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Integration of Advanced Manufacturing Competencies in MET Curricula

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY A.A.S. DEGREE

3+1 B.S. DEGREE

STACKABLE CERTIFICATES

The National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program has been funding innovation at two-year colleges for over twenty years. With a focus on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy, and strong partnerships between academic institutions and industry, ATE promotes improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels.

To learn more about ATE, please visit the NSF ATE program home page.

Rowan College at Burlington County, in partnership with Rowan University, is conducting the project entitled "Comprehensive Integration of Advanced Manufacturing Competencies throughout an Associates Degree and a Stackable Certificate Curricula." The motivating rationale for this project stems from direct observations and experiences supporting the fact that there is a tremendous regional and national need for graduates to possess the skills and competencies valued by industry. This project leverages past NSF-funded work as well as new workforce development initiatives to emphasize the critical skills and competencies needed to support advanced manufacturing curricula and industry. 

The goals of this project are to strengthen and expand an Engineering Technology program and to serve as a conduit for the creation of programs and educational pathways that address unmet training needs and the needs of emergent high growth industries, both in the region and nationally. These goals will be accomplished by highlighting technical and non-technical skills across the curriculum, by developing an applications library that will serve as a curriculum resource to incorporate direct examples of relevant principles, by creating and strengthening industrial advisory committees, and by creating new advanced manufacturing educational pathways including degree and certificate programs, and facilities. This project involves the close collaboration between educational, industrial, and professional partners to develop flexible educational pathways, a comprehensive and strategic regional network, and a clearinghouse of accessible and effective resources, all for the purpose of preparing students to meet the needs of advanced manufacturing employers.

Goals and Objectives


 

Goal 1

To strengthen an Engineering Technology program serving the southern New Jersey region.

Objective 1.1

Highlight technical and non-technical (soft) skills across the curriculum; align with industry needs, including student work-based learning opportunities such as undergraduate research projects and internships.

Objective 1.2

Develop an applications library (real examples of STEM principles for instructional practices) as a resource for faculty to support relevant curriculum by presenting industry-relevant competencies, techniques and images that meet predetermined learning outcomes.

Objective 1.3

Strengthen career pathways throughout, and partnerships between, regional higher education institutions, secondary schools, and industry partners. Activities will include the creation of advisory committees, student work-based learning activities, and job placement support. Focus will be on job placement and recruitment support for graduates and industry partners. Additional emphasis will be on successful job placement for underrepresented student populations.

Goal 2

To serve as a conduit for the creation of programs and educational pathways that address unmet training needs and the needs of emergent high growth industries.

Objective 2.1

Create a new academic program in Advanced Manufacturing (Associates Degree and a stackable certificate) by developing new curriculum through the adaptation of relevant models from national and regional NSF ATE programs, to support the Engineering Technology (ET) educational needs in the region.

Objective 2.2

Establish an Advanced Manufacturing training facility with input from industry leaders and educators to collaborate and produce skilled competent workers for industry.