong sequence is a design and build exercise with real world relevance. This helps assure that our graduates leave Pittsburg State University with tangible skills and are very competitive in the marketplace.
Facilities and Courses
The Manufacturing program is housed in the Kansas Technology Center. It provides modern classroom and laboratory facilities including: Welding, Fabrication, Metal Casting, Material Analysis, Machine Tools and CNC Laboratories. The courses in Manufacturing Engineering Technology emphasize application more than theoretical development and enhances classroom studies with hands-on, high-tech laboratories. A dedicated space is also provided for seniors to work on their Capstone projects.
The Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program at Pittsburg State University will provide students with the following:
Objective 1: Graduates will have the ability to support and manage significant manufacturing operations by applying concepts of metal manufacturing, statistics, process automation, computer-aided design and manufacturing and organizational management.
Objective 2: Graduates will have the skills needed to work effectively in teams and as an individual.
Objective 3: Graduates will possess the ability to use appropriate mathematical and computational skills needed for engineering technology applications.
Objective 4: Graduates will possess the ability to use oral, graphical, and written communication skills to present and exchange information effectively and to direct manufacturing activities.
Objective 5: Graduates will have the ability to think critically and identify, evaluate and solve complex technical and non-technical problems.
Objective 6: Graduates will have a sense of professionalism that allows them to become informed and participating citizens cognizant of ethics, civic duty, and social responsibility.
The stated program Objectives are reviewed by the Manufacturing Engineering Technology Advisory Committee, once per calendar year, to evaluate their capability to serve the needs of the constituencies.
Each Manufacturing Engineering Technology graduate will be able to demonstrate desired attributes before graduation. The graduate will have:
Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate an appropriate mastery in manufacturing process planning, tool design, metal casting, quality control and computer-aided design and manufacturing.
Outcome 2: Students will demonstrate an understanding of fundamental applications of science and engineering principles.
Outcome 3: To participate in creative and critical thinking cross-discipline activities of manufacturing processes.
Outcome 4: Develop the ability to function effectively on teams and be able to exchange ideas with fellow classmates.
Outcome 5: Develop the ability to express ideas persuasively in written and oral form.
Approved by the Manufacturing Engineering Technology Faculty, October 1, 2008. Approved by the Manufacturing Engineering Technology Advisory Committee, October 31, 2008.
Scholarships and Awards
Student achievement is recognized through the annual awards process within the College of Technology. A number of scholarships are available, provided by both the University and private funding. Scholarships are awarded through the department by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), The Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF), and several other supporting organizations.
Many students choose to participate in student organizations such as the American Foundry Society (AFS), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). Members of these organizations have the opportunity for scholarships and the opportunity to attend seminars of major companies, such as Cessna, Sprint, and General Motors. The student organizations in Manufacturing Engineering Technology also regularly organize field trips to places such as NASA's Marshall Space Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and travel to national conferences and local manufacturers such as Hawker Beechcraft and others.
Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC)
The Manufacturing Engineering Technology program maintains an Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC) composed of leaders from local and national industries. This committee meets twice a year to advise the program on industry trends and to provide feedback to students on their Capstone projects. The current roster of this committee includes representatives from such companies as Boeing, Copeland Industries, Hawker Beechcraft, Honeywell, and many others.