Preparing to Meet Industry’s Demand for Dimensional Metrology Trained Industrial Technologists



As Industrial Technology (IT) educators, we are tasked with the responsibility of providing our students with the education and training that will best prepare them to become an employer’s leading asset. To meet this challenge, National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT) IT programs are mandated to assemble an Industrial Advisory Council (IAC) to solicit the council’s input for curriculum changes that will meet the continuously changing demands and expectations of our graduates’ employers. One of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s IAC members, Chuck Kuhn, has expressed a sense of urgency to make the Industrial Dimensional Metrology course a requirement within the IT curriculum. According to Kuhn (personal communications, May 2, 2002), “10 percent of the Technology and Engineering applicants he interviews do not know how to read a micrometer or caliper, and about 80 percent do not have any concept of what Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing is.” Similar concerns were expressed by an audience of IT professionals attending a NAIT conference presentation by DeRuntz & Liu (2001) on the perceived need for developing a dimensional metrology course and lab within IT programs.

Keywords: curriculum|higher education|materials testing|quality|quality control

How to Cite: DeRuntz, B. (2003) “Preparing to Meet Industry’s Demand for Dimensional Metrology Trained Industrial Technologists”, The Journal of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering. 20(1).