About This Course
Prepare to take a deep dive into the nitty-gritty as well as the art of manufacturing. In this course, you will study the myriad details that compose the manufacturing process, tracing how raw materials are transformed into sophisticated devices in the most efficient ways.
You will learn three important things that can be applied directly to any job:
- how to deconstruct the value-added steps of a manufacturing assembly
- how to construct a process flow diagram
- how to perform a process capability study
If you want to gain expertise in how factory work is planned, measured, studied, improved, and optimized, then you’ve come to the right place. Beyond this, you will also walk away with an understanding that manufacturers are true artisans whose expertise shapes the world we live in, in countless ways.
Sample course topics: Engineering materials, material properties, material fabrication processes, joining processes, problem management, CAD/CAM rapid prototyping, and frontiers of design for manufacturing.
Sample textbook: DeGarmo's Materials and Processes in Manufacturing (11th ed.), J.T. Black and Ronald A. Kohser.
Ph.D., chemical physics, Johns Hopkins University; B.S., Chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Dr. David Edmonson has been involved in manufacturing for over 35 years. He started his career with IBM, working on thin film etching and deposition processes for magnetic head and disk products. In 1993, David started his own business producing thin film coatings and consulting on vacuum and thin film processes. From 1996 until his retirement, he worked as a process engineer, engineering manager, program manager, and new process development engineer in the medical, military, and industrial sectors. He holds three patents and has written numerous technical articles on thin film materials and processes.
- MM 4012 - Advanced Manufacturing: Applied Process and Technology