Manufacturing enterprise company: Integration of curriculum and industry

Scott Danielson, Russel Biekert, Alvin Post, Scott Almen, Norbert Richter

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Historically, Manufacturing Engineering Technology curricula offer courses on a semester basis with limited connections between subjects. Individual course requirements restrict student problem-solving experiences and students are often unable to synthesize material from different courses when solving multifaceted problems. This paper describes the Manufacturing Enterprise Company (MECO) and illustrates a sample project. MECO is a curriculum construct joining subject matter in multiple courses over a four-semester sequence by introducing a large problem to be solved by collaboration. Through this integration, the overall function of a manufacturing engineer is better understood by the students. The MECO construct puts course content with context, and infuses it with a problem-solving atmosphere requiring exercise of communications skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8679-8686
Number of pages8
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003
Event2003 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Staying in Tune with Engineering Education - Nashville, TN, United States
Duration: Jun 22 2003Jun 25 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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