College of Engineering

Automotive Production Engineering Certificate

12

credit hours

4

participating departments

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Nelson Akafuah

Director, Automotive Production Engineering Certificate

Lecturer

College of Engineering

385 Ralph G. Anderson Building

Lexington, KY 40506-0503

859.218.5170

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The Production Engineering Certificate (PEC) in the College of Engineering, provides students with unique hands-on experience, development of problem-solving skills, and knowledge integration using Lean thinking principles. PEC aims to enhance students' learning in capstone senior design projects, basics of automotive productions processes, teamwork, principles of Lean manufacturing and applications to automotive production engineering. 

Design projects within the core courses will be developed through proposals from industry and engineering organizations. Through collaboration with automotive manufacturing companies (OEM), the PEC course instructor team consisting of UK faculty and experienced industry engineers will select projects based on the current engineering problems or future engineering advancement.  Students will learn how to integrate their knowledge by Lean thinking and achieve their team goal by effectively working together.

The elective courses include operation-based aspects vitally important in automotive manufacturing, including automotive painting, body welding, and automotive powertrain. Each of these is to be updated as new technologies emerge, and new electives will be assessed for future implementation by collaborating with the industrial OEM’s. 

Four different academic departments, Mechanical Engineering (ME), Chemical & Materials Engineering (CME), Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE), and Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering (BAE) participate in PEC.  Automotive industries have the largest, most demanding and most advanced mass production systems in the world covering very diversified technical areas consisting of these four academic disciplines plus more. Hence, after initial success, the PEC Director and the PEC advisory board will assess ongoing automobile production needs and opportunities to determine whether the inclusion of other academic disciplines would further strengthen the value of the PEC and the success of students awarded the Certificate.  

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Nelson Akafuah

Director, Automotive Production Engineering Certificate

Lecturer

College of Engineering

385 Ralph G. Anderson Building

Lexington, KY 40506-0503

859.218.5170