I graduated from a manufacturing engineering curriculum where we basically
lived in the machine and welding shops and when we designed tools on CAD we
were expected to do the CNC program to make the tools, inspect the tool, and
then make parts off of the tools and inspect them. Even this kind of
training seems to be a bare minimum anymore because there is so much to
learn and only 4-5 years to do it in during school, plus the rapid pace of
new technology aggravates the problem even further, especially when the shop
equipment (if there is any!) in most schools is typically 10-20 years old.
>>Additionally, some new engineering grads have never drafted on a drafting
>The only place on campus that I even saw a drafting board was in the
>industrial design department. (I took the freshman/sophomore cirriculum)
>Even more significant: Most mechanical engineers from Georgia Tech (and
>probably other 'upper tier' engineering colleges) never really learn how to
>dimension (or tolerance) a part....electronicly or otherwise. If I hadn't
>spent summers working in a machine shop I would have been lost in the real
>CAD is an elective.
>Machine shop practice is not even available as an elective (hence the job
>working summers in a shop).
>-Brian MSME GATech '97
>*** Brian VanHiel - Mech. Eng. - Nordson Corp - email@example.com ***
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