Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Manufacturing Engineering?
- Who hires Manufacturing Engineers?
- Do students have opportunities to work in jobs related to their major prior to graduation?
- How does a Manufacturing Engineering graduate compare with other engineering graduates?
- What kind of high school classes should I take to prepare for a major in Manufacturing Engineering?
- How do I apply?
Q: What is Manufacturing Engineering?
A: Manufacturing Engineers are responsible for helping design products as well as deciding how to build the product after the design specifications are determined. To practice this profession it is necessary to have a special knowledge of manufacturing processes and a working knowledge of many other disciplines.
More information regarding the Manufacturing Engineering program.
Q: Who hires Manufacturing Engineers?
A: Every industry that manufactures a product or supplies parts needs manufacturing engineers. Although many different types of engineers are employed by companies, manufacturing engineers stand out due to the specificity of the Manufacturing Engineering curriculum. A variety of companies spanning many different industries have hired IMEs in the past three years.
3M Corporation - Forest City, IA
ABF Freight Systems - Fort Smith, AK
Accenture - New York, NY
AGCO Equipment Co. - Duluth, GA
Agilent Technologies - Loveland, CO
Ameritech - Indianapolis, IN
Amity Technology - Fargo, ND
Bell Helicopter - Hurst, TX
Bobcat - Bismarck, ND
Boeing Corporation -Chicago, IL
Boston Scientific - Minneapolis, MN
B.u.z. Manufacturing - Carrington, ND
Cargill Inc. - Minneapolis, MN
Case IH - Fargo, ND
Caterpillar Inc. - Peoria, IL
Cerner - Kansas City, MO
Cessna - Witchita, KS
Cirrus Design Corp. - Duluth, MN
Cloverdale Foods Co. - Mandan, ND
Composite America - Fargo, ND
Cresent Electric - Dubuque, IA
Crown Plastics - Harrison, OH
Cummins Engine Co. - Columbus, IN
Custom Fab Solutions, LLC - Chanhassen, MN
Dakota Molding - Fargo, ND
Digi-Key Corp. - Thief River Falls, MN
DMI Industries - West Fargo, ND
Dura Supreme Inc. - Howard Lake, MN
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach, FL; Phoenix, AZ
Fargo Assembly Co. - Fargo, ND
Federal Express - Worldwide locations
Ford Motor Company - Dearborn, MI
Gremada Industries - West Fargo, ND
Hitchcock Industries Inc. - Minneapolis, MN
Honeywell - Minneapolis, MN
Infinity Windows - Fargo, ND
Integrity Windows - Fargo, ND
Intermountain Health Care - Salt Lake City, UT
Jennie-O - Willmar, MN
John C Stennis Space Center - Stennis Space Center, MS
Landscape Structures, Inc - Delano, MN
Lockheed Martin - Bethesda, MD
Mastercraft Cabinets, Inc - Aurora, CO
McHugh Software - Eden Prairie, MN
Medcenter One Health Systems - Bismarck, ND
Mercury Marine Outboards - Fondulac, WI
Meritcare Medical Center - Fargo, ND
Mirro - Mantowok, WI
Morey's Fish Co - Motley, MN
NDSU Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering - Fargo, ND
Nilfisk Advance Inc. - Blaine, MN
O'Day Tank & Steel - Fargo, ND
PEAK Industries - Longmont, CO
Pella Corporation - Pella, IA
Phoenix International - Fargo, ND
Pillsbury Company - Minneapolis, MN
Premier - California, North Crolina, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC
PrimeWood, Inc - Wahpeton, ND
Progress Casting Group - Plymouth, MN
Red Prairie Corp. - Waukesha, WI
Riverway Clinics - Coon Rapids, MN
Saint-Gobain/ Norton Industrial Ceramic Corp. - Worcester, MA
Steffes Corporation - Dickinson, ND
Supervalu Distribution Center - Fargo, ND
Tallahassee Momorial Healthcare - Tallahassee, FL
Tecton Corporation - Fargo, ND
Trane Co - LaCrosse, WI
TRW Aeronautical Systems - Jamestown, ND
Turtle Mountain Corp - Dunseith, ND
United Parcel Service - Minneapolis, MN
US Air Force - Pentagon, Washington DC
US Postal Service -Washington DC
Vansco Electronics Inc. - Valley City, ND
Velocimed - Maple Grove, MN
Vision Ease Lens - Ramsey, MN
Q: Do students have opportunities to work in jobs related to their major prior to graduation?
A: One of the strengths of the NDSU engineering college is the emphasis placed on cooperative education. Students are encouraged to take a semester off any time after their sophomore year to work in industry as a Manufacturing Engineering co-op.
Q: How does a Manufacturing Engineering graduate compare with other engineering graduates?
A: Job prospects and salary for manufacturing engineering graduates are highly competitive with better-known disciplines like electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and architecture. This can be attributed to the outstanding program offered at NDSU and the scarcity of the degree. NDSU is only one of nineteen universities in the United States to offer an accredited Manufacturing Engineering degree. Detailed breakdown of employment records showing how manufacturing engineering graduates compare to other engineering disciplines. Since the program did not begin until 1997, the graduating classes are small. However, now that the program is fully developed, the number of students entering the program is increasing rapidly.
Q: What kind of high school classes should I take to prepare for a major in Manufacturing Engineering?
A: To enroll in the manufacturing engineering curriculum in the freshman year, a student should have two years of high school algebra and one year in each trigonometry and physics. Students who have deficiencies may be able to complete these preparatory courses after matriculation at NDSU.