2012 Mechanical Design-SLO

2012 Mechanical Design-SLO







Western Student Learning Results (Program Outcomes) for 2012
# of Grads: 9

Source: Student

# of Responses: 7

Program: Mechanical Design Technology
Outcome
What did you like about this program?

Yes
7 100.00%

No
0

Unk
0

NA Result
0
Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

What would you change about this program?

7 100.00%

0

0

The teaching within our program was fantastic. Some core classes
needed to be overhauled, which has already begun, but overall I was
satisfied.
I liked all of the different projects, you get to make a card holder tube
thing with Randy, use the rapid prototype machine with Myra, mill an
aluminum block with Pat, design things in Inventor, Solid-works,
AutoCad, and Pro-E.Break and test metal with Linda, create
drawings with Mary and use MDsolids. We take a lot of fun and
informative field trips, that relate to which every class you're in at the
time. It's a very diverse program in that way. I like it.
Very good experience in future job duties. A lot of hands on. Great
instructors, very helpful no matter the circumstance. Need some
upgrades on equipment though.
Hands-on learning from instructors
Plenty of one on one help. Current modeling programs used.
It was challenging and I believe has given me valuable skills that
employers value.
I liked the the program offered a variety of 3D modeling software
programs. The course allowed indiviuals to create many of their own
projects and models. This made some courses challenge you to think
and be creative. I liked the amount of hands on learning the program
provided. I also liked the availability of internships and job postings
on the bullotin board.

0
Yes

Yes

Monday, November 18, 2013

Feedback

Western Wisconsin Technical College

I would like to see a more indepth or advanced course in solidworks
and pro-e. Currently the solidworks class I'm has first time 3D
modelers and others who have been using 3D software for 2 years.
Many of the things covered in class are to help the beginners and the
experienced ones are left to teach themselves. I would also like to
see the CAD labs available for CAD students more hours of the day.
There are many times when students need to work on projects
outside of class time but are unable to get access to the CAD labs,
because they are locked. Students have busy schedules now days
with work and school that many times do homework after instructors
are gone home and can't get access to the required labs/software. I
think if students were able to use their ID cards to open the CAD lab
doors to work on such projects it would be a great help.
Not much, more in depth projects maybe.

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Outcome

Yes

No

Unk

NA Result
Yes

Yes
Yes

Yes

Use effective communication skills.

7 100.00%

0

0

Yes
Yes

Yes

6

85.71%

1 14.29%

0

Yes
No

Monday, November 18, 2013

7 100.00%

0

0

Yes, I feel it was easy to communicate with peers and instructor
through email and in person.
Yes, the communications courses were a great help. I'd possibly like
to see a speech class.
I've never been a very good communicator, but i am a much better
public presenter and speaker after going to school here at western.
ahead of time i would'nt talk in front of anyone for anything but now i
can do it better. i just presented to engineers at Trane, and although i
was freaking out ahead of time, i manage to pull it off, and feel good
about myself afterwards. i still need to work on feeling less self
conscious about asking questions of instructors in front of other
students. i was always worried about asking a really dumb question
and what the other kids would think of me. i think I've over come that
by now, but its a little too late,i had real struggles in some of the
classes and if i had just been confident enough to ask the questions i
had i probably wouldn't have had to retake a class.
Communication was effective, but could use less Power Points.

0
Yes
Yes

Transfer social and natural science theories
into practical applications.

reorganize the order that you take the classes, like we needed to
remember stuff from statics for design problems, and those classes
are a year apart, they should at least be in the same year, fall and
then spring. Or when you move to the tri-semesters have them in the
same tri-year. Personally i think the math intensive classes need to
move slower , i know that its not really possible with everything they
need to accomplish in the 2 years but it would've helped me.
I would eliminate the useless gen-ed classes and add welding,
sheetmetal, and more machine tool classes.
The only problem I ran into was having classes overlap. That was
mostly my fault by taking this program at a 2.5 year pace, not the
standard 2 or 3 year selection. Other than that, I'd make no changes.
Newer equipment

0
Yes

Apply mathematical concepts.

Feedback

Yes, good pace and in the right order.
Absolutely. Math and this program go hand in hand. Maybe I would
eliminate physics since we cover the math that relates to mechanical
design in the program. Physics was a waste of time.
In the mechanincal design program math skills are used everyday
and in many classes. Math is a very important part of the program.
yeah, I'm not the greatest at math, the tech math classes were okay
but they moved way to fast for me, and i had a difficult time keeping
up. and then somehow convinced myself that those were the only
math classes because they were the generals. but it turns out you
use math over and over again in this program, and i had difficulties
apply mathematical concepts, because i have difficulty learning them.
and then we'd have summer, and come back and I'd have forgotten
everything, these were pretty deep math concepts that i had a really
hard time wrapping my head around. i tried, but i doubt if I'll
remember how to do much of what we learned, that's why i keeping
my textbooks, to help me in the job world in need be.

0

Western Wisconsin Technical College

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Outcome

Yes

No

Unk

NA Result
Yes
Yes

Yes

Demonstrate ability to think critically.

7 100.00%

0

0

Yes

Yes

Yes
Yes

7 100.00%

0

0

Yes
Yes

Yes

7 100.00%

0

0

Not much coverage of this.
I currently work at Trane and demonstrate ethics and self value on a
daily basis
Yes
Funny that, because i took a non required class here at Western
called Ethics, Theory and Application. I believe that i gained the
ability to work ethically with others, i don't know if its in a diverse
population or not. Its not that diverse here at Trane, where i work,
and i don't interact with many people outside of work on a day to day
basis. I value myself a bit more than when i started here at Western,
but I've always had notoriously low self esteem levels, and its going
to take work on my part to fix that. A life long goal, rather than a
college goal i suppose.
This seems to be a silly program outcome.

0
Yes
Yes

Monday, November 18, 2013

Thinking critically is an important asset in the design field. Our
teachers have thoroughly prepared me to do so.
Yes, are capstone projects makes you think about many aspects
throughout the design process.
Well i did take that class, we weren't required to, but it was taught by
one of my favorite instructors, so yes i did develop that ability, very
well. And i used it most at work, and getting through my tougher
classes, not just program ones but my generals as well. I think it
should be a required class for the 3 year version of our program, it is
a really handy class, and looks good in work place settings where
they usually send their employees to that type of training anyways.
Yes plenty.
Oui!

0
Yes
Yes

Use technology effectively.

Yup
Yes, i have achieved this. Not only did i take all of the required
classes for our program but i took extra ones that i thought we should
be taking, like Ethics, and Critical Thinking, Psychology of Human
Relations, and so on and so forth. Then i took what i learned in the
classes and let help me through situations in the rest of the program.
not even just the program i took what i learned in my social science
classes and applied it to my work and home life, where it was needed
the most.
Social science? Wha?

0
Yes

Demonstrate ability to value self and work
ethically with others in a diverse population.

Feedback

Western Wisconsin Technical College

Yes
yes, very much so. i knew a lot about technology and things before
coming to college, so i just added on to what i already knew. in some
of the software classes there would be days that i didn't pay
attention, or I'd miss something, but i could usually pick it up and
learn it rather quickly by looking in the book or asking a fellow
student. some things i still don't fully grasp like advanced sheet
metal, wire harnesses, and stress simulators. but i have the books, i
have alumni,and the autodesk help page is surprisingly helpful, who

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Outcome

Yes

No

Unk

NA Result
Yes
Yes
Yes

Make decisions that incorporate the
importance of sustainability

7 100.00%

0

0

Feedback
Good use and experience with various types of equipment.
Yes. I would spend more time on the frame generator...could it be
incorporated more with Statics and Strengths of Materials?
Our program was technology based. Easy answer

0
Yes
Yes

Yes
Yes

Demonstrate proficiency using CAD and
related computer tools

7 100.00%

0

0

Yes
i achieve that everyday just because of the way my parents raised
me, with the waste not, want not thing, and other tid bits of info. It's
not anything i particularly gained from this program, other than we are
encouraged to recycle our paper, or layouts that we end up not
using,and to turn off the computer monitors when not in use and to
turn off classroom lights when not in use. But that all seems like
common sense to me...

Yes, many times.
I thought that's what the technology question was about, because i
referenced CAD in my answer to that question. But yes I am good at
CAD, inventor, solidworks, kind of Pro-E, even though i don't want to
be. And i know all of the office suite programs pretty well, along with
some Mac software programs, regretfully.
Yes.
Very well taught classes.
Yes, I have a lot of confidence in my ability to use any CAD tool.

0

Yes
Yes
Yes

Generate engineering drawings that conform
to standard drafting practice.

7 100.00%

0

0

0
Yes

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Produce and revise supporting engineering
documentation

5

71.43%

2 28.57%

0

0
Yes
Yes

Yes
No

Monday, November 18, 2013

i could do that at one point, i had drafting class in my first semester
which was about 3 years ago, so i need to brush up on those skills. I
had them at one point so it's like riding a bike right? Shouldn't be to
hard to figure it out again, still have that text book too. i know the
basics for dimensions, and drawing views and tolerances, anything
more complicated I'd have to look up.
Yes. Yes.
I do this everyday at work so, yes.
Yes
Good for job experience.

Western Wisconsin Technical College

Once again, I employ these skills daily.
Myra was very good about giving us the opportunity to revise our
drawings as this reflects the industry standard.
Yes
I'd put yes, except that i don't know what supporting engineering
documentation is. I think I'd be able to make it, if i knew what it was.
If i had to guess, I'd say parts lists, Bills of materials, exploded views,
spreadsheets, assemblies. If those are close, then yes i can do that.

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Outcome

Yes

No

Unk

NA Result

Feedback

No

Yes

Demonstrate awareness of vendor selection
issues

7 100.00%

6

85.71%

0

0

0

0

1 14.29%

0

Yes
There really should be a maybe button, because this is a maybe for
me. Push comes to shove at work, and I'd ask someone who's done
it before, how they want it done, and how to do it. I guess what i do
have is a basic understanding, so that i'm able to follow what that
person would tell me without to much difficulty.

Yes
Yes
Yes

Evaluate manufacturing processes and
materials for product development

7 100.00%

Yes

Yes
Yes

Define mechanical systems for product
development

This isn't really somthing discussed on the curriculum but I learned it
through my internship. It's kind of a hared thing to teach in a
classroom setting, every company has its own ways of doing it.

This really comes to light during the Capstone project.
Yes, especially the final semister project
I did that once for a electrical project a year ago at work, didn't have
to deal directly with the vendor but it was close enough, so yes i think
i could handle that. With help of course.
This isn't something you can teach in a classroom. I learned this
through my internship.

0

0

0

No

Demonstrate awareness of product liability
and application of industry standards

7 100.00%

0

0

0
Yes
Yes

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Develop the organizational skills required to
meet design and production deadlines

Aggregate Assessment of Achievement

Monday, November 18, 2013

7 100.00%

115

96.64%

0

4

0

3.36%

0

I don't know what this means.
Yes

this survey is really long.
Yes
Capstone project is a great example of this.
Maybe more experience in this is needed.
Yes, i think i did pretty good on that this semester, i did not have to
pull any all nighters and i got everything done that i wanted to, and it
was on time, more or less. i get projects done at work when they
want them, i work diligently through the day on whatever they give,
ask questions when i get lost, and makes list/notes to keep me on
track and organized.

0

0

Western Wisconsin Technical College

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