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Duane Beck

Visiting Lecturer
Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
College of Engineering Technology

585-475-2450
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Duane Beck

Visiting Lecturer
Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
College of Engineering Technology

585-475-2450

Currently Teaching

MFET-798
0 Credits
Continuation of Capstone
PACK-790
1 - 6 Credits
A thesis is based on experimental evidence obtained by the candidate in an appropriate topic demonstrating the extension of theory into practice. A written proposal which is defended and authorized by the faculty advisor/committee followed by a formal written thesis and oral presentation of findings are required. Typically the candidate will have completed research methods, data analysis and graduate writing strategies prior to enrolling in this course and will start the thesis process as soon as they have completed these courses to allow them to finish the thesis when they have finished their coursework. The candidate must obtain the approval of their graduate adviser who will guide the thesis before registering for this course.
ENGT-110
1 Credits
This seminar course is designed to introduce students to the technical disciplines in the School of Engineering Technology. Students will learn about the various programs through informational sessions led by faculty from the various programs, tours, presentations by current students and alumni, and assignments developed to assist the students with exploring the different career options. Assignments will be completed both individually and in small teams. Students will be required to demonstrate oral and written communication skills.
PACK-531
3 Credits
An advanced course designed to give packaging students instruction process and quality control techniques for packaging applications. The course will develop TQM skills for the evaluation of packaging components and packaging manufacturing processes to design sustainable packaging. Topics include the concepts of zero defects, computer applications for control charts, and acceptance sampling.
PACK-797
1 - 3 Credits
The purpose of this course is to provide students the opportunity to conduct research, develop a plan and evaluation components and submit the project as a demonstration of final proficiency in the program. The topic selected by the student will be guided by the faculty teaching the class and it will require the student to coalesce and incorporate into the final project a culmination of all their course work in the program to date.
PACK-420
3 Credits
An introduction to the principles of effective written technical communication for the packaging professional. Topics include memos, business letters, summary activity reports, technical proposals, and research papers. Open only to packaging science majors.
PACK-599
1 - 3 Credits
Independent study, in consultation with the instructor, on any packaging-related topic. Approvals are necessary from the department chair. (Undergraduate Research and Independent Study (PACK-598 and 599) combined total credit allowed is limited to a maximum of 3 credits. Independent Study total credit limit maximum of eight credits.
PACK-430
3 Credits
This course begins with an overview of government laws and regulations applicable to the packaging industry. Students will then gain the hierarchical impact that regulations have on the global supply chain, quality systems, patent innovation, and workplace safety.
PACK-798
0 Credits
Continuation of Graduate Project
MFET-420
3 Credits
This course is designed to introduce the student to techniques required to maintain and improve quality within manufacturing organizations and the service sector through the use of statistical methodologies. The course covers concepts of quality, quality managements and assurance, product quality, design of quality control chart, statistical process control, and quality improvement through design by considering concept development and implementation. Traditional and modern quality systems will be discussed including the work of such quality gurus like Taguchi, Deming, Juran, and Shewhart.
MFET-590
3 Credits
MFET-580 Production Systems Design and MFET-590 Production Systems Development together form manufacturing engineering technology senior project. This course is project-based. In MFET-590 students construct a fully functioning automated work cell that produces a finished packaged product. Students will also practice project management, project planning and effective communication while drawing on their past technical skills (e.g. Solid works) to complete the project. Students are tasked to use an integrated design, problem-solving process development, and assembly techniques in the completion of a fully functional automated workcell and product. Process improvement becomes inherent in the integrated activities. Design, final documentation, and demonstration of successful fully functional automated workcell and assembly of a product are required.
MFET-580
3 Credits
MFET-580 Production Systems Design and MFET-590 Production Systems Development together form manufacturing engineering technology senior project or capstone courses. In MFET 580 students gain design capabilities and communication skills for designing a fully functioning automated cellular production unit. In MFET 590, the students construct the cellular unit that produces a finished packaged product that was designed in MFET 580.
MFET-450
3 Credits
This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge and skills of contemporary theories and practices in operations and supply chain management employed by world class manufacturing organizations. Students are introduced to topics that include forecasting, aggregate planning, inventory management, capacity management, and supply chain management. Integrated with these topics are lean excellence tools VSM, 5S, Kanban, OEE and Standard Work Practices, Cycle Time Analysis.
MFET-797
3 Credits
This course provides the MMSI graduate students an opportunity to complete their degree requirements by addressing a practical real-world challenge using the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their studies. This course is not only the culmination of a student's course work but also an indicator of the student's ability to use diverse knowledge to provide a tangible solution to a problem. The capstone project topic can be in the areas of product development, manufacturing automation, management system, quality management or electronics packaging. The course requires a comprehensive project report and a final presentation.
MCET-599
1 - 3 Credits
This course allows an upper-class mechanical engineering technology student the opportunity to independently investigate, under faculty supervision, aspects of the mechanical engineering field. Proposals for an independent study must be approved by the sponsoring faculty and the MMET department chair. Students are limited to a maximum of three semester credit hours of independent study projects and two sections in any semester, and a maximum of six semester credit hours of independent study used to fulfill degree requirements.
MFET-790
3 Credits
The MMSI thesis is based on thorough literature review and experimental substantiation of a problem, by the candidate, in an appropriate topic. A written proposal has to be defended and authorized by the faculty adviser/committee. The proposal defense is followed by experimental work, a formal written thesis, and oral presentation of findings. The candidate should have completed the requisite courses for the program before enrolling for the thesis.
MFET-120
3 Credits
This course will focus on the understanding and application of manufacturing processes. Students will be challenged to discover and learn how typical piece parts and assemblies are manufactured. Topics include material properties and the following process families: casting, material removal, deformation, consolidation, powder metallurgy, plastics fabrication, EDM, water jet, chemical, LASERS, plasma, and rapid prototyping.