Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management


Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. John A. Buelke

Second Advisor

Dr. Joseph W. Giachino

Third Advisor

Dr. George E. Kohrman

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Chapter I

The Problem and Its Setting

During the past few years, nationally prominent industrial and educational leaders have been concerned with the present shortages of engineers and technically trained personnel. These leaders appear to be concerned with the utilization of manpower and in present and future educational patterns which will insure an ample supply of technically competent personnel.1

Staff members of Western Michigan University are also concerned with the technician. In fact, 243 students were graduated from thirteen Industrial Technology curriculums during the period of 1955 through 1959. It is believed that the school has been effective in meeting the needs of its students in these areas. However, in no instance have data been collected which would either support or disprove this belief.