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Title: P R I M E Partnership for Regional Innovation in Manufacturing Education

P R I M EPartnership for Regional Innovation in
Manufacturing Education
  • Dr. Pearley Cunningham
  • Co-Principle Investigator - PRIME
  • Department Head Engineering TechnologyCommunity
    College of Allegheny County
  • Pittsburgh, PA

What is PRIME ?
  • Industry-driven, five-college system delivering
    innovative manufacturing education and career
    development in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Academic Partners
  • Community College of Allegheny CountyDr. Pearley
  • Butler County Community CollegeDr. Sunday
  • Westmoreland County Community College
    Dr. Robert Myers
  • Robert Morris University
    Dr. Winston Erevelles
  • Penn State New Kensington
    Prof. D. Huggins

Manufacturing in Southwestern Pennsylvania
  • 3,800 manufacturing firms - 2nd largest private
    sector employer, but largest annual payroll
  • 166,000 employees
  • Wages
  • 40,000 average manufacturing wage
  • 28,000 average other sector wage
  • Effects of retirement

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Results of industry focus groups
  • Where newly hired employees are deficient
  • Business skills
  • Communication skills
  • Engineering fundamentals and problem solving
  • International perspective
  • Manufacturing - processes, controls, and systems
  • Materials
  • Project management
  • Quality
  • Teamwork

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PRIME The Integrated Paradigm
PRIME Academic Programs
PRIME activities at individual institutions
  • Accreditable degree programs
  • New or modified curricula and facilities
  • Industry steering committees
  • Internships
  • Articulation agreements

Activities at RMU
  • B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering (4 yrs)
  • Builds on strong communication and business
  • The Computer Integrated Engineering Enterprise -
    a learning factory
  • Integration of mathematics, sciences, and basic
    engineering concepts into advanced courses
  • Integration of engineering practice into the
    learning process

RMU Learning Factory - Components
  • Materials and Testing
  • Automated Machining with Auto ID
  • Assembly Cell with Auto ID
  • Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing
  • Metrology and Reverse Engineering
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Machine Tool Monitoring
  • Material Handling Systems
  • Virtual Enterprise
  • Computer Learning Center Software
  • Mobile Learning Factory

Activities at CCAC
  • 4 new A.S. Programs in Manufacturing Technology
    degrees (2 yrs) - Controls, Nanofabrication,
    Basic Machines, Welding
  • Technology to Engineering bridge (3 yrs)
  • Focus control of the manufacturing process
    through automation, metrology, and quality
  • The Advanced Manufacturing Academy
  • Addressing pre-employment training and the
    upgrade of skills for advancement
  • Collaborative work with RMC

Activities at BCCC
  • A.S. in Manufacturing Technology degrees (2 yrs)
  • Program options in tool and die manufacturing and
    plastic part manufacturing
  • Laboratory component
  • Manufacturing Processes laboratory in a new
  • Utilization of Penn United facilities for tool
    and die
  • Role of the Advanced Manufacturing Group in
    steering the project

Activities at WCCC
  • A.S. in Manufacturing Technology degrees (2 yrs)
  • Manufacturing Technology program options
  • Chemical Processes, Electronics Assembly,
    Manufacturing Processes, Manufacturing
    Maintenance, and Nanofabrication
  • Integration of learning modules across the
  • Consolidation of laboratories and classrooms
    under one roof
  • Blend of theoretical and experiential learning

Activities at PSNK
  • A.S./B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering Technology
    at PSNK (2/4 yrs) in process
  • Program options in tool and die, electro-optics,
    and general manufacturing
  • Availability of plastics nano-fabrication
    options at other campuses
  • Industry-focused certificate programs
  • Laboratory component at the University of
    Pittsburgh Manufacturing Assistance Center

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PRIME Feeder System
Manufacturing Feeder System
  • Manufacturing Pathways Initiative (Summer)
  • Pittsburgh Adventures in Technology (School Year)

Manufacturing Pathways Initiative
  • Prepare young people to enter the manufacturing
    industry directly upon graduation from high
    school or to enroll in post-secondary education
    in manufacturing (PRIME schools)
  • 60 hours of classroom and laboratory instruction
    including industry tours
  • 120 hours of work-based experiences

Manufacturing Pathways
  • Students worked with the FAMS Curriculum learning
    team work, manufacturing process and information

80 students in Summer of 2002 42 Companies
Bicycle Module
College intern explains electronic circuit
Students assemble electronic coin toss
Pittsburgh Adventures in Technology
  • Teams will be given a project/problem from an
    Industry Partner
  • Have a timeline and a panel of industry mentors
    and teachers.
  • Showcase Event present ideas and how the
    problem was solved

Role of Industry
  • Champions
  • Steering committees
  • Projects
  • Internships
  • Jobs
  • Equipment
  • Financial support
  • Networking

PRIME Funding
  • SME Education Foundation MEP (000511)
  • Heinz Endowments
  • Alcoa Foundation
  • National Science Foundation ATE (DUE 0101637)
  • USX Foundation
  • U.S. Department of Labor (Westmoreland-Fayette

Impact - 1
  • Closing competency gaps cited by industry
  • Engaged students seeking pre-employment education
    or a skills upgrade for career advancement
  • Created a model for competitive collaboration and
    regional development

Impact - 2
  • Linking K-12, certificate and apprenticeship
    programs to a region-wide articulated system
  • Creating a regional network for learning at
    different levels, at times and locations best
    suited to new and incumbent technicians and
  • Engaged the ongoing and vigorous participation of
    industry partners to guide and improve
    manufacturing education

For more information
  • Visit us at www.primepa.org
  • or
  • Call us at (888)279-2241
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