Applying Principles of Axiomatic Design to a Transdisciplinary Academic Program to Educate Skilled Workers for all Levels of the Automotive Industry
This paper describes the use of axiomatic design to create an academic program which targets the needs of the automotive industry-especially local industry. Creative and innovative engineers and technicians are needed to design, develop, and maintain the vehicles and transportation systems of the future. The design of a new program is presented using axiomatic design to establish multiple levels of customer needs, functional requirements (FRs), associated design parameters (DPs), and resulting design matrices (DMs) that clearly define the program. The curriculum for a two-year automotive technology program is enhanced by partnering with a four-year mechanical engineering program, local and national industries, and local secondary school programs. The paper also discusses potential complexities of the proposed program design and implementation and mitigation strategies.