Integrated job design in the introductory human factors course

Andris Freivalds, Joseph H. Goldberg

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Two different workstations are being utilized in the introductory human factors course: a whitecollar workstation that simulates a modern computer driven office job, with different factors influencing its productivity such as speed, accuracy, noise, illumination, etc.; and a blue-collar workstation centered around a typical carburetor assembly process. The assembly workstation was chosen because of the large number of fairly intricate parts. The highly repetitive and rapid assembly process, and the need for power driven tools. The students examine various tool parameters and are able to adjust the support of the tool with tool balancers, cut the detrimental impact of power tools on the hand, using the reaction torque bars and implement novel approaches. Such an approach allows for the integration of traditional industrial engineering concepts with more modern human factors theory for the 'solving' of open-ended problems and provides students with real-world applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-411
Number of pages3
JournalProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
StatePublished - 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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