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Four Pillars of Manufacturing Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

Four Pillars of Manufacturing

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.


The concept of The Four Pillars of Manufa­cturing Engine­ering was developed from the requir­ements for accred­itation of manuaf­act­uring engine­ering and similarly named programs as promul­gated by ABET, Inc, the primary accred­iting body for engine­ering and engine­ering techno­logy. programs in the United States and several other countries.

The philos­ophical underp­inning is that Manufa­cturing requires that a modifi­cation of the shape, form, or properties of a material takes place in a way that adds value.

Four Pillars

Materials and manufa­cturing processes
Product, tooling, and assembly engine­ering
Manufa­cturing systems and operations
Manufa­cturing compet­iti­veness.

What is it?

Visually presents breadth of manufa­cturing engine­ering and technology based on accred­itation criteria and the SME Certif­ication Body of Knowledge. Across the top are the four profic­iencies of the ABET Program Criteria for Manufa­cturing Engine­ering and Manufa­cturing Engine­ering Techno­logy. The topics from the SME Certified Manufa­cturing Engineer and Techno­logist Body of Knowledge are shown aligned under each profic­iency


Help update manufa­cturing curricula. Review engine­ering and technology curricula for topics aligned to industry needs and determine depth of coverage needed. Encourage manufa­cturing content in non-na­med­-ma­nuf­act­uring programs. Increase unders­tanding of capabi­lities of manufa­cturing graduates. Describe manufa­cturing to attract students through better image. Commun­icate
with media and the public about manufa­cturing programs.

Types of Materials to Be Developed

The approp­riate type of material for a given product will be defined by the team creating that particular product. Existing resources will be used wherever possible to minimize the expense and time required to pull together the necessary inform­ation. The following is a list of the antici­pated types of materials to be developed:

1. Descri­ptions of the Four Pillars: Each of the Four Pillars is a particular major aspect of the manufa­cturing engine­ering field as shown in yellow in Figure 1. A descri­ption for each will be developed to acquaint a student or other reader with the general nature of the concepts included and how they fit into the overall manufa­cturing engine­ering function.
2. Descri­ptions of the main segments of the body of knowle­dge: Within the four pillars there are ten main segments containing several specific topics that constitute that segment. Descri­ptions of these segments will help students comprehend the overall nature of each segment and how they fit into the overall manufa­cturing engine­ering function.
3. Activities that can be used in a classroom, labora­tory, or design project facility to help students become competent in the applic­ation of a specific set of princi­ples. These activities could be used within a course or on a just-i­n-time basis during a design project. The activities are likely to take the form of hypoth­etical situations in which particular compet­encies are to be applied.
4. PowerPoint slides: To aid in the delivery of the descri­ptions of various parts of the Four Pillars to groups of students, PowerPoint slides will be developed.
5. Internet sources of materials and specific inform­ation pertin­ent to a given topic will be identi­fied.
6. Books, reports, industry public­ati­ons and other printed forms of inform­ation will be identi­fied.
7. Media that already exist (videos, case studies, scenarios, photog­raphs, and so forth) that support the concepts being learned will be identified