Industry Engagement in a Manufacturing Simulation Course

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American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference

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23.741.1 - 23.741.12


American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

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Atlanta, Georgia




This article presents the results of student engagement in two projects for a local manufacturing company in a manufacturing modeling and simulation course. The information presented serves as a basis to enhance students learning experience, as well as to improve the ways by which such group projects can help local companies in their manufacturing endeavors.The usage of modeling and simulation becomes pivotal as production systems and product/service development become increasingly complex. Engineering technology students need be familiar with the simulation techniques in their field of study and more importantly, be able to conduct a simulation experiment and to derive applicable solutions. The latter can be achieved by having students work on a group project, which also addresses ABET’s accreditation criteria on promoting students teamwork and communication skills.Although the emphasis is on the applicability of the group projects in the course, there is no guarantee that students can find such projects by their own and therefore, they may be forced to work on topics with little to no real world application. Consequently, students may not be able to see how the theory covered in the lectures can be implemented to solve industrial problems (e.g.,using exponential distribution to model new jobs inter arrival time, challenges in formulating the problem, data gathering, to name a few). Defining such projects with local industries would also promote the university’s strategic plan for faculty/student and community/industry engagement.The author to define real world projects to achieve the following two goals: 1. To provide students with an opportunity to apply the lessons learned in the real world. 2. To help local industries with their manufacturing challenges by promoting community engagement and mutual collaboration.In this article, the author shares the experience of engaging a local manufacturing company inbringing two projects to the classroom, how the students and the company benefited from these projects, and the company’s engagement in evaluating students projects from feasibility and implementation standpoints, through which students learn how their performance will be assessed and received. The author will also, discuss students’ and the company’s feedback and observation on the group projects and the lessons learned to enhance teaching and learning experience.


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Industrial Engineering | Industrial Technology | Manufacturing | Operations Research, Systems Engineering and Industrial Engineering

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