Manning, David
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(801) 863-8085
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Engineering Design Technology

David teaches in the Engineering Design Technology Department at UVU. He specializes in the areas of 3D Modeling and Prototyping, Mechanical Design and Drafting, Technical Math (Geometry & Trigonometry), Descriptive Geometry, Plate Layout, Surveying, Piping drafting, Architectural Rendering, and Job Skills.

David has been at UVU since 1992.
M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from Utah State University,
B.S. in Technology Management from Utah Valley State College,
A.A.S. in Drafting Technology from Utah Valley State College,
Undergraduate studies in Engineering, Math, and Physics from BYU

* Professor with twenty-six years teaching at UVU

* Former EDT Department Chair - three years

* UVU Faculty Senator - six years

* Seven years as mechanical designer, technical writer, and programmer at

   Flowserve International

* Five years as civil designer and surveyor at Perkins-Thurgood Engineers

* One year as surveyor at Hubble Engineering

* One year as drafter/designer at Horrocks Engineers

* Fourteen years industrial experience
* Certified Autodesk Inventor 3D Modeling Instructor
* Outstanding Scholar Award - Utah State University - 2006
* Teacher of the Year Award - UVU - 2000


Why I Teach

Though I have always respected people who chose to become teachers, I never really entertained thoughts of becoming a teacher until 1992, when I came to UVSC. I had always envisioned myself as maintaining a career in industry, and I had settled into one that was going to allow me to meet my goals in life. Once I had been asked to apply for a job opening in the Drafting Technology department, I had to ask myself, “why should I teach?”

Before accepting the position, I decided that the reason I should consider accepting it was because I had some knowledge and a few skills that I could share with others to help them to be successful in life. I believed I could help them to obtain employment that would allow them to become productive, responsible members of society, and to create and build rather than being a burden on the rest of us. Honorable careers in the trades, I believe, accomplish this.

Though I participate in and enjoy many areas, such as art, music, science, sports, and mathematics; I have always gravitated toward technology and trades because of what they mean to the structure of our society. They inextricably connected with the lifestyle that we enjoy. Industrial Design, in particular, is important to us collectively. Virtually every physical object that we use on a daily basis is first designed and then drawn in detail before being manufactured. Everything that we use to live comfortably, including our homes and offices, cars and other means of transportation, appliances, streets, utilities, tools, furniture, methods of entertainment, and more fall into this category.

If I can help to develop graduates who are ethical, productive, skilled, and quality-minded, they will help all of us to be able to enjoy a higher standard of living.

How I Teach

When I teach each day, I try to keep a few overriding objectives in mind to guide my actions. Students in my care must strive to accomplish the following:

  • Show continual improvement
  • Learn to set personal achievement goals
  • Learn to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrate dedication to me, the class, and themselves
  • Learn to make their best effort and then ask questions
  • Learn to solve real kinds of problems

Classroom activities and homework are designed to provide an atmosphere where these objectives can be accomplished. If a student cares about his/her educational experience, these things can be learned. Accomplishing these objectives prepares a student for the world of work.

My Own Goals

The five things I do to provide the best possible instruction are:

  1. Be completely prepared to teach the next day’s courses before leaving work each day.
  2. Provide timely feedback. All class work is graded and returned by the next class period.
  3. Continually improve the process. After many years of teaching, I am still constantly remaking course content and materials.
  4. Support colleagues and superiors. Department and school goals are reached collectively, not individually. Service to the college is what makes education work over the long term.
  5. Upgrade my own knowledge and skills. I research industry practices to stay abreast of techniques and processes which are constantly in flux. Trades and Technology areas are dynamic, and must be taught that way.