Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - Leading Process and Product Improvement

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IME 4540 - Fabrication, Assembly, Finishing

Catalog Description:

Overview of assembly processes including adhesion, cohesion (welding), mechanical fasteners, snap and press fits, forming and fabricating techniques. Product finishing methods including surface preparation of various substrates, painting, plating, anodizing, printing, and vacuum metallizing. Review of the impact of the assembly and finishing procedures on product quality and reliability.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite:  IME 2810

Credits: 3 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (2 - 3)

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-TAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

Understand and apply the theory of the topics listed in the course description.

Be able to choose the correct method/ process for a given application.


B4: Uses standard design information to determine appropriate application procedures

Achieve an ability to manage Projects, people and resources. j  

J1: Obtain knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-TAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks


There is no required textbook for this course this semester: A course pack has been developed in lieu of a formal text. There will be additional handouts as required.

Course Coordinator:

Fred Sitkins
Western Michigan University
F-231 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3375

Revision Date: Summer 2011


Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5336 USA
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