Assessing Manufacturing Knowledge Relevant to Graduating Mechanical Engineers and Addressing Shortcomings in Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing Thesis uri icon



  • Thesis (M.S., Mechanical Engineering) -- University of Idaho, 2017 | US industries have expressed concerns about the manufacturing knowledge possessed by recent mechanical engineering graduates. To quantify these concerns, surveys were distributed to define the areas of manufacturing education needing improvement at the University of Idaho. Specific topics were mentioned in most responses, which supported a curricular case study in this work. Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) was a recurring theme that could be improved upon through teaching modules implemented in existing courses. A GD&T package was created that included worksheets on coordinate dimensioning, true position dimensioning, and total indicated runout along with some visual aids. These modules prepare students on GD&T concepts through an authentic, hands-on approach that simulate on-the-job training offered in industry. Mastery of GD&T could require multiple courses which is not practical within a standard undergraduate program, but these materials provide a foundation for generating awareness on the topic and sparking interest in specialized GD&T electives.

publication date

  • June 1, 2017