Bachelor of ScienceAdvanced Manufacturing
This Bachelor of Science program is centered on hands-on activities to provide a practical understanding of processes, equipment, software and materials.
Advanced Manufacturing is also known as the “Digital Factory”, “Smart Factory” or “Industry 4.0”, which is the application of digital technologies to the manufacturing process.
The scope of the Advanced Manufacturing program is to follow the Cradle to Grave Gated Engineering Life Cycle used at Johnson Space Center in Houston, providing structure for work and a sense of social responsibility.
The program includes technologies such as autonomous robots, system integrations, Internet of Things (IoT), simulation, additive manufacturing, cloud computing, augmented reality (AR), big data, cybersecurity, digital twins, compliant robots, industrial networking, material testing and the mainstreaming of new processes.
Graduates of the Advanced Manufacturing program are able to:
- Produce simple and complex solutions to issues in manufacturing;
- Communicate research-based information in oral and written formats to both advanced manufactures and non-manufactures;
- Collect and analyze data gathered from industry and industrial-related issues;
- Evaluate the ability to analyze metallic and nonmetallic materials needed to produce prototypes and advanced manufacturing solutions; and,
- Create solutions that support global awareness and ethical decision making when resolving issues.
As part of the Advanced Manufacturing program, the student completes a professional portfolio as a means for assessing learning outcomes and enhancing personal and professional development.
Advanced Manufacturing Industry 4.0
The application of information, computation, automation, devices, software, sensing, and networking to the manufacturing process.
Richard Pitts, Jr., Ph.D. Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Lead, Advanced Manufacturing (ADMA) Program
This program requires a total of 47 semester hours. The semester hour value of each course appears in parentheses ( ).
Fundamental computer literacy skills for manufacturing in a Windows environment. Productivity software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, OneNote, Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, Access database and PowerPoint with an emphasis on organizing, accessing, managing and presenting data for personal and professional communication. Applications will be applied to Gantt charts, return on investments calculations (ROI), critical path tasks, gated processing, lean manufacturing, quality control reports, inspection reports, and maintaining an engineering notebook.
Manufacturing Technology and Society is an overview of the development and design of technical systems in society, their impact throughout history, and procedures for making choices of appropriate technology to apply currently and in the future, based on global awareness and strong moral and ethical standards. Topics of discussion will include the agricultural revolution, industrial revolution, information revolution and the forces that brought them into existence and their downfalls. Lab activities and possibly visitations utilized to reinforce concepts.
This course is an overview of the selection, nondestructive testing, procedures, processing and application of metallic materials providing manufacturing-based solutions. Supporting topics to be covered in this course include the fundamentals of industrial safety, OSHA, lockout/tagout, finishing products and quality control. Lab activities, demonstrations and visitations may be utilized to reinforce concepts.
This course is an introduction to analog and digital electronics as it relates to advanced manufacturing through hands-on activities centered around building and logically troubleshooting circuits and devices. The concepts and theories will be covered in an industrial and or an advanced manufacturing setting. Use of instrumentation will be stressed with the application of problem-solving techniques.
Computer Assisted Drawing is a basic course in computer-aided drawing, which integrates with manufacturing and automation. Content stresses learning major CAD commands and using the graphic user interface. Conceptual drawings, 2D drawings, 3D drawings, and spatial relationships will be explored. Additional topics include file maintenance, printing formats, plotting and 3D printing are used to create two and three-dimensional design models.
This course is the application of sophisticated computer simulation software for analysis of manufacturing operations, procedures and processes. The course includes an overview of server-based and cloud-computing applications to permit secure data sharing and collaborations in company partnerships. Team and individual projects with utilizing manufacturing simulation and data management applications will be applied and presented.
This course is based on, and not limited to, applied product design and rapid prototyping techniques. An introduction to the application of the cradle-to-grave engineering model will be used to design or redesign industrial solutions. The use of hand tools, 3D printers and equipment will be applied to quickly produce mockups of the developed solution and its presentation.
This course is an overview of the types of non-metallic materials, selection, destructive testing, processing and application of non-metallic materials including and not limited to natural, laminated, plastic, compounds and fluids provided through industrial based solutions. Lab activities, demonstrations and visitations may be utilized to reinforce concepts.
Designing and Rapid Prototyping with Solid Modeling with parametric technology includes rapid prototyping, technical sketching, product design processes and the components/variables of good design will be applied. Utilizing CAD solids modeling software to create part models and assemblies will be covered. Product designs will be designed and analyzed for manufacturability, performance, and potential for profitability for a company. Oral presentations, patent searches and prototype development will be assigned and completed.
This course is the conversion of CAD resources into NC machine code for the production of metallic and non-metallic products while integrated with industrial robots. Industrial robots will be introduced with hands-on programming of industrial robots and include tasks such as welding, palletizing, placement, finishing and robot integration into advanced manufacturing facilities.
This course furthers the investigation into automation systems dealing with automated manufacturing practices in CNC machines, PLC’s, vision systems, RFID and industrial robotics. Activities include automated handling and processing of materials using conveyors, positioners/workholders and industrial robots. Computer Integrated Manufacturing techniques including technologies such as sensing, vision, automated product identification, storage and retrieval are covered.
This course in an introduction to advanced manufacturing techniques including setup and use of current and advanced material processing machines and devices, includes 5 axis milling, laser cutting, water knife utilization, EDM processing, digitation and multiple 3D printing experiences.
This course is the application of a combination of digital and analog logic technologies that will lay down a framework from which programmable logic controllers are programmed. The concepts of inputs, outputs, relay logic and ladder logic will be addressed. Industrial robots and automated devices will be introduced, on-line as well as pendent programming to include tasks such as pick and place, finish application and device integration.
This course is the approach of using computers to control the entire production process utilizing closed-loop control processes, based on real-time input from scenarios. The student will totally complete the digitization of manufacturing scenarios into advanced manufacturing scenarios in this course by including the application of CAD/CAM techniques.
This course is the application of sophisticated computer simulation software for a complete analysis of manufacturing operations and processes for a cradle to grave evaluation. Ground up individual and team projects utilizing simulation software, active data collection and storage to refine the manufacturing process that is controlled while providing and implementing efficiencies.
This course is the application of the completed advanced manufacturing suite of resources, which will be applied to solve several different manufacturing issues/projects provided by manufacturing experts. The cradle to grave experience will document the project and then delivered in professional presentations and papers.
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