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Utilizing Advanced Software Tools In Engineering Technology Curriculum As A Bridge Between Academia And Industry

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ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings


The engineering and technology software tools are used by professionals and companies worldwide, and thus the students are given the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the operation of software packages that most likely they will use after they join the workforce. A substantial portion of the classroom projects in engineering technology curriculum that require the use of advanced software tools has been increased in many higher institutions for both undergraduate and graduate levels. Emerging virtual applications may enhance understanding both theoretical and applied experiences of engineering technology students by supporting laboratory experiments. AMESim, SolidWorks, ProE, MultiSim and Lab View are some of the well known system modeling, simulation and monitoring software tools that offer solutions to many problems in mechanical, thermal, hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical, electronics, controls, instrumentation and data acquisition areas. These virtual tools also help to improve learning pace and knowledge level of students in many applied subjects. This paper presents a number of case studies used in applied class projects, laboratory activities, and capstone senior design projects for a B.S. degree program in electrical and manufacturing engineering technology. Many students have found the software tools helpful and user friendly in understanding fundamentals of physical phenomena in engineering and technology areas. © American Society for Engineering Education, 2008.


Department of Industrial Technology

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