|MSU STRATEGIC INVESTMENT PROPOSAL FOR INSTITUTIONAL PRIORITIES|
|Title||Manufacturing Center Equipment Evaluation||Request Date||2012-11-28|
|Department||Mechanical & Industrial Engineeringemail@example.com|
|Cross Depts||Supports 3 programs (MET, ME, IE) within the largest department in the college of engineering.|
|Proposed Dates||Start: 3/1/2013||End: 2/20/2014|
|This proposal will fund improvements of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department’s student laboratory space to accommodate large and growing enrollments. Funds will be used to test equipment - that will modernize current manufacturing facilities - through incorporation of state-of-the-art, dual-purpose manufacturing equipment. These funds will help ensure that the current generation of MIE students has access to modern equipment and facilities for their engineering training.|
|• Objective A.1: Educate more students while maintaining the quality of programs
o Continued student enrollment growth in the M&IE department has stretched the departmental resources available to a point where it is unable to offer adequate lab course sections to accommodate these students. Development of methodologies lending themselves to effective management of growing student populations in our courses is essential.
o Due to the nature of the manufacturing lab courses, increasing section sizes is not an appropriate solution to meet the demand. Current lab sections are limited to 12 students in order to manage them effectively, as well as allow them to utilize the available lab equipment. This equipment is extremely complicated and powerful. A tremendous amount of student-to-instructor, one-on-one time is essential to proper execution of the course. To increase section sizes, without improving the equipment utilized, would compromise safety as well as interfere with a quality educational experience. Engineering labs are “hands-on” labs, and all students must be given the opportunity to obtain these essential hands-on experiences. Increasing section sizes, without adequate increases in qualified faculty supervision and available equipment, tends to decrease the quality of the lab experience.
• Objective L.2: Increase graduation rates at MSU
o A secondary benefit to increases in lab facilities and equipment is the ability to offer the appropriate amount of course and lab sections created by student demand, thus supporting matriculation to graduation. Thus, student growth will lead to increased graduation rates.
• Objective E.1: Strategically increase service, outreach, and engagement at MSU
o Improved manufacturing facility methods and equipment will facilitate Capstone quality and number to serve both Montana businesses and investigators across MSU.
• Objective I.1: Increase the integration of learning, discovery and engagement
o Hands-on laboratory experiences.
|COST AND REQUIREMENTS|
|Funding Type:||One-Time Only Funding||Base (3-yr Recurring) Funding|
|FY13||FY14||FY15||Base ($)||OTO Startup ($)||FTE;|
|Materials & Supplies||0|
|Please comment, if necessary, regarding cost and requirements.||
Costs include machine prices, as well as installation and training costs supplied by the manufacturer of the equipment. Shipping costs are also included. The M&IE department will provide cost share for items including faculty salary, facilities infrastructure modifications, etc.
|Describe the Proposal|
This proposal is designed to more effectively plan and implement upgrades to laboratory equipment in the current M&IE Manufacturing Lab. The manufacturing equipment currently in use is on average 30 to 35 years old, and cannot be considered state-of-the art by any measure. We propose to purchase two state-of-the art manufacturing machines – one mill and one lathe – for new course procedure development.
Specifically, this proposal supports improvements to ETME 310 – Machining and Industrial Safety, a required course in the MET curriculum. The objective of this course is to provide the MET student with knowledge in the areas of industrial safety, machining and machine tools as practiced in the field of mechanical engineering technology. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to:
It is a critical course in the manufacturing focus area and successful completion is essential for success in many follow-on courses within the MET program. Currently, enrollment is limited to 12 students per lab section – matching the 12 machines available to execute the course. The lab facility consists of six manual vertical milling machines and 6 manual lathes. The course consists of a one-hour lecture per week, along with four hours per week manufacturing products with the machines. The course has not been changed significantly in the past 10 years – mostly due to the cost of replacement machinery. The utilization has reached a point where MET faculty members are spending an increasing amount of time providing maintenance activities due to excessive wear, as well as with frequent improper use and expected mistakes made by inexperienced users. Consequently, the professors in charge of the manufacturing facility lack any available time to devote to course improvement. Curriculum enrollment growth (see Table 1 below) has necessitated increased use of their time to train students and manage the safe operation of the facility.
Table 1. MET Program Curriculum Growth
Table 2. New Equipment Proposal
Note: Equivalent machines may be purchased, based on final competitive bids.
These new machines provide manual and CNC capability, along with the ability to simulate manufacturing procedures prior to “cutting metal”. In addition, they match current technology and methodology in use in the industry today. To maintain currency, our students need to develop some expertise with these types of machines.
In addition to being used by ETME 310, the current manufacturing machines are also heavily utilized by the following courses:
The potential for reducing the amount of time spent directly utilizing the machines could benefit many in the department. In addition, support for projects outside of the department could also potentially be increased.
|Describe the broader impacts and benefits of this proposal|
This project will directly impact undergraduate STEM education in mechanical engineering and mechanical engineering technology. It will also impact graduate programs in mechanical engineering. This proposal also supports the “MSU Strategic Plan”. Specifically:
Implementation of this plan will help ensure that the facilities are available to accommodate the quality education expected from Montana State University Department of M&IE.
This plan will be implemented beginning in March of 2013 when faculty will contact approved suppliers and begin the process of ordering equipment. In addition, a plan for equipment installation will be developed. The goal will to be to ensure that the equipment arrives in time to begin evaluation in May of 2013.
In May of 2013, the new equipment will be installed and tested. Relevant faculty will be trained in use of the equipment.
In May 2013 through August 2013, the current course procedures will be tested on the machines and new, more efficient procedures developed.
In August through December, the new course procedures will be implemented as part of the ETME 310 course. Selected students will utilize the new machines, and faculty will assess the effectiveness of the specific learning outcomes for the lab activities. These results will be compared to student results utilizing current machines and assessed for effectiveness.
Finally, final assessment of this project will occur following the 2013 Fall semester. Assessment will determine whether laboratory capacity and safety have been increased and if the needs of the students enrolled in the program are being met. In addition, a comprehensive equipment replacement plan will be developed and prioritized for funding.
Project Management Plan
Success of this project will be measured quantitatively through direct comparison of students in the lab sections. One group will utilize the new equipment and 5 groups will utilize the conventional equipment. Direct assessment will compare the effectiveness of the new equipment as related to meeting course outcomes. In addition, time savings realized through use of simulation will be measures. Ultimately, ability to increase lab section sizes to accommodate growth will be evaluated.
Final assessment will determine whether laboratory capacity and safety have been increased and if the needs of the students enrolled in the program are being met. Methodology to improve machine usage time will be documented to ensure other courses and individuals utilizing the machines can take advantage of the new methodologies, thus improving machine usage, reducing machine down-time, and increasing the amount of time available for our instructors to teach.
To share these results with the broader engineering technology community, the project overview and final results will be submitted as a paper to the Journal of Engineering Technology (http://www.engtech.org/jet/JETHome.html).
|If assessed objectives are not met in the timeframe outlined what is the plan to sunset this proposal?|
If significant improvements in student training abilities, leading to the ability to more efficiently meet the needs of growing enrollment are not met with this project, alternative teaching methods will need to be considered. The lab upgrade plan will not include replacement of current conventional machines with these particular dual-usage machines if expected outcomes are not met.
|Department Head:||Chris Jenkins (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Dean/Director:||Brett Gunnink (email@example.com)|
|Executive/VP:||Martha Potvin (firstname.lastname@example.org)|