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Introduction to Manufacturing: Product Design & Innovation

Introduction to Manufacturing: Product Design & Innovation


Have you ever wondered how products make it to store shelves? Goods we purchase must go through a manufacturing process before they can be marketed and sold. Learn about different types of manufacturing systems as well as career opportunities, including engineers, technicians, and supervisors. As a culminating project, you will plan your own manufacturing process and create an entirely original product! See how exciting, creative, and practical this industry can be.

  • America has been called a land of consumers. Our society has become accustomed to the luxury of purchasing commodities from retail stores in a way that is convenient and affordable. Most of us don’t take the time to think much past the checkout line, however. Where do these products come from exactly? Were they made in our country or shipped in from somewhere else entirely? What machines and equipment were used to make the items we purchase? Who are the people involved in manufacturing and assembling the finished goods that line the shelves of our favorite stores? This course will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the vast industry called manufacturing. In this unit, you’ll examine the basics of manufacturing, including a brief history and some of the basic processes and principles that work together to transform raw materials into useful and valuable commodities.

    What will you learn in this unit?

    • Identify the disciplines within the field of manufacturing—including engineering, science, and technology—and understand how they work together to achieve a final goal.
    • Identify manufacturing processes, such as input, output, and feedback.
    • Distinguish between different types of manufacturing methods and processes.
    • Discuss the steps in the risk management process.
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