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San Diego City College and CACT-SD Tout Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program
In 2005-06 the dynamic Professor Truc Ngo totally revised the curriculum for Manufacturing Engineering Technology at San Diego City College. Facing the dilemma of industry need for highly trained, multi-skilled manufacturing technicians, CACT-SD Director Armando Abina and Dr. Ngo, decided to re-vamp the antiquated Manufacturing Program at SDCC and develop a program of academic rigor and advanced technological training. The courses were developed using industry input from our Manufacturing Advisory Board. CACT-SD funded the collaboration of consultant Dr. George Sehi, Dean of the Engineering Technologies Division at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Sehi is widely respected as a leader in marketing engineering and technology programs to industry. Dr. Sehi led the SDCC Manufacturing Engineering Technology Advisory Board through the DACUM (Developing a Curriculum) process resulting in the development of program competencies and program outcomes. Using these competencies and outcomes as a basis, Dr. Ngo developed an advanced, modern manufacturing engineering curriculum leading to certificates of proficiency and an associate degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MFET) transferable to the CSU system. It is the only advanced comprehensive two year manufacturing program in California.
MFET courses include Industrial Safety, Manufacturing Processes, Lean Manufacturing, Programmable Logic Controllers, Statistical Process Control and a MFET Capstone course. Graduates will be well-prepared to enter the workplace. Dr. Ngo is dedicated to marketing this program and will conduct visits to high schools to explain the program and the myriad of career opportunities. Student enrollment is increasing with many of the enrollees coming from manufacturing companies represented on the advisory board. The curriculum is project-based stressing teamwork and innovation; equipment is being donated by industry, purchased through CACT and from state grants. In order to develop a seamless curriculum from high school through university, Dr. Ngo is working with the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) grant and has developed 1-unit modules in manufacturing to be taught in the high schools and integrated in the PLTW courses. These modules will carry college credit and can be articulated with the MFET courses at City College. The MFET Program at SDCC is a model of CACT, industry and academia working together for success.