Professor ElSawy, Chairperson; Professors Fidan, Vondra; Associate Professor Kamal; Assistant Professor Graham
The Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Technology prepares competent technologists and applied engineering workforce dedicated to solving complex technological problems. The department is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) which sets standards for academic program accreditation, personal certification, and professional development for educators and industry professionals involved in integrating technology, leadership and design.
TTU’s Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Technology (MIT) offers a four-year degree program leading to a BS Degree in Industrial Technology with a minor in Business. The department began in 1956 within the College of Engineering and has the distinction of being accredited by The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) – previously the national Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT) - since 1982 and today serves as a model for Tennessee and the nation.
The Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Technology prepares technologists for employment in manufacturing industry and management/supervisory positions. Through specialized classes, group projects, hands-on-experience, active learning and individual assignments, students learn to be creative and resourceful. Students learn public relations, personnel supervision, and problem solving through group work, instruction, and guest speakers. This background enables graduates to share the planning responsibilities of the engineer, scientist, or manager, as well as the production responsibilities of the technician, craftsman, or laborer. The Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Technology graduates are trained in group leadership and communications at all levels of the industrial workforce.
The curriculum in Industrial Technology is built upon technical education and operations, human and industrial relations, business administration, and advanced technologies. The department strives to keep the curriculum up-to-date, incorporating new technological developments as they occur. The department offers classes in materials for manufacturing as well as conventional manufacturing processes such as: metal casting, metal manufacturing technology, welding technology, foundry technology, industrial plastics, and maintenance technology. Moreover, the department offers courses in high-tech areas such as Applied Electricity and electronics, Industrial Electronics, Programmable Logic Controllers and Process Control, Computer Numerical Control Machining Practices, Computer Aided Design and Industrial Automation, which includes Robotics and Hydraulics and Pneumatics. Plant Layout and Material Handling, Industrial Communications, and Industrial Supervision enable the manufacturing and industrial technology graduates to achieve the competencies required to apply the latest technological advances in a given field.
The curriculum also emphasizes other vital areas in the industrial workplace: Operations Management, Organizational Behavior, Accounting, Human Relations, Introduction to Psychology, Industrial Safety, Manufacturing Cost Estimating, Methods Design, and Quality Assurance six Sigma. The addition of these courses to the curriculum gives the graduates an appealing and well-rounded education. This lets potential employers know that she or he understands all of the common operations that exist within a manufacturing environment.
Professional support of any college program is a tremendous advantage to both the students and the businesses. This support is given to the Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Technology by the Advisory Board (MITAB). Nissan America, TRW, Peterbuilt, Saturn, BMW, UPS, and Advances Manufacturing Technologies, Incorporated are a few of the companies represented on the board. The advisory board is a great way to look at companies and see what they have to offer. They also provide a great collective knowledge about the industrial and manufacturing fields from which all students are encouraged to draw.
Manufacturing and Industrial Technology students are also strongly encouraged to participate in cooperative education assignments with well-respected industrial manufacturers. Qualified students gain valuable on-the-job experience while earning money to offset educational expenses.
By supplying graduates with a technical, operational, and managerial education, the Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Technology meets the needs of manufacturing industry. The wide breadth of technical positions in the industry assures the MIT graduate of an interesting and challenging career. Most of the current MIT students have already secured jobs by the time they graduate.
Before graduation, MIT students are required to take either Certified Technology Manager (CTM) or Certified Manufacturing Specialist (CMS) examination administered by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). Historically, the outstanding pass rate of TTU students on this national examination attest the quality of the MIT graduates.