Document Type

Conference Proceeding



Publication Date



American Society for Engineering Education

Source Publication

Proceedings of the 120th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


This paper describes a new learning module implemented as part of the senior capstone design course at Marquette University to teach engineering students about basic manufacturing processes, lean manufacturing principles, and design for manufacturability. The module includes several examples of active and student centered learning as part of an in-class assembly line simulation exercise. Students reflected on this experience, and suggested process improvements to save time, reduce cost and waste, and improve the assembly line process. They learned of the importance of manufacturing documentation, process design, and design for assembly. At the end of the module, students understood the importance of designing a product not only for the end user, but also for the assemblers and inspectors. Details of the module design and implementation will be presented along with comments from students.


Published version. Published as part of the proceedings of the conference, 120th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, 2013. Publisher Link. © American Society for Engineering Education 2013. Used with permission.