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Applying Modern Manufacturing Processes to Engineering Prototypes

Clint McCann, PE

This course examines modern production and operations management tools and compares them to the processes required to produce engineering prototypes. The goal is to identify which of these tools are best suited for use in improving the prototype assembly process. Corporations have invested heavily in modernizing their manufacturing operations to achieve world-class performance. While traveling along the road to excellence, they have amassed a wide array of tools and techniques for squeezing every bit of value from their operations. Much has been written in recent years about how companies can maximize their manufacturing capabilities, yet the early engineering prototype stage of the product lifecycle has gone largely unattended. The purpose of this course is to compare prototype development and production with modern production and operations management to determine if tools that have become so commonplace in factories around the world can be successfully applied to the earlier stages of a productís life.

At the conclusion of this course students will find a multiple-choice exam designed to reinforce the understanding of the course materials.

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NY PE & PLS: You must choose courses that are technical in nature or related to matters of laws and ethics contributing to the health and welfare of the public. NY Board does not accept courses related to office management, risk management, leadership, marketing, accounting, financial planning, real estate, and basic CAD. Specific course topics that are on the borderline and are not acceptable by the NY Board have been noted under the course description on our website.