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Iron founding--Study and teaching; Employees--Training of--Evaluation;


The purpose of this study is to determine how efficient this training program is as measured by (a) increasing the knowledge of new employees about the ductile iron casting process and other casting processes as perceived by the participants, (b) participants achievement of the program learning objectives as perceived by the participants, and (c) a positive reaction and attitude toward the program contents, instructors, facility and handout as perceived by the participants. The problem of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of the Ductile Iron Casting Training program offered by the Industrial Technology department of a Midwestern University to new employees at a Midwestern agricultural manufacturing company.

A questionnaire was used as a tool for data collection. It was delivered to a supervisor in the company who distributed it to 200 employees. The study return rate was 37%. The questions on evaluating the materials, instructor, handouts and course contents were the dependent variables. The independent variables were the participants' level of education and age.

The data were analyzed using the SPSS computer program at a significant level of .05 and in one case .10. Three statistical procedures were used for analysis: calculation of means and standard deviations, one sample t tests, and one-way analysis of variance.

The participants of this study thought that the materials presented in the training program relevant to their jobs. They thought that the instructor was an effective communicator and was well prepared. They also perceived the handouts to be clear and easily understood and to be of use to them.

The participants thought that the objectives of the program were met, and they thought that all the course materials were learned almost equally. There was no significant relationship between the participants' level of education and how much they learned, indicating that all the participants learned equally well, and there was a significant relationship between the participants' age and how much learned, indicating that learning was increased as age increased.

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Degree Name

Doctor of Industrial Technology


Department of Applied Engineering and Technical Management


Department of Industrial Technology

First Advisor

Mohammed F. Fahmy


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